Karon Shelton is a former model, fashion show stylist and journalist-photographer. She was born and raised in New Jersey to parents with eclectic tastes in art, fashion and music. Her mother steered her to the fashion pages of the New York Times after church every Sunday. In high school she studied drama, starred in a student film, and produced and modeled in a fashion show. She was captain of the high school color guard.
Karon grew up among talented artists. Her childhood friend and next-door neighbor was David Sancious, now a music producer who, as a member of the original Bruce Springsteen band, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jerry Sroka, who lived two doors down, was one of the stars in the movie Godspell. Her uncle Garner (Chris) Shelton was a notable sculptor and painter in New York.
Karon has taken workshops and classes with Matthew Morgan, Linda Ann Watt, Jen Ingulli, Jonna Johnson, Barbara Divisek, Cheryl Louden-Kubin, Brian Beegle and many others. In 2020, Karon completed a 33-day actor transformation training with Jo Kelly, international performance coach. She has earned a B.A. in technical communications and journalism, certificates in fashion merchandising and home staging, and a cosmetology license.
WHAT A CHARACTER
Karon has depicted sundry personalities, among them a Chinese woman/man, Dr. Seuss characters, world’s oldest woman/jazz singer, wacky hotel customer, silly kick-boxing grandmother and, lately, a killer suspect. She is an alumnus of experimental and children’s theater, television and radio. During her year with a children’s theater touring company, she conducted self-esteem workshops for children from preschool to junior high.
ENOUGH ABOUT ME
Karon’s musical interests include but are not limited to alternative rock, jazz, and flamenco. She was introduced to flamenco dance by Rene’ Heredia, international flamenco guitarist and dance instructor. She enjoys crafting, interior decorating, and jewelry design with non-traditional materials (formerly a member of an artist co-op). Not a gambler herself, she learned roulette and blackjack dealing for private and corporate entertainment. Karon is an avid football fan, mainly for the camaraderie, although clueless as to who plays which position. Ms. Shelton practices prayer and meditation. She enjoys travel, maintains a healthy lifestyle and advocates exercise one can enjoy, tasty health food, intermittent fasting, and laughter.