Where to begin…how about the beginning?
I was born and raised in a small town in Iowa nestled on the muddy Mississippi River. Seriously though, it was an amazing place to grow up. “Is this heaven? No it’s Iowa.” Well, close enough to it. 🙂
I am the second oldest of four children, and I think it’s fair to say the most dramatic one. My love of performing started at a very young age when I was cast in a school play in the second grade. Several theater productions followed, as well as forcing my parents to watch endless musical performances with my siblings. We did Madonna proud.
My mother wisely suggested that I go to college instead of moving to Los Angeles after high school. After graduating with three degrees I am no longer using, I worked in Marketing for John Deere for several years. It was there that I truly honed my acting craft. Pretending to enjoy fixing transmissions is one of my greatest accomplishments to this day. Honestly though, I think it’s pretty cool I can operate heavy machinery.
While working in the South I excitedly began my professional acting career. After attending a cattle call for “Remember the Titans” I was NOT selected for some odd reason to be an extra on the film. So, like any wise actress should do, I crashed the “chosen” line and started working the next day. Within a few hours I was bumped up to a day player and became Kate Bosworth’s best friend…AND GOT MY SAG CARD! Woot woot! To this day I scream in delight when I receive my $19 residual checks in the mail.
I’m most passionate about my friends, family and my work. My husband and kids are my life. I am blessed with two children who I hope will one day be proud of me and the personal and professional choices I have made. More than anything, I hope that they too will follow their dreams no matter what obstacles they may face.
I look forward to collaborating with you in the future.
Shanda Lee Munson
Actress, Producer and Writer