Erika has been working in various facets of the film industry for almost two decades. She began her career as an actor, moving into makeup, special effects makeup and costuming before also becoming a producer and UPM.
As a makeup artist and costumer, Erika's experience covers all mediums and genres from nationally broadcast television shows such as Fear the Walking Dead, Live at The White House, to dozens of Investigation Discovery episodic series, feature films (Reagan, dir. Sean McNamara, Thirteen Minutes, dir. Lindsay Gossling) commercials and print (Apple, Under Armour.) Erika has performed as key makeup artist and costumer for many military interactive live-action films and historical pieces, where sharp attention to detail is essential (US ARMY, NAVY, MARINES, History). She has become an expert on military regulations and uniforms for all branches of the service. Additionally, she has created special effects prosthetics for the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library Theatre in Washington, D.C., and developed and instructed an educational curriculum for special effects workshops commissioned by the Chickasaw Nation.
Erika worked as a full-time producer and production manager for feature length interactive films for the military on subjects such as off-duty safety, moral and ethical decision making, sexual harassment and suicide prevention and many of the challenges affecting our returning troops. These duties require detailed planning and coordination with the military, particularly when pertaining to weapons and armored vehicles. Just for fun she has also worked as a weapons and tactics coordinator for classified special forces training exercises.
Erika currently resides in the Midwest, via Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, with her daughter. She continues to work bi-coastally and enjoys the opportunity to travel. Just for fun she owns a shop on Etsy (@skybeachphotography) where she sells travel and landscape photography.