I’ve started a “self love movement”. An event where we can honestly have an appreciation for everyone and all of our differences, is something we should celebrate; because isn’t it our differences that makes each one of us so beautiful?! So, if we expanded this event, that teaches self — love and how to embrace your full self… We’d be pouring into each other instead of breaking ourselves or others down. This can and will encourage people to not only find what they are truly passionate about in life but also allow them to truly be comfortable in their own skin in a safe environment of positivity.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ainsley Ross. Ainsley is an 18 year old actress, author, singer songwriter, influencer, director, and extreme martial artist from a small town of 800 people in Beckville, Tx… she moved to California to pursue all of these passions! She enjoys learning and enjoys sharing her love of film, and writing with the world! Everybody has something they’re passionate about, and Ainsley Ross always encourages them to educate themselves and to pursue their passions full throttle!
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Of course, thank you for having me. Honestly, when I was young I loved the way movies, or books made you feel. After you watch / read them they can make you feel empowered and ready to accomplish anything. That was the moment I realized I wanted to be an actress and writer etc.. To be able to convey that feeling to others through a screen or through words is beautiful to me.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your acting/directing/performing/hosting career?
When your entire cast is delusion ally tired from working a night shoot, working under water for over 13 hours.. It was literally freezing outside and I was SO cold! The whole night was filled with SO many puns! The worst pun jokes you’ve ever heard.. It not only kept our tired eyes awake but kept our hearts light and uplifted by the continued jokes of that long night! Such an awesome project!!!
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I’m Blessed enough and thankful to play a lead in the series “Should I Do it?” Directed by Frederick Nah IV. My character is named (Mia Hill), there are definitely some secrets that will be revealed in the series…. Seven students from different clicks and status quos at South Valley High compete in a talent competition that significantly change their public lives, all while dealing with personal issues that challenge them to be who they really are. Watch the Should I Do It? Imdb page for release updates soon! I’m so excited! Instagram: @shouldidoit_
Also another Seven Lions Project @sevenlionsmusic @ophelia_records that is EPIC!! — Directed by Everett Lee — Sung
I love my character Ophelia and the filming locations are always INCREDIBLE:)
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
I have so many!!
Jillian Rose Reed from “Awkward” and “ Elena of Avalor”… she is my acting coach, mentor, blogger extraordinaire and is beyond amazing by the way!!!
Ser’Darius Blain, in the new 2018 “Jumanji and in Charmed” I worked with him and he was a director for a web series episode I was in Jax & James. We had so much fun filming!
Elias Harger “Max” in (Fuller House) I was friends with him before he booked it. Then throughout the show I’d babysit him, and meet up with him and his family! They are all awesome people, and good friends! Elias Harger is so smart…. At 6 years old he could name EVERY part on the titanic just by looking at it… he loves ships. So for his 7th Birthday I made him a drawing of the Titanic, and he loved it!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Honestly I’d have to say stay true to who you are, and never let anyone change that. Keep applying yourself, and pushing yourself to not only get better at your craft, but to be a better person as well. You have to have self — love and know that you are beautiful / handsome, wonderful and enough! Stay grounded in your decisions and with that the right kind of respect follows. Be Teachable and Reachable!!
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Actually I have already started one! It’s a self — love movement affiliated with JBY … which stands for (Just Be You). I feel like an event where we can honestly have an appreciation for everyone and all of our differences, is something we should celebrate; because isn’t it our differences that makes each one of us so beautiful?! So, if we expanded this event, that teaches self — love and how to embrace your full self… We’d be pouring into each other instead of breaking ourselves or others down. This can and will encourage people to not only find what they are truly passionate about in life but also allow them to truly be comfortable in their own skin in a safe environment of positivity.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
1.) It’s not as easy or going to be as easy as it looks. I didn’t think it would be this difficult, however it is way harder to break into the industry than I had originally expected.. Like someone once told me, (that is very true) “If you want an easy career, go be a doctor”
2.) Never Compromise your Morals or your goals for anyone or any project.
3.) Have a detailed plan and know what you want to accomplish! Set goals and actually write them down with datesJ
4.) Seek great representation and a great team that fits and will fight for you.. Choose one that knows exactly what your goals are! Don’t be desperate…do your research
5.) Always keep learning, applying yourself, and mainly continue to have determination! You will be told more no’s in this lifetime than you will yes’s.. so don’t give up, and know that you’re enough!
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today.” I feel like it can apply to everyone… It not only makes you smile, it encourages you by reminding you that positive energy is infectious, and that you can do good in the world today! Even if it is by one little quote at the end of an email.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I’m so grateful for my Mom, (Aubrey Cohorst) Pops ( Lance Cohorst ) and Dad ( Clint Ross ). My Mom ( Aubrey Cohorst ) truly inspires and encourages me to be the best that I can be always. Without her, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I went back and forth to Children’s hospital for some medical issues when I was young… at the same time my Mom was in a major car accident ( a kid was texting and driving and hit my Mom and Pops head on) resulting in her having a broken neck, hip, and shoulder… We were both having to be there for each other. We both pushed and encouraged each other to persist even when it was hard. So we know if we could get through that, we can do anything we set our minds to.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
I would love to sit down with Hugh Jackman. Through all of my hard times, medically etc. and in my career- Watching Hugh Jackman’s films and watching his characters get through hard times helped me get through my own hard times! I’ve heard he’s so kind and down to earth. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with him and ask him how’s he’s gotten through his tough times… and how he connects with his characters. Also just the chance to meet such an incredible person, who has so many talents and has found the balance to not only apply them, but also be beyond successful at all of them while keeping his family at the forefront of all he does and remaining humble is so admirable.
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Originally published at medium.com