SCUGOG: 9 year-old Ashley Black of Port Perry is making strides in the acting world, as she has recently been nominated for a Joey Award.
Ashley was one of seven children across Canada nominated for the category of the best 'young actress in a television series featured role', ages 5 to 10. She was selected for her role as a young Anne in the children’s television series Annedroids.
According to the award show’s website, the goal of the Joey Awards is to “reward young actors and actresses in Canada for their hard work and dedication to their craft.”
Ashley said it would mean a lot to her if she won.
“It would mean I have accomplished something really good, and that I am good at acting, because I don't know,” she said.
Her mother, Mary Black, explained how Ashley first got started acting, as well as how she got started working with talent agent Pat Jarosz
“We had a friend whose son acted, and he lives in Port Perry as well, and I just asked her who her agent was, and I got in contact with her because I thought it was something Ashley would like,” she told The Standard. “She is a little off-the-beaten-path type kid. We met with the agent and she signed her on the spot.”
Ms. Jarosz said she “fell in love with Ashley” the moment she met her.
“She is so talented and natural,” she said. “Some can be given a script and be just like a robot. [Ashley] feels whatever it is. She gets it.”
Mrs. Black said she has seen her daughter grow through acting.
“When she first started, she was pretty hesitant. It's weird because she comes across as shy, but she is not shy at all,” she said. “She is extremely chatty, but out in public she is pretty quiet, but I think acting has brought her out of her shell a little bit. She is much more comfortable doing auditions now and being around new people.”
Ashley told The Standard there are a few things she really enjoys about being a young actress.
“I get to see very cool sets, and I get to learn a lot about the characters I am playing, and I also get to meet a lot of new people and make friends on sets.”
She also gave The Standard a little insight into what her character, Anne, is like.
“She's very smart and she loves discovering things, and before she met her two best friends, she would always be doing things on her own,” she said.
Ashley added there are some character traits she shares with her character.
“We both like discovering new things, and we are both independent and friendly,” the young actress said.
The awards ceremony is being held on Saturday, Nov. 12th in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Pat Jarosz is looking for children ages 4 to 10. If anyone is interested in having their child audition for any television or film roles, they can contact Ms. Jarosz through her web-site at www.patjarosz.com.