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Shannan E. Johnson is a quitter. I walked straight off the graduation stage and into my career as an Academic Scholarship Advisor and Recruiter at my alma mater. It didn't take long before I realized I was helping my students pursue their dreams - even starting a non-profit for teen girls - while stifling my own. So, I quit. I packed my life into my Chevrolet Cavalier and headed to Hollywood. Post film school, I became a TV Executive taking stories from pitch to production. Then, I quit... because YOLO. I explored the world touring 19 countries and 49 states in dance companies and Broadway National Tours. I inhaled culture, perspective and experience that honed my craft and catapulted my confidence. So, when I returned to LA to live in my purpose but doors continued to slam in my face, I took the leap and bet on myself. I stopped pursuing my dreams and started chasing my reality. I became the protagonist of my own story. So, I'm proud to say that I'm a quitter turned CEO of the first black-owned script consultant agency in the entertainment industry, The Professional Pen. I took all the things that I enjoyed from each of my life experiences and turned my side hustle into my full-time job. I now develop creatives and their narrative content for the screen. As a Script Consultant, I function as a story therapist using life to teach storytelling elements. As a speaker, I transfer this exclusive technique to students with big dreams to use storytelling elements to teach life because when you add educator and artist it equals expert storyteller.
The purpose of this show is to impart education on the black community being provided to you by black men and women of all professions.
Joy Jones is a trainer and author of several books including FEARLESS PUBLIC SPEAKING and the novel, JAYLA JUMPS IN. She is also the founder of the multicultural Double Dutch team, DC Retro Jumpers. The team served as cultural ambassadors, teaching Double Dutch in Russia.