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Thursday, March 27, 2014

What Is My Passion Thursdays: Meet Chantal Maurice

Sharee and I first met Chantal Maurice when she auditioned for Doyhae Films independent feature film, Safe House: A Christian Story. We were producers on the project. Chantal was one of the lead characters. The film is currently being screened throughout the Columbia, SC area at various churches. 

Chantal was also featured in That's Bull: Elijah and the Prophets of Wall Street. It won 2012 Best Short Film at Detroit's GloryReelz Christian Film Festival and Inspirational Story at the 2012 Stauros Entertainment Inspirational Film Festival in Los Angeles. This short movie was filmed on the campus of Charleston Southern University during Chantal's senior year and a few months after Sharee obtained her MBA at the institution.

Chantal Maurice is a working actress currently residing in NYC. Recent credits include: Assurance Wireless Commercial, TV shows: Deadly Devotions and Frenemies on the Investigation Discovery Channel. You can catch her on Wednesday Nights at The Actors Temple in NYC in Layon Gray's Off-Broadway NAACP Award Winning Play, "The Girls of Summer"

Chantal's passion is to evoke real emotions by telling real stories.  She never considered any other career other than acting. Chantal had the desire and passion to entertain others since she was about 4 years old. She had survival jobs to make ends meet: Retail, radio promotions, social media coordinator. Chantal used her experiences with all of those survival jobs for motivation and to fuel her creativity when she approach different characters for different projects.

The biggest sacrifice that Chantal made pursuing her acting career was being so far away from her immediate family. She comes from a really close knit family and it's hard not being able to visit as often as she likes. Between auditions, filming, performing on stage and working, Chantal makes it home about 3 to 4 times a year.
Chantal gives this advice for those on the fence to Take A Leap, "If you wake up in the morning and go to bed at night with a burning desire of what you feel may be your passion, it's time to make a move. Start with research. Find out what it takes to turn your passion into a career. What training do you need? What are the steps you need to take to get started? I think this is a very important step because so many people get caught up in the idea of what they want to do, without actually having the patience and tenacity to work towards it. Also, I believe it's important to have an experienced Career Coach who can help support and guide you. Remember, it's a marathon to the finish line, not a race. Enjoy the journey." 
Readers can learn more about Chantal Maurice by visiting her website at to view her work and to see what she is currently up to.

Do you have a burning desire of what your passion is when you lay down at night and wake up in the morning? What steps are you taking to make that Passion into reality? Comment below.

Rhonda W. & Sharee W.

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