A Greek African-American raised in California and Greece, Krystal grew up with an avid love for film, a soft spot for animals, and a passion for music (playing piano & cello). After earning a Combined Honors B.A. Degree in English Literature & the History of Art in the U.K., Krystal landed an internship on the London set of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix, further inspiring Krystal to turn her love for film into her career.
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, joining an acting class, and ultimately taking the leap to writing and directing her own material.
Krystal's short, A Most Suitable Applicant, is an Official Selection of the Academy-accredited Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, the L.A. Comedy Festival, and has aired on The Short Film Channel as well as PBS Channel Thirteen/WNET via public vote. Krystal's first time directing and her first time writing and performing comedy.
Krystal's second directorial endeavor is A Desert Sonata, an experimental piece told via cinematography, dance, and music, with Executive Producer Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty & the Beast).
Her first feature scripts have placed Krystal in the top percentiles of the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, World Series of Screenwriting, ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, and PAGE Awards. Krystal has also twice placed in the 5% top-rated scripts on The Black List and is a SemiFinalist for Universal's 2020 Writers Program and the Black List/Women in Film Feature Residency.
Krystal's screenplay The Last American Slave is a 2020 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Quarterfinalist and PAGE Awards Winner.
In 2020 Krystal has also booked her first TV co-star role. See her as the Bailiff on Season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Having found her creative passion in the art of storytelling as a writer, actor, and filmmaker, Krystal is drawn to stories that inspire, move hearts, and sometimes explore the complex and uncomfortable.
When she is not on set or working on her next screenplay, Krystal spends her time hiking, swing dancing, and visiting farm animal sanctuaries.
"Fantasy is but reality grounded in the imagination."