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June 30, 2015

…Catching up with SHONDO BLADES

Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC
Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC

Reality star SHONDO BLADES. (c) ABC

He grabs your hand with a bone-crushing grip, looks you right in the eye and speaks forcefully….that’s how Shondo Blades greeted his many fans during an appearance last week at Indianapolis’ Indy PopCon. #Indypopcon

He’s certainly an imposing individual! The actor/MMA fighter/motivational speaker/trainer and a half-dozen other things has had a fascinating career, even at his young age.  Blades (born Rashon Lewis) was raised in Houston Texas.

 

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A college football career segued into a passion for acting, where he has appeared in a number of national TV commercials, music videos and other gigs. It was with his selection in the ABC-TV reality drama, The Quest, that has brought him the greatest fame with the public at large.

Part reality show/part scripted drama, Shondo was one of the ‘Paladins’ that was thrown into the melee of a scripted fantasy world. During the course of this series, he and his castmates would face weekly challenges that would eliminate them if they failed.

 

As one of the 'paladins,' actor Shondo Blades is thrust into a scripted fantasy world that involves out-of-this-world challenges to his reality compadres. (c) ABC

As one of the ‘Paladins,’ actor Shondo Blades is thrust into a scripted fantasy world that involves out-of-this-world challenges to his reality compadres. (c) ABC

 

“It was an incredible experience,” Shondo told SMEF. “I was so fortunate to be part of it. I tried out for the show at an open call, and they called me back and ultimately selected me to be in the show.

“We spent nearly seven weeks in Austria filming the series. It was tough work and took a lot out of me physically, but I with my training I was more than up to it! The crew spoke both fluent English and German, so there were few communications problems.”

MEET SHONDO BLADES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Us3OVq1Quc

“My fellow Paladins were an extremely competitive bunch. I felt this competitiveness helped us to do our best and ultimately made the show better.”

 

Blogmeister Sam compares biceps with MMA fighter Shondo Blades at Indy Popcon this past week-end. Easy to pick the winner in this contest! #indypopcon

Blogmeister Sam compares biceps with MMA fighter Shondo Blades at Indy Popcon this past week-end. Easy to pick the winner in this contest! #indypopcon

 

What’s next for Shondo Blades? The performer would like to become the next action movie star. When not acting, Blades makes appearances as an inspirational speaker. He actively promotes his personal life-philosophy: “1% Better Every Day.”

 

 

 






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