Shannon's path into the industry wasn't as straight forward as some. He first earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and worked for several years in Florida as a Veterinary Technician before going back to school at the Academy of Art in San Francisco in 2003. While studying at the Academy he gravitated towards modeling initially because of the intensive anatomy knowledge he learned with his first degree. In 2006, he landed his first Modeling gig straight out of school at Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles. He currently works as a Modeler at DreamWorks Animation. Shannon has nearly 10 years of experience working in the film industry and has worked on both Visual Effects and Animated Feature Films. His diverse career has led him across the globe and back where he's worked on several Academy Award winning films and some of the largest blockbuster movies to date, including: "Avatar," "The Hobbit," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" ,"The Adventures of Tintin," "Happy Feet," and most recently he just finished working on his 15th film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2."