Government employee by day and filmmaker by night, Shayla Racquel is the quintessential creative, born and raised in the South but currently living in the city. She believes she gained her creative entrepreneurial spirit from her grandparents Joseph & Evelyn Thompson, both owning thriving Black businesses in Columbia, South Carolina. Diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease at birth and having a stroke at the young age of 12, her childhood battle with the disease is what brought her closer to the art of storytelling and the love of filmmaking.
Shayla Racquel is the Creator of the award-winning webseries “Quarter Century,” a narrative series following a group of post-grads who are trying to figure out what it means to be “grown.” The series has two seasons under its belt – the first set in the eclectic city of Washington, D.C. and the second taking place in the heart of New York. In 2015, Shayla Racquel wrote, directed, and edited a short film titled “Life’s Checklist.” which follows two young adults as they question if they’re getting married for love, or for the sheer reason that marriage is one of life’s goals to complete. The short film was an official selection at seven film festivals and has won five awards, including Phenomenal Women In Film – Best Short Film.
Shayla Racquel bleeds orange & green, holding a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from the illustrious Florida A&M University. Felicific vibe with a unique appreciation for life, you will know Shayla Racquel when she greets you with “Smiles are contagious so get sick!” More information on Shayla Racquel’s various film projects can be found on www.shaylaracquel.com.