Posted on: May 17, 2024 Posted by: Mo Clark Comments: 3

Life can throw so much at all at once to the point that we feel as though we are struggling to grasp at bits of air. What do we do in those moments to get a handle of our emotions, we laugh. Statistics show that laughter can burn calories, increase blood flow, and relax your body. Laughter really is one of the best medicines for our bodies.  Nonetheless laughter is something that comedian ShantaQuilette aims to provide. Recently  UPSCALE magazine had the pleasure to sit and laugh a bit as well as chat with ShantaQuilette.

UPSCALE: Comedy can be a tough field to enter into, especially as a woman. How long have you been doing comedy, and what made you decide this is the lane you wanted to be in?

ShantaQuilette: I’ve been doing comedy for about three years now, so I’m still a bit wet behind the ears. Growing up, I was always captivated by the great’s, Benny Hill, Carol Burnett, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Tracy Ulman, Robert Townsend, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Chris Farley, and Red Foxx. I had a deep desire to do comedy, especially sketch comedy, even as a child and young adult. But life had other plans at first. I became an accountant with a good government job, and everything seemed set. Chile, then life threw me a curveball heart attack, followed by a stroke nine months later. It was a wake-up call. Pulled me up by my lapels. I always knew I was funny, but it wasn’t until millions of people started telling me how hilarious I was and how much they craved my content that I realized I could make a career out of it. So, at the age of 40, I took the leap. Now, I get to combine my passion for comedy with my experiences and bring joy to people every day. It’s been an incredible journey, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

UPSCALE: At times when we’re starting out in something different from what our family members thought we would be doing, there’s a lack of support. Did you find yourself dealing with this at any time, and how did you navigate through it?

ShantaQuilette: Absolutely, I did! As an accountant with a stable government job, people thought I was crazy to switch to comedy, especially in my forties. They questioned if I could really make money doing this. Even my husband was skeptical. But once the big brand checks started coming in, and I was making three times my monthly government salary from just one video, everyone changed their tune. My husband even started helping me with my hair and lighting! It wasn’t long before everyone was on board. The best part is that none of it feels like work; it’s a God-given gift, and I’m grateful for it every day. I learned that sometimes you have to step out on faith and let your success speak for itself. Now, I’m doing what I love, and my family sees the joy it brings me, which makes all the difference.

UPSCALE: You have multiple layers to yourself. Recently, I came to the conclusion that if God gives us all these gifts and talents, then who are we to tell Him we’ve been given too much. With that being said, when did you discover that you were gifted and had multiple purposes?

ShantaQuilette: I discovered it right out of the womb, chile! Haha. I’m an artist with many talents I can paint, draw, dance (not so much since my stroke), and I can make people laugh. My grandmother told me I had a gift when I was five years old. She said I had this bright light around me that screamed star power. I embraced it, nurtured it, and here I am, using all these gifts to make the world a brighter place. Throughout my life, I’ve always felt a pull to explore different creative avenues. It’s like having a buffet of talents and not wanting to miss out on any dish. Embracing all these facets has allowed me to connect with people on various levels, and it’s a blessing to use my gifts to inspire and entertain.

UPSCALE: You have such a huge platform and large reach. Do you ever feel pressured to create certain types of content?

ShantaQuilette: No, I create what makes me feel good. I consider myself multifaceted in content; it’s a mix of humor, health, and heart. I only share what I want. God gives me the ideas, and I move swiftly. My goal is to educate while bringing laughter. It’s a beautiful blend, and it keeps me authentic and true to myself. I’ve found that staying true to my passions resonates most with my audience. They appreciate the authenticity and the variety, from the funny sketches to heartfelt discussions about health. By following my intuition and creating content that aligns with my values, I can stay genuine and keep my content fresh and engaging.

UPSCALE: Walking in your purpose at times requires a lot of energy. How do you prepare to serve, whether it’s through activism, comedy, or other?

ShantaQuilette: Preparing to serve requires intentionality. I start my day with meditation and prayer. I ask God for guidance, strength, and the ability to touch people’s lives in a meaningful way. I also make sure to take care of my body and mind. Eating well, getting enough rest, and taking time to relax are all crucial. And, of course, I surround myself with positive, supportive people who uplift me and keep me grounded. I also stay organized and plan my activities ahead of time. Balancing comedy, activism, and other projects means I need to manage my time effectively. This preparation helps me show up as my best self, ready to give my all in everything I do. Taking time for self-care ensures that I have the energy and clarity to serve others fully.

