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Today we’d like to introduce you to Jelani Shaw.

Hi Jelani, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
All of my life, since elementary school I have been in the entertainment world. Whether is was singing, dancing, and acting, to musical theatre, modeling, and playing in bands. From such a young age, I knew what my purpose is, and had faith in the process all the way to this point in my life at the age of 21. It wasn’t till high school that I really started to pursue my dreams and aspirations of being a true entertainer. I was highly influenced by my teachers and directors growing up. They helped motivate me to reach for limits that I didn’t know was possible for one individual. Now I know that anything is possible with hardworking, dedication, commitment, and faith. I personally believe if it wasn’t for my drive and persistence with the people I have met, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

My best friend definitely has helped me through my lowest points in my life. She was always right by-my-side during the storm and kept telling me to not give up on anything. I have known her ever since sixth grade and from that point to today, we are still close and I’m ready for what the future has to hold for the both of us in the industry. My family will always be a huge impact on my life because they’re family. I don’t know what I would do without them, even if they irritate me every now and then. There is nothing that can break our bond as a unit regardless of where we are in life. They have always pushed me to be the best that I could possibly be and to hold myself to the highest regard at all times. Although my parents are in the food and beverage industry. Their ability to manage and delegate a situation is incomparable to anyone I have met in my lifetime. Their understanding of corporate America has truly helped me progress to where I am today. As well as, gifted me with such valuable knowledge that I wouldn’t trade for the world. At this point in my life, I am currently going to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) studying Music Industry with Professor Dr. Darryl Tookes.

Since starting in 2018, he has helped me grow in the industry mentally and physically. He has taught me such valuable information when it pertains to music development, the people in the industry, how it operates, how to operate in it, and the technical aspects that is important in having to be successful in the industry itself. While currently traveling to network and connect with new people around the USA, I have been able to start my own business and brand my stage name, all while being in school and working jobs remotely and in person. During the duration of Covid-19, there has been many blessings in disguise that have shown itself to me. A few being the family I’ve created in Las Vegas, the one I’m starting to grow in Los Angeles, and the self-love and nirvana that I have found with in myself. As I progress through life, I will continue to always follow my heart with discernment and have faith in the process regardless of where I am and who I encounter. I am blessed and highly favored and so are you.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
To start off, I will say no road to success if smooth but it is about how you handle the bumps along the road that create success in one’s lifetime. In my life, I have dealt with depression, anxiety, norms in society, twisted people, over-exertion, procrastination, and identity questioning. Even though I’ve gone through hell and high water personally and externally, I know that everything happens for a reason and that I’ve experienced such harsh time only to make me stronger and so that I have the knowledge for future endeavors.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am an all around entertainer and entrepreneur. I recently opened my business “Tea Time TranquiliTea” that promotes holistic external cleansing by soaking in a tea-infused bath to cleanse your energy and toxins within the body. As for my image, I am a musician, model, dancer, actor, and entertainment mogul. I love to network and travel to connect with people from all regions of the world. To create a strong network of hardworking people whole have the same mindset and drive in their daily lifestyle. I personally love to create opportunities for the people I meet. Being able to show someone a world that they’ve never experienced is one of my goals in this lifetime.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue pursuing my dream and aspirations that I’ve set into action already. As well as create new experiences for myself and others. Traveling is one of my main goals for my future plans because I would love to see different parts of the world and share my light with those whom have an open mind, are receptive and willing to hear my message.

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