We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Gray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Sydney Australia. I grew up dancing and acting which then lead me to want to move to Hollywood since I was 13. I eventually made my dreams happen.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It has not been a smooth road. I have always worked really hard to get where I have gotten. Nothing has been handed to me but I believe in hard work. I was told I should stick to acting because dance is too hard to pursue as a career, I would probably not get my visa to America because it’s difficult, I should look for another career and even from my family side that I should move back home and move on to a new life.
The thing is, I have the strength and willpower in my heart to keep going because I know what I love to do and I know where I want to be. All those discouraging comments have only pushed me to try even harder and keep ongoing. I have proved to myself so far that I have what it takes.
Lastly living on the other side of the world is incredible, but it means you are very far from your family and friends. In order to live the life I want over here has meant sacrificing or missing major milestones back home like Weddings, Birthday’s, Births, Deaths and Holidays.
As a professional dancer, I don’t just do one thing. My work varies from Stage Shows, Music Videos, Commercials, Judging Dance Competitions, Corporate Gigs, TV & Film, Choreographing and I am also in a Synchronized Swimming performance group. That’s what makes my work fun because there is always something different happening. I have danced in a lot of venues and events around LA and so a lot of dancers know me through that. I have done some fun jobs doing Burlesque, Showgirl, Cabaret and dancing to live singers/bands.
On the side… I love comedy!! I love to make people smile, so for years I have been creating my own comedy sketches for fun at home and posting them. I get good responses from them, so I will continue to make people laugh when I can 🙂
What sets me apart is that I’m a hard-working, fun Australian girl who isn’t just a one trick pony 😉
I’d like to call myself a creative random!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Malibu to the beach. I would also take them to some cute little bars in LA, around West Hollywood and Mid City area. We would potentially take a 2 day trip to Palm Springs or head down to San Diego for a night. I love sushi and would see if my friend would want to check out some cool sushi spots where we could drink sake and eat good food 🙂
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a lot of people who helped me along my journey. My parents who supported my dreams of moving overseas. I idolized Christina Aquilera when I was younger and watched her concert in Sydney twice. Her dancers inspired me to want to move to LA and to perform on Stage. Nicole Kidman has always been one of my favorite Australian actresses and she inspired me to keep up my acting skills. I’ve had many dance teachers and mentors over the years that have inspired and motivated me to get to where I am now and I am very grateful for them 🙂
Vince Trupsin Photography. First 2. Vivica Fox party (last photo)