Shyanne Yellowbird grew up in Seattle, WA, after living in Maskwacis in her early childhood. She is currently working as an Account Executive (Sales) for Amazon Web Services after graduating Columbia University in June 2020.
In college, she majored in Film and Media Studies while taking Indigenous Studies and Business classes on the side. To explore her interests in the entertainment industry, she interned at a small production company for a Netflix project and then Columbia Records in the fall of 2019. Her interests outside of work include traveling, film, art, and fashion. She hopes to one day be in a position where she can hire and open the door for more Indigenous people to have access to more opportunities in these spaces of arts or business.
Her biggest takeaway in life so far is, “You’re going to fail at a lot of things in life, but it’s all about what you do after. Do you let it beat you down or do you pick yourself up, learn, and keep moving forward? There’s so many times I wanted to give up, quit school, get more sleep, or just go home to my family. But, I never did because eventually anything difficult you’re going through is going to pass. Once you get past those challenges, you continue to grow as a person. I also have to thank my family and friends for all the pep talks they would give me to keep it pushing. But, at the end of the day, I would also say to always put yourself out there, apply for that job, post that Youtube video, pursue anything you want because you never know where your efforts can take you – you just need to put in the action.”