Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni Ashleigh Maree Ross.
Sydney Eisteddfod alumni Ashleigh Maree Ross is taking the world by storm having just been nominated for her first ever Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award in the ‘Favourite #Famous’ category.
She recently spoke to Sydney Eisteddfod about this incredible experience, what it is like to live in Los Angeles and even shared some advice to performers thinking of entering the 2017 Festival.
“Being nominated for a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award is honestly a dream come true” she began, “I couldn’t believe it when I first got the email, I thought it may have been a friend playing a joke, but then they followed up with a phone call and I was over the moon”.
But growing up Ashleigh’s passion for the performing arts was obvious and it is no surprise to anyone who has seen her on stage or on screen that she is destined for a stellar career. In Sydney Eisteddfod alone she showcased her wide variety of skills, performing in multiple events across the Dance and Contemporary Singing categories.
When asked about how her passion for performing began, she explained “I remember taking dance classes at a very young age, as I wanted to be like my older sister Dani… I don’t think it was passion back then as I was only 3 or 4, but it was definitely determination, the passion just grew bigger and bigger as I grew older!”
Since her Sydney Eisteddfod days, Ashleigh has had a recurring role on the wildly popular TV series Dance Academy, with her character Scout instantly becoming a fan favourite. She also had the opportunity to perform in two smash-hit musicals, Disney and Cameron Macintosh's Mary Poppins and Tim Lawson's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Now at age 17, she has her sights set on bigger and better things, which has lead her to relocate to the US in order to try her luck at pilot season.
“Having the opportunity to come to Los Angeles and audition is amazing. I have worked hard to be able to do this. I’ve had lots of people in the past tell me that I am not good enough but I have also had so much support and many tell me that this is where I should be”.
She continued by explaining that the support she has received from her family and friends has been incredible and it is the fact they believe in her that makes her work harder and want it more.
When asked how she controls her nerves during this process, she modestly explained “I always get nervous when I have to perform. Whether I'm performing in front of five people or one thousand people, I am always nervous!”
“But nerves are completely normal, and the way I have learnt to push past it, is to remember this incredible advice I was told when I was performing as Jane Banks at the Capital Theatre in Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s production of Mary Poppins… everyone get nervous, your biggest inspiration gets nervous, nerves are actually a good thing, they remind you what you are about to do, truly means a lot to you”.
With the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod set to begin in May, Ashleigh emphasised that anyone thinking of participating should “definitely enter, enter everything and any section that relates to you! If you love what you do, then you will want to get as much on stage experience as you can and the opportunities that can come from Sydney Eisteddfod are amazing, you just never know who is in that audience watching you!”
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Ashleigh the best of luck with her Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award nomination and can not wait to hear of all her future success.
To vote for Ashleigh Ross as the ‘Favourite #Famous’ in the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, click here.