Interview with DeShawn Long
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I chose to get into acting a few years ago when my mother passed. She always told me to follow my dreams. I am a Philadelphia police officer but I am preparing to resign and commit full time to act. I have done a lot of independent films and will be on Amazon and Tubi to like Queen of the trap house- taking the throne, My brother can, and getting to the plug produced by Jeff Prescott of 856 films. I also did a reality show for lifetime called 5 guys a week which will air soon! I have done fashion shows for and with my best friend who is a celebrity fashion stylist “mickey freeman” brand is freemanbymickey.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Being from Philadelphia though it’s a big city it is still tiny. I was at the mall and I literally had I believe 5 random people approach me and asked was Deshawnlongofficial on Instagram. I’ve never met these people so it was ever interesting, to say the least. Also since I’ve been auditioning and taking on roles I’m blessed to say people all over have been contacting me!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
As an up-and-coming actor, you will be tempted to take whatever role comes your way. Even if u are flying out of your state or driving hours to do a role that may have low pay or no pay. I would recommend staying local until you’ve built a good enough portfolio where you are now getting paid more or even being paid to travel. It’s less stressful that way!
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I honestly believe that “mickeyboooom” on Instagram, who is my best friend mickey freeman, sorta encouraged me to chase my acting dream. Jeff Profit “film director /producer of 856 films ” is the 1st person to take a chance on me to have me star in one of his movies so I do thank him.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Even as a police officer in the city, I’ve always helped. Whether it was taking donations for the homeless, doing angel trees for children for Christmas. As an actor, I want to show the world that you don’t have been born into the success you can make it with hard work.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite quote is my Mya Angelo when someone shows you who they are believe them! I have such a good heart in life I would allow people to continue to use me and take from me. I would know they are no good but still have them a chance to change, instead of believing they are who they are.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Instagram is deshawnlongofficial, also I’m IMDb is the link is IMDB.me/deshawnlong7 You can also follow my Facebook which is the same as Instagram.