I recently had the opportunity to exclusively interview Lanise A. Shelley to learn five random facts about herself and who are some musicians she'd love to collaborate with in the future. Check out my interview with Lanise below:
Loryn: What advice would you give to those interested in being a director?
Lanise: Take a few acting classes. My favorite directors are able to empathize with the vulnerable position actors are in. This also helps you learn how to communicate with highly sensitive people.
Loryn: What inspired you to become a visual artist?
Lanise: In undergrad, I didn't have any money for Holiday gifts. I knew that I was crafty so I started to paint for friends and family, they then encouraged me to pursue it. I've always been in awe of fine artists who could authentically capture human expression. The Bisa Butler exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago triggered my stendhalsyndrome--now there is a divine talent!
Loryn: What lesson has the entertainment industry taught you?
Lanise: To be resilient, flexible, and un-entitled to an outcome. You can anchor yourself with goals, however, allow said goals to come to fruition in their own time, and as they want to unfold. For example: once I realized that there were other ways to get to Broadway than sleeping under a Marquee in NYC, I designed a higher quality of life in another city, and applied for an NYC fellowship from the comfort of my spacious Chicago home.
Loryn: How has the pandemic changed you?
Lanise: I don't think it changed me. I believe it amplified and brought to the surface qualities that existed and/or were dormant. Such as leadership, producing, writing and a tenacity to bring projects to completion. I think we all were confronted with mortality, so I just seized what I could.
Loryn: What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
Lanise: I love anime and Korean romantic dramas. Such talent and intensity! I also love a good build in a storyline, and foreign tv just nails nuance and intrigue.
Be sure to stay updated with Lanise A. Shelley by checking out her website: https://www.laniseantoineshelley.com/. Also, be sure to follow her on her social media platforms below: