Our interview with talented and beautiful Florida native Erin Resse who is best known for her role as Bess in Brat channel hit Youtube show “Chicken Girls.”
Erin was always comfortable in front of the camera and has graced many magazines as a model, however, at age seven she began to audition for commercials booking with Party City and Disney to name a few. If acting and modeling were not enough for this young girl Erin soon found a passion for dance. At age seven she began participating as a competitive dancer with her local dance school and team. Learning all forms of dance Erin has continued her training yet no longer competes. Erin was introduced by her Florida agent Karen Greer to Adrian R’Mante the founder of CGTV actors program. Erin is currently represented by agent Milton Perea of AEFH Talent and manager April Baker of Stagecoach Entertainment.
Erin found a passion for musical theater and has performed in several local musical theater performances utilizing her dancing, acting and singing skills. During this time, Erin was encouraged to begin vocal lessons and is now working with one of LA’s best vocal coaches, music producer, composer and singer Griffith Frank. Erin has worked with music producers in Los Angeles recording cover songs, as well as, original songs. In March of 2018 Erin released her debut single “Little Miss Hollywood.” The song was written and produced by the talented music duo EsticoAndGriff (Esteban Calderon and Griffith Frank). Erin is a well-rounded performer taking pride in all facets of her training. When not modeling, dancing and recording Erin was able to fit in two consecutive summer’s filming NBC/Universal’s very popular made for television movies Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors and Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. Erin is working to build her social media presence and is currently on Brat channel’s hit teen YouTube show Chicken Girls as Bess. In June of 2018 Chicken Girls: The Movie was released receiving over 10 million views. Erin has received many compliments on and off set as to her work ethic, kindness and ease in taking direction.
Hi Erin, please tell us a little about you?
I am 14 years old born and raised in Florida, but I guess I am now bi-coastal spending just at much time now in Los Angeles. Family is everything to me so being away from them so much has been a sacrifice but all their love and support helps. Acting, dancing and singing are what I do. When I was 5 years old my Florida agent Karen Greer signed me when she was with FORD Models I was super shy so she suggested dance classes I have been dancing ever since. Modeling progressed to acting and meeting my acting mentor Adrian R’Mante (Disney’s Suite Life of Zach and Cody). Adrian and his program CGTV helped to train me in acting and lead me to where I am today!
Describe yourself in 3 words?
Funny * Loving * Geniue
How did you get started in the industry?
I danced competitively for several years and progressed into musical theater performing in local shows. During that time I was participating in CGTV and amazing acting program originated by Adrian R’Mante. His programed trained me on audition and acting techniques and then prepared all the students to perform in a talent showcase for top agents and managers in the industry. I was able to secure my current LA management team from the showcase.
Best advice ever given?
Never stop believing in myself no matter how many times I get knocked down. If you want it bad enough it will take work.
What was your first acting role?
Unofficially, television commercials I guess but my official first would be the musical theater performance of Mulan Jr. My first television movie was Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.
How did you get started into Singing, Acting and Dancing?
One just led to the other. I was in musical theater and the teacher approached my mom about voice lessons. My mom asked, “Oh is she that bad?’ and the teacher responded, “No, she is that good with great potential.”
Tell us about the “Chicken Girls” show and how did you started working on it?
I met Billy Leblanc at a Rock Your Hair event and we hit it off, I just love Billy Bob! He asked if I ever considered working on Chicken Girls, my heart kinda stopped as I was smiling and nodding YES! Few days later I was with Dylan (Kayla on CG) and her mom got a call from producers at Chicken Girls asking if she knew dancers. She responded yes I have one standing in front of me and she sent them my information. What was supposed to be a few episodes turned into 3 seasons and a movie, I could not be happier!
And about your role as Bess?
My character Bess is a good mixture of my real self and my sassy self…lol.. Bess is a dancer on the rival dance team Power Surge at Attaway. It’s fun being the bad girls. In my opinion, my character is still evolving so hopefully Brat has more in store!
What other projects you have been part of?
I was in NBC’s tv movie Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors & the sequel Christmas of Many Colors. In March of this year I released my debut single “Little Miss Hollywood” written and produced by Hollywood’s dynamic music team EsticoAndGriff (Esteban Calderon and Griffin Frank). The music video to my song comes out this September. I also believe in giving back and work with different charity organizations.
Who is your favorite Actor/Actress? And why?
Milly Bobby Brown is my favorite actress. What she brings to her character in Stranger Things is amazing and she is a talented singer as well!
Who is your biggest beauty inspiration?
Jeffree Star!!! He is honestly make up god goals! I also like his business ethic and concept. Wow I sounded so adult there ha!
Any exiting news you want to share with us?
I am excited about my music video coming out and episodic season fast approaching fingers crossed for bookings. Heading back into the recording studio to make more music. Just excited for all the opportunities I have had and that will come!!
In five years from now, where do you see yourself and your career?
Graduated from high school. Fingers crossed on a successful tv show and/or a film or two to my credit. I do have a backup plan and considering a career in dermatology.
What music do you like?
My favorite is country but honestly love all music in general.
Do you support any charity?
Yes several. My main three are Autism Awareness, Kids Fighting Cancer and Feed the Homeless.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
Elvis. What he did for music as “The King” was amazing. He was just a great icon and I find him fascinating always have since I was little. Singer, actor and am amazing performer.
3 things you can’t leave home without?
My phone, my charger and my shih tzu Bella.
How’s a normal day in your life?
Normal in this business is there normal…lol Well I am home schooled so I wake up and do my best to get my worked started early as long as my schedule allows. I them have “normal chores” to do like cleaning up, laundry, dishwasher loading and unloading. Then there is staying up to date with all the social media, taking photos, editing, posting. I also attend dance, acting, and vocal classes regularly. In between all that I eat and I eat a lot haha! That is really it for “normal.”
What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?
Family Day!!! I love my family so we will hang at home usually watching movies, swimming in our pool or going to grab something to eat.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Comfortable is important. I love to dress up for special occasions but my everyday look for be jeans and a fun shirt with good pair of sneakers.
What do you think of Social Media?
It is A LOT of work and I really don’t think people outside of the industry like our fans understand. I love my fan support and do my best to keep in touch but it is hard some days fitting it all in plus living life as normal as I can. We have to stay current so constantly need to have good photos, videos posted on YouTube, musical ly, etc. I totally get the fans want to know what if “going on” but it has its moments of exhaustion. Talking daily with all the fans just isn’t possible as they would like but I make every effort to acknowledge their messages and comments. Their love and support means the most to me. The hate we get well that is all part of it but I say the haters are our motivators.
Where we can follow you?
Facebook: Erin Reese Dejarnette
Song: Little Miss Hollywood, Cardi B – I like it
Travel destination: Bucket List: Bora Bora, Hawaii, and Paris. Have been: Georgia, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, California and Bahamas.
Celebrity Crush: Zac Efron, Tom Holland
Quote: Believe in Yourself and You Will be Unstoppable
Book: Isle of the Lost, Flunked
Movie: Greatest Showman, Mama Mia
Drink: Dr. Pepper, Sweet Tea
Sports Team: N/A
Photo – 1: Nicole Mitchem Photography
Photo – 2 & Cover: Caitlin Timmons
Los Angeles, CA