At the age of 15, Bryan entered and won a Halloween contest in drag- there, Shannel was born. A year later, he began working with Glamour Shots as a make up artist and a hairstylist, providing his expertise on photo shoots. Soon after, he was discovered by a representative of the Chanel Corporation and was hired on as a beauty advisor for Chanel cosmetic.
Shannel’s career took off and he resided in Las Vegas as a host and headliner for over 9 years. In 2009, he was cast in the first season of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. After noticeable recognition from the show, Shannel returned to Southern California and continued touring around the United States. In 2012, he was chosen to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.