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Conversations with the Inspiring Shannon Corbeil

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Corbeil.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Shannon. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I always knew I wanted to act in a film. After 9/11, I joined the U.S. Air Force, but when I completed my service commitment, I was still called to tell stories, so I returned to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the arts. Here, I discovered a robust community of veterans within the entertainment industry. I’ve been very grateful for their support in particular as I continue to grow as a writer and actor!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have been motivated and inspired by stories about female experiences — the magical, the embarrassing, the confusing, the painful, the wild, the romantic… all of it. Women have been painted a certain way in film and society, and I truly believe that our stories not only reflect our culture but inform it as well. It hasn’t been easy to overcome the unfair standards and definitions that have been placed on me by our culture, and as I shed them for myself, I find myself drawn to telling the story of that transformation to help future generations of girls and women.

What else should we know about your work?
I am perhaps best known for my work with organizations within the military community such as We Are The Mighty, Veterans in Media and Entertainment, and Diavolo’s Veteran Workshop. My service experience lends itself to telling military stories, but I am also interested in examining them as well as how we treat our troops. We’re lucky to be living in a time where America supports our service members, but that doesn’t mean we take care of them, from how we train them to how we keep them mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy. Stories of valor are important, but I have been discovering that there are many ways to become a hero without suffering through war. I’m inspired to continue to unravel this thread and perhaps even change the aggression that permeates the American culture.

Looking back on your childhood, what experiences do you feel played an important role in shaping the person you grew up to be?
I was a very adventurous child and growing up with that kind of courageous foundation has helped me challenge myself and dare myself to believe in wild dreams. Even when I am afraid or full of doubt, that foundation grounds me and helps me endeavor forward.

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