We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashton Baez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashton, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I wouldn’t even say that I pursued this creative path for my life, I would say that God placed it in my hands. I am beyond thankful for my success on social media and the incredible experiences that have come from it. I have built so many wonderful and deep relationships and gained a ton of wisdom throughout my time on these different platforms and I would not change any of it. I have recently started this new path of growth and self-actualization in my life. On this new path, I’ve learned that creative energy is an energy rooted in love and healing. I came to this conclusion when I realized that I feel most comfortable with the content I create when I am my happiest self. I love what I do because it allows me to stay focused on my motto of spreading love and being authentic to who I am.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my creative journey on TikTok and I’m currently in the process of trying to migrate to other platforms like Instagram and YouTube. I grew quickly on TikTok by being myself and making funny videos. With a big following on social media comes lots of love but also numerous opinions from people who truly don’t know you and your heart. I have been dragged back and forth and have had so many people create false narratives about my personality and intentions online. In the beginning it was difficult to deal with, especially with today’s toxic cancel culture. I have realized that the opinions of others truly do not have a hold of who I am at my core and that I need to become more solidified in my identity. I have been dragged for my appearance, sexuality, personality, vernacular, faith, etc. At the end of the day I learned that as long as I am focusing on spreading love to myself, others, and God, then I will always succeed in life against the adversary. I am currently a college student majoring in religion with an emphasis on youth ministry. I have chosen this career path because of the immense love and comfort I have felt from my solidified faith in Christ. I want to be that boundary breaker within the church and youth environment in order to make those like me feel seen. Jesus’ ministry was centered around advocating for and exalting the oppressed by breaking barriers. As Christians we are called to be as Christ-like as possible and by being vocal about topics overlooked in the church. Christ would have supported Black Lives Matter, the MeToo movement, Stop Asian Hate, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, LGBTQ+ rights, and so many more. My ministry is being vocal about important topics that promote equality and equity for all. My ministry will take a holistic approach on mental, physical, and emotional health. My ministry will be a place that truly embodies Christ.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m from Gainesville, Florida and love to do outdoor activities. When my friends and I hangout we love to go walk a nature trail and enjoy the outdoors. Setting up our hammocks in local parks and spending quality time with each other is a great way to relax. To end our days off we love to go to Paynes Prairie and watch the sunset. My friends and I love to enjoy the natural wonders of this world by walking, biking, kayaking, stargazing, etc.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The organization that I would love to give a shout out to is called Teens Camping Tour of the West (TCTW). I was privileged enough to go on this life changing experience in the summer of 2019. I travelled across the US starting in North Carolina and going all the way to California and back with about 45 teens in 23 days. This trip, along with the mentors, taught me that it is okay to be who I am and that we will always be changing and evolving into different versions of ourselves. After I came home from this trip is when I finally felt comfortable in my own skin for the first time ever. This trip taught me so many lessons and propelled me into my lifelong journey of self exploration. This was only possible due to the unconditional love and support shown to me by the mentors and other kids on the trip.