A talented cinematographer, creative artist, and non-subscriber to seasonal conventions such as when it’s appropriate to wear toques or shorts, Erik Olson was born to carve out his own style. Erik sprung forth from a family of artists and creatives, including his father who worked as a producer, his sister who works as a magazine photographer, and pair of estranged older twin sisters known for acting roles on Full House. After studying physiotherapy in university, he realized he would find more fulfilment in a creative-minded career, and began working as a videographer, landing roles with Tara Yolan Productions, Golden Media, and Pela Case. In February of 2023, Erik found the loving embrace of Barbershop Films and sunk in. As a Cinematographer with Barbershop, Erik is responsible for operating or assisting with the camera, designing and constructing lighting setups, working with the director and client to achieve their desired aesthetic vision, as well as leading or collaborating with the post-production team on edits, design, and colour grading. Erik’s natural eye and aesthetic sensibility enable him to find the perfect visual approach for any type of production, composing and lighting each frame in a fashion that is both striking and natural. And, his steady and optimistic disposition ensures a harmonious production, even under the most high-pressed conditions. When Erik is not shooting with Barbershop, he typically finds himself doing something creative – be it drawing clowns, woodworking, playing music, or pushing the limits of urban beachwear.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to and why?
Half Moon Run at Coors Event Centre.
What’s one irrational fear that you have?
It used to be clowns for years, but I’d say over the past five or ten years, I’m not afraid of clowns anymore.
Do people tell you that you look like someone famous? If so, who? If not, who should we be telling you that you look like?
I have the most F-list celebrity look alike. There’s a clip that went viral a few years ago with a very flamboyant little boy dancing in the background of a new clip. I look exactly like that kid.
Do you have any skills or talents that most people don’t know about?
Drawing and woodworking.
What’s your least favourite smell?
The compost truck.
What’s your favourite hand-drying method in public washrooms?
Easily paper towel.
What was the last nightmare you had?
I had one last night about bedbugs. But they’re usually about something ordinary, like being stuck in a mall.