Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Shaneisha Dodson. I’m an award-winning author and playwright. I have an education and a psychology degree. I was born in Arkansas and currently reside in Texas. I’m the founder of Black Girlz Productions. We are a small production company that brings awareness to social issues through theatre. Our motto is Dream Big or Go Home! In my free time, you can find me spending time with loved ones or working on my next script.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? In 2012, I decided that I wanted to see my words come to life so I founded Black Girlz Productions. It is one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life. I’ve always loved the arts, but my company made that love grow stronger. It expanded my reach. I am now able to entertain and educate people on different levels.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? Do your research and save your money, producing a stage play is expensive and your audience is not guaranteed. Find your market and develop a plan om how to reach them because every city is different. What works in one city, may not work in another one, do it from a passionate place in your heart, and don’t expect everyone to support your work. You will have friends and family who will say they are going to support, but never do. And that’s okay, keep striving for greatness always plan for the unexpected, and learn the business inside and out.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it: When I produced my first stage play, I was constantly being approached by promoters, artist, etc. These people were offering services, but could not deliver. This cost me to lose unnecessary money. This taught me how to use discernment. Now, I pray before I work with anyone. If God says no, I keep it moving until I find a working relationship that feels right.
What is next for your brand/business in 2018? In 2018, I plan to produce my next play titled Sweet Daddy. It is set in the late 1940s, and based off stories passed down by my great uncles. I also plan to produce my first short film titled The Colored Girl Cage. It will bring awareness to missing and exploited black/brown girls.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media: You can visit Black Girlz Productions at www.blackgirlzproductions.com. You can find me on Instagram/Twitter @blkgirlz12 and @sdodson08.