We had the good fortune of connecting with Shontal Prince and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shontal, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
I love quotes and affirmations! I created a quote or mantra to get me through my 20’s and now I find myself using it to navigate my 30’s. The quote is “Your Peace. Your Responsibility.” And when I get to my 40’s I will probably still be using it. I created it to remind myself, that it is nobody else’s job to give me peace. I have to find it for myself. I found that we often blame others for our lack of contentment or inner happiness. We even victimize ourselves when they drop the ball, and I don’t think it’s fair to the people around us. It’s about time that we started taking responsibility for the one thing we have absolute control over, our own inner peace. Furthermore, when we take responsibility for our peace, we also inherit the responsibility for our own mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First and foremost, I am a writer. The melodies that jump around in my head whilst writing are what make me a songwriter. I have been writing songs since I was a little girl in Brooklyn. I grew up in a mixed neighborhood to a single mother of 3. My upbringing, experiences, and traumas onset the intertwining of the lyric and melody. It was my method of clear expression for everything that I was feeling. It still is. Only now, I can mold and control the messages. My proudest accomplishment was taking a stage play and helping to turn it into a musical. This was the start of my professional career in South Florida. I was offered the opportunity by Pablo Malco of the Developing Dreams Foundation. I was extremely new to the city and already working on my first project! I enjoyed taking the character stories and giving them a musical number with lyrics that sum up their feelings. Believe it or not, I hear a different tune in my head for almost every situation. It was a tricky task because of the close deadline. However, I was young and healthy so “sleeping” was unimportant to me. All I cared about was the music and getting it ready for the ensemble. On my journey, I learned that everyone has weaknesses and strengths that grow dependent on the fuel we provide them. As a creator, music director, a teacher, a member of society, I am constantly working to fuel my strengths as well as the strengths of the people I encounter. LyricalLove Music is a brand that advocates for self-love, expression, and a deep appreciation for storytelling through music. I am looking for opportunities to amplify the love, art, and expression by helping artists tell their stories through songwriting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really like this question my best friends visit me every single year! We always do something different. Next time, we may go camping in Key West. We will go to the local Publix/Walmart, grab some meats, veggies, and lots of wine and beer. We will BBQ, hang outdoors, and go swimming near the southernmost point. It will be a great occasion to take a boat ride and go scuba diving. There’s so much beauty in those waters! We are overdue for seeing the coral reefs. In my opinion, nature trips are the best trips. I am proud of my circle of friends! They are the best people to be around and learn from. If we had to choose the best thing/place to check out, it would be natural springs or national parks with mountains! The less cellphone coverage, the better!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to Pablo Malco, the Founder of the Developing Dreams Foundation (DDF). Mr. Malco is an extraordinary leader in Broward County, Florida, and he is a front runner for the Arts community. Mr. Malco and DDF have created connections amongst artist communities, educators, the tech industry, dance communities, musicians, underprivileged students, young adults, and small businesses. Pablo Malco has enabled the Developing Dreams Foundation to provide opportunities for the music, theater, and dance communities to learn and perform on the major stages of South Florida. Pablo Malco and DDF have helped nurture opportunities for music teachers and songwriters like myself to work alongside him on several musicals and music education programs. Most people have no idea about the amount of tact, leadership, knowledge, skill, and perseverance it takes to consistently serve the public as a non-profit organization for more than a decade. I think Pablo Malco deserves recognition for his hard work and dedication to keeping the arts community alive and present in Broward County, Florida. You can learn more about Pablo Malco’s work with the Developing Dreams Foundation by visiting www.developingdreamsfoundation.org.
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