Erin Fitzgerald was born in Victoria British Columbia. Her father Dan Fitzgerald being a Commander in the Canadian Navy meant she ended up living all over Canada by the time she was 16yrs. Her Mother Dawn Fitzgerald was an RN who worked in psychiatrics and helped many people.
In other words, Erin is a helping miss bossypants who loves poutine. NAILED IT!
Erin started exploring characters and acting as early as 3yrs old when she would perform for her best friend next door Mrs. Proudfoot, who was 90yrs old at the time. Erin would perform entire films that she had seen on Sunday evening television for Mrs. P, who would sit patiently through each production with tea and cookies as though riveted! What a nice lady.
This only encouraged Erin to pursue performance everywhere she could. Studying drama, and theater in the smallest most humble of towns in Canada with whomever would give her the chance. She also studied dance with equal passion. She was a competitive Diver in Nepean Ontario for a while as well.
While she attended the University of Victoria studying acting specialization with the Phoenix Theaters, she developed a passion for theater history (thanks to Barry Yzereef), sketch comedy (thanks to Tony Binns), and movement (thanks to KAZ). Theater was a passion and her back up was stage management if it turned out she couldn't book work outside of school.
Once she graduated, she moved to the 'big city' Vancouver, where she joined a small theater group who did radio plays... hmmmm foreshadowing... and began her television and film career. There was a strange period of time where Erin booked a lot of beer commercials, which is funny because she can't stand the taste of beer.
After a few years doing bit parts in tv and film, she learned it wasn't as satisfying as theater with all the waiting around and no real collaboration on performance unless it was a bigger role. Luckily, her roomate Tobias invited her to a Loop Group session for Outer Limits where she met her people! The actors there, who are now referred to as Voice Actors, opened her to a whole new world of improvisation for the background of tv and film where she could be as many characters as she wanted and create her own dialogue. She worked in looping in Vancouver for 6 years.
During that process her good friend Michael Dobson and Brian Dobson literally launched her into a whole new world of acting... CARTOONS!!!! Her first animation job ended up being mighty epic. After a 6 month callback process she landed the role of May Kanker on a new show called Ed, Edd and Eddy which aired on this strange new channel in the U.S. called CARTOON NETWORK.
From there Erin booked cartoons like Sabrina the animated series, Fat Dog Mendoza, Dragon Tales, Rainbow Fish, and many more. Then at the height of her career in Vancouver.... she met a man who would change her life forever. This man she would fall in love with, and when he decided to move to Los Angeles, he did everything he could to convince her to come with. So she did.
Moving to L.A. at the peak of one's career FOR one's career makes perfect sense. Erin did not do that. Erin walked away from it all because she was embarrased to call herself an actor in LA.
Luckily, the universe seeing the ridiculousness of this stinking thinking, intervened and pushed her out of her fearful place of hiding into the spotlight again and again. It was the amazing 'coincidences' that are the reason she even has a career today. She never felt 'good enough' to compete with the talent in LA. But with time and the courage to 'just show up' and with amazing humans like Margaret Tang, Andrea Romano and Sue Blu (they probably don't even remember) who would push her forward beyond her comfort zone and into LIFE where the Universe had been waiting for her to be.
Today Erin performs for Cartoons, Video Games, Anime and Stage in Los Angeles, California. Being a professional actor since 1995. It still amazes her that she pays her rent from acting, because not everybody does. There are still months where she doesn't think she will!!
If Erin had a mission statement it would be the following:
"I dedicate my life to creating characters I love, with people I love for an audience to love, and to help anyone I love achieve their creative dreams by supporting them in anyway I can."