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Shequeta L. Smith

President and CEO

Shequeta began her career in entertainment as a College Representative for Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella Records while attending North Carolina State University. In addition to working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Business Management, Shequeta spent most of her undergraduate years setting up listening parties, autograph signings, and doing local promotions for Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella artists such as: DMX, Eve, Dru Hill, Slick Rick, Jay-Z, Ludacris, and LL Cool J.

Upon graduation, when faced with the decision to move to New York to continue a career in the recording industry or pursue her newfound love of screenwriting, Shequeta decided to give screenwriting a shot. A year later, she was a finalist in the “Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab” with her very first screenplay.  Over the next three years, Shequeta would write numerous screenplays and teleplays. Some of them placing in programs such as: Nickelodeon, AFI Directing Workshop for Women, and Tribeca All Access.

Eager to learn about the film industry as a whole, Shequeta went to work on scripted television shows like the CW’s hit, “Everybody Hates Chris,” as well as reality shows, “VH1’s Flavor of Love” and “The Surreal Life.” From these experiences, Shequeta learned a lot about scripted and unscripted television. So much so that she created her own reality show, “The Ultimatum,” which she optioned to the same production company behind the hit show, “The Apprentice.”

Most recently, Shequeta’s teaser trailer for her comedy film “The Gestapo vs. Granny” was selected as a Top 20 Finalist in HBO’s Project Greenlight. In addition to this, Shequeta wrote, directed and produced the short film, “The Takeover,” that has been featured in multiple film festivals and has garnered over two hundred thousand YouTube hits.

Currently, Shequeta is seeking investors for Rayven Choi Film’s first feature film, “Rayven Choi.”