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Ashida Onrae

Host / Speaker
Los Angeles, CA
Ashida Onrae is a dynamic host and inspirational speaker, native and current resident of Los Angeles, CA.

Ashida’s intrigue with the entertainment industry came at an early age, having been exposed to it by her mom, Cyndi Reece-Thorne, a successful makeup artist, whose wealth of credits rang from CSI to the box-office sensation The Hunger Games. Ashida got her big break working at Saban Entertainment, which lead to positions at The Gersh Agency, Disney and Fox. Those experiences empowered Ashida and gave her the skills to pursue her own dreams of being a host and inspirational speaker.

As an inspirational speaker, Ashida produced the relationship seminar “What My Marriage Counselor Never Told Me,” in which she offered insight into what marriage life is like after you say, “I Do”.

The beginning of 2012 marked the launch of Ashida Onrae TV (AOTV), an online site to inspire, educate and encourage viewers to believing in themselves and pursuing their dreams through articles, blogs and web series. AOTV’s newest interview blog, “How I Did It – Success Stories,” focuses on the ordinary and extraordinary in everyone. To expand into new markets for her show, Ashida is also creating her own travel series.

You can find Ashida hosting on the red carpet at events around Los Angeles, most recently BraveHeart Women Rise and NewFilmmakers LA.