She's a writer and a media queen who slays while she works.
Meet Ashley Vance, a fellow Georgia State graduate who is a millennial boss entering into the world of media. I had the chance to get "a dash of Ashley" for our November Woman of the Month feature and I am excited for you all to get to know her as well. Check out our interview:
ADOM: Who is Ashley? Give us a little background on who you are.
Ashley Vance: I guess you can say that I’m a media maven in the making... but before that, I’m just a girl who managed to turn her passion for writing into a full-time freelance career. I’m also a freelance brand manager, meaning I help people (artists, companies, athletes) see themselves the way the world should.
As a music lover, I’ve been blessed to have my love for writing lead to establishing connections with different artists and music industry influencers.... I’m never one to brag, but I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am now. I like to think my voice and writing style speaks for the every-day culture junkie. I’m just another millennial, glued to her phone, and obsessing over entertainment reporting.
ADOM: Now that we've got a good idea of who Ashley is, tell us what some of your future plans/goals are.
AV: If you want the in-between, I hope to start writing for a major publication in the near future. Freelancing has been fun, and it probably always will be, but I’m ready to settle down and work for a publication that aligns with my brand, ideas, and values. It’s like being single vs. getting married; it’s fun to run around and date multiple people, but there’s a comfort in knowing that you have that one, special someone that gets you.
If you want to skip to my career’s happy ending, I hope to become an A&R for a private record label, potentially even my own. I have an ear for quality music, you can ask anyone! Haha. But really, I have a genuine love for music and hope to use my media platform to make that transition one day. Ultimately, I just want to travel, meet new people, and hear/experience different types of art from all over the world.
ADOM: That's exciting! Who or what has motivated you to reach these goals?
AV: My mom, for one. I couldn’t have achieved anything without her. She’s believed in my dreams when no one else has.
Another huge, motivational driving force is my Culdesac family. We originally bonded together to support the rising career of rap Artist Zip K, and our work there has lead to lifting each other up all across the board. Having driven people around you is a must.
ADOM: Since you're navigating the media world, how do you use your platform to empower women?
AV: My upcoming blog site, “Verbal,” will be a music + culture hub that also serve as a means to encourage people to put action behind their words. Everyone can benefit from this type of encouragement, but I think women in particular will see a different value behind my platform than men will. For years, we’ve been asked to suppress our voices and our actions have done nothing but mimic those suppressions. It’s time to stop holding out tongues and show the world that not only do we have something to say, we have something to do about it!
ADOM: Ah, can't wait to see how the blog site turns out! In the years to come, what do you want to be remembered for?
AV: For being uplifting. I want to be known as someone who was not just elevated in status, but also in spirit.
ADOM: So, what advice would you give to a young creative who is interested in following a similar path as you?
AV: It’s never too early to follow your dreams. The earlier you start, the more opportunities you’ll be able to line-up along your journey.
Also, there’s no way to cut corners in this business. Going the extra mile will give you fundamental experience and get you noticed!