My name is Erica Norris, I’m 23 year old and a Washington State University alum from Spokane, Washington.

1. Please give us an overview about your 2012 experience! In 2012 I had just graduated from WSU and was interning at an advertising agency in Spokane, WA. I was asked that if I could work for anyone who would it be? I decided in that moment I wanted to work for Ellen Degeneres. It was then that I wrote a song and asked some friends to help me make a musical resume to send to Ellen. After three weeks of doing all that I could to get the video noticed, the show called. They wanted me to come see a taping of the show and while I was there they surprised me and Ellen had me on the show. Ellen herself offered me a job and I was extremely lucky to spend Season 10 as an employee at her show in Burbank, CA.

Check out Erica’s incredible Resume Video for Ellen, as well as her Job Offer on the Ellen Degeneres Show!

2. How has this opportunity – and how it came about – changed the way you see the world and how you take chances? I have always believed in myself and that you can do anything you put your mind to, but this experience just confirmed it. Never give up and do WHATEVER it takes to accomplish a goal no matter what people think.

“I’m just going to try to experience EVERYTHING that I can until
I figure it out.”

3. What are your career dreams and goals for the future? My career goals are changing EVERY DAY. As for right now, I’m the Social Multimedia Journalist for KXLY 920 here in Spokane. I have also worked in music, reality tv and of course talk tv. I’m just going to try to experience EVERYTHING that I can until I figure it out.

4. What is something that you had to learn the hard way? That not everything comes easily, the stuff that matters takes work. You have to pay your dues.

5. Name one non-career goal that you plan to accomplish in the near future. I want to have a strong personal life! Love and family is important to me and although work and career will always be huge, I want to find a balance.


6. Tell us about your road to success. How do you stay so positive about life? My road to success just came from being me. I was always the loud and semi weird one. I never perfectly fit until I found the world of entertainment. My road came in knowing who I was and what I had to offer. I stay positive because that’s all that matters to me; to inspire and entertain others like so many people have done for me.

7. Where do you see yourself five years from now & why? I have no idea haha. I change my mind every five minutes!! I would love to working in music again! That was lot of fun. and although I want to end up in Spokane, I’d like to move one more time! So maybe have a talk show for a country station in Nashville and be engaged to a beautiful girl! Well actually I will be 29! So let’s turn that into married haha. I just want to be happy, that’s all anyone really wants!

“Don’t give up, die trying.
You’ve got this. We’ve got this.”

9. Do you have a favorite piece of media (book, movie, quote, website or song… or all five) that you would like to share with the readers of

Book: I think the imagination you experience when you read Harry Potter books is something everyone should get to have.
Movie: Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan version but I have NO idea why.
Music: Taylor Swift, hate her or love her, that girl will inspire you and will reach you. It’s what she does.
Actress: Lauren Graham, she is the reason I am the way I am. She raised me through a TV character and she is what I aspire to be. To have the affect she had one me on just what person would mean that I have accomplished my biggest goal in life.

10. What other advice might you give to the readers of Bucket List Bound? The older you get the faster life will go by. If you ever catch yourself saying “I wish I would have…” Don’t finish the sentence, just do it. I don’t care what the excuse is. Don’t give up, die trying. You’ve got this. We’ve got this.

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