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Meet Sharron Lynn, our April Teafluencer. Sharron is an actor, model, dancer and mentor in New York City. You might recognize her from shows such as HBO's Vinyl, the Netflix Original Series The Get Down, and Scary Movie 5. If you are a Broadway buff, you’ve probably seen her touring the US and Canada with Disney’s The Lion King. When she’s not acting or dancing, you can find Sharron modeling for clients such as Target, Under Armour, Reebok and Nude Barre. We had the pleasure of speaking with Sharron about her career and her never-ending quest to inspire, grow and expand. Read on to learn how she juggles it all.
Harney: Tell us a little about you. Where are you from, what's your educational background, when did you know you wanted to become a dancer?
Sharron: I’m originally from Miami, FL where I attended the wonderful New World School of the Arts. I also went to Florida State University where I finished with two Bachelor degrees, one in applied economics and the other in interdisciplinary social science with an emphasis in history. I knew I wanted to become an artist at the age of 6 when I was taken to see Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Harney: Where do you find your passion for dancing, acting and modeling? What or who inspires you? How has your career developed over time?
Sharron: I find my inspiration in humanity. I love people and the uniqueness of our individual stories.
Harney: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career? And on the flipside, what are some of your biggest career accomplishments or proudest moments?
Sharron: I’m happy with the way my career has developed and thrilled about the future as I know there is much to look forward to. My most challenging time was when I lacked confidence in myself. I didn’t have a clear vision of my capabilities. I would have to say the most exciting time is now. I’m thriving and I’m clear. I’ve learned how to keep myself aligned and the journey is getting sweeter and sweeter. That mental shift changed everything.
Harney: You have worked in film and television, danced on Broadway and have modeled for brands like Target and Under Armour. If you could only dance, model or act for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
Sharron: If I could do only one thing for the rest of my life, I would choose acting. I’ve had a fulfilling dance career and will be ready to retire my hips and knees soon ha! But acting, oh man. I’m in it for the long haul.
Harney: You are a mentor to many young women. What is your favorite part about these relationships and do you have any advice for someone looking to have a career similar to yours?
Sharron: My favorite part about mentoring young women is simply being a resource. I don’t hold back or sugarcoat. It’s a challenging industry but it can also be a highly rewarding one. You have to be self aware and grounded in the fact that you belong and there is only one of you.
Harney: When you aren’t touring the US and Canada on Broadway, what are you doing in your free time?
Sharron: In my free time I like to be with my friends, family, and my love. I have the best community of people.
Harney: Are you a tea lover? Does tea influence your work?
Sharron: I have been a tea lover for over 11 years now! And yes, it does influence my work. I generally have a cup of hot tea before each show to aide with warming up :)
Harney: Do you have any favorite flavors or types of Harney & Sons tea (or anything you’ve been wanting to try)?
Sharron: My favorites shift depending on the season, but right now it’s the Green Tea With Coconut and Hot Cinnamon Sunset.
Sharron, thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us! To learn more about Sharron, her passions or her career, head to SharronLynn.com or follow her on Instagram. All photography has been provided by Sharron.
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