My Fabulous Style got recently got a chance to chat with singer-songwriter/actress Shvona
Lavette. Shvona excelled in the arts at an early age and the Queens, NY native was classically
trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Despite a rapidly-ascending
profile in front of the camera as a skilled actress, Shvona stayed intent on making her musical
dreams a reality. In 2011, she joined the Stampede Management roster, which also includes
Snoop Dogg and Far East Movement.
1. Can you tell us what inspired you to get into acting? *I was inspired to learn more about acting at an early age. My grandmother always kept me involved in the arts whether it was dance, theater or buying me a keyboard for Christmas. She always nurtured my artistic side. I was always intrigued by the idea of storytelling, becoming different characters and exploring different parts of myself. * 2. You have many acting credits on your resume and you have crossed over into music, between acting and music, which is your true passion? *My true passion is art whether I'm writing a song, painting or on the set of a television show. As long as I am expressing myself, I am content. Music lives in a different place in my heart than acting, but they're neighbors.* 3. Which actors, actresses, or singers inspire you and why? *I'm inspired musically by the jazz greats: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Lena Horne. Their effortlessness and flawlessness astound me and their music is classic and timeless. I admire actresses like Angela Bassett and Kate Winslet. They take chances and are not afraid to get dirty. * 4. You currently released three quick go-to fitness videos with your trainer Darci Mayan. What is your favorite way to stay in shape? * My favorite way to stay fit is a healthy diet and a consistent workout regimen. Most recently, I have been circuit training. I love how it keeps me on my toes and I never get bored.* 5. What projects are you currently working on and can you elaborate on them? *I'm currently working on my third album with producer Justin Hori. I'm excited about the sound and the tone of the album. 6. Where do you see yourself and your career in five years? *In five years, I see my career in a better place than I could have ever imagined. I like to dream big and aim high. As long as I am freely expressing myself, the job is done. With my experience in film and television, I would love to start writing someday. * 7. What advice do you have for upcoming actresses/singers that want to pursue a career in the entertainment industry? *The advice I would give to anyone trying to pursue a career in music and/or film and television would be to stay true to your goals. Dream big aim high and do not take "no" for an answer. Never compromise your morals--once you've gone down that path there's no return. Good luck!