What’s your full name name and where are you from?
Shannon Dopson-Mclune is from South Florida.
What makes you different as a person?
Growing up I was always shy, I loved my personal space, singing and dancing in the mirror at home pretending I was a Super Star. Me and my brother and sisters grew up very poor. I remember being embarrassed to open my school lunch boxes because some days we had nothing. I was raised as a Jehovah Witness, some of my teachers I used to have were very mean to me because of my religion. A lot of times I was the OutKast and made fun of. I used to be so embarrassed knocking on people’s door telling them about Jehovahs kingdom then having to go to school and nearly beat up everyday. My father was a very hard working man, I remember him working several odd jobs just to make ends meet for us. As a black man my father did everything he could to keep us fed. Back in the early 90s it was never easy for a black man to get a good paying job, but my father never gave up. I was quiet because most of the time I was nervous and very sad how poor we were. My mom did what she could, she came from an abusive home, it had a lot of impact on the family. I will never forget 5th grade going into 6th I made up my mind to never be shy, and that I would bring generational wealth to my family! I was determined to do so, but in the midst of my determination I was dealing with my own demons on the inside. I was constantly trying to figure out “who am I” and what is my purpose. I also grew angry from the things unspoken in my household, I started being more violent, more outspoken, and in a rush to reach my potential. I was first arrested in middle school, it broke my family heart. After I had my first son at 15. Back then this was not looked upon in favor as it is in this generation. I was ostracized, lost so called friends, and became the black sheep in my family. My sons father was in and out of prison and my mother gave up on me at an early age due to my rebellion, and not being who she wanted me to be in her eyes. I was utterly alone for years. I had support from the government moved out at 17 in holifield projects in Tallahassee Florida. I stayed to myself my temper was very bad, and I tried to be a good mother to my son, stay out trouble and give him a better life. We caught the city bus everyday until I bought my first car at 19, having to wake my son up at 4 am everyday added more depression to me. He was so young. We grew up together basically. I always made it to work on time but I lost a bond with my son always working with very little support and him in daycare everyday. Over the years I grew angrier at my family and my sons father it seemed no matter how hard I was trying, they loved to see me struggle. I went to Tallahassee Community College for my Radiology degree, I finished all my courses, and when it was time for me to start my clinical’s my mom told me to find someone to watch my son. There was no care.com back then. I dropped out of school and picked up 3 jobs until my son got old enough for me to go back to school. That crushed my soul. I fell into a deep depression started smoking more, and my temper was shorter with everyone around me. I couldn’t hide the pain like I used to. Years went by 2015 I started online classes for my paralegal degree while working at Children Home Society. I loved the foster children there, they really inspired me in addition to my son to push harder. I got my 2 year degree online at Everest University. But I didn’t want to be a paralegal I wanted to use my knowledge to build my own business. I quit my job after stress from my gossiping coworkers, and started putting cash funds into starting my LLC. By 2016 I was opened and had no idea what I was doing after that. I went to the library regularly to get knowledge that others would hold out or never tell because it’s “you” if you know what I mean. I watched the people I thought cared turn into enemies, and I watched people who extended a hand to help me. I’m not perfect I made many mistakes along my journey and still to this day. But one thing I NEVER did was give up. They may see me fall, but they will never see me stay down long. I’m the first business owner in my immediate family, and I plan on building more businesses in the future. I will bring generational wealth to my family. Sometimes it takes being the black sheep to WAKE up the world!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see my self owning a Vet Clinic. Ashton Animal Clinic is my inspiration she gave me an opportunity I will never forget as a black woman. I LOVE ANIMALS!! I see myself building businesses for my sons to own, Taking trips across the world eating various foods, buying my parents the house they always wanted with a lake in the back for my mom with swans, she deserves peace now. Helping my favorite cousins and my 2 best friends live out there dreams, and giving back to the foster care homes. I also want to open a beautiful studio for all artists to come and share their talent with the world. In 5 years I will have the world applying FULL PRESSURE to their dreams. Never give up!