E329 - Shanna Forrestall - How to support the creativity of those on the autism spectrum with storytelling


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In this episode we get to speak with Shanna Forrestall, She has been involved in storytelling since she was a little girl playing dress-up with her siblings and friends. She’s always been captivated by unique real-life stories and lured by the power of fables and myths to teach life truths. She has been a working professional in the entertainment industry since 2007. She has produced eight (8) short films in the US that tackle social issues, and several video projects in India to support a school for disabled children and Indian eunuchs. Shanna is also an award-winning actress with over 100 IMDb credits and published her first children's book last year. She is also currently releasing an LP of children's bedtime stories, an LP of guided meditations, and launching an interactive art project called We Can Hear You. Let’s listen and know more about how her journey began!

Our Guest

Shanna Forrestall

Hacks to take Away

  • She calls herself a storyteller because she uses a variety of mediums and sometimes she is in front of the camera and the performer.
  • Let’s find out how she got into the children's books and what inspired her to get to that.
  • She used to encourage people to overcome and encourage people to self love to self heal.
  • She loves to add bedtime stories and kids to her repertoire.
  • She was working with a group of boys who are all on the autism spectrum.
  • She started in her 20s, did a lot of humanitarian aid work, worked with nonprofits, and did a lot of creative projects in the community.
  • The journey of the artist is to figure out how to monetize your craft.
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