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Rising Stars: Meet Eva Jurko

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Jurko.

Hi Eva, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a tiny country next to Italy, where I spent 19 years of my life. I took a gap year after high school because I was very uncertain about what I wanted to do – I’ve always wanted to pursue acting, but growing up in such a small city with limited acting opportunities, I never told anyone that film and theatre is what I dream about. During the gap year, I traveled to visit my relatives in Florida and New Jersey. It wasn’t long until I took a train to New York by myself and immediately knew that this is exactly what I was looking for – I feel that being alone in New York City at such a lost and confused age really brought out what my purpose was. Here, everything seemed possible and I felt that New York gave me a chance to be myself for the first time because suddenly, there was no pressure of fitting in. In New York, acting was possible and it was something I wished more than anything before. I went back to Slovenia and after some very lucky coincidences actually scored a scholarship to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I moved to New York and finished my first year of studies there, then moved to LA where I graduated from the Academy. I’ve lived in LA for about two years, but after my student visa expired, I shifted back to New York to attend NYU. In 2020, I had to relocate back to Europe once the pandemic started, where I’ve stayed for almost two years. Now, I’ve finally returned to LA, I’ve just graduated from NYU and am currently seeking work opportunities.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. Obviously, as a foreigner in the US, you are exposed to uncertainties regarding your status, healthcare, etc. and so I have to say it was tough for all of us, myself and including my relatives back home. Packing up and moving every six months to a new state or a new country, having only one fork, one cup and one plate because there were instances where I had to pack my entire apartment and leave within 2 or 3 days, is an unusual way of living. But eventually, I got used to it. Another downside was never being able to create a circle of friends – I would sometimes disappear in one day, and a lot of times didn’t even get a chance to reach out to people; I’ve moved so much that I no longer did farewell parties – it’s more like, “see ya when I see ya”. But people who are closest to me understand. I can’t stay in one place for too long.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Well, I think most creatives tend to be expressive in many different fields and through different mediums, and it’s hard for me to focus on just one thing at a time. Art in general really attracts me; whether it’s a well-written film, a piece of music, an art piece, even color, a performance, design, piece of writing… Nostalgia is my constant reminder of how much art can impact people, and I’ve felt my focus very scattered and expressed through different outlets – I am in love with painting – creating something out of nothing, I also love doing makeup, which I essentially see as painting but done on the face, and I’ve also been doing SFX makeup, like gore, blood, and prosthetics which is probably one of my favorite ways to express my creativity. I’ve also been into music lately, making songs with my friends and people I know, and I think that all of these different art forms can be very expressive performative moments. I think that a good performer can, essentially, be a good musician, a good artist in a way. Art to me is a feeling more than anything else. In acting, it’s a transformative feeling, in music, expressive; while painting, I’m learning about patience and persistence, and makeup can sometimes feel quite personal. I think what sets me apart is persistence; a lot of people would sometimes say “you’re very talented”, when in fact, they could have done exactly the same if they really wanted to. I truly believe that if you really want to accomplish something, you will get it done for yourself. I honestly don’t know how to paint – I’ve never taken any classes, I know nothing about the color theory or values, but I’ve learned by doing – and when you mess up, you can cover it up. And you mess up and you mess up and you mess up and then you get it right. And that’s when this incredible, joyous, proud feeling arises. So I think that’s what sets me apart – is that I visualize something and I get it done, although I may lack the skill for it. People think it’s talent, but it’s really just persistence.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is doing what you love every day. Even if it only pays your bills – if you can survive off of doing what you love, I find this successful. I think in the US especially, one’s wellbeing and happiness tend to be kind of pushed aside, and there’s a lot of “hustle culture” – because, let’s face it, you really need enormous amounts of money to provide healthcare for yourself or just to put a kid through a college education. Which makes people more money-oriented and a lot of times, we will take jobs for the sake of pay and not the enjoyment of it. For me, you don’t need to make a lot of money to be successful. If you love making watercolors and your small business is supporting you and your family and giving you an opportunity to enjoy while working and be blissful every day – to me, you are successful.


  • Paintings ($100+)
  • Beauty Makeup ($40-100)
  • SFX Makeup ($1oo+)

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Image Credits
Ksaver Šinkar Kayla Reefer Garage26 Josh Reyes

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