Five Questions with FCB Chicago’s Shannon Clash

What do The Rolling Stones, Grey’s Anatomy and the X-Men have in common? They’re all right here as FCB Chicago Story Supervisor Shannon Clash stops by for a thoroughly entertaining round of Five Questions with SCREEN. Let’s get to it!

SCREEN: If you could be a member of any musical group in history, what would it be?

SHANNON: I gravitate to music that I can listen to on records and music that gives me an intense reaction. I would have loved to be a member of The Love Unlimited Orchestra or The Rolling Stones. The Love Unlimited Orchestra because it’s a 40-piece band, conducted by Barry White, that had a female vocal trio. At that time, there weren’t any other ensemble creating live, authentic music. And hands down, there is nothing better than hearing the start of a track and bridge from such an ensemble on vinyl. 

Let’s enjoy this classic from The Love Unlimited Orchestra!

SCREEN: Most famous person you’ve ever met?

SHANNON: I can’t pick one of these wonderful women because literally all of them have made impact on my life. I met Barbara Walters, Ava DuVernay, Angela Davis, and worked with Andrea Mitchell. Angela Davis was a BIG one because as I grew up my grandmother had a picture of Jesus, JFK, Martin Luther King, and her on the wall. So, when she spoke on campus at the University of Maryland, College Park, there was NO WAY I wasn’t meeting her. Weirdly, I saw her go into a bathroom and I waited until she came out to have my moment. Even standing next to her to take a picture, you could feel her power. I couldn’t wait to call my grandmother afterward.

SCREEN: Your  favorite commercial ever?

SHANNON: My favorite commercials are the 1999 Budweiser “Whassup” commercial and the 2023 Adobe Acrobat “Puppy’s Gotta Go.”

I remember as a kid, my Uncle Rickey had the Budweiser Frog cup that said “Whassup” when you pushed the button. Imagine a 7-year-old going around with a Budweiser cup screaming Whassup for a year. Unfortunately, the button stopped working and the cup is long gone, but our family still greets each other with a Whassup!

 As for the Adobe Acrobat “Puppy’s Gotta Go,” this commercial is an accurate depiction of my life in advertising, working with adobe files, and myself having a red Dachshund, named Sage, that doesn’t care about my work when he needs to go. It is so accurate. Adobe should have casted me! 

SCREEN: What is your favorite restaurant on the planet? What do we order when we go?

SHANNON: Favorite restaurant on the PLANET?! That’s a hard one because food is my love language. But if I had to pick, I would say Ship’s Café in Baltimore, Maryland. I am a Baltimore Girlie! Anytime I can have a jumbo lump crab cake or snow crab legs with Old Bay seasoning, I am there! 

SCREEN: If you could play any superhero in a major motion picture, who would it be?

SHANNON: I would want to play is Storm! She can fly and expresses her emotions, even though it shows up as a literal storm. And one of the most beloved X-Men/Avengers romance is between Storm and Black Panther.

Here is a closer look at that romance for Shannon and all fellow comic book fans!


SCREEN: What’s inspiring you today?

SHANNON: Just experiencing my journey unfold. It took me a long time to accept the phrase “What is for me, won’t pass me.” Now that I have a grasp on this concept, I am inspired by what is to come, what I have accomplished, and what is already planned for me. I am even more inspired by the next generation. I am called the Black Mary Poppins in my family because I make sure to show up and inspire all my younger family members, but really, they teach me so much and inspire me to stay youthful.

SCREEN: What’s that TV show you’re a little embarrassed to admit you love to watch?

SHANNON: I’m a little embarrassed to admit I am still a faithful Grey’s Anatomy viewer and never miss a Thursday. I even restart the series sometimes. I love it because I always watched medical
shows, like ER, with my mom. I started rewatching when my best friend began medical school to stay connected with her journey (minus the drama of course) and then Grey’s became my guilty pleasure when I needed to disconnect from grad school/working at NBC News. Now, I just can’t let it go even though the storylines don’t make sense and Meredith is not even there.

Shannon, these Season 14 highlights are for you!

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