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When you were a kid and people asked "what do you want to be when you go up?" Do you remember your response? Do you still think about that moment when you realized what, if not all, of the things you wanted to be or accomplish?  I think about that moment of realizing what I wanted to be for the rest of my life, all of the time.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to impact the world. I wanted to save lives the best way I knew how. Naturally, I thought I wanted to be a police officer because they had super powers. I believed that they did was save people and could not die. Well once I watched the news one day with my parents, that dream bubble popped and I found out that the police did not have powers and that they could in fact die. So, then was could I do that had super powers and did could save lives?  Firefighters go into actual fire! You must have some kind of power to do that, right? But, yet again, the news killed my dream. 


One day, I was about 6 or 7 years of age, my parents let me watch my first R rated movie, Tombstone. My parents loved a good western. The moment Doc Holiday, played by Val Kilmer died, was the moment I realized I wanted to be an actor. The emotions I felt in my body, and the hours I cried. I didn't even really understand the movie but, I knew that this was how I wanted others to feel. The Escape from reality. The emotions people feel like they need to hide.


Acting, I could be anyone or anything I wanted. So far, I have played an officer,  a hippie, a collage, a soul sister wanting to dance for Soul Train, and even a zombie. There are so many roles I have played and so many more I want to and will get to play.

Amber Lynn Ashley

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