One of the quirkiest and fun girls you will ever meet is TV Presenter / Writer / National Radio Host / Story Teller Ash London. Here, she answers a few questions about her journey in the media industry.
- Firstly what 3 Emoji’s most describes you?
I am seriously behind in the emoji times due to the fact that I am super disorganised and never update my iOS. However – I’m gonna go with the airplane because I love travel and all my best ideas come in the sky, the girl with her hand in the air because I always have something to say and the swimming emoji because everything is OK if I can just see the ocean.
- What are 3 things you are passionate about?
Music, people and stories, and the way these three intersect. I feel closest to God when I’m listening to an amazing piece of music. I feel most connected to the world when I’m practicing vulnerability with another human being. I feel most inspired to act when I¹m wrapped up in an incredible story.
- I know you recently resigned from radio but what would you consider is your ongoing job profile?
According to the Australian Taxation Office, I’m a “presenter” but I guess as I grow older I think of myself more as a “storyteller”. I work in TV, radio and in print media sharing my own stories, and drawing them out of other people.
- Tell us about about your journey to get where you are now?
I completed a media degree at RMIT in Melbourne, then headed off to London the night I handed in my final assignment. In search of the great big adventure, my life and my faith changed greatly (for the better) in that city. After two years of attending gigs, travelling and consuming copious amounts of music on the tube, I came home knowing I had to work in music media. I started out writing music radio shows, then moved to Sydney where I hosted a music TV show for 3 years. From there I transitioned into radio, working full-time on two national shows. Then, at the end of last year, something in my gut was telling me that it was time for me to move onto the next career chapter. I wasn’t sure exactly what that chapter looked like, but that still small voice kept whispering that there was more for me. That there were bigger stories to be told and more daring adventures to embark upon. And so, I took the leap! After two months of travelling the world, I’ve just landed back home in Oz ready to get stuck in.
- Do you remember your first gig what was it and how did it go?
My first interview was with a small Aussie pop band, and I have NEVER been more prepared for anything in my life. I bought a new outfit, prepped 3 hours worth of questions and for a seven minute interview, and I went DEEP! I was so incredibly nervous. Thankfully it didn’t take long for me to realise that famous people are exactly like us – normal, insecure human beings. This understanding has meant that I can sit across from everyone from Usher to Slash, Justin Bieber to One Direction and show them the same respect and attitude that I show to my barista.
- What is your drive to be in the industry?
From a performance point of view, I love the thrill of live entertainment. The second a radio mic goes live, or the red light flashes back at you on a camera. Sitting opposite an artist, and having 10 minutes to win them over while a camera rolls. It’s completely exhilarating, and nothing quite beats that rush! In the broader sense, I’m driven to be in this industry by the knowledge that it’s not actually about me. It’s been a humbling ride, but I honestly feel like I’ve seen enough to know that we’re living in a world desperate for something real – desperate for connection to a greater purpose. I haven’t been placed here to get famous or crack 100k followers on Instagram – I’ve been placed here to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around me. It’s all about attitude – and the second mine sours, I hope God moves me along.
- If you could say something to your younger self before you had a opportunity in the industry what advice would you give?
I would tell myself to never pretend to be anything but me. This industry (and this world) is full of people doing everything they can to impress each other, but what we all really want is someone to give us permission to stop trying. I would tell myself that I am enough, just the way I am. That I’m smart enough and confident enough to make it without trying to be skinnier, more fashionable or cooler. That when I learn the power of true authenticity, everything will change for the better.
- Thirty years from now, where do you see yourself?
Thirty years from now I’ll be 60 and hopefully still wearing pom pom earrings and winking at men with beards and topknots. But on a more professional level, I hope to be operating in my most daring creative capacity yet. I’ll have stories to tell and lessons to share, who knows what platform I’ll be using to share them. Whatever, and however – I hope to still be a storyteller.
- (from question number 8) What does the industry look like?
I don’t even know what my industry will look like in ONE year, it’s changing so fast. But that excites me more than anything. The internet has rapidly changed the way the entertainment industry works, and it¹s giving the power back to the consumers and the creatives. Anyone can get their story out into the world now, it¹s just a matter of making something that people want to watch (or listen to). We don’t need big networks or rich dudes in suits to tell us we’re good enough, we simply need to have the guts and drive to create our own content, and share it with the world. How amazing is that? The more times goes by, the more we, the content creators will continue to have more and more power. Who knows what’s possible in 30 years? I hope we’ll be using the tools at our disposal to share stories and information that has eternal purpose and value. Also I hope it involves holograms.
- If your life is a song (any song) what one is it and why?
I LOVE THIS QUESTION and I’m going to need a while to think about it. I¹ll be back.
OK it¹s two days later and I have returned. There¹s a song by Simon and Garfunkel called the 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy). Yes the song title has the words “Feelin’ groovy” in it because it was the 60’s and that’s how people spoke. It¹s a short, simple song about a man walking down the street, feeling quiet contentment as he looks upon the world around him. He speaks to the lamp post, the flowers, the sunshine, and ends the song with the words “Life I love you, all is groovy”. I’m a joyful person. I am hopelessly in love with the world that God has created for me and often find myself doing hippy things like talking to flowers. If I ever have kids, this will be the song I play every single morning when I wake them up. A reminder to find joy in every new day that we’re gifted.