René Ashton is an award-winning actor, writer, producer, and director. Ashton's acting passion and talent have landed her more than 100 commercials and dozens of television shows including THIS IS US, WESTWORLD, FOR THE PEOPLE, NCIS LOS ANGELES, RAY DONOVAN, PINK COLLAR CRIMES, NCIS, JANE THE VIRGIN, CSI, TOGETHERNESS, most of the soaps, oodles of Lifetime films…

 

As a writer, René's first feature film, the romantic comedy, BE MY BABY starring herself and Lacey Chabert, aired on the TV Guide channel for three years and is available on DVD and television worldwide.  In 2010, she had three feature films optioned, which lead her to form her own production company, Abundant Media, LLC.  

 

Since then, René has written, as well as produced, three award-winning spec television pilots/short films. ACTORS ANONYMOUS, starring René, Sally Kirkland and Lorenzo Lamas won the 3 festivals entered, including an offer for a development deal with VH1.  MILF MONEY, starring René, Missi Pyle, and Deena Dill won 10 out of 13 festivals entered. SPERM DONOR starring Alan Thicke, Missi Pyle, David Liesure, Simon Rex, and René.

 

René recently began directing her own material. Her horror short film/proof of concept, THE CANDLE, has garnered René 3 best director wins at film festivals and won 18 festivals in 9 countries to date.  René just completed the feature script and is currently shopping THE CANDLE franchise.

Currently in post, Emmy nominee, Lee Garlington stars in René's short form series, BEFORE WE GO, which René wrote, directed and co-produced.

Always in support of women helping women, René came up with the idea and co-founded, GET IT GIRL, Connect with Award Winning Female Writer/Director/Producers. The first annual event was held at Raleigh Studios in 2018. It was a great networking event attended by studio and development executives, literary agents and managers and production companies. 

 

 

In addition to scripts, René has taken another direction with her writing skills by penning two non-fiction books. LIGHTS, CAMERA… YOU! MAKE MONEY DOING TV COMMERCIALS IN LOS ANGELES OR ANY TOWN, USA and HOW TO STOP HATING YOUR EX SO YOU CAN CO-PARENT IN PEACE are both available on Amazon and in various bookstores.

Fun Fact: When René swims, she plugs her nose with her upper lip. True story.

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