Singer/songwriter/actress Ainsley Ross recently took the time to speak with OCN about her martial arts background, her acting, and her soon-to-be-released single, "We are 1."
The multi-talented Ainsley Ross recently took the time to give OCN an update about her acting and songwriting career. Ainsley Ross's new single, "We Are 1," is set for an October 13 release.
Here's what she had to say!
OCN: Before we talk about the music, I understand you train in martial arts. Could you share a bit about your martial arts background and why you train in combat?
Ainsley Ross: Throughout my life, I grew up in a family who was SWAT, Navy SEALS, martial art champions, and with a grandfather who was a boxer. Therefore, for me, fighting and training are in my blood. Martial arts professionally started for me when I was nine years old. From that point forward I trained in the art of Taekwondo until I earned my first-degree black belt. At that point, a few of my skillsets included class leader, instructor, national champion, and tactical weapons training. In moving to Los Angeles for industry purposes, I wanted to further my knowledge and love for martial arts. That’s when I found XMA World Headquarters (Extreme Martial Arts World Headquarters), trained by the one and only blue power ranger Mike Chat himself! In XMA, I learned more than just a vast array of mixed martial arts; I learned a variety of stunts for film! I learned aspects of close-range military combatives, Krav Maga, Jiu Jitsu, and elements of many other defense mechanisms. However, when I started learning stunts for film, it opened my heart to a whole new world, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
OCN: How has learning how to fight affected your psyche? Your confidence?
Ainsley Ross: The art of martial arts is truly more than just moves and defense tactics. Martial arts has taught me self-love, respect for myself, respect for others, teamwork, and the art of giving back in your community. This art has always been an outlet for me. Martial arts prepared me for life, and I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without it. Anytime after training, I feel my confidence boost, and the classmates are always so supportive and encouraging. Sometimes people only see one side to fighting, and that is the actual fight. However, what they do not see are the opponents shaking hands and hugging after a fight, fighters volunteering for charities, and teaching kids and people to know their worth and build their confidence. Martial arts and stunts are huge impacts in my life in a positive way, and I feel so complete because of it.
OCN: Do you have any words for people who want to learn to defend themselves but aren’t sure where to start?
Ainsley Ross: Yes, of course! If you are interested in any way, research “How to defend yourself: basics.” See if it is something you are interested in, then get involved in your local community. Look and see if there are any martial arts classes or defense classes you could take in your area. Also, I would love to hear from you! So reach out to me on Instagram: @ainsley_ross, and I will help get you started.
OCN: I know you are also an actress with upcoming projects. Is there anything you can share with us about your upcoming show, Should I Do It?
Ainsley Ross: Should I Do It? is a high school mystery drama, touching on surprising facts that you won’t see coming! When seven students from different cliques compete in a talent competition, some have a dark past. Who are these students really? Watch to find out, and catch my character, Mia Hill, and the truth behind her secret.
OCN: How did your musical journey begin and what drew you to music?
Ainsley Ross: To me, music is a universal language, and I’ve always felt such a passion for it. It always seemed that when words would fail, music spoke! A songbird at heart, I have always loved to sing. When I was nine I wrote my first complete song. That song was written on the back of a paper plate in verse, chorus format. From that point on I have been writing, recording, singing, and performing music. In the industry, being a singer-songwriter in Hollywood is ubiquitous. Therefore I trademarked my own genre so I could share the message I feel music deserves. This genre is called “pop-positive.” The world needs a little more positivity, so behind every one of my songs is a positive message. I hope when the “pop-positive” music hits the ears of any listeners that it is mellifluous to their ears!
OCN: Who do you consider to be your greatest musical influences?
Ainsley Ross: I would have to say, most certainly, Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea! Each of these artists embodies a quality and a style that I admire.
OCN: Could you tell me about your new song, "We Are 1"? What does the song mean to you?
Ainsley Ross: I am beyond excited for the worldwide release of “We Are 1.”
This song is about everyone truly joining together despite the differences in culture, race, and life views. I wrote this song with the intention of taking singers who performed in completely different genres and combining our different styles all together to show that being different and working together despite those differences has a beautiful, meaningful, and powerful outcome. We all share the same universal feeling, which is love—and we should embrace and communicate that more. So feeling and seeing love lacking in the worldwide views of today, that’s exactly where the inspiration to create a song to change that came from ... we need to show love and learn to receive love!
OCN: Where can fans follow you on social media and online?
Ainsley Ross: I would love to hear from you. Updates will be posted on the following social media outlets below. Be blessed.
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