Shelley Novak was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 7, 1975. She began her stage career at the tender age of 5. She used to be shy and her Mom placed her in pageants to help her overcome her fear of being around people. Ironically, it was that first step onto the stage that blossomed into a love of being in front of an audience. From there, she continued thriving in community theatre and pageants.
When she was in sixth grade, she and her family relocated to Central Pennsylvania, which put her acting career on hold, temporarily. The move proved itself to be difficult on the entire family, and her parents ultimately divorced when she was 15. Feeling jaded, she contemplated becoming a Nun. Both of her parents ended up remarrying, which made things better, but she still had a stirring for the stage.
Once in high school, she discovered that music was a great outlet for all her feelings. Wanting to see the world, she decided that joining the military and becoming a member of the Air Force Choir! She signed up with a recruiter who then set up an audition in Philadelphia, PA to help her earn her spot in the Air Force Choir. Two days later, the recruiter’s office received called after receiving her medical records. She was informed that she could not go into the military because she had Asthma. All at once, she felt like her dreams were shattered.
After a long talk with her high school music teacher and mentor, she agreed to audition with the Music department at Pennsylvania State University to become a music student at the Main Campus in State College, PA. She nailed her audition and became a Vocal Performance –Opera major, with a minor in Music Theatre in the spring of 1994, beginning college two weeks before her high school graduation.
After college, she remained active in local community theatre before taking another hiatus from the stage - this time, indefinitely. She married and moved to Virginia Beach, VA where she worked for various companies in Engineering Technology. After many years of feeling disconnected and feeling that her heart was missing out on something, she took one last leap of faith in hopes of making her way back into the limelight. She signed with an Acting Agency out of Richmond, VA in 2016, in an attempt to re-engage herself with her first love - the stage - and has never looked back.
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