ASHLEY ROBSON

Actor, UK

A MOMENT OF CLARITY

I spent my youth telling eveyone I knew and telling myself "I don't know what I want to do with my life" Which was simple not true. I've always wanted to be an actor but I never accepted this truth through fear of failure. It took a thirteen year stint in an office job that I hated before I experienced a moment of complete clarity; I am never going to be happy in employment unless I make it happen. I remember feeling relief. I'd never been more honest with myself than at that moment. I was about to fulfil my potential as an actor or die trying. 

I immediately threw myself into local theatre, doing three or four shows a year, whilst delving into short films with students or local filmmakers. I joined local classes too for a period. I was busy. To my suprise, It wasn't long before I caught the eye of a local filmmaker whom cast me in his first feature film 'Follow the Crows' The experience was a thrill and reinforced my desire to pursue screen acting roles. I've since gone on to act in a variety of projects, facing new challenges and gaining a vast range of experience.

In 2019, I attended an audition in Guildford to play one of six lead roles for a new feature film based on a famous Henry Ibsen play 'The Lady From The Sea' which was to be filmed in Norway. Hundreds of actors gathered. I should have felt intimidated yet, I felt confident. I was ready to show them that I was the answer to their problem. I gave a great account of myself and I felt optimistic. I received a call the next day and was offered the part of Arnholm. It was a proud achievement. I felt vindicated and this remains one of my fondest memories. I was elated when I found out that I had been cast. Breaking the news to my wife, mum and dad was immense. I'll never forget my dad's reaction. He doubted my decision to leave full-time employment for acting and didn't truly believe in me where others did. His reaction to the news will never leave me. He roared with delight and I could see in his eyes that he was proud of his son for showing him success. This felt like the true beginning of my professional acting career.

In September 2019, we filmed 'The Lady From the Sea' in Norway over a two week period. It was a wonderful experience but it was over in the blink of an eye. I was left with an insatiable thirst for more... 

A couple of months after my return from Norway, my dad suddenly collapsed and died.

Then came Covid-19...

It was a time of concern, reflection and moarning.

Its now year 2022 and my passion to perform is stronger than ever. Screen acting excites me the most. I thrive in the professional nature shown on set It's where I truly feel I belong. I know that now. I feel at home working with likeminded creatives where the team ethos is crucial to success. Nothing would make me happier than to be acting regularly, providing for my family whilst making those I love proud of my acheivements. It's all I want in this life.

ARobson