We had the good fortune of connecting with Shane Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shane, what inspires you?
I have always be inspired by the Renaissance Era and the term Renaissance Man. I ultimate goal has always been to play in the NBA. My mother always told me to have a backup plan. Growing up watching moguls like Russell Simmons, Magic Johnson, Diddy, etc. I saw how they are able to do multiple things and be successful. From them I have always been inspired to follow their foot steps to be successful in various business ventures while pursuing a basketball career.

My go to men have always been Nick Cannon and Magic Johnson. I want to be a cross between both of them where I am creating various creative projects as business ventures, create other business ventures like a restaurant, and be a semi / pro basketball player somewhere rather that’s in the NBA, overseas, the G League, etc.

I have ambitious goals, but the men I named came from the very bottom and made it possible. With that, I know I am capable of doing the same.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a self published author of Boyhood to Manhood poetry book and Civil Disturbance. I just released a manucript /audio version of book 90s Poetry Book through World Stage Press. What I am most proud of is my journey to learn the business and where I am now.

My first book, Civil Disturbance was originally published with Iuniverse. The deal went wrong and between canceling my deal and turning into an independent artist I lost several thousands dollars because of that. I haven’t made up the money yet, but I have been able to go on to do two more books, I had radio promo on KJLH earlier this year, I have build a team around me I can trust grow with, And I have more projects on the way!

The lessons I’ve heard is one, focus on the journey and the process, not the immediate results. Two, focus on the people who are supporting you and showing love, rather than who’s not. Three, you have to brave with your art. Someone is always going to find something negative to say no matter what. You have to navigate through that. Four, you have to have a team around who truly has your best interest at heart even if it’s just one person on your team. My boy. Anthony Wilson has done art work for all of my projects for almost for free for every project. In return I am co host on his podcast . “The Complete Lakers” podcast. And lesson 5, trust your instincts.

My brand I am building is S. Murray Enterprises. I want to build my writing to the point, where when people hear it is a “Shane Murray” project they automatically associate it with quality and automatically support it. I want to help to employ more minorities with my projects. I want people to take my story and use it as fuel to never give up on chasing their dreams.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
1. Breakfast at the Serving Spoon or Roscoes

2. Hooping at Pan Pacific Park

3. Have him check out Harriet’s Cheescake and have lunch at Killer Shrimp

4. Drive in move theater in Paramount

5. Shop at Fashionnova men in Woodland Hills, California

6. Try to catch a laker game

7. Link up with our homeboys and hit MILA Group (Made in Los Angeles) party in the area.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out Hiram Sims and World Stage Press. Hiram is the owner of World Stage Press and the Community Literature Initiative. Because of him, I was able to release my third book project ; 90s Poetry: 90s hip hop and r&b songs turned into poetry on May 5, 2022. The release also marked the first time I published a book with a traditional publisher.

Hiram Sims is also the owner of the Simms Library of Poetry, the first recognized poetry library in California. Because of his ownership, leadership, and his direction, I was able to write my book in the Community Literature Initiative writing classes that were at USC and through the support of World Stage Press and the Sims Library of Poetry, I was able to release/ promote my book using both avenues.

I also wanted to thank my homeboy, Rondell “RJ the poet” Johnson. We started spoken word scene together locally in Los Angeles, California. He is someone I go to for honest feedback and suggestions for all of my projects.

Website: https://www.smurrayenterprises.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/caliraised31

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-murray-1a9b1214/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/thisizShizzle

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shanechristophermurray

Other: www.worldstagepress.org to purchase my lastest book, 90s Poetry Book. audio version of 90s Poetry Book is available on Spotify and Sound Cloud

Image Credits
Rondell “RJ the Poet” Johnson Anthony Wilson World Stage Press Community Literature Initiative Roland Reed Simms Library of Poetry My parents Deborah Williams and Jodi Williams Michael “Halla” Williams and Tuff Crowd Ent. Tom Holmes Lorenz Willis

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