We had the good fortune of connecting with Shannon Corbeil and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shannon, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Working in a creative field means taking on financial risk for each project and preparing to potentially “fail” in public. Any mistakes or missed opportunities are intrinsically made in front of an audience. What I’ve learned is that I can’t let fear of failure hold me back. I can mitigate risks by educating myself, honing my craft, and recruiting a stellar team to help me, but I have to keep making forward progress in order to succeed. In this way, success itself is redefined as the act of creating, continuing to improve, and growing as an artist,
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I tend to love stories about good conquering evil — extra credit if they have some magic to them. I like to feel good when I watch TV and Film, so I usually like to live in that kind of emotional state when I’m creating, as well.
It isn’t easy to start out as a beginner, especially when most of the examples we have of “success” include the very best of the best works of art out there. If I compare my ‘Star Wars’ short film to a ‘Star Wars’ feature film, I’m going to feel like I’m a hundred million dollars short of the goal. Everyone has to start out somewhere. For me, learning to embrace the journey with humility, creativity, and patience is the greatest lesson I could have learned.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
L.A. has a little bit of everything, which makes it so much fun. In a week-long trip, I’d take my friend to the beach, catch a show at the Hotel Cafe, and eat the many amazing vegan spots. Some of my favorite meals include the grilled cheese sandwich at O’Cado, the panang curry at Lotus Vegan, the banana cream pie from Little Pine, pasta from Pura Vita, or keeping it easy with donuts from Donut Friend. I’m in the entertainment industry, so tours at Universal and Warner Bros. are a must. We’d also go roller skating at Moonlight Rollerway and check out the new drive-in at Hollywood’s American Legion Post 43. There’s something for everyone! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m grateful to the community of filmmakers who have become my friends, including my accountability partner, Sarah J. Eagen — an accomplished actor and writer herself.