Shannon Ashe – Actress – Member of WIFVNE
What’s the best part about your work?Being able to tell someone’s story in a way that hopefully touches someone or impacts them in a positive way. Number two would be working with such incredibly talented creatives.
What challenges have you’ve faced in this industry as a woman? As a young woman I felt the pressure to be sexy and beautiful in order to land roles. I don’t feel that way as much as I have grown older and focus more on my work.
In the age of #MeToo & #TimesUp, what do you hope to see happening in the future for women in our industry?I hope women will help empower each other to use their talents and not their bodies for growth in the industry. To use their voices and take a stand when put in compromising positions. I want to see more women filmmakers with bigger budgets from the networks and equal pay for men and women in leading roles.
What’s one way you would suggest people “Change the Lens”? We can all change the lens by lifting each other up and not judging each other so harshly. We tend to get in our own way. We should support women of all races, sizes and backgrounds.
What advice would you give to a new female filmmaker?As an actress, I can’t advise a filmmaker except to create more roles for women and do their best to hire more women crew members.
What goals do you have for this year?I recently joined SAG-AFTRA. My hopes are to ban with other union members in the area and help bring more films and television series to New England to create more job opportunities. We need more consistent work to be able to survive.
What women in the region (New England) inspire you?I am inspired by so many women in the area! One inparticular, a woman named Mary Beth Paul. She is a local actress who friended me when I was new to the area and helped me get the lay of the land. She was selfless. We have supported each other instead of being intimidated by each other. It really is tough to find other women who genuinely want to help you succeed.
Upcoming Events or Announcements? What are you working on? I just wrapped working on “Knives Out” directed by Rian Johnson with the most amazing crew I have ever worked with. I have a few things coming up, but nothing inked. Every day is a hustle.
How can your fans find you!? www.shannonashe.com @theshannonashe