Spotlight on Shay McCowan – Connecting through religion, friendship & fashion – The Daily Submit-Athenian
Shay McCowan could stay in Chattanooga, however her coronary heart stays in Athens, the place she spent her youthful years and nonetheless attends church at Overcoming Religion Christian Middle.
A artistic soul, McCowan invests her time in varied pursuits that convey individuals collectively through religion, friendship and an appreciation for fashion.
McCowan, 37, was born in Athens and lived right here through her sixth grade 12 months - her mom moved to Spring Metropolis to be nearer to household, however all her father's household is from McMinn County.
She graduated from Rhea County Excessive Faculty and attended the College of Tennessee at Chattanooga, later transferring to Chattanooga.
"I nonetheless drive to Athens to go to my church," she stated. "That is what's saved my roots in Athens.
"I really like my church," McCowan stated, including her uncle, Dr. Harold McCowan, is pastor there. "It is well worth the drive."
Sharing her creativity along with her church household, McCowan wrote a play - "Eula Lee's Household Reunion" - and it was produced in Athens at Athens Metropolis Center Faculty earlier this month for the annual Victorious Virtuous Ladies's Convention.
"That is my seventh 12 months (writing a play)," McCowan stated.
For the primary 5 years the play was offered at church "however the phrase began getting round ... the final time we had it on the church it was so packed we needed to flip individuals away," she stated.
For the sixth 12 months it was offered within the McMinn County Excessive Faculty auditorium.
"I've already been requested to take that present we did on the street," McCowan stated, including they plan a manufacturing in Chattanooga; the chance to journey with this manufacturing is thrilling.
McCowan stated Minister Beverly Campbell inspired her to jot down performs for the church.
"I am the author, director and producer," she stated.
Hers is a religion-based mostly manufacturing - this 12 months it adopted a number of totally different storylines, together with psychological sickness, household difficulties, and rebuilding religion. The present is put on by a core group of church household.
"We had over 38 individuals within the play this 12 months," McCowan stated, including actors from 7 years to greater than 70 years outdated participated.
They normally begin follow in February and current the present the final weekend in April. McCowan stated scheduling practices could be difficult when everyone seems to be concerned in several actions.
Additionally, McCowan famous greater than half the solid just isn't from Athens, giving their time to journey for rehearsals.
"There have been lots of sacrifices made," she stated.
Inspired by family and friends, McCowan has despatched info to actor, comic, filmmaker, author and songwriter Tyler Perry about a number of of the characters she created.
"He had requested extra details about it," she stated, admitting "I bought scared ... I form of bought a bit nervous" so she delayed a bit, however just lately started working with somebody to assist her ship video clips to Perry.
"I am simply ready to see what occurs," she stated.
Whereas residing in Chattanooga, McCowan began her personal enterprise, Three64, a fashion advertising firm, along with her enterprise associate Shuderra Versa, who can be from Athens.
"We got here up with that identify as a result of 364 is what number of days there are between our birthdays," McCowan stated, noting she was born on Jan. 27, 1980, and Versa was born on Jan. 28, 1979.
"On April 22nd we did an enormous fashion present," she stated, including it was on the Chattanooga Conference Middle. She stated doing each a fashion present and a stage present is "equally arduous" regardless that "they're two completely several types of reveals."
As well as, McCowan stays busy with the group for singles she began after transferring to Chattanooga: HMNI - Good day My Title Is. She stated there are greater than 2,000 members from Knoxville to Chattanooga.
"I've a terrific staff that helps me," she stated, including it's made up primarily of her cousins and mates. "They really assist me in the whole lot, from HMNI to VVW Ladies's Convention."
McCowan's father, Richard McCowan, lives in Illinois. Her mom, Bonita McCowan, lives in Chattanooga. Her sister, Kyeshia Williams, sang within the current play.
Whether or not it's with performs, fashion or serving to singles join, McCowan believes it is very important attain out to individuals through your work.
"With the performs I am simply capable of be myself ... it is actual, it is actual life," she stated.
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