We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Tranell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I’ve always wanted to work for myself, create my own schedule, and build a legacy. Combining my creativity and business acumen was an organic evolution.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a creative director, choreographer, and producer and what sets me apart from others in my field is that I primarily focus on the spiritual dance artform. My mission is to bring liturgical art in all forms to the stage as well as in places of worship. It has been challenging as audiences are used to seeing this artform performed and expressed in a certain way and location, however, I gain satisfaction from the impact that my work and productions bring to those that partake. This helps me overcome any doubt about my artistry, how I approach and execute it, because it fulfills its purpose in the end. I’ve tried other styles of dance, teaching, and creating, and although I’m able to do these things they are unauthentic to who I am as an artist. So the lesson I’ve learned and message I want others to glean from my story is to remain true to who you are. There is truly a lane for everyone, even if you have to create the lane yourself. Authenticity breeds satisfaction and freedom in my artistry. Not trying to be or emulate anyone else.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is tricky because I’m somewhat of a homebody lol, but we would definitely do a lot of eating. My best friend would have to have breakfast at the flying biscuit one day, followed by all you can eat sushi at Sushi Osawa, and dinner at Caribbean Fiesta. We’d have to hang out one night for dinner and dancing at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint and catch a broadway show at the Fox Theater. We’d take hike up Indian Seat trail and take a nice long drive through the mountains of North Georgia stopping by a local winery for a wine tasting. We’d have to find time to visit the Jeju spa for some much needed down time and perhaps a night of movies, drinks, and hookah and Sivas.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to my tribe. My husband, birth and chosen family, friends, and small business peers that hold me accountable, support me, and uplift me in moments of doubt.