Ashley is my latest guest and shares his incredible journey in the performing arts industry, sharing his experiences and insights. Topics that will be covered include:
To have this conversation with someone as talented and inspiring as Ashley is a joy. It further proves that no matter how "successful" someone can appear it may not be how they see themselves and you don't always know what they have been through to get where they are.
I hope you are encouraged and motivated to pursue your dreams regardless of if you can follow the traditional route or create your own.
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More about Ashley: Ashley is a commissioned writer. He has just finished writing on Series 2 of the Award-winning BBC series JoJo & Gran Gran and is currently writing on Series 3. Credits include 5’s A Crowd, 13:60, The BBC Radio 1Xtra take it on advert, The drawing board. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice which received 4-star reviews from The Times and Everything theatre.
TV and Film include: SLHD (Amazon Prime), Al Cowlings in Nicole and OJ, All About the McKenzies (ITV2), Laur and Disorder (Masked Pony Productions), Lenny Henry’s Funny Black Singles (Leopard Films, BBC Comedy), EastEnders (BBC) and Strapped (Central Films). Ashley voices the role of Jared in the first Black British BBC animated series JoJo & Gran Gran which can currently be seen on CBeebies and the BBCiplayer streaming service.
Theatre credits include: Red Dirt (Arcola Theatre), Jack and The Beanstalk (The Shaw Theatre), The Bubbly Black Girl and Robin Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Aladdin (DeMontfort Hall Leicester), The Warriors LDN (The Barbican), Look Black in Laughter (Hackney Empire), Look to the sky (Half Moon Theatre UK tour), Twelfth Night (Nottingham Playhouse), Locked In (Half Moon Theatre National Tour), The Blacks (Stratford East), Father’s and Son’s (The Albany Theatre), The Dong (London Bubble) and Sugar Snap (Soho Theatre).
Presenting credits include: The Sir Ashley J & DJ B-Radz Live Nation takeover show, Saudia Arabia Formula E Concerts, (Live Nation), Latitude Festival, Dubai Music Week (Live Nation), MTV Base, BBC’s Radio1 Hackney Weekend Festival, The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, torch relays (BBC & CH4), Serious About StreetDance Championships (Indigo o2). Ashley is the Emcee for international Hip-Hop show BLAZE (Holland, Bahrain, Belgium, Berlin and Dubai). He is also the presenter and co-creator of the UK hit improvised comedy show, ACTing Up!