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Check Out Shane Murray’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shane Murray.

Hi Shane, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, I started writing early. My mother, before she passed, was an English teacher for over 20 years. She used to drill me on English terms and had me do the same writing assignments she gave her 6th-grade students when I was a little kid. Fast forward, I started writing poetry in the 7th grade and self-published my first two books in 2018. I have done spoken word for approximately 5 years. I performed at several open mics across Los Angeles, including the Da Poetry Lounge, SWAAM, Compton Open Mic, etc. I just published my 3rd book with World Stage Press. I have another book I’m working on that should be out by the end of the year. My goal is to be a full-time entrepreneur/ business owner as a creative. I would like to be a cross between Magic Johnson and Nick Cannon, where I create various job opportunities for minorities in my community.

I’ve lost many loved ones over the years from my mother, grandparents, uncles, great aunt, etc. Writing has been my outlet and has been my therapy. I am quiet, and writing is where I found my voice. I want to be known as an all-around writer. I want my writing to get to a point where people will read it just because it’s a Shane Murray project.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what was the challenge you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been a lot of tough times. My mom passed away when I was 16 years old. My grandparents passed a few years after her. After graduating college at Cal State L.A. in 2012, I struggled to find a stable job that made ends meet for a while. I once worked 3 jobs and was still broke because I was underpaid, working very few hours, and living in L.A. is expensive. After I got my masters in 2017 from Westcliff University is where things started to get better. The grind as a poet/ writer/ spoken word artist has had its highs and lows. I joined Trapxart, which has been a blessing for my following. I got my commercial played on KJLH, a legendary L.A. radio station owned by Stevie Wonder.

But the likes/ comments on social media have not matched sales/ attendance. My focus, though, is not to concentrate on the numbers but to focus more on who is showing me love, but most importantly, who am I connecting to, and let the numbers do what they do.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I like to consider myself an all-around writer. My bread and butter is poetry. However, my first book was a suspense fiction novel. My next book is going to be a comic book. I am 30 pages into my first comedy script. I have also written sports articles for sportsdevotee.com. What sets me apart is my versatility as a writer and the fact that I have a bachelor’s and master’s in business. So the creative / education side blends and has helped me get to where I am now.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
For more information about my work, you can check out my website: www.smurrayenterprises.com and follow me on social media: IG: Caliraised31, FB: Shane Christopher Murray, Twitter: Thisisshizzle.

Also, to get my new book, 90s Poetry Book: 90s hip hop and r&b songs turned into poetry, please visit www.worldstagepress.org.

Pricing:

  • Civil Disturbance is selling for $10
  • Boyhood to Manhood poetry book is selling for $10

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