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Ashleigh Taylor, A Woman who Steps out on Faith!!!
Ashleigh Taylor is the last of seven children born to Henry and Olen Taylor. Originally a native of Florida, growing up Ashleigh was always viewed as a shining star. From singing in the church choir as young girl to being Head Drum major in her middle school band to being Stepmaster of the Rhoer Club in high school and her sorority in college, Ashleigh has been in the limelight off and on throughout her entire life.
Newly breaking into theatre and the performing arts, Ashleigh has made her self-known as a sassy but classy force to be reckoned with on and off the stage. Some of the productions that Ashleigh has had the pleasure of participating in include the portrayal of “Deidre” in Roslyn Kristina’s stage play Love in the Club, “Yvette” one of many love interests in the motion picture Hello, “Sheila” in Saprina Willis’s stage play Be Careful What You Pray For and a host of DPI productions under the guidance of Lizz “The Diamond Diva” Goins which include but are not limited to Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, Every Eye That’s Closed Ain’t Sleep, Treasures of the Dark, It Won’t Happen Again, Scandal vs. Truth and the critically acclaimed Charron Monaye's Living Your Life which was a joint production with DPI and Pen Legacy Productions. Ashleigh is also a background dancer in several music videos which are currently playing overseas in various countries.
Ashleigh is a member of several organizations including the World Victory International Christian Center (WVICC) Dance Ministry, the Kappa Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega International Co-ed Service Fraternity, the Raleigh Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated by way of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, the Magnolia Chapter #23 of the Order of Eastern Star, PHA, and the Khalif Court #90 of the Daughters of Isis, PHA.
Learn more about this awesome actress, and woman of the arts……….
You are a graduate from North Carolina A & T with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Human Genomics. In addition to that, you have been employed or worked as a scientist, a makeup artist, a dancer, and a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. With those majors and those jobs, what inspired you to become an actress?
“When I was a little girl, I always wanted to see my name in “LIGHTS,” so my love for the arts came natural,” she said. Even though she loved the arts, she never saw herself as an actress because she was a tad bit shy. But it wasn’t until she met Morgan Addington, that her love for theater enhanced. It was because of Morgan, that she auditioned and landed her first role as“Deidre” in Roslyn Kristina’s stage play Love in the Club. After that production, her journey in theater begin.
Out of all the theatrical productions you have starred in, which play or role touched you or inspired you to keep pursuing your dreams or goals no matter what.
All of the plays and roles contributed to her drive and desire to act, but the stage play, “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” written by Lizz Turner and produced by Diamondnique Productions, was her first leading role. “My inspiration did not come from the roles or the plays, it came from the confidence that Lizz showed me and my desire to not let her down," she said.
With the state of theater, the changes from contemporary to urban, what challenges are you faced with when it comes to landing roles!
Ashleigh is blessed to have not been faced with any challenges within her journey. She states that, "she usually does not go for opportunities that she can’t see herself playing,” which has prevented her from dealing with the mishaps of this business. She is just as picky when it comes to auditioning as directors are when it comes to selecting.
Do you ever see yourself, one day, leaving theater and pursuing film?
YES!!!! “Film is something that I am currently pursuing,” she said. She played “Yvette” (one of the many love interests) in the motion picture, “Hello” by Wesley Locke,, and she is currently working with Diamondnique Productions and Lizz Turner on the motion picture, “It Won’t Happen Again”.
Being an African-American woman, how do you feel about the way African-American women are depicted in theater/film or the roles that African American women take in order to find employment in Hollywood?
“It varies”, she states. She indicated that she haven’t come across any roles that truly put women in a bad light, other than the movie Monster’s Ball, in which Halle Berry won an Oscar for. Other than that, “The role that African American women receive, are just that, a role… a character! I have learned to separate the person from the character… film is a script with people acting....."
If you could co-star with any actress, old or young, who would it be and why?
Cicely Tyson!!! She states, “Cicely is the godmother of movies. She is an icon, she has been in everything movie and theater. A true woman and icon in this business that can teach me so much, she says.”
What projects do you have coming up and where can people go to learn more about you and your journey?
I am a very private person, so facebook is the only way to communicate with her. She works very closely with Lizz Turner, so if you want to see Ashleigh Taylor in action, you can catch her in any of Diamondnique Productions.
If someone wanted advice on entering theater, what would you say!
Step out there!!!! Don’t allow fear to hinder you,… “If you can’t eliminate your fear, then do it afraid!!!!” There will be somebody out who sees your potential, and can cultivate your talent in order to help you shine.