Shelby is in her twenties, originally from Southern California, and has been pursuing acting in New York for four years. She graduated from Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. and continues vocal, dance, and acting training in New York. Her New York and regional theatre credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Oklahoma!, The Importance of Being Earnest, No, No, Nanette, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Seagull, and The Heidi Chronicles. She also performed national tours of A Christmas Carol and Babes in Toyland.
I originally started out studying opera. A friend talked me into going to an audition for a graduate-directed play simply as moral support for him. I wasn't even planning on auditioning, but they offered me Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and I turned it down. I said, "I'm not an actor," but the director talked me into doing it. I loved it, and the bug bit me. It was completely unintended.
I've been waiting tables for ninety percent of my income because it's the most convenient. I wish I could say it was from acting. It will be from acting. But right now, it's waiting tables. Most actors wait tables, but if you can find something that you do well, most definitely do it,