Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Shurray.
Hi Monique, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My love of Media stems from my father. He was a well-known radio personality and voice over actor in the Kansas City area. He had this deep booming “James Earl Jones” type of voice and went by the name of Honey Bear. He loved music and he loved being on the radio.
My entrepreneurship stems from my mother. She is a top-notch fashion designer and patternmaker. She can literally sew ANYTHING you can envision. She has been in business for herself since before I was born! (yes a very long time ago, lol).
Once I made a decision in college to pursue Broadcast Journalism, I landed my first gig interviewing celebrities and guests for the Gospel Music Workshop of America in my senior year. That opportunity opened more doors for me to work as a red carpet correspondent for various award shows, work as a TV & radio personality myself for a couple of different local stations and now I coach entrepreneurs who desire to use video as a way to market their business.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Smooth road! Ha! No, it hasn’t been all smooth but very rewarding. When I initially landed my first paying gig out of college, I struggled with my on-camera presence. What I thought I looked and sounded like was not what I actually saw once the footage was played back! I had to become comfortable being myself and confident from within – and that was a process – but it has made all the difference!
The more comfortable I became “being me” better I connected on-camera. The better I became on-stage emceeing live events. I say this all time: it takes courage to be yourself. But once you get to a place of freedom being 100% authentic, you won’t ever look back!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I help entrepreneurs master their on-camera presence and video marketing strategy. I love helping my clients feel more confident and courageous when they turn on their camera. Let’s be honest, “going live” can be nerve racking. Video can also leave a person feeling very vulnerable. I love helping clients show up anyway – with confidence.
What sets me apart is that I’ve experienced a lot of what my clients have experienced but have risen to the occasion time and time again. It’s continually doing the inner work that makes a difference! Also, I love to act and write and have seen some success in these areas as well. All of my experiences play into how I coach, teach and help my clients.
I’m most proud of being a product of an entrepreneur mom and a Media Mogul dad. I have learned so much from the both of them and am proud to be a part of their legacy.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Not only do I coach but I still love emceeing special events and conducting interviews. This is still very much a part of my business. Eventually, my goal is to own a full-fledged video production company.
People say this all the time but it really is true: you can do anything you set your mind to – seriously. It takes focus, commitment and belief but it is possible.
Last thing: here is a tip when going live: focus your attention as if you are talking to ONE person – not the whole world – just one person – like a loved one or a friend. This will help you be more at ease.
Secondly, don’t worry about the number of viewers. Start showing up with a message to share believing that someone needs to hear it.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.moniqueshurray.com
- Instagram: @moniqueshurray
- Facebook: @moniqueshurray
- Youtube: Bit.ly/moniqueontv
Photo credit for the light colored photos: All Things Danie Other person in the photo: Steven G (I interviewed him for a show)