Award Winning actress, writer & filmmaker, Shawntay Dalon has been gracing the stage and screen since the age of 8. Always knowing that performing was her gift, as she got older she did all she could to perfect it. Attending acting classes, talent shows, pageants, (held title Miss Motown USA) even auditioning for & being accepted into the late winner of “American Music Award, BET Award, MTV award singer “Aaliyah” former school, Detroit High School for Fine & Performing Arts.
Throughout Shawntay`s teen years she went through a time where she wanted to give up. After a failed suicide attempt she knew she didn’t want to be, that person, anymore. She knew God had more for her. Shawntay got back to her faith and Believed that God had a Better plan, and she was going to walk in that plan.
Shawntay`s career perspective elevated when she left Detroit and bought a one way ticket & headed to L.A to pursue her dreams. While attending an audition for the Filmmaker/Playwright, David E. Talbert. (First Sunday, Nick of Time, Baggage Claim, etc) She decided while standing in line for 3hrs to change her original plan & perform one of her self written pieces. When Shawntay ended her last words to her monologue for Mr. Talbert & the casting directors, Mr Talbert asked, “Shawntay, who wrote that piece.”. Nervously she replied,
“I wrote it.”
The silence felt like forever but Mr Talbert then stated,
“Here you’re auditioning for me, and you can write. With that gift you can Write your own self a Role!.”
That moment, those words put a spark in Shawntay that never went out. Since that day Shawntay has went on to start her company “CalienTay Productions”. She has performed her Spoken Word pieces, written stageplays, commercial treatments, and screenplays. Film “Encorette” was filmed & premiered in London, England. And “The Time” which starred Shawntay in the leading role won “MyTv20 Best Short Film Award” at the Trinity International Film Festival. Shawntay`s first written Feature screenplay “I Am, My Sisters Keeper” is currently available on Amazon. And the feature film “FORBIDDEN” which is written, directed, and co starring Shawntay, will be released 2018.
Shawntay loves and respects this craft.While given the chance to shake hands with Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, he asked Shawntay her name, her reply,
“Shawntay Dalon, who will be working with you one day.”
Mr. Washington smiled and said, “I’m going to hold you to that.”
Needless to say, Shawntay is headed in the right direction, to fulfill that promise. Anytime you ask her, Shawntay will let you know, all she does, is not by her might, but all God. She gives Honor and Glory to her savior, Jesus Christ.