Photo Production Assistant, New Jersey
Ashley Blalock is a photo production assistant from the Jersey Shore. She coordinates and produces photo shoots in NYC for the fashion industry. She is also a dancer and choreographer at Continuum Dance Co. and previously she was Head Choreographer of Rutgers Performing Dance Company from 2017-2018. She hopes that one day individuals can become more open to conversation since it is the first step to fixing a larger issue.
Who are you?
Good question. I’m Ashley - I’m 23 and from the Jersey Shore. I have a degree in Statistics and Visual Arts from Rutgers University and now work in New York. I’m an Aquarius, dancer, half Filipino, and love buffalo chicken and my cat more than life. I hope to one day work as a movie producer and create some really cool stuff.
Are you the girl we see mostly on the pictures?
No, the girl in my photos is actually my younger sister, Rachel. We get confused for each other all the time.
If it was you indeed, who took the shots?
Rachel has been my primary model since I started photography. She’s helped me mold my style and pushes me to experiment and do different things because she is my primary subject.
We saw on your bio that you embrace Nostalgia, can you elaborate that point?
Nostalgia is just one of those feelings that you can’t even describe. A smell, a place, a song - anything can be tied to a moment in your life… you don’t even realize it til you come across it again and it brings you back to that specific memory; whether that be a happy or sad memory. Something I love about this project is that the use of disposable cameras sparks that feeling. I remember taking disposable cameras to summer camp when I was younger to take pictures of my experiences - the process just seems so humble and pure. I want people to feel a certain level of familiarity when they see my photographs, even if they don’t have any personal tie to it.
What do you dream for the future?
My dream for the future is that we’ll become more open to conversation. Starting a conversation is all we need to get the ball rolling on fixing some of the bigger issues we have going on - as long as we are also willing to listen.
Your idea of happiness?
Family, love, freedom.
Your idea of misery?
Not trying because of the fear of failure.
If not yourself, who would you be?
I don’t think I could be anyone else but myself. I probably wouldn’t be very good at it.
My parents, for sure.
What is your present state of mind?
Let things come and go. Trust that things will happen as they’re supposed to. Don’t fixate on things you can’t control.
Chunky by Bruno Mars - always puts me in a good mood.
Right or left handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
Oof. I’m decent at making pasta.
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?
I’ll usually just lay in bed with my cat and watch movies.
What inspires you?
I feel like the things that I’m surrounded by inspire me in different ways. Fashion, color, New York City, diversity, movement and dance. You can get inspiration from paying attention to the little things.
What do you do for money?
I work for a Photo/Video Production company in NYC, where I assist in coordinating and producing photoshoots for clients in the fashion industry.
What do you do for pleasure?
I’ve been dancing since I was two years old. It’s my biggest passion. I love experimenting through choreography and am so grateful that I have the time and opportunity to continue it.
Bedside table books?
Currently I am without a good book - open to suggestions!
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
I’ll listen to some classical music, or I’ll find my cat, Velvet, who usually helps me go back to sleep.
Do you collect?
I actually don’t collect anything. But fun fact, I did used to collect rocks when i was younger. Not quite sure why.
Tea or coffee?
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
I used to think that all twins had to have the same name.
What are your plans for this weekend?
It’s Halloween weekend so I’m getting dressed up to go out and get my spook on.