Shayla Brown
Actor, Singer
“To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.”
– E. E. Cummings
Shayla is a 17-year-old singer and actress from Ontario. She is confident, energetic and hard-working. Her perseverance stems from her visual impairment. Shayla has been blind since birth, and has had to face many challenges, and what some people might think of as barriers. Shayla continues to break them down. Her strength, willingness to learn, and persistence to pursue her dreams is what set her apart.

For as long as she could talk, Shayla has been singing. She started in choirs at the age of six, then branched out into private lessons and then eventually, to musical theater. For just as long, Shayla has been acting and performing. Taking as many dramatic opportunities at her school and around the community as she can. Shayla‘s on stage debut was at the Kings Wharf Theatre, in Drayton Entertainment’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She immediately fell in love with the artform, and developed a passion to continue with it. Her most recent theatre credit was as Alana in her Schools production of the little mermaid, the musical.

Shayla made her film and television debut in the second season of the Apple TV original series, See. This experience was life-changing for Shayla. As she worked along side prominent actors, such as Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, she began to feel empowered in what she was doing, no longer an outsider, but on equal ground with everyone else, blindness and all. She started to feel like this was what she was being called to do. Creating art, not limiting herself in any way, shape or form. She refuses to put herself in a box, and craves versatility. Shayla is also an advocate for authentic representation of visually impaired people in film and TV. She speaks out for better representation of the blind and visually impaired, as up until recently, it has been inadequate. This resolve to speak out for change, and passion to do things that some people might think of as beyond her abilities set her apart. Shayla is pushing the bounds of what is expected, and with a fierce determination, will be a force to be reckoned with as she grows and refines her skills.