We had the good fortune of connecting with Ericka Kreutz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ericka, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
So, I have given up. Maybe 176 times. Or at least I have exclaimed it, pronounced it, said it as fact before going to bed. But then I wake up, have a cup of coffee, and continue moving forward on my artistic path. It’s just in my sinews. My logical brain says, “the numbers are not adding up, the stress of freelancing will kill you, you won’t be able to handle another rejection”, but my blood runs creative and it takes one audition or one click of my camera and I feel free. Even now in quarantine, when there is no income nor jobs in the books, I choose the artists way. Sometimes I wish I could shake it- I wish I could give it all up for something more “sensible”. But it is not an option for me. It is who I am.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I first moved to LA, I got the advice that I didn’t need everyone to like me, to get me, I just needed to find one person that saw my potential and who truly believed in me. For my acting career, this person has been Russell Scott of Bialy/Thomas Casting. I met Russell, almost a decade ago, at an acting workshop. I performed a cold read, chatted for ten minutes and that was that. He was nice but didn’t say much. Little did I know I had made a life long connection. 

Russell is my angel in LA. He started bringing me in for small parts and asked me to be a reader for their office because he wanted me to “meet the girls”. The girls were Sherry Thomas and Sharon Bialy along with Gohar Gazazyan. From “Better Call Saul” to “The Handmaid’s Tale” to “Dead to Me” they have stacked my resume with incredible and versatile roles and I couldn’t be more grateful. I am so thankful that I attended that workshop so many years ago and that I met Russell. His consistency and his encouragement have changed the trajectory of my career hands down.

Image Credits
Photo of Ericka Kreutz by Sarah Sido. All other images by Ericka Kreutz.