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Meet Ashley Marie

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

Ashley, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started with a microphone. I have always had a passion for singing and performing for anyone willing to be entrained. I would say I started singing before I could even articulate a complete sentence. My first significant live performance (not including the concerts I would perform for my family) was at my 8th-grade talent show when I sang a disco melody by Selena. The reaction from the audience was contagious, and I knew right then, and there this is where I wanted to be for the rest of my life. It has been a struggle to get to where I am, and I am still working on becoming a mainstream artist one day like my idols before me, including Selena.

Great, 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?
No, it has not, but if the road to success were easy, then everyone would be successful. Especially in this industry, you have to take the good with the bad and face a lot of rejections but also have faith that everything will work out in the end.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a singer, model, actress, and pageant girl. In short, I am an entertainer. I have been singing and performing since the age of 2 by putting on little shows for friends and family. I have performed at multiple private parties, events, bars, and restaurants such as The Dolby Theater, and even Albania. I recently performed for Riverside’s Got Talent and made it to the semi-finalist. I also love to record cover songs and make music videos for my fans. My most notable cover song is that of Jesse J’s Price Tag with a quarter-million views. When I am not performing, I dabble in modeling, acting, and even competing in pageants.

I have had some minor roles; an extra in a dove commercial, an extra in a commercial, extra in el Gallo Giro commercial, background work for the tv show spin-off of glee, and a few short films). I am also a pageant girl, and I have competed in various local pageants and even got a chance to travel to Albania for an international pageant as Miss Summer Mexico. I currently hold the title of Miss United States Riverside 2020, and I am prepping for the Miss California United States Pageant 2020. I am proud of everything I have accomplished and plan to achieve in the future. What sets me apart is my “never giving up” and “up for anything” attitude. I am willing to take any odd role or singing performance as long as it helps me develop my craft. (I have also been told that I am not a diva at all and I am a pleasure to work with which is something I take very seriously). I also love to give back to my community!! On top of everything I do, I, too, am incredibly involved with MAKE-A-WISH as one of their wish granters, something that I hold very dear to my heart.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My “never giving up” and “willing to do anything” attitude. Also, you have to be willing to take risks. PERIOD! You have to love what you are doing and strive to get better always while remaining humble in the process.

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