Hi, my name is Ami Martin and I'm an actor.

Yes!  It's true, I'm an actor.  

I'm also a photographer.  I promise I'll explain the photographer part in a bit.

My story begins almost 10 years ago when I was 23 and moved to LA to act.  

Unfortunately, I had no idea what I was doing and failed miserably.

So, I detoured into working behind the scenes in entertainment for the better part of a decade.  First in live action casting and animation development for Nickelodeon, and later in production for Disney Television Animation on shows like Penn Zero: Part Time Hero and Future Worm!.  

As much as I loved my career at Disney and in animation, over time I knew that my heart was yearning for something more.  Over time it just kept yearning louder and louder. 

So last year, after much soul searching, I decided to take the leap and figure out what that really meant for me.  I traveled for a full month, to Mexico City, Tulum, New York, and San Francisco.  I basically Eat, Pray, Love-d.  

I searched deep, thinking that I had left to solely focus on building a media company.  But when I searched, the answer that I arrived at was different.  I wanted, nay needed, to pursue life as an actor.  

I would finally commit to my dream.  

Making that choice was one of the most terrifying things I've ever done, but not a day goes by when I haven't been thankful to have taken that leap.  I am finally living my calling, and I've never believed that more than I have today.  I am happier than I've ever been.

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So how does photography play into all of this?

While working in TV in 2010, I found photography, which challenged me creatively where acting had left a hole, and it was something that I never had expected in a million years.  It prompted me to start building a business.  It's crazy to think that I've now been a photographer for almost seven years!

Acting is my life's passion.  I feel very fortunate that I've been able to pursue it while fostering a second creative career as a photographer.

Photography helps fund my dream.

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What do I photograph?

I'm a portrait photographer of women who believes that beauty really shines from the inside.  We live in a world that can be very superficial, and there's a lot of photoshopping done where there doesn't need to be, to show ourselves as "perfect".  Living in Southern California, I've seen and have felt so much of that pressure.  That's why I believe that especially for women it's important to be able to see yourself as you are, in photos, smiling and having fun and being your true self -- not thinking about or editing out extra weight or wrinkles or whatever other "imperfection" that society wants you to think you have.  I love to capture your essence, and show you how beautiful you are as you are.

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Want to know more?

I'm a very active, energetic, and passionate person, and you can usually find me:

- Traveling -- Last year I traveled to Okinawa, Mexico City, Tulum, New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, and Seattle

- Reading -- I'm a self-help junkie and recently finished I Hope I Screw this Up by Kyle Cease, Lewis Howes's The School of Greatness, and The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

- Dancing -- I grew up listening and dancing to Latin music, and have been dancing to it for more than 17 years.  To me, there is nothing else quite like it: Banda, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata, and Reggaeton