Talking to "Mr. Hollywood," Shannon Rose, reminded of the Little Train That Could who kept saying "I think I can, I think I can" as he chugged up the steep mountain. At a young age, he found out that what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. Born with the crippling disease Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder which creates profound weakness, Shannon was, at times, paralyzed as the disease waxed and waned. "The doctors were very antagonistic and thought it was all in my head. I had to educate them and even now, I serve as a spokesperson for the disease."
The voice and producer of The Hollywood Report, he had always been fascinated with the workings of the film industry, even to having his own casting firm, and finally was offered the chance to get his message out. Heard nationally in 11 million homes, he talks about the latest buzz and hottest gossip, as well as the new movies coming out, he is also a frequent reporter on www.CelebDirtyLaundry.com. He tells me that comic books movies are very much in. There will be an Avengers 2 as well as the new Batman. Lindsay Lohan, he reports, is doing much better and in talks with Woody Allen for his next movie.
The home schooled often bullied young boy, who was among the first to have his classes telecast, wished to meet Hulk Hogan, the wrestler and finally at the age of 12, Make A Wish Foundation, granted his request. During the live match, Hulk tore off his shirt, signed it, and gave it to me.
"From there my life changed. I began hanging around the wrestling rings. I was the handicap kid so they let me do little things like do time for the bell and be time keeper. Then one day, when I was 14, the ring announcer didn't show up. I told them I could do it. I didn't know if I could and both my arms were in slings then, but I got into the ring and showed them. From then, I was a regular. (He still does it today.)
His voice being among his strongest qualities, Shannon Rose became a radio announcer and producer. His passion for Hollywood also caused him to get into the casting business. At first he worked with Tony Barrow and growing his name through Tony's work, he finally decided to branch out onto his own. His film now does many commercials, TV movies, home shopping and a few independent films. HIs PR film also reps numerous celebrities, authors and experts.
"I never think about problems, only about solutions."
When asked about casting, he said that many actors have to understand that sometimes it is just the look. Finding the right look and the right talent can often be a challenge. He will put people on tape and submit it directly to the producers and reminds the actors that they are selling not only themselves, but they are selling their talent. "Come dressed as the part you want to get. Get into the feel of the moment. Don't apologize if you are a word off, they want to see your eyes and see that you can act." He does tell actors that while they should be prepared for cold reads, if you have lines ahead of time, it's always better if you can memorize them. "Have a professional attitude and be humble. I can give you that ball, but you have to be the quarterback that goes out for the touchdown." While he uses a lot of local hires for his projects, he's had people fly in from all over the country to be part of his casts.
Shannon does an on camera acting class in Florida where he is based and teaches acting at a variety of venues.