Burch got her start in acting on a public scale around 2008 with Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'?, and her first role in a video game came in 2012 with Borderlands 2. Burch voices Tiny Tina, a hilarious demolitions expert who eventually starred in her own DLC pack.
Borderlands is a high-profile franchise -- not a bad gig to kick off an emergent voice-acting career. Of course, Burch had a man on the inside at Gearbox Studios: Her brother, Anthony, was hired as a writer on Borderlands 2, and halfway through his creation of Tiny Tina, he realized he was writing the part for his sister. He didn't offer direct nepotism, but he suggested Ashly try out for the role.
She did. In a blind audition process, Burch read for Tiny Tina, and Gearbox hired her.
Nowadays, Burch is a BAFTA-nominated voice actress (for her work in Life is Strange) and an Emmy-nominated writer (she helped pen the Adventure Time episode "The Hall of Egress"). She's most well-known as the voice of Chloe, a deliciously rebellious teenager in Dontnod's sci-fi infused drama, and Aloy, the star of Horizon Zero Dawn.
By virtue of her gender, Burch has the privilege of playing powerful women in a field dominated by masculinity and male protagonists. At one point she mentions her admiration for Jennifer Hale, the actor who plays the female version of Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect series: "I was in awe of her performance and the ability she had to make every dialogue choice feel organic."
Burch says it's an honor to act in similar roles.
"Chloe alone from Life is Strange is the role of a lifetime, and the fact that I was able to be Chloe and then also have the opportunity to play Aloy -- it's incredible," she says. "It's a gift. It's truly a gift."