KISH: Tell us about you…
Vince Ashton is a nationally recognized artist, event host and emcee native to Atlanta. His soulful voice and dynamic personality has opened for the likes of Monica, Canton Jones, Karen Clark Sheard, Sammie, Q. Parker of the R&B Group 112 and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama just to highlight a few. He has hosted nationwide dance competition tours, Battle of the Bands events, a national anthem performer for the NBA G-League College Park Skyhawks and also a featured emcee on both the OWN & Oxygen networks. In addition to his achievements in entertainment, Vince is also a serial entrepreneur. His featured business include: Blacktivty Activism, Everyday Ashton Photography and It’s A Cheesecake by Vince Ashton. Now you can catch his international debut as a contestant on the Food Network Canada’s hit show, “The Great Chocolate Showdown,” premiering March 2022. Keep your eyes on this rising star straight out of Atlanta!
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Vince: My dream is impact. My dream is to not only utilize but optimize all of my giftings to give back to others. Whether it’s on stage performing and catering a birthday event with my cheesecakes… I want to make sure people feel loved, appreciated, celebrated and supported.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Vince: There are two people that come to mind that have inspired me to pursue my dreams in entertainment and serial entrepreneurship and that would have to be Ryan Seacrest & Kandi Burress. They are both moguls in their own right in the entertainment field from hosting to artistry and have launched many thriving businesses that are still running and relevant to this very day.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Vince: A major challenge in the midst of pursuing my dream as an entertainer was getting in my own way. I have an extremely gifted group of friends that are constantly doing amazing things…and sometimes watching them succeed I would measure my own success against there’s. I often felt like an under dog or second best to people…because I truly whole heartedly didn’t believe in my own gifting and opportunities. Believing in yourself is incredibly essential in being successful. Yes, it’s one thing to know you’re great but it’s a difference in BELIEVING you’re great…and I must say, I definitely believe in myself now!
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Vince: My mother definitely pushes and inspires me through every obstacle. Just seeing her resilience through my child and adolescent years whenever we went through challenges…was beyond amazing. And that same strength she has I pull from in my own situations as well as utilizing her great wisdom and practical advice to overcome things.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
Vince: Dream. Dreams provide the foundation for you to create, be encouraged and see yourself greater. It’s never too late to dream and never stop believing in that dream. Beyond the chaos, procrastination, lacking resources or it maybe a season in life you’re in…never stop believing in those dreams. Continue to water them, plant it and great ground and invest in your dreams too. The manifestation will definitely happen. Believe!