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Stepping Into Your Super Power As An Actor with Ashley Blanchet
Episode Summary –
In business, especially the art industry, we face a lot of rejections, and it is easy to get ahead of ourselves or think that we cannot get where we want to be. However, when you are resilient, focused, and true to yourself, your dreams will come true in a way you might not expect, which can be more special than what you would have created for yourself.
Sometimes we don’t see ourselves at different levels of success because of what people say and perceive about us. But taking power out of other people’s hands and owning our own identity, regardless of how others see us, will empower us and change how we walk into a room.
“People are all over watching, and if you have the integrity to do good works no matter what, it will come back around.”
In this episode, Broadway actor Ashley Blanchet talks about how to step into your power as a woman (and a black woman) and how to own the your power and the things that make you different instead of shying away from them and trying to hide them from people.
Snapshot of the Key Points from the Episode:
[03:19] Ashley’s career journey and how she got where she is today.
[06:13] Ashley’s Broadway comeback experience in WAITRESS at Barrymore theater.
[08:40] What was it like for Ashley to be the first black woman to play the role of Elsa?
[11:34] A lesson that Ashley learned in a camp as a kid that she will never forget.
[13:09] How is Ashley able to thrive in an industry where rejection is constant and part of the process?
[18:42] Ashley’s favorite and memorable projects that she has been part of.
[23:38] How has pivoting helped Ashley discover new ways to use her acting skills during the pandemic?
[27:17] The things Ashley keeps exploring and stretching herself in to improve and grow.
[30:44] Ashley’s advice on self-tapes and taking classes to get your skills set and how to keep them accessible
[35:13] What is Ashley doing to engage her fan base? How Ashley navigates performing and the business side of being a performer.
[37:46] Ashley’s advice on how to find a good agent, create a package, and put yourself out there.
[41:45] What does working from your happy place means to Ashely?
[43:59] Ashley’s advice for young people starting out on how to find their unshakable success.
About Ashley Blanchet –
Ashley Blanchet was most recently seen on Broadway as Dawn in WAITRESS at the Barrymore theater. Other Broadway credits include: FROZEN, (where she was first black woman to play the role of Elsa), BEAUTIFUL (the locomotion), ANNIE (star to be), and MEMPHIS.
This summer she was Miss New Hampshire in the world premiere of the new musical THE BEDWETTER, written by Josh Harmon and Sarah Silverman. Favorite regional credits include: Cinderella (Title role; Papermill Playhouse), Oklahoma (Ado Annie; Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Film/TV: The Good Fight, “Better Nate Than Ever,” on Disney+, and the award winning short animated film “Are You Okay?” for which she voiced the title character, Raquelle.
Ashley received her BFA in Musical Theater from The University of Michigan where she was awarded the Kurt Weill Award for Excellence in Theater. Ashley is also a proud alum of The Boston Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Coming up – this Christmas she is set to return to the Paper Mill Playhouse as Maria in The Sound of Music.
How to connect with Ashley Blanchet:
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/a_blanchet
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-blanchet-b42a48152/
About the Host –
Belinda Ellsworth is a Speaker, Trainer, Best-Selling Author, and Podcaster
She has been a professional speaker, mover, and shaker for more than 25 years. Having built three successful companies, she has helped thousands of entrepreneurs make better decisions, create successful systems, and build business strategies using her “Four Pillars of Success” system.
Belinda has always had a passion and zest for life with the skill for turning dreams into reality.
Over the last 20 years, she has been expertly building her speaking and consulting business, Step Into Success.