We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Alisha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
There are numerous factors behind anybody’s success but what I found most essential for the well-being of mine is having 100% control over what is going on in my mind. I’m an anxious person to begin with, and all my life I’ve struggled with inner thoughts that left me hopeless and uninspired. Those cringe-worthy memories that creep up at 3AM in bed? Yup, been there, done that a million times, and I’ve had enough! I only recently began to learn how to snap out of it whenever I found myself going down this spiral. I just couldn’t have those awful thoughts living in my mind rent-free anymore. It was an active effort, where I had to stay on top of it all day (and night) and actually shift my thoughts to the ones I enjoyed having. Filling up my day little by little with positive thoughts and training my inner voice to be kinder to myself helped me grab control of my reality. Sooner than later, I started to see amazing changes in my life, which became the fuel for me to charge even further into the success I see in my life today.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a singer songwriter for as long as I can remember. I worked on my own music for a very long time until I started songwriting for the KPOP industry. (I didn’t even know songwriting was an actual job) It came natural for me, as I’ve grown up heavily listening to KPOP. Heck, I was even a KPOP trainee for a while! The whole experience had been amazing so far. I’ve met some of my best friends writing for KPOP, and I wouldn’t trade our memories in the studio during all those late nights for anything. Not to mention the fans who have been so sweet, sending me DMs about how they love the songs I’ve written, and just connecting with me in the most genuine way.. Whew, the love! But if I’m being completely honest, I was feeling about 82% fulfilled. I couldn’t quite explain it, and I didn’t need to. I just knew that I had to get to 100% somehow to be completely happy. Quarantining didn’t help as I felt even more helpless, but on the flip side, I gradually began writing my own songs. The world was in such shambles I had to dump my emotions and thoughts somewhere. I’ve written some REALLY bad songs, but when I actually came across a couple good ones, I thought that I could share them with everyone. So as one thing led to another, I recorded a song professionally, and put it up on Spotify/Apple Music. The love and support have been overwhelming to say the least. It just felt so good to be able to offer my most vulnerable self to the world and receive positivity and acceptance in return. I was hooked and finally at 100%. I’ve learned so much throughout the years while working in the music industry, but here is my takeaway: Just do what you love. Yes, sometimes you’ll be working on something that is about 82% kind of sort of like your dream. And that’s okay. Transform it, day by day, into the purpose you’ve always known you were meant to unfold. The one with your name on it!
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?
This is going to be a challenge because I recommend staying home as much as possible until COVID is over. But if we were living in 2019, I’d say start off with having breakfast at Blu Jam on Melrose. I suggest signing up for a place in line through Yelp on your way there because there’s ALWAYS a line. Order some crunchy french toast, and a chicken quesadilla with extra salsa to share. Top that off with their french press coffee. After brekkies, let’s head over to Malibu beach until it’s time for lunch at Broad Street Oyster Company (they have the BEST lobster roll!) with a nice chilled beer. Then if you’re down for an escape room, we can book one (there are tons in LA) and do our best to beat their best record because why not. For dinner and drinks, we’ll go to Terroni for pasta, pizza, and wine. Eat up, cause we’ll be going to Two Bit Circus and play arcade games and VR all night long without worrying about hand sanitizers (good times). They have great bars inside so we’re set for the night.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I owe it all to the man upstairs. Even in the darkest of times, He protected and blessed me so much along the way that it was obvious to all those around me that I am with Him.