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You need a plain shape in AI. If you're using gradients, masks, clipping paths or other stuff it won't work. Please give us more info and possibly a screenshot of your ai file.
Try this. Open up Illustrator. Take the pen tool and create a simple shape with a closed path. Import that single layer single path file into AE and see if it works. If it does, then show us a screenshot of your AI file and show all layers and expand out any groups. We'll try and help.
Yeah it is just a .png that I brought into illustrator and saved it. Then imported it into AE. I created a shape brought it in to AE and it worked fine. I guess I will just have to try and create a shape that is similiar to the image. Can I create the shape in Photoshop and then bring it in to Illustrator? I can't seem to grasp illustrator, as I haven't used it.
A PNG file is not a vector file. That's the problem.
If you don't need absolutely precise shapes, you could try using the PNG file in AE, applying the Auto Trace command to create a mask, which can then be used to create a shape.