Ashley Soto grew up with 5 siblings, a mom with 16 siblings and a grandma with schizophrenia. She has stories for days.
A native of El Paso, Texas and a former high school teacher in Mississippi, her first foray into television came when she was 25, and was recruited for NBC’s The Voice (she has the email to prove it!). But Ashley decided that behind-the-scenes was more her jam.
Upon moving to LA, she completed both ABC/NBC’s NHMC TV Writers Program and Univision/Televisa’s Latino Scriptwriters Intensive. And her Broad City spec script got her placed at Austin Film Festival and The Breakk Screenwriting Competition.
Her TV writing break came with a freelance episode on Fast & Furious: Spy Racers (Netflix). She then staffed on Vida (Starz) and currently writes on The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Disney+).
A graduate of Amherst College, she contributes to the Los Angeleno and is repped by Circle of Confusion.
Find her @sotospeak8.
Ashley was great, super organized, knowledgeable, and encouraging. The process really made what has been kind of intuitive clearly spelled out and replicable. Also, the step by step process helped to make sure each element was clear and necessary and how they fit. Getting feedback helped to expand ideas and also pointed out what wasn’t clear or what needed to be fleshed out, or different lines to pursue. I was really intimidated coming in but felt supported and encouraged the whole way through. Thanks!
Thanks to the Script Academy class, I learned the fundamentals of structuring my teleplay. When I began the class, I had no idea where to start, but now I have the tools to take any idea and turn it into a teleplay. And thanks to my instructor, Ashley Sotto, I also worked with someone who’s currently in the industry and who could share real-life examples of how to break in and build a career as a writer. Thanks for the opportunity!
I just finished Ashley Soto’s Televisionary Course and Ashley was a fantastic teacher. I learned a lot from her and the Script Anatomy curriculum. She was very patient with us and provided thoughtful feedback for every single homework assignment. Looking forward to taking a future class at Script Anatomy!