“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.” – Anonymous
Brianna Ashton Collins
What do you do & what inspires you to do it:
I do a few different things. The things that I am the most focused on now are pursuing a career in modeling and my writing. Modeling is something I have always had on my mind, I just never took that leap of faith to get serious about it until this year. What inspires me most when I’m working at photoshoots or fashion shows is knowing that this is my external expression of my internal confidence because it really starts from the inside out. Before I was able to genuinely pursue modeling, I had to get right with me first. I had to get comfortable in myself, so when I think about what my inspiration comes from, I think of the work I had to do on myself to get here.
Writing is something I’ve been doing since grade school. It has always been my favorite way to express myself. I’ve dibbled and dabbled in poetry, short stories, started a book (that is still in the works), and currently have a lifestyle blog that I updated every month. My inspiration to write comes from so many things but, mostly, how much we as human beings go through and feeling. I believe in sharing because we all need something more to relate to, we all need to know that we aren’t alone in the things we go through in life.
How do you define success:
Success, for me, is all about investing into what I love to do and focusing on the QUALITY of whatever that is. If I know I have invested into the things I love from beginning to end and I gave it 110%, that is what success is all about. I can never look at success as numbers because even though numbers may be “nice” that does not mean the work is. Quality first, quantity will come.
What would you say to motivate a younger you to be successful in life:
BE YOURSELF. LOVE YOURSELF. You are truly one of a kind. You are infectious and everything you will do will be golden. Don’t be afraid to pursue any idea that comes to mind, the worst anyone could ever tell you is “No”.
Are you doing now what you’ve always wanted to do or did you have other aspirations previously:
What I am doing in this year, 2019, is what I have always wanted to do and I’ve been blessed with so many new opportunities because I am finally all in with these new pursuits.
What’s the best business or personal advice you’ve ever received:
Some of the best business advice I’ve ever received is to always be on time, meaning be at least 10 minutes early. There is nothing more crucial when doing business than the way you manage your time.
The best personal advice I’ve ever received is to always show up for myself meaning I have to count myself in before anyone else can. I live by that every single day. It has changed my life.
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you:
That I am an amazing cook and yes, I say amazing because my cooking skills are LIKE THAT! (lol) Several people have said they were extremely surprised at how good of a cook I am. Not sure why it’s so surprising (lol), but I don’t mind. I love seeing my loved ones enjoy a meal I made.
Do you believe in a higher power:
YES! The Lord is my guide, my confidant, my provider, and my friend. All things good in this life are the things God has his hands all over. I am steadfast in my faith, always. The Lord favors me in all ways possible and it is a product of my faith in him.
What’s something you can’t live without:
Where do you see yourself in 3 years:
In 3 years, I will be signed to an agency and will most likely have walked in NYFW a few times and traveling the world. I’m claiming that for myself, my life, and my career.
Single or taken:
Taken & blessed with an amazing partner! ️
How many tattoos do you have:
Two. One on my side, one on my shoulder.
Name a Song you like and Artist:
Brent Faiyaz – All I Want
Name a movie you like:
What do you like to do for fun:
Travel, go wine tasting, find new restaurants to try, binge shows on Netflix, try my hand at a new recipe, DIY projects.
Where can we find you online:
YouTube: Aura of Ashton
What’s next for you:
Next up, is just the continuation of pursuing this modeling career. I am traveling to do shoots with photographers, auditioning for shows all over. I plan to keep putting in the work and seeing where it takes me.
Photos courtesy of Brianna Collins | © 2019 DRTY ONES