Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made news headlines back in February after officially dubbing 2012 "the year of the entrepreneur!" And although she was an entrepreneur years before ‘12 arrived, Bowie, Md. native Shanelle Spivey's life story still reflects the theme behind the governor’s proclamation.
At age 28, Spivey is the owner and executive producer of Spirut Andrews Productions LLC, a multi-faceted video production company that specializes in television production, event coverage, and online video marketing. Spirut Andrews, named after immediate family members who’ve inspired her throughout life, produces a TV series titled ‘the Rising Spivey Show,’ a local talk show which airs in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area. The show is both produced and hosted by Spivey herself, and highlights non-profits and entrepreneurs of her local area, while also covering other interesting community events. It can be seen in Washington, D.C. on channel 95 for Comcast cable subscribers and channel 10 for those subscribed to Verizon cable (channel 76 for Comcast and channel 10 for Verizon in P.G. County). The show can also be viewed at RisingSpivey.com.
According to Spivey, viewers of her production “will receive a new, enlightening and encouraging episode each month from a woman who is passionate about changing the world, one small corner at a time.” But tuning into her show doesn’t come without a level of sacrifice paid. Spivey has risked much of her adulthood investing into her own business; she quit her lucrative job with the U.S government nearly three years ago to pursue her dreams as a TV personality/business owner, and hasn’t looked back since. And although her journey hasn’t come without its hardships, Spivey knows what she does isn’t just for herself; the sacrifices she has made has benefited people that she consider family as well as complete strangers.
“One of the reasons I quit my former job was to maintain a close and intimate relationship with my daughter,” Spivey told the AFRO. “With my former job, my daughter and I would have to be out of the house by at least 5:00 a.m. everyday just so I could be at work by 7 a.m., and she would have to go to my parents’ house because before-school daycare wouldn’t be open yet. Then I wouldn’t be able to get home from work until 6 p.m. maybe 7p.m., and that’s not the way I wanted to raise my child.”
Now, Spivey not only has more time to nurture her most favorite person in the world, but also has more time to use her talents to shed light on deeper issues and topics that crave attention, whether locally or nationally related.
“I only wish to leave a lasting impression on everyone I meet, encouraging them to find and nurture their passion, protect the environment, and believe in the future,” Spivey told the AFRO. “Rising Spivey is just the beginning for us. I know the world will eventually hear our message on peace and unity, and we will rise together.”