We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Seal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I don’t give myself a Plan B. I know without a shadow of a doubt I’m meant to pursue acting no matter the struggle. I willingly signed up for a career path that can be unstable and unpredictable, but nothing else brings me the same satisfaction, peace, and joy than when I’m performing.
Giving up and being pulled in a new direction are two different things. Don’t let yourself feel like you’ve failed at something, if your life takes a turn down a different path and you start loving something else. Otherwise stay fully committed to your goals and don’t let giving up be an option.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an actress. But just saying that doesn’t encompass why I pursue what I do and why I have no plans on ever giving up. Acting is my profession and I put my whole heart into it. But it’s not my purpose or where I find my identity. My purpose is to love. I don’t want to just be remembered by my roles and how hard I work, but I ultimately want to be remembered by how I made people feel on tour, on set, backstage, and behind all the scenes. I think it’s important that people feel seen and loved no matter where they are on their own journey. Having someone that cares can change a person’s life, and that’s how I like to combine my passion and my purpose. It’s not easy pursuing a career in acting. No matter the struggle, though, I’ve never been able to see myself doing anything else. I’ve struggled through pursuing acting while also having Lyme Disease, I’ve bounced house to house, had no money for even food at times, almost died of Covid-19, but God has ALWAYS provided through family and friends, and has never let me leave or divert from my dreams or goals. I guess when you’ve had so much adversity, it really solidifies your calling even that much more when nothing seems to change the direction. I’ve learned how important it is to find the silver linings and hold on to joy and hope no matter what the season. Most people see the success of a role or tour which, yes, it’s amazing and make us performers feel less crazy to be pursuing the career we’ve chosen, but so much of the dream is an uphill climb. The struggle is in the day in and day out, the very real anxiety and depression. But I know without any doubt in my mind pursuing acting is what I was meant to do. So the struggle only fuels me, makes me stronger, and when I book film/tv roles, musical tours, etc., it only makes me feel that much more appreciation and everything is sweeter.
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?
When my best friends visit, our first stop is always Disneyland. Dress up dapper, grab a coffee on main street, stroll through the rose garden and around the castle, and pretend like you’re kid again, free of reality for a day! If it’s a longer trip, relaxing on a beach in Malibu, watching the dolphins that always like to make an appearance in the late afternoon, is always a must see! What my best friends and I value most though is time together, deep meaningful conversations over wine or coffee, and just finding adventure as we go, big and small.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Huge thank you to my mom, my hero, who never ceases to encourage, support, and keep the prayers coming my way! Thank you to all my friends who not only keep me grounded, but have sent me care packages of food, housed me when times were tough, and believed in me even when I was having a hard time believing in myself. And ultimately praise to Jesus my Savior for working behind the scenes, never giving up on me, and constantly surprising me with little and big moments that I barely had anything to do with.
Jonathan Stoddard Patricia Beauchamp