We had the good fortune of connecting with Shai Mackk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shai, what role has risk played in your life or career?
With any career changing decisions, there is always an element of risk involved. I decided to quit my job June 2021 after just being promoted and doing really well at the company. It was a great place to work and I had amazing coworkers but I knew I’d get stuck there and forever question “what if?” if I stayed there. There were so many opportunities I was missing because I was working a full time job that wasn’t super schedule flexible. I started having this magnetic pull to take that jump after having this super dope experience on a boat, unexpectedly. I remember looking out on the water, while on this magnificent boat that I would’ve never thought I’d be on and the thought “I need to quit my job” popped into my mind. Immediately I started tearing up and that’s when I knew that that’s what I had to do. That next Monday, I put in my 2 weeks and that was that! Within 6 months of making that move, I got signed with a manager, I booked my first acting job, I got signed with an agent, and I booked multiple really big brands. The times in between were hard, and still are but the fact that I know I’m spending my days working towards doing what I love versus doing something that isn’t serving me is all I really need.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
One thing I can say that I’m most proud of is being able to pass on jobs, that I would have jumped on in the past, because they no longer serve me now. It shows me that I’ve grown a lot as a person and as a model. I’m really excited to see what kind of jobs are waiting for me in 2022. This journey has not been easy. When I first did one of these interviews, I said that I had a pretty easy road, which was true at the time, but I also hadn’t taken much risk or had much experience. Now that I’ve been taking bigger steps, I can say that there are days that I feel so frustrated all I can do is cry but because I believe so much in myself, I never question my career choice. I just remind myself that I’m just having a tough time but it’ll pass. Positive affirmations are definitely what keep me going.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Harriets Rooftop would definitely be the first place we go. Beautiful views, expensive vibes, it’s great for a nice Saturday night. We could go to Nic’s on Beverly for brunch on Sunday and then hit the Melrose Trading Post for some one of a kind finds.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to recognize my Mom. She has been so supportive through my journey. She never made me second guess my decision to quit my job and has always encouraged me to go further. She’s always super honest with me even when I don’t want to hear it but it’s always what I need to hear.