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While I took off to Australia at the ripe age of 20 to find myself in a kangaroo pouch or on a gorgeous beach, responsible Ashleigh took off on her career path to the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Now I will just have to live vicariously through her because she's doing my two dream jobs of singing and voice acting. That's what being responsible get's you.
SOOOOOOOO - She's kinda a big deal back home in Canada where she is the lead singer of the band Hey Ocean.
Lately though Ashleigh has been working as the voice(s) of Rainbow Dash and Apple Jack on the show My little Pony - Friendship is Magic.
Ash was recently part of a documentary 'A Brony Tale', featuring the phenomenon that are Bronies. The Bronies are fans of the show who are mostly made up of males from around the age of 13-30. That's quite extraordinary for a show that was once considered to be for little girls only. If you'd like to see the psychology behind that then there's a study that's been done by some shrinks about Bronies here
OR you can watch the trailer for Brony Tale below (No it's not an ad for constipation medication, alright).
So if you're wondering what the F brought Ash to Australia this time around then there's two answers to that. Firstly she was in Sydney for a Brony-Con of sorts called Salvage Con. Secondly Ash wanted to see her little sister Nat, who like me, also settled in Australia and caught herself a man and has recently given birth to a little Aussie Canadian baby boy. Who wouldn't want to see their new wrinkley, adorable NEPH?
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How did you begin a career in voice acting?
I got picked up by an agent at a graduation showcase I did with my school - the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He basically thought I would be good at voice work and had me in an audition the following week.
What's next for you with your career?
I'm in the midst of recording the 5th season of my little pony friendship is magic, and have 3 other series in the works, and I'm in the process of recording an EP.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the people I get to work with! All voice actors are a little bit crazy. It's always hilarious recordings a series in a room with a bunch of brilliant crazy people. And I can wear whatever I want!
What do you like least?
Sometimes after a session my voice is toast. Sometimes, depending on the character I'm playing, there's a lot of yelling involved. Lots of tea with honey.
What sacrifices have you made along the way?
Mostly just missing out on things from being on the road touring.
Weddings, birthdays, important social events; but it really doesn't feel like a huge sacrifice 'cause I'm doing what I love.
Was there ever a point you thought this wasn't going to work - whether it was singing or voice acting?
Oh ya. When I first started auditioning it was so frustrating cause I wasn't booking anything but then something just clicked. With being a musician, you're constantly doubting things, questioning your career choice. Luckily I have a very supportive family and great friends who encourage me through all the doubt.
Do you think think you had middle child syndrome being the one between two other sisters?
Kinda... Wait, what even is middle child syndrome? Being awesome? Cause I totally have that.
:) I was more of the peace keeper between my sisters.
If you could create and name your own Little Pony what would it be?
Sunshine dust. A magical Pegasus who can make the sun shine anytime.
How have you changed most since I last saw you 13 years ago, and you were still a teenager?
Haha. I got boobs (*Just for the record Ashleigh has always had boobs, well since she was a little teen - PKM)
What woman did you love singing along to when you were a kid?
Oh man, so many!
When I was really little: Charlotte diamond - 4 hugs a day :)
In my early teens: Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani
I also belted along to Aretha, Whitney, Mariah, and Etta James
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Do you know when you'll be back in the studio recording for Hey Ocean?
Not for a while. We are all taking time to work on solo projects.
What's your favourite pig out food?
Kettle corn. Perfect combination of sweet & salty.
Do you know how to spell curb in Australian? If so, how?
Kerb. Who knew?!
What's the hardest thing about writing a song?
Not having bandmates around to finish it for you :/
What's your favourite ice-cream flavour?
I've been off dairy for a while now but I've found a new love - Coconut Bliss (non-dairy coconut ice cream) in Cappuccino flavor. Oooh mama!
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