Erin is a fierce, funny and fabulous femme. She’s an entertainer at heart, and on a mission to create brilliant content that steps outside the ordinary and does humor in the right ways. She’s got big heart and big ambition and is going places fast. Here’s what she had to say about all things love, breakups and bouncing back!
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as a TV producer and writer and I co-host a podcast and just try to be a Funny Person in general. I do this because I’m not trained for anything else. I was a theater kid in high school who then decided she should maybe major in something besides theater and so applied to film school. But I always just wanted to work in television. I’ve loved TV since I first met it and literally can’t do anything else.
What’s the best gift you ever got?
This is the most recent gift I’ve received which is partly why it’s on my mind but, my aunt just gave me an old peridot ring that used to belong to my grandmother. We both have August birthdays and when she died I got some of the peridot jewelry but this new addition is just beautiful and fits me perfectly and I just love having it.
What’s the worst gift you ever got?
I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a bad gift. I always think I’m easy to shop for because I am a FAN of so much and also I post my tee shirts and things so frequently that I think it’s clear what kind of stuff I would like. If that makes ANY sense. The gift I reacted most negatively to was when I was 6 and was given a diary but then I loved the diary when I really thought about it and now I always keep a diary so that was actually an excellent gift!
What’s your advice for all things love, sex and dating?
For ALL things???? I don’t have a catch-all piece of advice. I actually am terrible at advice IMHO. BUT – I think the piece of love advice I most frequently give is this quote from Monica Geller from “FRIENDS.” It’s after she and Chandler are married – spoiler alert – and Phoebe announces she met Monica’s soulmate. She met someone who on the surface is her “type” and likes all the things Monica likes. So Chandler gets worried, naturally, and Monica says, “I don’t believe in soulmates, I believe we fell in love and we work hard at our relationship. Some days we work really hard.” And this works for everything! Even when people are newly dating someone who they think isn’t their type it’s like…well how do you know? I think we like to label ourselves and decide things about ourselves and if you just don’t let that rule you maybe you’ll actually be a lot happier.
What’s your go to pick me up?
Probably watching “30 Rock” – I can put on any episode of that show and it’s like I’m hanging out with friends. I hope this doesn’t sound sad because I mean it awesomely.
Tell us about your first heartbreak…
When my first boyfriend (who hates that I always talk about him) and I first started hanging out it was at school while working on a play. Then we went out on an official date and I had a great time but then he didn’t talk to me for a while. And I was so so confused and sad. And I found out it was because he thought I hated him because I’d been teasing him at the restaurant portion of the date. And it wasn’t exactly heartbreak because then we dated but it was my first instance of wondering why someone wasn’t calling me and wondering what I’d done wrong. And it really did force me to wonder about myself and my personality (haha) and realize that maybe aggressively teasing someone wasn’t the best way to show interest.
Tell us about a time you Bounced Back better than ever
In 5th grade I got a note from a boy and it said that he’d be interested in dating me after I got my braces off. I had just gotten them on about a week or so before and was very self-conscious about them and found the attention very upsetting. But I talked about it to my teacher (we had some system where we wrote in journals she read?? I can’t remember) and she asked me if I liked this boy and wanted to date him. And I said no. And she asked me like, why do you care about what he’s saying? And I said I didn’t know. And I just realized like, oh right, this person doesn’t matter to my life. And it’s something I try to remind myself often. Especially existing on the internet as much as I do, I find it’s important for me to remind myself, “like, oh right, I don’t care about this person at all.”