Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am Ainsley Ross a 19-year-old actress, author, singer-songwriter, influencer, director,
and extreme martial artist from a small town of 800 people in Beckville, Tx… I moved
to California to pursue all of these passions! Currently, I am attending college for
Occupational Therapy. I believe that you can have an education and a career at the
same time! Everybody has something they’re passionate about, and I want to always
encourage others to educate themselves and to pursue their passions! My view is that
“we all have the potential to change the world, it just takes a brave voice to be the
How did growing up in a small town of fewer than 800 people influence your passions?
It taught me perspective. It really inspired me to travel, and learn as much about the world as I can. If anything, being from a small town propelled me into my career. A lot of the songs I wrote, stemmed from my experiences in my small town. I had a goal, and I wanted to show share and eventually showcase the accomplishments I experienced with the town.
You wrote 80 songs by age 14. Have you continued writing at that type of pace and how many of those songs have been released to the public?
I haven’t been as consistent, because that’s the reality of life… however, I have and always will continue to write… I would say only around 15, I have so many songs written that I haven’t yet shared with the world.
How have you grown as a music artist since your 2015 debut album, “Just Be You”?
Just like we grow as people over time, our voices develop and grow as well. I feel that since the “Just Be You” debut album release, I have grown in business, performances, writing skills, representation opportunities, and especially my voice. Recently my voice is starting to develop very soulful tones and deep emotion. The growth, I have experienced feels so humbling and rewarding as an artist.
How did you enjoy bringing Ophelia to life in the Seven Lions music video for “Calling You Home”?
I have enjoyed every second of the past three years… In a music video, you have to tell a story and carry the story without words, only using your emotions! It was hard at first, but then again, that is what true acting is based on. If you can do it without using any words at all, imagine the possibilities when you are presented with the words! Playing Ophelia has been such a great experience! I have worked with them for over three years now, and I have experienced growth, support, and experience! The crew is family, and we always have such an incredibly fun time.
How did you get into MMA and what led to the transition to doing your own stunts?
I got involved and invested in martial arts when I was nine years old. From that point on I trained in the art of Taekwondo until I earned my first-degree black belt. A few of my many skillsets eventually included class leader, instructor, national champion, and tactical weapons training. Due to moving to Los Angeles for industry purposes, I wanted to further my knowledge and love for martial arts. That’s when I found XMA World Headquarters (Extreme Martial Arts World Headquarters), trained by the one and only blue power ranger Mike Chat himself! In XMA, I learned a variety of stunts for film! This was truly a whole new world for me because stunts are so different than traditional fighting. I learned aspects of close-range military combatives, Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu, and elements of many other
defense mechanisms. When I started learning stunts for film, it opened my heart to a whole new world, and it’s had my heart and soul ever since.
You’ve done a lot of modeling work. Do you have any funny stories from a shoot?
There was a time we were having an amazing photoshoot; well the photographer had their dog on set. Everyone on the shoot loved animals, etc. Well, I had a slice of pizza for lunch, and I sat it down on the coffee table to get a drink of water. When I came back the dog ate my lunch!!! Then I had to rush back to the shoot. We have laughed so much about that story.
What’s your favorite film project that you’ve worked on so far and why?
It was the night I worked over 13 hours straight doing an under-water shoot as the lead “Ophelia in Seven Lions “Oceans. It was a very special shoot. The whole film crew and I worked through the night from 6pm to 6am! It was literally SO cold outside because we were filming up in the mountains. It legit felt like my equivalent of the “Titanic.” It was one of my favorite moments on set I have ever experienced! I love that this shoot was challenging and tested my abilities to the max. I had to have a weighted belt on under my trench coat, and ankle weights under my boots so I would sink to get the correct shots under the water. Then I would have to control my air bubbles while acting underwater, so it didn’t block my face in the shot. After the scene, I would have to swim up to this pull-up bar running across the water, and pull myself up! If you know me, you know my love for “bad Dad jokes,” and “puns.” It not only kept our tired eyes awake but kept our spirits high, and created memories that will last a lifetime! I have worked with the same crew for over three years now! It was memorable, to say the least.
How difficult has it been to manage studying in college for OTA along with all your various endeavors?
It has been very difficult; however, I am a firm believer that you can have a career and an education simultaneously! You don’t have to choose… I love each and every art form in which I am pursuing, and I keep a calendar and set alarms on my phone, etc.. so I can balance and keep on track of my variety of tasks.
What advice would you have for people aspiring to make a career in the entertainment world?
Do not go into the industry looking for it to “define you.” Walk into it ready to “define it.” Believe in yourself, and believe in the beauty of your dreams! You will get way more no’s in this industry than you will yes’s. Don’t let those no’s discourage you, instead allow it to propel you. If it is truly what you are passionate about, don’t give up… RISE UP.
What’s next for your career? Are there any projects you’d really like to work on?
Music releases, brand release, TV-series release, and a couple of other things I can’t announce yet. I would love to work on a Marvel TV series or film.
What’s your life like outside of work?
Outside of work, when I am not doing college etc. I am spending time with my family! I love to fish, ride horses, draw, and workout!
You’re an avid traveler, what are some of your favorite places to visit?
I love Maine! It is the prettiest place I have ever been to. Also, I am in love with Cape May New Jersey, it’s an old, historical beach town!
You’ve done work for numerous charities over the years. Can you tell us about some of the causes that are important to you currently?
Yes! I am heavily affiliated with the Special Olympics! It has been such a blessing training, working, awarding, and bonding with the athletes. They have taught me so much about life. We should be grateful, and count our blessings every day. I have been working with the Special Olympics for over 2 years now! “The Jonathan Foundation” is a charity that is super close to my heart as well! The Jonathan foundation helps attain learning assessments etc. for kids with learning disabilities! These organizations are super close to my heart!
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