Martin grew up in the small town of
Galesburg, Illinois, where she and her
brother, Kholby, would join their father
casting into the local lakes for bass.
Flash forward to Point Loma Nazarene
University in San Diego. Martin had
dreams of someday working with orcas,
“my all-time favorite animal.” Then she
took a film class and “loved it, so I
to dream life
Your standard success story nor- mally doesn’t involve a young woman leaving the bright lights of Hollywood to run a charter
fishing boat out of Alaska – but Shelby
Martin is not your typical young woman.
Young entrepreneur turned
her back on Hollywood
to run her own fish boat
out of Alaska
“I’ve never been happier in my career
choice,” says Martin, 29. “Every day is
different, which keeps me engaged. I
have new guests each day, and when it
comes to fishing and wildlife you never
know what you’re going to catch or see.
The weather and water conditions con-
stantly change, which can create unique
challenges as well.”
Following graduation, she turned an
internship at DreamWorks Animation
(creators of “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,”
and many others) into a full-time career,
first as a production assistant, then as
production coordinator. After four years,
she fell victim to mass layoffs at the stu-
dio, but there was something larger to her
out there than just losing a job.
“At that point in my life, I lived in Los
Angeles with the bright lights and night
life, but I found myself being someone I
wasn’t,” she explains. “L.A. wasn’t for me.
I decided I needed a complete change,
something totally different.”
An invitation from a friend to visit
Juneau, Alaska, delivered that something.
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