Born and raised in Costa Rica, Erika studied Mass Communication at the University of Costa Rica as well as Arts and Photography. Later on, she obtained her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University where she attended as a Fulbright International Fellow.
In 2008, she was invited by the Japanese Non-Profit Organization PEACE BOAT, to direct a documentary entitled “Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World”. The film shows a voyage where 102 atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki traveled around the world to promote nuclear disarmament.
The result was a one-hour documentary film which premiered in 2009 at the United Nations in New York City and was the first Costa Rican documentary ever released theatrically in that country.
This experience developed in Erika a strong passion for traveling that has has led her to visit over to over 35 countries.
In 2009, she finished a short fiction film entitled “The Hooker’s Son” which won 2nd place and Audience Award at the AXN Film Festival ($15,000 USD cash award) and was broadcast on cable television in Latin America to over 15 million people.