Film Courage: What caused you to leave the film industry for what…two years?
Shane Stanley, Filmmaker/Author/Instructor: Two years. I did.
Film Courage: Did you do some soul searching?
Shane: I needed a break. I got my first national commercial when I was nine months old. I had gone through the highs and lows, the riches and poor’s, been through a divorce (marriage and divorce rather quickly) and as you know I used to say my life was trying to have…like having a picnic at the runway that time in my life. It was very…there was a lot going on. It was very turbulent. I was approaching 30. I was in my late twenties and you kind of hit rock bottom emotionally. I wasn’t suicidal, I wasn’t destitute but I was emotionally done. I had been doing one thing and one thing only for so long even though I dabbled in other hobbies or career paths, I had only done one thing. I needed a break. I just needed…it’s one of those things Is this really what I want to do? Is this something I want to continue doing? Is this something I want to pursue and put the next chapter or the next 30 years of my life into? When you are coming up on 30 you do a lot of soul searching. You’re not a kid anymore…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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