Happy Friday, millennials!
The newest Millennial On A Mission is a long-time lover of the arts, culture and business. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, she has always known that her career would somehow merge them all. Her love for film and fine arts has not only afforded her the opportunity to work with amazing creatives such as Issa Rae, but more importantly create her own series called Undecided, which tells the story of three black college students attending a predominantly white institution (PWI.)
Meet Shandrea Evans.
Originally from Augusta, Georgia, Shandrea attended the University of Georgia where she studied marketing and advertising, and minored in African American studies. Currently she works in International Television for NBCUniversal and is an independent producer.
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue a career in the film industry? Who are some individuals you admire in and out of your field of work? What challenges have you faced in building your business, and what have you learned from them?
SE: Since I was three years old, I have been involved in the arts. I was a member of a local community theatre, The Augusta Mini Theatre and in the 6th grade was accepted into Davidson Fine Arts Magnet school where I majored in theatre. I’ve always known I wanted to combine my love for the arts and business. Some individuals I admire are Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay, Deniese Davis, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Oprah, Janelle Monáe, and of course Beyoncé. These women not only have an amazing work ethic, but are also selfless in using their platform for service to the community. I am only in the beginning stages of my brand and business, but a challenge I have faced is patience. I am constantly reminding myself that I am still young and have time to pursue my goals.
To Shandrea, being a Millennial On A Mission means going steadfast in the direction of your dreams. “I strive to live my dreams daily by constantly reminding myself to be fully present in each moment and taking advantage of every opportunity I am given,” Shandrea says. Her one piece of advice to young professionals? “Always bet on yourself.” She believes that your perceived “safe bet” may actually be a bigger risk than investing in yourself. “Why spend your valuable time and energy furthering someone else’s goals, when you could be investing that sweat equity into yourself?”