With performing in her DNA, Shelley was born in Philadelphia, PA and started singing/acting in school productions in middle school. She left Philly for Atlanta, GA where she attended Emory University graduating with a Political Science degree headed to law school, after a stint working a 9-5 in Atlanta city government and getting halfway through her master's degree in Public Administration. Her DNA moved life in another direction. Working with Howard E. Rollins and Carroll O'Connor on "In the Heat of the Night" began Shelley's professional acting career. Within a few years, she was living in Los Angeles.
Early on in LA, the Theatre called; and she was overjoyed to receive a LA Weekly nomination for Best Actress for "Joe Louis Blues", and a NAACP Theatre Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for "Long Time Since Yesterday".
Then, Shelley's most rewarding role to date happened... Motherhood. She was blessed to then work extensively in the commercial world, which continues today. Recently airing commercials include Bayer Aspirin and Chase Bank, with a Directv in the can. Along the journey, she's recurred on "Cold Case", "Brothers and Sisters", and "Greek". And is also credited on critically acclaimed tv shows such as: "Everybody Loves Raymond", "ER", "Touched By An Angel", "The West Wing", "CSI and CSI:Miami", "Grey's Anatomy", "Southland", and more. While everyday feels like her career is just getting started, Shelley is excited to finish her first book, produce a screenplay and pilot she's written, and mark her brand with her production company, Hawk Productions LLC.
TAKE WINGS AND SOAR!!!!!!!
What city and state did you grow up?
Shelley. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
What was it like growing up in Philadelphia?
I enjoyed it, I was surrounded with family
Tell me something about yourself?
Mother, actress, spiritual, very positive
How long have you been in the film industry?
What was your first movie you were in?
Heat of the night
Are there any actresses and actors that you would like to work with?
All of them, Denzel Washington Cicely Tyson.
How many movies have you been in?
Tell us about life as a actress?
Mother inspired and motivated me.
The Heat the Night, it was the best audition I ever had.
Have you ever experience stage fright?
All the time. It's not for the faint of hearts. We put ourselves on the line on a daily basis
What inspired you to become an actress?
Since I was a child, I have a performing family. It's in my blood, my grandmother Beatrice Robertson was hilarious on stage.
I know you have worked in Hollywood for a while what was the funniest thing you ever heard or saw?
Funny things happen daily.
Are there any challenges in the film industry that you have dealt with and overcame?
Everyday, Actors act because they must.
What type of roles do you play?
I don't seek out any roles. I look forward to the ones that come to me.
Was there a role that you sought after and was denied or you were overlooked?
Tons of them, the most recent was Being Mary Jane. Jill Scott got the role.
What advice would you give to aspiring actresses and actors who are trying to get into the business?
Don't try to be about it, respect it. Opportunities will come to you.
You have played in so many roles, which one was your favorite and why?
Movie of the week. Ditch Diggers Daughter.
During your career have you had a love, romance, with one of your Co-stars?
Is there any roles that you are currently doing?
Where do you see yourself at in 5 years?
Definitely a talk tangible film career.
Is there any movie producing or directing in your future?
So your fans can follow you what social media sites are you on?
Are you married? children?
Single, I am a mother of 2
Is there anything you want to say before we end the show?Follow your dreams.
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