Ashleigh Maree Ross is not your average teenager. Not many seventeen-year-olds can boast a social following of more than 600k or have won a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. Ashleigh joined StarNow back in 2009, and eight years later, she’s on the verge of making it big in Hollywood. We recently caught up with Ashleigh to learn more about her career so far and get her tips on making the most of social media.
How long have you been on StarNow, and what prompted you to join? I’m pretty sure that my mum joined me up when I was much younger. I think I have been on StarNow for as long as I can remember.
Congrats on your recent Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. You’ve worked a lot in the US and we’re interested in hearing about the steps you took to do this. What advice do you have for someone looking to work overseas? Thank you so much! I couldn’t believe I was even nominated and then to win was so exciting. It wasn’t easy at first! My mum and I had to get a lot of paperwork done and sent back and forth to the USA to be able to get me a visa for me to work in America. But it was all worth it in the end! Never give up on your dreams, no matter what some people may say, it is achievable and it can be done and they have so many more opportunities over there and classes to take, its incredible.
You have a beautiful Instagram profile full of great photos - did you invest in this from the very beginning, or has it been something you’ve developed over time? I definitely started Instagram just for fun. I didn’t really take it serious until about a year after I started up my account! So it’s definitely been something that’s developed over time!What advice would you give to fellow models about making the most of Instagram? Always be yourself. Don’t try and be perfect or someone that you’re not. People love people that are just themselves and are happy in their own skin!
You’ve recently started making more videos for your YouTube channel. What made you decide to put more time into this platform? I have always wanted to start up my YouTube channel again! I don’t really know what kept me from doing it for so long! I think I was just a little nervous at first but now that I have started I don’t wanna stop!!
What three things have you found are essential for a young actor to succeed? Confidence, hard work and lots of time.
How would you like to see your career evolve in the next five years? I would really love to see myself doing more acting. I would love to continue doing roles for either film or TV!
What is a typical day like for you? They vary, but most days mainly consist of studying, a workout, dancing and stretching and hopefully an audition or filming!
Best moment of your career thus far? Probably finding out I won the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award. I was so shocked!
If you had to choose between dancing, modeling or acting, which would you choose? Acting!!!! I love my dancing and modeling, and sometimes I am lucky and I can get to do all three with some jobs. But acting is my favourite!
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram!! Although I do use Snapchat all the time! haha
Favourite way to spend a day off? Sleeping in and spending some time with my family and close friends!!