There's another shinning talent on the DMV acting scene, folks. Her name is Shannon Lynch and she is Miss District of Columbia United States 2014, and successor to "sister queen" Candiace Dillard (Miss District of Columbia United States 2013 and Miss United States 2013).
Shannon took time out of her busy pageanting schedule to talk to us at DC Actors Examiner. On with the interview:
How do you translate your acting skills to competing in pageants?
When you compete on the pageant stage, you adopt a regal persona in order to highlight your confidence and poise. For me, I will get in “character” right before going on stage every time I compete, telling myself that I already possess the title I am competing for. In many ways, this is no different than the way in which actors mentally prepare themselves to play a role.
How much time do you devote to being Miss District of Columbia United States 2014?
It really varies, but so far, I would say about 5-10 hours per week for appearances. That’s not including the many hours I spend in the gym to stay in shape, the time I spend practicing interviews, or the amount time I spend perfecting my walk and poses for stage.
What do you like better, singing or acting?
Music is my first love. I have been studying voice and performing nearly my whole life. However, first and foremost I consider myself an artist, so any opportunity I get to make art—whether that is through acting, singing, or modeling—I am more than happy.
What kind of films would you like to do?
I consider myself more of a dramatic actor than a comedic one, so I would love to work in a dramatic film. I would LOVE to play a heroine type like Superwoman!
How did you meet John Pallotta?
I met John Pallotta through my sister queen Candiace Dillard (Miss District of Columbia United States 2013 and Miss United States 2013). She has worked with him on her acting skills and he has provided some great opportunities for her.