Hi there, I’m Ashley aka ashkatch aka ak-47. I wanted to write this in stream of consciousness format. Unfortunately, the space bar on my computer is sticking, making it hard to not be interrupted in the so called “stream.” So, a bit about me.
I guess it’s easiest to start at my youngest memory which is my dad changing my diaper and me crying. People say that one can’t have memories that young so I have a backup first memory just in case the memory is indeed fabricated: crawling into my mom and dad’s room and hiding behind the rocking chair and falling asleep.
Fast forward to high school where I was an avid participant in good times, crushing on boys, and teepeeing houses. I also was the cross country and track team leader, something I very much enjoyed. I also was involved in video journalism, which I had an affinity for. I got athlete of the year my senior year, won a scholarship for being athletic, broke the school record for the 5k, and was always voted “most athletic” in the school superlatives. Never got athlete’s foot thank goodness.
College starts, and I find myself crying for a week straight cause I wanted to pursue acting instead of environmental engineering (that part of my story still has yet to unfold). Despite leaving my Disney career in the dust, university was amazing. It further taught me endurance and to not give up easily (similar to what long distance running taught me). I met incredible people, made the best memories, learned so much about the world and myself, and most importantly, learned how to design infrastructure to clean poop water. I didn’t have half as many accomplishments as high school besides giving a 20-minute speech in front of 800 people and being on academic probation more times than you can count.
Uni is where I matured my passion to save the environmental and also to see the world. It wasn’t until after uni did I decide I wanted to get into sustainable clothing manufacturing (thanks to the outdoor apparel brand Patagonia for absolutely wrecking me).
I tried engineering for a hot minute and decided life was too short to be crying in the bathroom everyday, so I quit, started working for dad, and pursued videography more seriously. Somewhere in the mix of everything I started this blog and a youtube channel. I visited Australia a few times, ended up living there, traveled Europe for the first time in 2017, met even more incredible humans who are now my closest friends, and started working with a festival called #RadLivin. Boy oHHHH boy was 2017 the best year ever. It was also the year I made a parody video of this guy Gary Vaynerchuk on my youtube channel, which he shared on Twitter, and then shiz went cra.
That essentially leads me to here. I’m doing video for a living, traveling to see the world, and without a doubt living my daydream. Still hoping to get into acting tho tbh. In the future I plan write and direct a movie, start a vibey brand in the apparel industry, throw my version of a girlboss rally, and continue to spread the good news about Marlon Brando movies.