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Meet Shyboii Guero

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shyboii Guero.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. My mom immigrated from Mexico to the states in search of a better life and here is where she met my father. He was a typical machista – drunk, abusive, and a womanizer, frequently acting violent towards my family and I. After a public altercation against us, he was arrested and got sent away. Now before I continue, I want to preface I was born with a birth defect known as Club Foot. I got it successfully treated after six surgical procedures and I’m good now, but at the time following my father’s arrest, my parents got divorced. Because my father was the breadwinner of the house, my single mother could not make ends meet and so her, my younger brother and I were homeless for about half a year in a rough neighborhood in the city of Long Beach. My moms had the entire weight of the world on her shoulders, trying to figure out where our next meal was going to come from, trying to get up and get a roof over our heads, all meanwhile I was in crutches post-op, my younger brother was crawling and barely learning to walk, and she was not yet speaking a lick of English. Immediately my mother wanted to keep my brother and I off the streets long enough until she was able to get back up on her feet. She didn’t want us getting involved with all the negative influences around us, so she decided to sign us up for after school sports. I didn’t do too well what with my Club Foot that was getting treated at the time, but I had seen a drama announcement at school and asked my mother if we could do that instead. She, of course, said yes and that’s when I was first introduced to theatre and performing arts. I quickly fell in love with it, reading plays and stories that paralleled what I was going through during my childhood made me feel less alone. Performing comedic sketches or shows and making kids laugh made me feel like I had found my purpose. When I had my last operation, I was going to physical therapy to get me walking again, and mental therapy to deal with the divorce and bullying I was getting because of my foot. I credit those therapy sessions as the reason I am so optimistic and confident today. Fast forward and my moms got back up on her feet, I continued doing theatre, dance, and music in middle school, high school, and in the community. Shoutout to my moms who literally made miracles happen to flip our lives 180 for the better, and who pushed me to become the first in my family to receive a collegiate education. I got a scholarship to Chapman University where I graduated from film school in 2017 with a degree in Screen Acting and a minor in Television. Nowadays, I keep busy as a working actor in LA, as well as having recently jumpstarted my musical career as a rapper under the moniker Shyboii Guero. Everything I do, I do it for your moms.

Please tell us about your art.
I do a little bit of everything. I’m an actor and a rapper, but I also have directed and written various works in the past. If I’m not on set or at an audition, I like to stay proactive by making music or writing my own films. Besides it being a way for me to vent and clearing my mind all while still working on my craft, I see it as an opportunity to constantly create, create, create. I got into theatre/acting as a young kid as I had previously mentioned; but as for music, I’ve been a fan of hip hop and rap for as long as I can remember. I remember freestyling with my friends way back in elementary, studying the latest releases, all of that. As I grew up and started doing improv in my theatre classes, my freestyling skills simultaneously got better. In fact, in college that became my party trick and everyone would ask me to “spit something real quick”. So yes, music has always been a passion of mine but I did not begin taking it seriously as a possible career option until around two years ago. My family and I were facing a couple of tragedies at the time and I had to pause my acting career to focus all of my time and attention at home to keep the ship from sinking. As weeks passed, I started noticing the lack of creative expression taking a toll on my spirit. Friends closest to me suggested I used my musicality to write poetry or lyrics as a way of getting all of that off my chest. I followed through and began turning all of my emotions into lyrics. When I shared that with those around me they all were really encouraging me to take music seriously because they were surprised with the quality of what I had come up with. That is when I began to take music seriously and have been at it ever since. My biggest inspiration actually is Donald Glover. He’s a legend, bro does phenomenal work regardless of what lane he’s in, whether it be acting, directing or music, he bodies it all. I hope people know that whenever I work on a film, or a song, or whatever project it may be, I always give it 110%. The arts literally saved me from the hole I was in as a youngin’ and so I always strive to give my best to that which rescued me. I hope I am able to touch someone through my performances or through my music and either inspire them to strive for greatness or give them hope that their current situation will not be their final destination.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
Thats fact, I definitely been there before. One thing that I started doing that really helped me connect with other artists was I started going to more live events. No matter if you’re a musician, an actor, a designer, whatever it may be, go to live events! Book signings, open mic’s, film screenings, all of these places are busting with creative energy. Those who are hungry for more will find each other, good luck!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can see most of my film gigs by looking me up on IMDB by my name, Aurelio De Anda. My music is available anywhere you stream music, just look up “Shyboii Guero.” Lastly, you can find me on all socials @shyboiiguero where I post exclusive content and share all of my film and musical work. You can support me by watching my films, streaming my music, and sharing my content. Thank you.

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Emerson Harris, Christian Colwell, Emiliana Ammirata, Alejandro De Anda

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