Ashlee's family moved around every couple of years when she was
younger causing her to change schools frequently. With each move
and new school it seemed as though she was always trying to make
new friends but never quite fit in. It always felt like the kids
were somehow different than her.
When Ashlee got to high school, her mother suggested she try out
for the cheerleading squad as a way to join a group that might help
her feel like she fit in. However, she hadn't had any gymnastics
training, so her mother enrolled her in a tumbling class. During
the tryouts, it was evident all of the girls on the squad were much
more advanced than Ashlee was in their tumbling skills so unfortunately
she did not make the team. She was very sad and again felt like
Ashlee always enjoyed movies and theatre, so she decided to take
some acting classes. She really enjoyed the time spent with the
other kids and felt that at last, she had finally found a place
she fit in with kids who had the same interests. Her first audition
was for the Wizard of Oz at a local children's theater. She was
only expecting to get the role of a munchkin or background actor,
but to her surprise, she received the role of Jade, which was a
supporting role and had several lines of dialogue. During the first
day of rehearsal, it was announced that the person slated to play
Auntie Em had decided to back out. This role was small, but included
a big singing solo at the beginning of the musical. Since Ashlee
had been in choir for several years, and had a strong singing voice,
they offered the role to Ashlee.
Ashlee continued to do children's theater, but felt she wanted to
pursue a career in acting and wanted to start getting experience
doing film. She found out there were a couple local film challenges
she could have an opportunity to be a part of. The first one was
a 48 hour film challenge in which an entire short film had to be
written, filmed and edited within 48 hours. In addition, there were
3 criteria that had to be incorporated into the film. She wasn't
part of any team and because she was new to the film industry, she
didn't have any connections. The organizer of the event told her
to show up anyways because sometimes actors don't show up for one
reason or another and they would need someone to fill in at the
last minute. Ashlee showed up at the event and fortunately, there
was a team who's leading lady didn't show up. The director felt
Ashlee was a little young, but with enough make-up and the right
clothes, decided she could play older. She was up till 2:00 am filming
her part and loved every minute of it! Unfortunately, the team's
film didn't make the 48 hour deadline so she would have to wait
to see her film debut on the big screen.
Her next opportunity was a 24 hour film challenge. This was a similar
set up as the 48 hr challenge, but it had to be done in only 24
hrs. This made Ashlee skeptical since the last attempt didn't get
done in time and she didn't have a team to join. But again, the
organizer came to the rescue. He forwarded Ashlee's resume and headshots
to a few of the teams that had signed up asking if they needed an
actress. A team leader offered to let her be a part of their team.
Ashlee was expecting to be a background actor, or perhaps to have
a couple lines of dialogue. However, when she arrived and read thru
the script, she realized they gave her one of the leading roles!
They had written the script around a misfit daughter and her dad.
It was a wonderful opportunity to work with the other actor and
this team. The team had several years experience already and were
able to finish the job within 24 hours. The film made the top 20
out of all films submitted and was shown at a real theater on the
big screen. The top 20 videos played to a sold out audience of 300
people. Finally Ashlee had achieved goal of becoming a film actor!
In the meantime, her supportive family agreed that traditional
school just didn't fit Ashlee. She was allowed her to take high
school classes online and some college classes at the local community
Update: Ashlee got accepted early into The American
Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) musical theater program and
will be 18 when she graduates from the NY Campus.
At this time Ashlee Renee is currently studying and is unable to
obtain talent agent representation. However, her talent manager
is Lauri Hunter Mershon.
(480) 789-1918 LauriMershon@hotmail.com
Always sad leaving LA. Here's a photo Ashlee took with her phone.