We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashly Valenzuela and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashly, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my/my business’ success is being a voice for the voiceless. One of my favorite quotes is “be who you needed growing up.” The first time I read this quote, it struck a chord and has never left my heart. As a child I wanted to be a teacher to help children in their initial learning, but I realized that in being a lawyer I could have more of an impact on each client. The only way that I believe I will be successful is if I am able to effectively advocate for my clients, thus I have made it my personal mission to be who I needed growing up for each and every one of them, no matter their age or the task at hand. This includes protecting, valuing and appreciating each of their issues as if they are my own. Essentially, each problem they face becomes mine and my job is to alleviate the problem while also making sure that they are protected going forward.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Everyone in the business or entertainment industry needs an attorney, but not just any attorney— one who actually cares. As an empath and a nurturer, once my little sister moved to Los Angeles and almost immediately started being taken advantage of by the entertainment industry, I realized that artists and creators starting out are essentially the children of the industry. Since law school, I decided to help these creatives and entrepreneurs fight against the inequities in Hollywood (and the world on a larger scale). I believe that’s the difference between myself and other attorneys, there’s just not enough care or compassion. The entire reason for retaining an attorney is to prevent a problem or to correct it, so why have an attorney who doesn’t see your problems as their own? In working with celebrities and entrepreneurs, I’ve realized that there is a huge gap between the creative and the law. I am now the servant who was put here to aid them into the same position as the top execs, both legally and intellectually. My desire going forward is to provide them with the tools and insights they need to protect themselves and their projects, that’s why AV Legal & Entertainment was created.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I always take my friends to Melrose Ave., the Hollywood Sign and the Santa Monica Pier because those are the places everyone want to see when the visit LA! But if it was up to me, I’d take them to eat at Yamashiro and overlook the city, visit the Skyspace at the US Bank Tower to see from Big Bear all the way to the coast line, get some cookies from Reed Family Baking, and definitely stop by a few of the amazing museums that LA has to offer. I’d also want to spend some time at High Rooftop Lounge in Venice to see the beautiful beach line views and take a hike at Runyon Canyon. Hopefully they’d even be in town for the Choreographer’s Carnival to see the best dancers in LA show up and show out!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my ShoutOut to my baby siblings- Nina, Brage, Isabella and Isaiah. There is nothing I do in this life that is not for them. I’d also like to give an honorary mention to the most inspirational/influential part in my pursuit of this career— Matt Liebenhaut, my first boss in the law. Thank you for teaching me how to be a manager of people, a paralegal and an attorney, and a woman of integrity.