#GIRLTALK with Actress + Author Ashley Rickards

Meet actress Ashley Rickards,, star of MTV's Awkward and Author of 'A real guide to actually getting it together.' She is outspoken, smart, talented and an actress that can take any role, whether evil or Awkward and make it so believable, you not only fall in love with her, you will catch all the reruns because you are madly in love with her persona.

Girl, I am a Go Getter!
— Ashely Rickards

You are a trained, talented actress with a ton of amazing shows under your belt, outside of acting, how do you feel you have redefined style in your daily life?

Fashion for me is about being proud of your body, of who you are, enough to show your style and taste fearlessly. Having style is different from fashion. Style, is your taste, your perspective, and your statement. Fashion is just what everyone else tells you to wear; it is fleeting.

Although you have been acting for quite a bit of time, do you get nervous/anxious, when was the last time and how did you deal with it?

Well, I think I am pretty good at covering my nerves! Normally I get nervous right before I start a new project, be it writing, directing or acting when I do not break down the entirety of a situation into manageable steps, I get overwhelmed. That is why it is always important to have a plan-- preventing extreme panic attacks and procrastination. However, If I have nervousness and I cannot quell them for some reason, I take a few deep breaths and remind myself that anxiety can feel very similar to the excitement. Redefining the emotion helps me work through it.

Bullying is a massive epidemic affecting people worldwide. What do you have to say about it? 

I have been both the bully and the bullied, and I would say to anyone who's going through it to remember that it is really NOT about you. It is true what people say about jealousy or insecurities ruling our bullies-- I can confirm it. When I was mean to kids growing up, it came from my dissatisfaction with myself or my envy of someone's apparent comfort with their individuality. The best thing you can do is let it go and stay true to yourself, you can let the haters hate and force you into self-doubt or self-loathing, or you can be a fearless version of yourself who understands that it is NOT about you.

What would you say are your three pet peeves when it comes to your career or life? (keep it real, inquiring minds want to know :) 

When people I do not know well use nicknames with me. Recently worked on something and one of the crew members kept calling me baby girl, Lil mama, boo, hun, etc., literally every time she spoke to me. I know she was nice, but in my head, I was like "I am not your boo or a Lil mama!".
I also hate it when people talk close to me. Like when you can feel their breath, and they are saying things that aren't so intimate as to require only 9 inches from your ear.
Also, lastly, people who tell me things 5x. Conversely also individuals who ply say things 4x. It is a lose-lose situation there. 

What is the one thing you know now that you would tell a younger version of yourself? 

I am perfect right now, at this moment, as is, simply because it is where I am, at this time and that is whom I am meant to be right now.
— Ashley Rickards

For everyone pursuing their dreams and feeling unsure of continuing because of the challenges they may deal with, what steps do you take to stay uplifted? 

Do not take no for an answer; persistence is a powerful trait to have. Also, if all else fails, do your work! Entrepreneurs start empires from the ground up, if you cannot join em (the empire), beat em (with your empire).

Also, when it comes to style, what is your go-to outfit that makes you feel yourself and why?

My go-to outfit would probably be a crop top, skinny jeans and a sweet pair of kicks. It is really relaxed and laid back but functional and fun if you accessorize it right. I am also a fan of a sexy pantsuit because it makes me feel like a power player!

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*This interview was previously published.  Due to the inspiring nature of the feature permission from original publishers were granted for re-publish on beautycocktailsgirltalk.com.*