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Meet Erica Adams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Adams.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Where to start. Guess it was 2001 and I was in collage in Atl for graphic design finding my way into the photography world. Next thing I know, I’m back in Coastal, NC in hair school. Where I grew up, there wasn’t many opportunities so the rule of thumb was be prepared for one when it comes. Needless to say, I did a lot of preparing and it was a great plan because once LA came about in my life, I was ready for everything. In NC, I worked behind the chair and as a platform educator for TIGI. Eventually buying into the salon, I apprenticed at as an owner. Shortly after, I spread my wings and invited to be repped by Directions Agency. They really were so helpful in guiding me in the right direction linking me with Cielo Blue agency in Miami and putting me on the fast track to NYC. After working for about a year or so in major markets and continuing to educate for TIGI and work fashion week, I was ready to come to LA on a whim. Once I landed here with my whole life in a tiny scion I signed with Timothy Priano Agency and started working immediately. The opportunities were much in the TV world which I was a bit unfamiliar. I received a phone call from Spike TV asking to cover the hairdresser on a few episodes for a show called Bar Rescue.

I was pretty excited since I’d not really been on a set for tv only commercials up to that point. I was also very nervous as I didn’t have anyone else in my department to learn from. Having a boatload of friends from back home in Wilmington, NC having successfully translation to LA in the film and tv unions, I had a pretty solid support base. Three years later, I was still traveling full time with the show and other spin off shows. One of my pals suggested joining the union since I qualified for their 3/60 program. With much apprehension I did and I’m so stoked I did. Not even six months later, I was keying my first live show “so you think you can dance”. It’s been only three years now and what I’ve accomplished in a short time even surprises myself. I just got off department heading a new Disney show that was very challenging yet incredible creatively fulfilling. Since I’ve come to LA now going on seven years, I’ve tried to be that person to my fellow east fosters taking the plunge. Either helping them find a place or find work once they are here. We are a large group of talented ones out here and I’m glad we all made it!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’d say it’s been decently smooth since getting to LA. I ran into some devastating events prior to coming with the loss of a friend which set me in motion to make some moves and see more of the world. I found myself in the same situation two years ago as well and was able to maintain stability and had such a great supposed system I made it through just fine. Maybe even better this time.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Creative I’m a ball of energy. I feel strongest working alongside others who have different or even better qualities of me. I would consider myself very literal in terms of creating and my strong suit is period work. Taking a time period and bringing it to life in a modern world yet maintaining the integrity of the original works. Taking into consideration the tools, products, trends, locations and economic status when designing a look. I love when a character is telling a story without even saying a word

What does success mean to you?
Learned this statement years ago and it’s stuck with me. Success is the intersection between opportunity and preparation.

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