Eva Andersen: Still A Superstar
Type in “evadivasuperstar” in the YouTube search bar on any given day and you will find the comedic video channel of 27-year-old Eva Andersen. The username was inspired by a 7th grade e-mail address that would stay with Andersen forever after a sketch comedy of hers went viral, receiving over one million views.
One million views are a lot, especially for someone from Center Point, an Iowa town of about 1,500 people. The town is so small that it doesn’t even have stoplights.
Just 45 minutes out of town is Andersen’s alma mater — University of Northern Iowa — where she majored in alto saxophone music performance and minored in communications.
During her junior year of college, Andersen shot a documentary about a girl with cerebral palsy and what it was like for her to navigate campus with a disability.
“It was so gratifying to be able to bring out the inner beauty of a person through the creativity of a documentary,” Anderson said. The film won first place under the college documentary category at the Iowa Motion Picture Awards.
After college, Andersen had her sights on the city. She took her alto sax and communications major to Los Angeles where she interned at Entertainment Tonight, and also to New York City where she interned at the Colbert Report and Saturday Night Live. Beyond the studio, Andersen performed at local comedy clubs.
She recalled her eclectic experience in the entertainment industry during the first five years after college, but she wanted to do something more. That’s where Columbia University came into play.
Originally, Anderson wanted to be an actress. She ended up signing an agent, but say she was not able to book many jobs.
“I love being on stage and entertaining people,” said Andersen, “but a good majority of acting can also communicate a very important message to the audience.”
She finally decided on coming to Columbia Journalism School to combine her entertainment experience with her love of storytelling.
“As a journalist, you’re focused on compelling characters that may not be in big blockbuster films,” she said.
Her place at Columbia, she believes, is to connect with people, not just to compete with her colleagues.
“Everyone is super talented and we should celebrate that,” said Andersen with a smile.