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Life & Work with Ashley Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Lee. 

Hi Ashley, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
This journey of mine was the result of diving into what was initially something I used to get through the hardest time of my life; In retrospect, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I am a true believer in the fact that all the trials and tribulations you face guide you toward the right path. I am still paving my way to my desired future, but with every rejection, every doubt, every criticism, and countless setbacks, I know in my heart there is nothing else I would rather be fighting for than this dream of mine. I’m Ashley Lee, I’m a professional dancer, and as cheesy as it is like 50 cents infamously said “I ain’t going nowhere, so you can get to know me.” 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I was blessed to have the world’s most supportive family, so fortunately that was never an obstacle I’ve had to face. What my family lacked in on “surplus wealth”, they outpoured with love. I wouldn’t say I struggled, I learned the importance of money from a young age and adapted. Had I had the option to train and dance all day every day to fast track my growth? Sure, it’d be ideal, but working and fighting for opportunities makes every win that much more valuable to me. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a professional dancer, what I consider in my opinion to be one of the more underrated and under credited group of artists. What it takes to be a professional in this field is insane, yet a defined “successful” dancer equals to one performance, a clip in a movie or a 10 second frame in a music video. I have gotten the opportunity to work for artists such as Post, Roddy, MINZY, and Aoki; which I’m very very grateful for. But what I’m most proud of is how much I’ve grown, skill wise, into the mover I’ve always wanted to become. If little Ashley saw a video of me now, she would think I’m so frick’n cool. 

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Social media has its downside but no one can deny the power it holds in connecting communities, friends, fans, inspirations, etc. I try to use my Instagram specifically to follow movers I resonate with and/or am really captured by and study. I live near the capitol of the industry (LA) so when I get a chance to learn from them in person I absorb as much as I can. Networking comes with relations, and I find the only true way to build relationships is to be a good human being. I usually have to remind myself this too, but stars/celebrities/influencers are people too. 

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