Name: Shanice Martin
Name of your blog – RealityCheckThis
A: Well, everyone calls me Shandy. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY (with Jamaican background). Currently, I am at a point in my life where I am willing to try everything, be adventurous and enjoy every waking moment. I have tons of hobbies, some I consider a life skill. I am very outgoing (you wouldn’t believe on first contact though) and passionate. As far as occupation, I work as an assistant teacher (I loveee the kids) and I also have some other interesting skills that I’ll tell you a bit about below.
Q: Tell us a little bit about what it is that you do
A: I don’t like to give myself a label because I do a lot and well that would just be confusing. As far as the things that I do, I write, I take photographs, I do hair, I style clothes and I am still trying to figure out what else my heart beats for. I recently published my first book called “Lost Files: All Roads Lead To Yesteryear” which is what I consider to be one of my biggest accomplishments. I am planning on publishing even more books and discovering what other platforms I could put my writing on. Like writing for films (wink).
Q: How did you know that this was something that you wanted to pursue?
A: I knew I was creative from young. When I would take my dolls and instead of biting their legs off, I would create my own TV show and do their hair. Sometimes I would take old fabric and sew them to make little outfits for them. I knew I was interested in the arts as a whole and that interest stood with me growing up. From attending a performing arts high school, to doing freelance. Art is my therapy.
Q: Who is one person OR what is one thing that is an inspiration for you?
A: I wouldn’t place an inspiration on an individual, I would rather say a group of people. People who choose to go after their dreams under no circumstance, inspires me. People who come from nothing to something inspires me. People who have nothing but still choose to smile inspires me.
Q: Have you had to overcome any struggles on your path to success? If so, what?
A: I had to overcome a lot. Most of my struggles were with myself. At times I was my own enemy. Having fear, feeling like I couldn’t do it. Like success wasn’t made for me. I had to overcome a lot of dark moments to reach where I am now. I am still a work in progress.
Q: What have you learned thus far in terms of your blog and other accomplishments?
A: I learned that people will judge no matter what. I learned that nothing happens before it’s time. I also learned that what ever idea you have is made for you. Write it down and work on it daily. Stop looking at others and their path, we’re not on the same route.
Q:Name one major highlight from your work/accomplishment thus far
A: One major highlight is the number of people who have came to me and told me how much I inspired them. It really makes me happy. I am always grateful for the fact that I can help.
Q: How do you plan to proceed with your business venture in the future?
A: I plan on having my own production company, own clothing line, god’s willing. I just want to do it all, there’s really no limit for me.
Anything else that you’d like to add?
“The sky is blue, today will be a good one.”