Our interview with stunning and talented actress and singer/songwriter Ainsley Ross who has written and produced over 80 original songs. Her single “We are 1” is set to release early this year. She recurs as the lead character in a series of music videos for the popular band Seven Lions. Ainsley’s acting credits include a recurring role in the popular series “Should I Do It” and film credits that include lead roles in “College Bound: Window of Hope,” “A Fighting Chance,” and “Small Things.”
Ainsley is passionate about helping people with disabilities, specifically Asperger’s and Autism and is an ambassador for the Jonathan Foundation, which helps advocate in the educational system for those with special needs.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Kind, Endearing, and Graceful
Name one your strengths?
Seeing all sides of a situation before forming an opinion.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My Family. I can’t choose just one because it took all of their love and encouragement to get me where I am at today… For that I’m so grateful, and I count my blessings everyday!
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
My Mom, she has been nothing but a positive influence on my life. She encourages me to achieve and accomplish all I want in life, while maintaining my grace, respect, and morality. She is there no matter what day I’m having prepared to give me a pep talk and or the cold hard truth… She taught me the true example of what its like to truly love… and “THAT” love is the biggest influence on my life. It made me who I am today.
What is your own definition of happiness?
Happiness to me is a lifestyle, and its being happy with yourself as a person. Then throughout your life you’re not only living in a short-lived moment of happiness.
Instead you carry it throughout your life. So I choose to live a happiness lifestyle through positivity and love for yourself… but also a love for others.
Now about your acting career, what was your first acting role?
My first role was in the film the “The Rein’s Maker”. I was a supporting role, speaking about the importance to my friend in the film about being yourself and loving horses.
What is the best and worst part of being an actress?
The best part is to play a role or a character you aren’t in your everyday life. It’s so fun to essentially play dress up for a day and share that experience with the viewers. It’s truly the best feeling.
The worst part I’d have to say… is most definitely scheduling and planning a life. You don’t know how to plan, because your schedule literally changes everyday.
What projects you have been part of?
“The Rein’s Maker”
“Syfy’s Expiration Date”
“Jax and James Web series”
“Should I Do It (as the lead Mia Hill) tv series”
“Seven Lions Continuance series as the lead (Ophelia)
There are so many I’m blessed to be a part of.
And now tell us about your musical background?
I’ve always been a little songbird around the house, but when I was 9 I wrote my first complete song on the back of a paper plate… and thats where it all started for me… Then I started writing more and more. Funny enough I didn’t want to be know as a singer, I wanted to be known just as the writer… but then in order to get my songs out there the way I intended I had to sing them. So by the time I was 13 years old my album went worldwide. The rest is history.
How would you describe your music?
I was trying to figure out how to answer this question for a long time until I finally came up and trademarked my own genre called “Pop Positive.” I want my songs to have a positive message, and I want people to know that whatever they are going through, that they can get through it.
What is your next goal as a musician?
Honestly, creating more songs that can not only connect to people, but songs that can change the world! I want to make more music and music videos to promote love, and inspiration.
Tell us about your single “We are 1?”
In writing and performing this song… its about putting aside all your differences and joing together in love. No matter what race, what gender, what music style, or what belief you have.. The one thing we all have in common is love. So in creating this song, I wanted to take 3 different styles, and artists….. to all sing one song together.. to show that we are different but through love anything is possible.
Tell us about your work as the lead character with the Seven Lions band?
It’s been honestly such a life changing and incredible experience playing “Ophelia” in Seven Lions Music video Continuance series. They are the kindest people to work with and they always make me feel included. I’ve flown out all over making Live appearances to their fans… and the coolest part is that I get to watch the story of Ophelia continue. The band loved my character Ophelia so much, and the portrayal I did of her; that they created the band’s own record label and named it “Ophelia Records”.. It’s pretty amazing and cool when you are scrolling through Youtube’s home page and your face Pops up! It’s such an honor, and I love playing Ophelia!
Which artists would you like to collaborate with?
Hands down Bon Jovi.
3 things you can’t leave your house without?
Lip gloss, Gum, And Hair ties
What music do you like?
I Love Classic Rock!!
Your favorite song? Why?
My favorite song is by Tesla and its called “Love Song”… I love it because how the intro to the song starts out; classical then it progresses into a Rock filled passion. The lyrics just honestly resonate with my heart. They are very powerful! I encourage anyone to listen.
Any loves, other than music and acting?
I love doing Extreme Martial Arts and stunts. I’m a first degree blackbelt in Taekwondo. I also do tactical weapons training.
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
My Great Grandmother “Shirley Brown”… I’ve always wanted to be able to do my makeup like her. She somehow manages to literally draw the perfect cat eye time and time again, with prettiest lips and eyebrows. She is the true definition of Old Hollywood back in its glamour days.
What is your favorite healthy food?
A Quinoa bowl with avocado, tomato, and a fried egg on top!
And your favorite cheat food?
How would you describe your fashion style?
What’s next for Ainsley Ross in 2019?
The Worldwide release of my new single “We Are 1.” Spreading the importance of truly setting aside our differences and joining together to share and promote love.
Also a couple more projects that are in the works that I can’t talk about yet (in regards to acting).. SO I’m super Excited and I look forward to sharing that with ya’ll…
I will most definitely continue my extreme martial arts and stunt work… However I will be launching my new show “The Ross’ter” very very soon! SO keep your eyes out for the BIG RELEASE… Throughout the rest of the year, I will just keep growing and learning.. about my craft. I will apply myself and just try to honestly better myself as a person.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
I feel like most people would say someone famous.. However For me it would be my Grandfather. I never got to meet him, but I’ve heard so many great stories about him and the person he was. I wish to this day I could just meet him and have a conversation.
What do you like to watch on tv?
I Love To watch “The Rookie”
Best advice ever given?
Trust Your instincts, you were given a gut for a reason so use it…. don’t second guess or doubt your intuition!
Five years from now you will be…?
I will be about to graduate college exceeding expectations, and feeling blessed for the career, family, and support I have!
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
A nice lunch on the beach after church… overlooking the sand and the sound of the waves.
Where we can follow you?
I would love to hear from anyone via my
Facebook: Ainsley Ross the Artist
Quote: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
Song: Tesla Love song
Movie: “Fried Green Tomatoes”
Travel Destination: The British Virgin Islands
Sport Team: The New Orleans Saints (football)
Celebrity Crush: Channing Tatum
Drink: Root Beer