Ex-Tahidi High queen Shirleen (Shish) finds her niche as a producer
Shirleen Wangari, better known for her character as Shish in the TV series Tahidi High, has decided to switch to behind the cameras and take up a role as a producer.
Nairobi News caught up with her to find out the motivation for the career move.
“I want to be like Brad Pitt acting and producing films at the same time, a jack of all trades,” said Shirleen Wangari.
She now owns Blackwell Film Limited and has recently co-produced a short film titled ‘Confessor‘ that stared Nick Ndeda, Jay A, Eddy Peter and herself.
She was also recently in Tanzania to shoot a documentary.
The ‘Confessor‘ has been nominated for this year’s Mashariki African film festival.
“Acting and producing is what most international actors are doing, and having had my share as an actress and the experience in the field it was only inevitable for me to venture into production,” she said.
‘Confessor‘ is not the only ace on her sleeve. She recently starred in the short film titled ‘Captain of Nakara‘ which was screened at the European film festival, as well as ‘Matriach‘, a short film directed by Dancurf Brown that has also been selected to be screened at this year’s Zanzibar Film Festival.
In addition the actress also won the best screen writer in this year’s 48hr film project.
So is this the end of us seeing her on TV? She gives an emphatic no.
“I am quite flexible. If a good opportunity comes up I will definitely do it, but at the moment I feel that Kenya has a lot of great stories to tell, so I will be doing a lot of production work and screen writing,” said Shirleen.