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Meet Shahsaan Malik

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shahsaan Malik.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was never really good at studies during high school. I continuously felt lost, like something was missing. I was confused almost all of the time, trying to find that missing puzzle that had left a hole in my life. One day, I came back home from college. I sat my parents down and poured my heart out. I told them that the place I’m headed towards is really not meant for me to be at. I wanted to become a storyteller, a creative.

Ever since I was a child, it fascinated me on how a story could be so flawlessly brought to life and impact so many people. In my early years, I could not imagine taking up this career path as I was a really shy kid. It took other around me a lot of pleading and convincing to make them believe it is the right path for me. I had doubted myself many times too, and it really took great willpower to finally make this move.

One day, I sat on the sofa trying to convince my parents and the next thing I know, I am on a plane to Los Angeles. I have been here for three years now, and this decision is and probably will forever be the best decision of my life. Of course, there have been a lot of highs and lows, winning and learning but this experience has been a happy one. It has not just developed me as an actor/model, but I have also had my character and personality built-up. I strive to become better by the minute, and that drive is what keeps me going.

Has it been a smooth road?
My first year in L.A was quite challenging. Living independently and pulling off my chores and everything was difficult as I was someone who wouldn’t even move from the couch to drink water. This still seemed achievable at the time The bigger issue was finding myself as a person and learning to accept myself and be comfortable in my skin.

During the course of my life, I have gone through some really negative experiences that continuously put in me a fear of being judged by my peers, family and the world. Being out here and working on my craft really helped me become a more confident person. The more interaction I made with people, the better my craft was developing and the closer I got to my real self. I now realize my worth, and I feel blessed. Self-actualization is a process everyone needs to adapt, and I hope like myself, others are also able to realize their worth.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am an actor/model. An actor in one lifetime has to live a thousand lives as the many roles they are required to play which at times can be challenging yet super fun and exciting. Over the course of these three years, I feel lucky to have been a part of a few short films, indulged in some freelance modeling and acted in some music videos. I have also booked a commercial with CNN and got signed by an agency.

This is just the beginning, as my journey has yet to begin in line with the completion of my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in early 2019. Of course, there are going to be obstacles with the film industry being so highly competitive and vigorous technological advancements. I do believe I have the strength to overcome these as I had the burning desire from day 1 and worked really hard not just on my core skills but towards developing multiple skills on the side like editing.

Such classes do not have a lot of students, and I was able to take advantage of that with the instructor being fully focused on a few students only. Moreover, this year I fell in love with filmmaking and have been shooting short clips on my phone and editing them. I am currently working on my acting demo reel and my directing demo reel alongside developing my editing and shooting skills.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love how LA is full of creative people who are always willing to help each other grow.

The best thing I like about living here is the fact that you get to live a life on your terms and without judgments. Most people out here are striving and working towards their goals.

Coming from a person who regularly auditions I have to say the traffic can be a pain at times if that, not something we have learned from LA Land.

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