Born in Dallas, Texas to an immigrant Persian father and a Black ballerina mother, diversity and artistic expression permeated Shahine’s upbringing. Raised in a creative atmosphere, he began his acting career at age 5. Shahine studied theater at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, while simultaneously maintaining a professional acting career in the local scene.
While attending California Institute of the Arts, Mr. Ezell discovered an intense enthusiasm for directing. This led to him staging several shows, as well as writing and acting in the one-man show, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Following college, Ezell started his television and film career, booking roles on major networks and feature films. Fascinated with the scope and complexity of directing, he wrote and directed the short film "Thank You Card", which appeared in numerous film festivals across the country.