We had the good fortune of connecting with Shahine Ezell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shahine, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was a freshman in High School, I booked my first professional acting job. It was an original play about a young kid that left gang banging because of his new found love for music. After opening night, a young kid came up to me and told me he was going to change his life because of the play. It was that moment that I knew I could reach more people through anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Coming out of college, I was particularly lucky to have friends that helped me break into the industry. It’s extremely hard to get an agent/manager without an acting reel, but it’s almost impossible to get acting jobs for your reel without an agent/manager. That catch 22 is what kept most people from breaking into the industry but that has changed exponentially over the past ten years. With camera phone quality becoming just as good as DSLR cameras, people can put themselves on tape without waiting for a job being offered to them. The most important thing aspiring actors can do, is write. Read every script you can get your hands on and learn how to write scenes/scripts for yourself. Don’t wait for the job, create it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my friends/family come to visit, we love going to all the good food places. We hit up the pop-up shops and all the good taco places. We love Howlin Ray’s and Daves Hot Chicken. Also, any place with a great view like Perch. If it’s the winter, then we take the 1.5 hour drive to go snowboarding at Mountain High or a little further to Big Bear. For good music we hit the Dime cause there’s always a dope DJ and interesting people that actually dance, unlike most LA clubs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A special shoutout to the entire staff at my alma mater Cal Arts. In particular, my mentor Lewis Palter. Also my high school theatre program at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. I owe most of my acting career to one casting office that believed in me from the very beginning of my career; Sharon Bialy and Sherry Thomas as well as Russell Scott.