Working Woman Wednesday. Interview With OWN’s Ready to Love Ashlee Akins.

Ashlee Akins is from Jackson, Tennessee.  Throughout her school life she continued to participate in extracurricular activities and always seemed to stand out.  Ashlee obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Speech pathology and Audiology and is currently working as a Speech Therapist.  Moving to the amazing land of opportunities, Atlanta was the best decision for Ashlee.  She went on to become a finalist for the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders twice, a semi-finalist for the Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders, appeared in music videos, acting roles in short independent films and modeling.  Now the time has come for her to embark into a new road called Reality TV.

How has your life changed since you appeared on Ready To Love?

My life has enhanced in a positive aspect.  I am able to be a positive role model for women.  I love helping others and being a leader.  I enjoy knowing that my life situations helped many and I love being able to share my authentic personality with the world! The networking experience has been the most influential experience.  Being able to work with Oprah, Will Packer and his staff and Nephew Tommy was awesome.

What are the pros and cons on being on reality TV?

The pros are unlimited networking opportunities and exposure.  Overall, it’s a jumpstart in the direction that you desire.  The cons are the constant expectations and exposure of your life.  No one seems to care about space or privacy.  You are constantly challenged and faced with adversities.  Reality TV can make or break you.

What inspired you to become an actress?

I am an animated extrovert who loves the camera and I love to entertain.  I have been this way since I was young, so it came natural to me.

What is your dream role and what do you feel you would bring to it?

My dream is to have a role that challenges me.  I just want to work with some amazing people (Will Packer, Tyler Perry).  I am currently attending acting classes and prepping myself for future opportunities.

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What is your greatest weakness, as a model? What are you doing to improve on it?

I don’t know how to pose.  I am so silly I never understand how to make my body do the talking.  I study other models, I have to remember everyone is different and that I need to understand it can be learned.  Contrary to my opinion though, I have been blessed and many people have told me I am great at it and that I’m a natural.

What is your most memorable modeling moment?

Working with TUC magazine and being a body paint model was awesome.  I was exposed to so many new people and platforms.

How has your family shaped your personality and who you turned out to be?

I am a military kid from the old fashioned south in Jackson, Tennessee.  I love my family and take their opinions very seriously.  I am super funny, loving, caring and prideful all thanks to them.  I am an amazing well-rounded woman.  My family means everything to me! From my six baby brothers to my beautiful hard-working mom, they all are a piece of me.  My intelligence, drive, humor, wittiness, everything! They are the tracks my train rides on.  My mother has instilled all these beautiful qualities in me that you see today.  I am forever grateful for her guidance.

What memory do you just keep going back to?

I keep going back to my childhood memories of putting on shows for my mom’s clients.  I knew I was a star.

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What was the biggest let down of your life?

Trusting people I assumed were my friends.

If you could change one thing about the world what would it be and why?

I would get rid of social media.  I believe people need to focus on the simple things and get back to the root of our happiness.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

I want to play myself or Taraji P can gladly play me, I love her!

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How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media?

Follow my on Instagram: _iamashlee007 and everything else is Ashlee Akins.

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