Well-established businessman and actor Shona Ferguson has taken time to reflect as far as 17 years ago when a Hollywood producer asked him if he had a backup plan. He was obviously “shattered” because he had just done multiple takes of an audition!
“A moment of reflection & gratitude: 17 years ago a Hollywood producer asked me if I had a backup plan. I was obviously shattered because I had just done multiple takes of an audition. He continued to say… “You don’t have what it takes.”
“An agent told me it wasn’t going to be easy to get me jobs because I didn’t have the right “look”. A veteran actor loved & respected by millions told me I am not memorable & so did a lot of producers. Many actors criticized me & made bets I would never make it in this industry,” shared Shona Ferguson.
Shona Ferguson continued to say that: “In 2010, I eavesdropped on a couple of fellow actors saying I was overrated & didn’t have real talent. The insults got very personal. Anyway. I don’t hold grudges the same way I don’t listen to anybody’s opinion, about my life.
“I’ve given most of these folks, agents & naysayers work opportunities regardless. Some are on my payroll & some would rather starve than work for me & that’s OK. I’m NOT for everyone & not everyone is for me,” said Shona Ferguson.
The actor said that there was a time in his life he could not afford toothpaste and he brushed his teeth with sunlight bar soap.
“There was a time in my life I couldn’t afford toothpaste & I brushed my teeth with sunlight bar soap. Had bogobe le cabbage for years coz I couldn’t afford meat. We were so broke we couldn’t afford paraffin for the lamps. We didn’t have much but GOD was with us.
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“We prayed day & night. To this day, the prayers haven’t stopped. Thank you, MOM and DAD. THANK YOU JESUS. It’s the darkest times & toughest battles that make us strong. There’s no human being on this planet that can break my spirit because you did not build me. GOD did,” said Shona Ferguson.
“I am what & who GOD says I AM. BLESSED. This is in no way saying life is perfect. NO! The weapon will be formed but it will NOT prosper. The enemy schemes every day so you have to pray harder & harder. You have to see every challenge & setback as a lesson.
“I learn more from my failures than I do from my successes. With every level of success comes new devils so u can never stop praying & feeding ur soul with positivity, love & gratitude. We are not @ war with the flesh anymore or strangers’ opinions on social media, as many believe.
“For the devil to defeat you, he has to control your MIND. If I can motivate 1 person with this post, just 1, my job is done. It’s not about likes or comments. I just want to reach that 1 person who needs a little encouragement & say this to you… You will be OK GOD LOVES YOU,” he concluded.