Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Shelise Leona Roberts’ passion for video production began by watching television and always wondering who’s behind the camera.
At age 16, Shelise joined HarlemLIVE, a non-profit, online magazine ran solely by the teens of New York City where she finally found herself behind the camera and began training in videography and editing. During her time at HarlemLIVE, Shelise worked closely with Executive Producer Liza McGuirk and Emmy Award winning reporter Chris Glorioso.
After leading and winning the annual Summer Youth Media Challenge, where teams competed to see who can create the most content for the organization’s website HarlemLIVE.org, Shelise was unanimously voted to become the program’s next and youngest Editor-In-Chief. She held the position for two years, spending her time in the office everyday after school. The summer after her freshman year of college, Shelise returned back to HarlemLIVE and served as the SYMC Co-Coordinator and Co-Producer for the video production team.
Shelise holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Film & Video, with a concentration in Directing & Editing, from the School of VISUAL ARTS. During her time at SVA, she studied under the likes of award winning author and video editor Richard D. Pepperman and American screenwriter, film producer and actress Joie Lee.
Some of Shelise’s most notable accomplishments are working as the Content Operations Intern for Tribeca Enterprise and serving as the Assistant Casting Director and Production Assistant for Atlantic Recording Artist K. Michelle’s music video “Can’t Raise A Man”, directed by Benny Boom. However, her greatest accomplishment is creating her short film “Baby Face”, which premiered at the School of VISUAL ARTS Theater in May of 2014.
Shelise is currently freelancing as a videographer, editor and photographer and is in the works of writing her own television series. Ultimately, her goal is to become a renowned television show creator and filmmaker. Later wishing to open her own production company catering to post graduates and underrepresented artist who are constantly overlooked because of their race and sex.