We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My thought process behind starting my own business was one that took a number of years to actually take seriously. I have always known that I want to own my own business just wasn’t sure in what. After graduating from Grambling State in 2013 I decided to leave my current job offer of being a news reporter and move back home to Dallas and try to continue my media career. Although it was difficult, I have always trusted and believed that God would see me through to whatever he has planned for me. I had no clue where to start but with some research and networking, I picked up some good tips. I started off saying that I wanted to be a videographer, then photographer and I like doing both of those things but not truly truly love it the way that I love singing and voice acting. Every time I tell someone I am a voice actor, I have to go through the process of telling them what it is I actually do. Many people have the notion that voice acting is just having a nice sounding voice, but it truly is much more than that. Before I decided to record a demo and seek a talent agent, I took years of voice training and am continuing to do so. I have actually been singing since I was 6 years old and realized that my voice was useful in many more ways than just singing.

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.
I started my media career in West Monroe, LA in about 2013. I was actually a senior at Grambling State University when I was offered my first job as a news reporter. While in college I voiced different school sponsored commercials and PSA’s. My mentor at the time encouraged me to really look into doing voiceovers but did not take it seriously until a few years later. I have also been singing since I was about 6 years old and currently sing with my band called Classic Avenue around the Dallas area. I am currently an Audio/ Video Production teacher at Irving High School. I truly have to admit without bragging that God has truly blessed me with many talents and for a while I was lost and confused because I wasn’t sure which passion or gift I really wanted to focus on. For a while I was trying to do everything and definitely stressed myself out. I felt teaching was something I could do and use many of my gifts at once. Being employed full time and being an entrepreneur is not for the light hearted. My voiceover business is something I would love to do full time but until I can do that, I gotta do what I gotta do. I am still learning and growing my business. One day I would love to voice big brand commercials like CVS or Johnson&Johnson.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Monday- Probably yell at them for showing up in town on Monday knowing I have to work.

Tuesday- Probably go to B.J’s for a few drinks and apps

Wednesday- We chilling at the house and watching somebody online bible study……then hit The Free Man in downtown for some live music

Thursday- I truly am a home body and wouldn’t know where to go on a Thursday night

Friday- Probably have a kickback at the house and play spades, UNO, Family Feud, and definitely Taboo.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would have to definitely shoutout my family and my boyfriend for all of their support. My parents have been extremely instrumental in encouraging me to continue pursuing my dreams of making my voiceover and singing a full time thing.

Website: www.voicedbyash.com

Instagram: _voicedbyash

Image Credits
Faith Harrison / @thefaithgabrielle

Logo: Melvin Fudge/ @melvinfudgeii

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