Creativity is a passion that Courtney Houston wants to share with the world. Her creativity was sparked as a teenager while she attended Farrell High School, participating in plays like “Grease,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Sweet Charity,” "Godspell" and “Princess and the Frog.” Furthering her education at Slippery Rock University, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and had the pleasure of continuing her production experience. Having the opportunity to work with the on-campus television station, she was given the privilege of working behind the scenes, helping to create multiple television shows that were broadcasted throughout the campus. Also, as a part of the broadcasting team Ms. Houston was able to host her own television show, entitled “Girls Talk Too” which covered issues young adults face on a daily basis. To end her production experience during college, she was also a part of the University Program Board that brought many known artists to the campus for major concerts, including famous acts such as Drake and Fabolous. Working with the concerts gave Courtney the knowledge and insight on what it takes to plan for a major events, manage finances for a business budget, and the importance of being organized for proper execution of the event.
In Ohio, The Youngstown Television Station, WKBN-27 poured into Ms. Houston more experience that enhanced her production skills. The television station exposed her to live broadcasting events, like “Academic Challenge”, an knowledge-based competition in which several local middle schools vie for a championship trophy; and the popular television show “American Idol” where she registered contestants and assisted them with selecting music for their performances.
In 2011, the Youngstown Radio Station, 101.9 JAMZ presented Courtney with an opportunity to write a segment in their annual event, “The Women of Color Expo,” which helped inspire women of all ages. As a result of the event, which was hosted by radio personality T-Luv, Ms. Houston was given exposure on the local Youngstown television show “The Community Connection,” hosted by Madonna Chisholm, which discussed her poems and what inspired them.
In 2014, Ms. Houston completed her online Master’s Degree at Full Sail University in the Entertainment Business Program. She plans on using this degree to build her production company; with its sole purpose is to address real situations with a positive message with hopes to inspire individuals around the world.
In 2018, ShadowingPros was founded with the purpose and passion for entrepreneurs, and individuals who have passion and desire to work in the entertainment industry, in front or behind the camera. Houston's goal is to create an atmosphere where she can educate, inspire, and connect individuals towards their passion in the entertainment industry through Theater, Film and Music. Also, to create a place to present her creative writing with the objective to encourage and uplift the people around her.
Now and in the future, Courtney’s passion and desire will be to communicate inspiration, hope, education and networking opportunities to the audience of ShadowingPros.