A Greek African-American raised in California and Greece, Krystal was an early onset dreamer. Her love of film, and the beauty of getting lost in someone else's story, became the inspiration behind her dreams.
While attending university in the United Kingdom, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Combined Honors Degree in English Literature and the History of Art, Krystal shadowed costume designers in local theater productions. Costumes and wardrobe departments became her introduction to filmmaking.
In 2006, as a wardrobe intern on the London set of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, Krystal experienced life on a film set for the first time and was immediately hooked to the magic of moviemaking. She continued to gain experience on the sets of other films, including the musical Mamma Mia!, and eventually moved to Los Angeles where she found herself assisting established writers in script development, as well as joining her first acting class.
Krystal recently starred with Louis Mandylor and Lainie Kazan (both alumni of My Big Fat Greek Wedding) in Persephone - a short film about an undying love, inspired by Greek mythology. Soon after, Krystal wrote her first short film, The Interrogation, in which she stars with Michael B. Silver (Leo Cohen in NYPD Blue) who also directed. The Interrogation will be airing on Television in the USA and Europe via The Short Film Channel this Spring 2016. Also known as ShortsHD, The Short Film Channel is "the global home to the world's highest quality short movies" with over 11 million subscribers.
In 2015 Krystal also wrote her first feature script, A Fall From Grace, which placed in the top 20% of entries to the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships competition. Krystal's second feature script, The Truth of All Things, has received an 8/10 rating on The Black List (placing it among the 5% of scripts submitted that have received a rating of 8/10 or above) and has been selected as an Official Finalist of the World Series of Screenwriting competition.
Later in 2015, Krystal tried her hand at writing and performing comedy. She wrote and starred in the short film A Most Suitable Applicant, which proceeded to become an Official Selection of the Academy-accredited Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the LA Comedy Festival and has also secured U.S. and European TV distribution with The Short Film Channel where it will be airing later this year. A Most Suitable Applicant was her first time directing.
Post-production has just been completed on A Desert Sonata, a short film written, produced, directed by and starring Krystal with Executive Producers Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Huntsman, Beauty & the Beast) and Louis Mandylor. A forbidden love story told via stunning cinematography, dance, and music currently being submitted to festivals.
Krystal has found her creative passion in filmmaking and the art of storytelling, as a writer, an actor, a director, and a producer. She has essentially put herself through her own film school by "just doing it." When she is not on set or prepping for her next project, Krystal spends her time playing the cello, dancing, and horseback-riding.
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