A dancer from Birmingham, who had to put her career on hold when her mother was critically ill, wants to make a film to inspire more youngsters to pursue the performing arts.
Ashia Anderson started teaching dance at the age of 15 but stopped everything for three years to care for her mum, who had breast cancer.
Now back in her dancing shoes, the 23-year-old wants to inspire young people to get involved in the creative industry.
‘Dancing is all I do,’ she says. ‘Obviously family comes first but everyone noticed a change in me when I wasn’t dancing. It was like something was missing in my life.
‘My mum, who had breast cancer at the time, encouraged me to carry on but it didn’t feel right.
‘Now that she’s better, it’s the first time for a long while where I’ve been able to be myself.’
Ashia has been dancing since she was three years old and set up her own not-for-profit organisation, Dance Dilemma, at 15.
‘When I started dancing again, it was great. I really want to help the community.
‘There is a lot of talent and potential where I live but many of them don’t know what to do with it.
‘Dancing makes you forget life’s troubles and actually brings people together.’
Ashia’s initial thoughts are to make a film with the possibility of using it at workshops, which aim to give advice on creative career opportunities.
She aims to get young people on the right track when they’re thinking about pursuing future careers in the creative arts.
‘It was hard when I was unemployed. I found it difficult to get back into the industry I love,’ she says.
‘I feel that, by working with Fixers, I’m giving something back to the community and really helping to inspire others.
‘My advice to people wanting to do something creative would be to go for it. There is no substitute for doing something you love for the rest of your life.’