From Chicken Girls to the recording studio, Erin Reese is living the Hollywood dream.
The teen actress, singer, and dancer plays Bess on the popular Brat YouTube series, where she gets to show off her talents alongside teen and tween social media superstars, among them Annie LeBlanc, Mads Lewis, Kelsey Leon, Dylan Conrique, and Hayley LeBlanc. When she’s not acting, she’s singing her heart out to catchy pop singles like her latest, “Little Miss Hollywood.”
Plus, Erin’s busy hanging out with her friends, being an everyday teen, and spreading positivity as an Everly Mag Ambassador!
Everly Mag talked to Erin Reese all about Chicken Girls, her latest single, her dream co-star, and more!
Everly Mag: How did you get your start in acting and singing?
Erin: I began modeling at age 5 in Florida. I booked commercials and liked being on camera so I began taking acting classes [and] workshops. Adrian R’Mante from Disney Channel‘s The Suite Life of Zack & Cody has been my acting mentor since age 7. He has a great program, CGTV, that I I attended and graduated from.
I began singing by chance, I was performing with a local children’s musical theater group and the teacher asked my parents if I ever took voice lessons. My mom said, “Is she that bad?” The teacher laughed, saying no, she is that good! Then, in the summer of 2015 I was cast in Dolly Parton’s made-for-TV movie Coat of Many Colors and spent that summer and the next summer in Georgia filming the sequel, Christmas of Many Colors. During that time, I was completing my program with CGTV and secured Los Angeles representation with AEFH Talent and Stagecoach Entertainment. Things have been progressing since then!
Everly Mag: Tell us about your role on Chicken Girls. What’s your favorite thing about the show?
Erin: I [play] Bess on the Power Surge Dance Team. I really like my character and she is slowly evolving as the story line progresses. We all get along on set which makes going to work even better. Everyone, from the cast, crew, and parents, is so friendly. I love the family atmosphere.
Everly Mag: What’s the best part of acting on Chicken Girls? What’s the most difficult part?
Erin: The best part is the storyline and that I get to dance, which I absolutely LOVE. The most difficult part – hmmm, maybe sitting and waiting between filming of scenes, and doing school on set!
Everly Mag: We love your debut single Little Miss Hollywood. Tell us a little bit about what inspired the song. What can fans expect to hear?
Erin: I am just so proud of [my] debut single and so lucky to have a great team! My vocal coach Griffith Frank actually co-wrote Boomerang for JoJo Siwa, which has since gone platinum. He works with a lot of the ALDC [Abby Lee Dance Company, the studio on Dance Moms] girls vocally, as well as many others. We wanted to come up with an age appropriate song and during a session one day we talked about my Papa and how he has always called me “little miss hollywood.”
Well, that struck Griffith [with inspiration], and by that night he was flooding my mom’s phone with lyrics. He then introduced us to his music partner Esteban Calderon. Together, they are also amazing artists and [a] great musical team! I feel like I hit the jackpot. They are family, the brothers I never had. I hope that the audience listens to the lyrics of the song, and understands the journey.
I want anyone who listens to know that you should follow your dreams and when you doubt yourself there is always someone there to hold you up who believes in you. My Papa is very special to me. Actually, my entire family is important to me. They are my biggest fans and I love them so much! [The song] was released on March 24, 2018 and I hope to get it on the radio.
Everly Mag: What’s your favorite type of music? Which singers inspire you?
Erin: I just love music in general. Country is my favorite, but I listen to everything. I love songs with a good beat and that tell a story. Carrie Underwood is my idol but there are others like Dolly Parton, Raelyn, Kelsea Ballerini and Sam Hunt.
Everly Mag: Who are your favorite actors? Who do you hope to work with someday.
Erin: Millie Bobby Brown is just everything, LOL. I just keep praying to get cast on Stranger Things!
Everly Mag: What do you hope to accomplish in the future of your career?
Erin: I just want to keep doing what I love – acting, singing, and dancing. Any part, big or small, is a good part if you’re proud of your work. However, you should also have an education. My backup plan is to be a dermatologist!
Everly Mag: Describe your personality. What do you look for in a friend and what do you like to do with your friends?
Erin: I am a silly, fun-loving country girl who doesn’t like drama. Those I am friends with, I hold dear. I am homeschooled so most of my friends come from being on set, acting classes, workshops, or dance class. Typically, we all hang out and do teenager things like movies and shopping. Lots and lots of shopping!
Everly Mag: What’s your favorite thing about social media? How can teens make social media a better place?
Erin: Getting to talk with followers from all over the world. It truly amazes me how many lives we touch. It’s important to me to stay humble and respond to as many [followers] as I can when time allows.
I love posting fun videos that show my personality. As a victim of bullying, social media can make a big impact to stop bullying and [to] support those who are bullied.
Everly Mag: Tell us some of your current favorite things!
Erin: Stranger Things is my #1. I binge-watch it regularly on Netflix. I have a few favorite songs: Ex to See, Smoke in My Eyes, The Middle, Tightrope, and Renegade Runaway. I love H&M and Forever 21 for clothes. Bora Bora and Bali are my dream vacation spots. Favorite apps – Snapchat and Instagram but I watch a lot of YouTube!
Everly Mag: What else would you like our readers to know?
Erin: I get many compliments on being so kind and humble. I owe that to my parents. They have worked very hard, and as a family we’ve made many sacrifices, but they always remind me to never forget where you came from and those who supported me along the journey. This [journey] isn’t always easy, but when you have the love and support of so many, it makes it a better ride!
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Feature Image Credit: Caitlin Timmins