UPSCALE: You are a purpose-driven person. With all that you do, how important is alignment to you, and what does that look like for you?

ShantaQuilette: Alignment is everything. It means that everything I do is in sync with my values, my goals, and my purpose. It’s about being true to myself and not compromising my integrity. For me, alignment looks like being able to say no to things that don’t serve my higher purpose, even if they seem like great opportunities. It’s about staying focused on my mission and trusting that God has a plan for me. Staying aligned also means regularly reflecting on my actions and ensuring they match my long-term vision. It’s a continuous process of checking in with myself and making adjustments as needed. This alignment brings peace and fulfillment, knowing that I’m on the right path and making a positive impact.

UPSCALE: How do you decompress?

ShantaQuilette: I’m intentional about my self-care. I meditate, pray, and take time to relax. Whether it’s taking a long bath, going for a walk in nature, or simply sitting in silence, I make sure to carve out time for myself. I also love spending time with my family, watching funny movies, and just enjoying the simple things in life. It’s all about balance and making sure I’m taking care of my mind, body, and spirit. I also enjoy reading and journaling, which help me process my thoughts and unwind. Listening to music and dancing around my living room is another way I let loose and have fun. By making self-care a priority, I can recharge and show up fully for my audience and loved ones.

UPSCALE: Who are you looking forward to working with in the near future?

ShantaQuilette: I would really like to work with Quinta Brunson, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, and Kenya Barris. They are all so talented and bring such unique perspectives to the world of comedy. I believe we could create some truly magical and hilarious content together. Plus, it would be an honor to learn from them and share the stage with such incredible artists. Their creativity and influence in the comedy world inspire me, and I’m excited about the possibility of collaborating on projects that push boundaries and bring laughter to new heights. Working with them would be a dream come true and a fantastic opportunity to grow and innovate.

UPSCALE: So we want to be as impactful as possible in life and by using our platforms. We want to reach the youth and more. If you had your own cartoon character, what would she look like, and what core values would she have?

ShantaQuilette: If I were a cartoon character, I’d be myself, with big curly coils and bright red lipstick, just fun and full of life. I’d be that rich auntie, the one everyone loves to be around because she’s always got a witty comment and a warm smile. My character would be vibrant, sassy, and full of positive energy. Her core values would be kindness, resilience, and authenticity. She would stand up for what’s right, encourage others to be true to themselves, and spread love and laughter wherever she goes. And, of course, she’d have a quick wit and a great sense of humor! She’d also be a source of wisdom and support, always ready to lend an ear or offer sage advice. This character would inspire confidence and joy in others, helping them navigate life’s ups and downs with a smile. Her adventurous spirit and love for life would make her a beloved figure in any story.

UPSCALE: What’s up next for ShantaQuilette?

ShantaQuilette: Oh, I have so many exciting things in the works! I just started a new business called Laughter on the Go. We bring humor to the workplace to increase productivity, boost morale, and relieve stress and employee tension. I’m also working on a sketch series with my son called The Hey ShantaQ Show. We’re hoping you’ll see us on Netflix soon! And we’re expanding our brand Girl Be Natural to be the best perimenopausal CPG on the market. I’m also planning more speaking engagements and workshops to spread the joy of humor in professional settings. Additionally, I’m developing new content for my social media platforms to keep engaging and entertaining my audience. It’s all about bringing joy, laughter, and wellness to as many people as possible. Stay tuned, because the best is yet to come!

If having it all figured out was a science class, none of us would pass. Life comes with no instructions. The key is to just “live it” and if you can laugh and smile along the way; live it to the fullest. We are so grateful for ShantaQuilette and others in her field, for uplifting others can be a daunting task especially on the days you’re trying to muster up the courage to uplift yourself. ShantaQuilette we thank you for your positivity, your activism, and your delightful spirit. Keep glowing sis.

Photo by: Tavia Whitlowe of ‘For Beauty Sake’

3 People reacted on this

  1. Continued success my sister. I love that you are not only funny, you are faith driven and motivational.

  2. Loved the Article Mo Clark. I have been noticing the way you do your interviews. Very Nice. You ask relevant as well as interesting , thought provoking question. Continued success to both of you.

    Susan

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