Ashley is a young, lesbian, part-time single, full time mother and aspiring actress from the Bronx struggling to overcome poverty, make a name and life for herself in New York City while caring for her demanding yet, loving family.
Ashley's a struggling actress who's yet to book even an audition. She's also a struggling single mother raising a teenager while taking care of her eccentric mother. She has too many bills and not enough paychecks. Yet, Ashley always finds the humor to everything. Her silver lining optimism is incredibly contagious (which has been know to infect her cynical teenage daughter from time to time). So maybe, it is "Ashley's World," after all.
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Born in Manhattan and raised in The Bronx, Janelle always maintained a vivacious spirit despite her rugged environment and experiences. Raised by a single mom who values academics, Janelle attributes her integrity and resilient spirit to the influence of her mother. “Everything good inside of me comes from my mother. My mother can be very introverted, but she loves to dance. She nurtured the little performer in me at a young age. When I was a kid, she enrolled me in many different dance classes at places such as, The Dance Theater of Harlem. I remember my friends and I, creating performances as children. We used to entertain our parents at birthday parties and make special shows. Performing for our parents, family, and friends felt like a major production. “By the time I was twelve I was sparked with the desire to act. I asked my mom to enroll me in some classes and it felt organic. I knew I wanted to have an acting career. I made my first television appearance in high school which solidified my desire to become an actor. I have been blessed to work with such extraordinary professionals and have loyal supporters. There are so many people who contribute to my growth and development as a performer. I would like to thank them all! For me, they become an extended family. I learn from every production, shoot, show, film, and experience. I would like to expand and hone my skills as an actor. I aspire to have longevity and great skill. Ideally booking consistent, complex, prominent roles with depth is my goal.”
As a New York native, she comprises many of the exciting characteristics of this diverse Capital of the World. A natural-born performer and a trained actress, her candid smile, gleaming skin, and dazzling beauty is well complemented by her talents; this makes for her easy transition between acting, dancing, and modeling. Janelle has appeared in various plays, films and ad campaigns. She has graced the screen as the lead in “The Call” produced by the award winning independent film company, Wrong Way Pictures, among many others. Passionate about the craft, Janelle Stein’s dramatic studies consist of the Ivana Chubbuck Technique taught by T.S.A.W. (Tasha Smith Actors Workshop), as well as The Meisner Technique at The DeSotelle Studio.
Janelle’s ambition drove her to break into the entertainment field as a model, posing for the cameras as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Women by Black Men Magazine, and King Magazines. Janelle has now dedicated herself to acting professionally. "I knew I would eventually find a way to follow my dream and immerse myself in it.", and that’s exactly what she did! Janelle founded and established a boutique theater company, Blue Pearl Theatrics. With this venture, voices are heard, untold stories are shared and infinite opportunities are open to actors of all ethnicities and backgrounds. It’s a place for artists to collaborate and shine.
Ms. Stein does it all with a great sense of professionalism and a disarming natural flair and charm!
For more information, please visit www.JanelleStein.com.