- About Ashley Raymer-Brown
Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Growing up, her favorite films featured Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, and Annette Funicello. Her comedic heroes were/are Carol Burnett and Dick van Dyke, two similarly long-faced, long-limbed actors who inspired her to take her gangly frame and love of classic Hollywood and enter the entertainment field, starting at her local level.
After a decade in community theatre as a long-faced, long-limbed (usually in comedic/ingenue roles) actor, in 2010, Ashley entered the world of film. After a short stint as a production assistant for another company, she and a small group of dedicated friends branched out on their own. Their first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Their second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released in 2016.
Switching back to the world of community theatre, Ashley helped found and became the Vice-President (now President) of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” After seven years in operation, and twenty shows, Ashley has served on the production team of every show in whatever capacity was needed: acting, directing, writing, publicity, etc. When the pandemic hit, she helped form “The Lemonade Jamboree,” an online branch of The Theatre Downstream that produced short films featuring alumni acting and singing original and public domain material.
Ashley has also written numerous sketches, one-acts, and full-length plays. In 2019, she co-wrote the (now award-winning) full-length play “He Needed Killin'” with Rebekah Raymer. Currently, they are hard at work on their second collaboration.
No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world, and the particular opportunity this podcast affords her to both work with her dear friend Candy, and to share her thoughts, aspirations, and brain full of trivia and random knowledge.
Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies.
- About Candy Thomas
For as long as she can remember, Candy’s life has centered around a love for stories.
As a young reader she fell under the spell of books, which—in the words of Emily Dickinson– have the power “to take you worlds away.” Candy soon felt compelled to try crafting her own stories, announcing at the age of 8 that she’d be a writer someday. And her passion for stories only increased when she was cast as the lead in the senior play, a pivotal life event that introduced her to the world of acting. Who could have guessed the incredible feeling of accomplishment a performer experiences when bringing a story to life? Candy was hooked.
Declaring a major in English and the Allied Language Arts kept Candy embedded in reading, writing, and theater courses throughout college, while a job in the field of education allowed her to explore the language skills at a much deeper level. Candy’s professional journey has taken her from the classroom, where she taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, to her current position as Instructional Coach. Different stops along the path included a 3-year stint as a KDE Writing Advisory Committee Member, certification as an Adaptive Schools Agency Trainer, a position as part-time instructor at a local university, facilitation of district and regional-level seminars, and recognitions such as the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award.
Candy found an amazing life partner in Kirk, a fellow teacher, raising together two smart and funny children, Kennedy and Camden. Yet while Candy’s life centered around her family and the demands of her profession, she continued to find time for acting. In the past twenty years, Candy has performed in more than 35 theatrical productions, 7 independent films, and a television commercial. She has also recorded the voice-over narration for a training video, served as a model for a webpage, and performed monologues for two podcast series focused on classical works.
With the launch of Scandal Water in 2021, Candy is thrilled to enter into yet another new territory of storytelling, podcasting– and even more so because she gets to do it with her wonderful friend Ashley. She wants to offer a special thanks to the listeners for the important role they’re playing in this exciting new venture!