Q/A with Erin Groves: Makeup Artist and Actress

UntitledErin Groves is a 28-year-old actress and makeup artist, born on May 5th. She lives in Greenville, North Carolina and enjoys the comfort of working from home. To get in contact with her, you can find her on Twitter and Instagram.  

Q.)Tell us more about what you do?
A.) I am an aspiring actress, I’d also call myself a makeup artist, however, it’s not something that I’m pursing. Make-Up is a hobby of mine, another creative outlet for me. Though, I am looking to share my creative expertise on my social media and YouTube channel!

Q.) Is there an exact moment in time you can look back on, where you realized this is what you want to do?
A.) If there was a moment I could look back and realize what I wanted to do, it would have to be after I turned eight years old, and saw the movie ‘The Labyrinth,’ with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. I thought, “Okay, I can send my sisters to a magical place”, and everything would be singing and dancing and all. I found out around 13 years old when the DVD came out, and they had a ‘behind the scenes’ feature on it that it all wasn’t what it seemed. However,  when I found out that I could put my creative mind to work through pretending to be someone or something else, I wanted to go for it. And I mean, I changed my mind a lot; from acting to architecture, finding the cure for cancer, and even being a tomb raider like Lara Croft. But I always came back to acting. Always. That’s when I knew.

Q.) Who or what inspired you?
A.) There’s a couple of people; Eartha Kitt, David Bowie, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and the list goes on and on.

Q.) If you had to choose one, who is your biggest supporter?
A.) Honestly, my biggest supporter is my family. My sisters, my mom, my guy. I couldn’t name just one! I have a lot of twitter supporters too!

Q.) Are you currently working on any projects?
A.) So, the one project that I am working on now is getting my YouTube channel up and running. I had to take a break from professional acting just to get my bearings in order, and I figured why not teach myself editing tricks and such. And so, that’s exactly what I’m doing! My last attempt at a video was some-time a month ago. If you’d like to take a look at my recent acting work, the link to both videos are at the end of this article.

Q.) Whatʼs the best thing about acting?
A.) The best thing about acting is being able to channel my imagination into becoming a character. I get to read about it, get a back story and create something based off of that. It’s one of the best things because, between you and me, I always get to put a piece of myself in there as well!

Q.) Is there anything you struggle with, as far as being an actress and makeup artist goes?
A.) Critique, and not from my teachers, or anyone else. I am very hard on myself. If my teacher told me: ‘Good job, Erin, just work on portraying a bit more emotion, but you followed well, and did an awesome job,‘ I’d automatically criticize myself horribly in my head. I’d tell myself it doesn’t matter what they say, you were horrible, and you need to give it up.
It’s horrible, I know, but that’s my issue. I don’t give myself enough credit. For make-up, it has to be coming up with a look. I see it in my head, but trying to get it right can go so wrong for me. I’m obsessive when it comes to getting my eyebrows right. For me? It’s not ‘They’re sisters, they don’t look alike.’ No, they have to be absolutely precise or I’m taking it off and doing it again.

Q.) What makeup brand is your all time fave?
A.) Ohhh. That’s a toughie. I’d have to say Make-Up Forever. I have combination/oily skin, and a lot of texture as well, and I feel like this brand does an awesome job at making me appear flawless!

Q.) How did you learn to apply your makeup so well?
A.) YouTube, if you could believe it or not. I used to spend 18 hours a day on the computer because the cyber world was so much better than the real one.

Q.) Did you receive professional training in makeup artistry and/or acting?
A.) I didn’t in either, though, I did attend acting classes in community college. My teacher told me he’d rather me get professional classes at an acting school.

Q.) How is the acting and theatre scene in your state?
A.) Well, ECU has a wonderful acting program, and there is a marvelous theater here (The Magnolia) and a classic theater in Washington, NC. The community college has a wonderful teacher (Lee Armstrong) who is also a professional actor as well! That’s right folks, I got to learn from an actual actor.

Q.) Looking back, is there something youʼd have done differently, given the chance?
A.) Tried harder to pursue my dreams instead of waiting for so long. That’s one of the things that I am hardest on myself about. I wish I could have tried harder to get a job, a car, and set out to pursue my dreams.

Q.) What are your plans for the next 5 years?
A.) I’d love to be working with Tyler Perry in a series as a co-star. And, I’d love to have been in a couple of movies by then as well.

Q.) Whatʼs your life motto? What keeps you going?
A.) My motto is this: You are the only person who can make your dreams come true, not anyone else. Do whatever you have to do to get where you gotta be. I’d like to take the time to thank everyone who’s read this! I appreciate it so much. ♥ Stay awesome!

Interested in seeing a demo reel of her acting? Watch it here! To see her everyday makeup routine, click here

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