Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Eichholz.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up in Germany, I always knew I wanted to be an actress. Watching movies and going to see plays were simply my favorite things to do. Over the years my mom told me many colorful stories about her early twenties in New York, so it was no surprise I moved to NYC to study acting right out of high school. Mind you, I didn’t know a single soul and lived out of one suitcase. During that time, I learned that in the end that is all you really need.
After moving to LA and finishing my studies, I started acting in international movies with Stacy Keach and Daryl Hannah and started to book several commercials. Also, next to acting, I started building an Instagram community. On social media you are in charge of your own content and developing your personal brand’s story, similar to filmmaking, which has really helped me in finding my creative voice over the years.
My first US TV credit was for the Netflix show “Lost in Space“ and soon after I booked the “Hellboy“ reboot with David Harbor and Milla Jovovich. Impersonating a comic book character from Mike Mignola’s world was a fun adventure. We shot the movie in Bulgaria and it was the biggest movie set I have worked on so far. Playing alongside Thomas Hayden Church was definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Many of my childhood dreams have definitely come true and for that, I am very grateful.
Lately, I have been focusing on creating my own female-driven stories. Being part of Women in Film and their mentorship program has taught me how important it is for us ladies to support each other. Being on the producing end is very rewarding, as you work on your passion project from start to finish, a process us actors usually do not get to experience.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Acting is no analogy for smooth sailing. Coming out of acting school, you have no idea what you are getting into. You get to play all these fun parts in class, but once you start out in the real world you realize how challenging it is. Throughout my career there have been many times when I felt like giving up, for example not getting footage for a project you worked on, a film falling apart last minute, a role you are proud of is almost entirely edited out of a movie…there are so many disappointments an actor has to cope with.
The hardest part is that acting is a full-time job, but in the beginning you need a side gig to make a living. So the famous work-life balance is almost nonexistent as you either work your side job or you are refining your craft. There is not much room for anything else.
Yet there have been so many rewarding moments and I have achieved so many things I set out to do. So you just have to be up for that rollercoaster ride and keep going no matter what. In the end, it is all about being happy no matter what happens.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My perception of success has changed over the years. In the past success has been defined by whether or not I got the part, nailed the audition or how many likes I got on social media. Turns out, it is a very unhealthy way to live because it is all based on external factors.
A few years ago, I experienced a tragic loss in my family and it took me a while to redefine my path. Auditions are no longer a life or death experience. Nowadays, I know that getting the part is great but it is not defining who I am. I strive to be the best version of myself and that includes creating projects I’m passionate about and doing what I love.
- Website: www.vanessaeichholz.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/vanessamariaviktoria
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/vanessaeichholz