Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Katz.
Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a community that has always been incredibly supportive of my dreams. Despite this, I always felt like my life was determined for me. As a competitive figure skater, I would wake up at 4 or 5 every morning and drive to the rink to train for hours, do my schooling, and then train again. That was just who I was, and what I did. Nevertheless, I would always put my heart and soul into it because it was important to me.
In elementary school, I was always the shy kid; sitting by myself, or seemingly going out of my way to not have to be seen. The only times that I ever truly felt like myself were when I would be included in performances at church, or when I would perform in the skating rink. I was unafraid on the ice and in front of people. Performing always seemed to help me feel alive and free.
In high school, I decided to leave skating behind, because I just didn’t feel the same passion for it as I knew I had started to feel for performing. In community college, I was asked to audition for one of their Spring plays. It was there that I truly discovered and accepted my long-lasting passion for acting. I landed the role in Biloxi Blues, and before I knew it my entire life was derailed in the best and most exciting way possible. I started taking film-related classes in college and was presented the opportunity by a fellow student to audition for a short film called Chrysalis. I went out on the audition and had the biggest rush of excitement and pure joy while performing for them that I had never fully experienced. I went on to book that role and flew to Michigan to shoot for a week. Even from the first day of filming, I knew that there was nothing that I’d rather do with my life more than this. I was then, and will forevermore be hooked on acting.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel like my life has never been an easy path. It’s filled with some of the highest highs and some of the lowest lows, but that’s ultimately what makes it the most exciting. I have struggled my entire life with trying to discover who I am and what I want in life. It took me 20 years to realize and admit my true love for acting, and it’s taken four years since then to truly embrace it in full. I feel like acting comes with both the constant struggle of body issues and the slow-moving process, which is the entertainment industry. You look at the people around you and feel like you’re moving too slowly, or not doing enough, but don’t know what more there is for you to do. I’ve come to realize though that it’s the journey that matters most. Some aspects of life may need you to look at the big picture or your final goal, but I’ve realized that with acting, I need to stay present at the moment, and appreciate each moment as it comes. I’ve learned the hard way that life can pass you by in an instant, so bust your butt and hustle, but don’t forget to enjoy where you’re at and be proud of yourself for the little things. I’ve always beat myself up for not being “farther along” in my career, but I’ve learned that the right opportunities will come at the right time for you, which is going to be a different time than anyone else in the world.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m currently focusing on learning and enhancing my craft. I’m studying at an amazing Meisner technique school and have grown and developed more in the past year, both as a human and as an actor than I have in my whole life. As a partially repped actor, I am self submitting on a lot of projects and working on building my acting and modeling skills in the field. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and meet some amazing up and coming directors, photographers, actors, and more and collaborate on some fun projects. I’m currently working on writing my first feature script and branching out in different directions in the industry.
- Website: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5959380/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @ashlokat