RUNNING ON EMPTY LEADS TO A FULL LIFE FOR MULTI-TALENTED
MODEL / DJ / ACTRESS COLLEEN SHANNON
By Elias Stimac
If our Talent in Motion cover model looks familiar, it’s most likely because Colleen Shannon has had the unique honor of being selected as Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Playmate in 2004. She has also made a lasting impression in the entertainment industry as a model in publications such as OK!, Maxim and Loaded; as an actress, with credits that include “How I Met Your Mother,” “FCR” and “Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls;” as a musician, performing with Sting, Snoop Dogg, Paul Oakenfold and Funkmaster Flex; and… as a disc jockey, featured at Harrah’s Atlantic City, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa and LG Fashion Week. The blonde beauty has also performed internationally in such countries as Sweden, Lebanon, Abu Dhabi and South Africa.
Multi-talented Colleen relates that posing for Playboy Magazine definitely changed her life. “Before that photo shoot, I was a waitress at a popular spot on Sunset Boulevard called Saddle Ranch, and going to college for music, art, photography and psychology. But I loved modeling, along with DJing and acting. So when they told me they would shoot my centerfold with turntables, I was blown away. My manager came up with ‘World’s Sexiest DJ’ — I was always quite shy of that! I just figured if I can create art for the rest of my life, I will be a happy girl.”
The Alaska native and California transplant believes in doing what you love. Of course, that can be challenging when you love to do many different things. “Acting, DJing and modeling are all very different, but still connected in a way,” says Colleen. “I may use the modeling to market myself as a DJ, but you have to be good at it — no one cares what you look like. Looks may get you in the room, but talent keeps you coming back. As far as acting, I like the psychology of using your body as vessel to tell a story, and completely forgetting who YOU are.”
DJing has inspired Colleen in a multitude of ways. “I love the saying ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, keep getting what you’re getting!’ At the moment, I am developing a character for an animation project based on a DJ Girl. I also am starting the World DJ Foundation, which will bring musical artists together to make a difference.”
Colleen offers the following advice to anyone aspiring to pursue a creative career: “You are only as good as your team. I have had a great run because I had the best agents and managers in the business. Find people who care… don’t just be another face on the talent roster. Also, find a niche that makes you stand out from the crowd. Never be normal!”
If and when the always-active Colleen finds time to write her autobiography, she has the perfect title in mind. “It would be called ‘Running on Empty,’ because I have put my last penny and all of my energy into my art, and I still continue to create with a dream and optimism.”
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