By Eunice Moseley
The Baltimore Times
"I finally made it (when I appeared) on 'One on One'," actress Shondrella Avery says about her career.
She says appearing on UPNs' "One on One" led to her co-starring role on Oxygen Networks' "Girls Behaving Badly." It appears on Fridays 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and is a cast of sexy females that set up pranks to unsuspecting people, leaving the audience laughing at the end result.
"I really began performing at six or seven at a private school. I was in contests and I always came home with the ribbon," she says. "I had to live with a white family to go to this private school and I was told I had a big personality."
Avery's big personality appeared on "Martin," "Living Single," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "For Your Love," "Cedric the Entertainer Presents" and she just completed a feature film with John Amos called "Watermelon Heist" and Showtime's "Catfish and Gumbo." She also appears in a one woman show for HBO where she tells the story of her life growing up in a family with over 190 foster kids.
"I started off doing a lot of extra work. I was an extra on 'Martin' when I was given a speaking part," she states.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State L.A., this 28 year-old says she is a role model, first to her siblings, and then to other women. Advice she gives to other aspiring actors/actresses is, "Get your education. Know what your dreams are and never let anything derail you from those dreams. Don't buck the system. Remain fast to your dreams. Find yourself personal support. Money will come. Stay grounded."
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