Ashley Eckstein, known by Star Wars fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the Clone Wars and Rebels animated series, recently spoke at the Disney Social Media Mom Celebration (Disney SMMC) to discuss her book, IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE. Available now, IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE was written by Ashley Eckstein with Stacy Kravetz as an inspirational book to inspire young people to make their dreams reality. In the book, Ashley Eckstein traces her own path of growing up in the Disney Parks and dreaming of performing at Walt Disney World. Continue reading for more of the practical advice Ashley Eckstein gives for those starting to pursue their passions.
During Disney SMMC, Ashley Eckstein capitvated the room with her personal story – how her father was a Disney Cast Member at Walt Disney World, and the theme parks were her playground. The Disney Parks inspired Ashley to dream, and she refused to let anyone tell her no. When Ashley Eckstein told her mother she wanted to be on the Mickey Mouse Club television show (filmed at the time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), her mom told encouraged her to pursue her dream and practice, practice, practice every day to achieve it.
Through the process of auditioning and pursuing her dream, Ashley Eckstein found out who she was. The book shares journal prompts to help her readers find out, “who are you, and what makes you different?” She reminds people that whatever the journey is, rejection is inevitable, but goes on to say, “no one, and I mean no one can take away your power to believe.” IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE is a book that empowers young people to embrace their own personal story. As Ashley Eckstein said, “only you can tell your story, and only you can be its author.”
Disney and Star Wars fans both will enjoy the quotes from iconic characters sprinkled throughout the book. From Qui-Gon Jinn’s “Your focus determines your reality” to Jiminy Cricket’s, “Always let your conscience be your guide,” Ashley Eckstein uses these lessons to emphasize points she learned along her own journey. IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE reveals how Ashley’s path was not always linear, and reassures her readers that it is OK to fail. Eckstein used those failures as learning opportunities, she listened to feedback, and put in the work to succeed.
Ashley Eckstein’s Her Universe fashion company caters to fan girls (and now guys), and has become a preferred partner for Disney’s girl power initiative. IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE tells the story of how Ashley Eckstein went from being a little girl dreaming of being on a Disney stage, to voicing the first female Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, and launching the Her Universe clothing line and fan girl community. Ashley Eckstein’s book is meant to inspire a future generation of princesses, Jedi, and super heroes to follow their own paths. For more family entertainment news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Instagram, Twitter and “like” our Facebook page too.