We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashanna Bri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashanna, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a career in the creative artistic world because I always felt that visibility, diversity, and representation were necessities and there was a lack of that! I wanted to be able to give those a voice, who felt under represented.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a mix of Acting, Modeling, Production creativity and TV Show Hosting. What has set me apart from others is that I am a woman of color, a woman of size, and a woman with huge ambitions and dreams that will not settle for a “No”! There’s no secret that all the industries I work in, haven’t in the past been set up for me to succeed. The types of roles and visibility that have been pushed forward don’t reflect me, so I’ve had to bust doors down, and go against the odds to stand successful today. And I do feel today we are seeing more of that with size and ethnic inclusivity within branding and imaging, but it hasn’t been easy and we still have work to do! What has helped me be successful is truly being authentic in who I am and connecting that to those who are missing people like myself, if you can merge the worlds and relate, it opens up other’s eyes to the stories they’ve never successfully told and I get to be a part of that everyday!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend pops into town there’s a few must see for them! We’ll start at my favorite breakfast spot, “Northside Shack” for their amazing Açaí Bowls! Then head over to “The Great Maple” for their legendary donuts, spend the day in the Gaslamp district checking out the art, music, and vibe of the area and then finish at the beautiful Pacific Beach, because that sunset is incredible and incomparable!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I owe a huge shoutout to all the amazing female mentors that have been monumental in my journey and success! ND Brown, CEO, Producer of Tridestined Studios, who is also the current show runner of “The Family Business” , Veronica Nichols, Producer, Director and Performance Coach, Tanya Kersey, the creator of The Hollywood Black Film Festival, Yvette Nicole Brown, Actress, Writer, Producer and comedian, and Hannah Lux Davis, top music video Director ! All of these amazing pivotal women have given me the opportunity to shine in my own light in front of the camera and/or behind and I couldn’t be more grateful to each and every one of them!
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