Hi, my name is Shannon. I’m a few days from turning 21 years old. I go to Brown University. In less than two weeks I’ll arrive at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.
This is my first real adventure.
I’m from a small town in rural Pennsylvania. I’ve never been further south than Florida, or further west than Iowa. I’ve never been out of the United States. Ravenous is not a strong enough word to describe my hunger for adventure and change, especially with this new chapter. Moving to Brown University was such a big step for me in my life that I began a habit of documentation. I never had a fancy camera or a strong eye, but I sometimes viewed life as a movie. A way that I help open or close new chapters of my life is either through daily journal entries, and video compilations. Each semester I collect all of the videos I’ve taken of friends, performances, little moments here and there - and try to create a story line, a short film always accompanied by good tunes. It’s more alive to me than just a handful of pictures. I can hear my friends laughter and see all of the ground my feet have traveled. To capture the essence of a time means a lot to me, and that's something I will most certainly be doing abroad in my new little slice of the world.
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<p>I was once told that acting is professional lying. But in my work and in my art I'm constantly reminded that we're all looking for truth, whether that be the simple truth of a friend's laughter or the truth of a moment in time. And that's why I'm here, to find a little bit more. I'm sure I'll come across something.</p>