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's first time on camera was for the short film Persephone, a love story inspired by Greek mythology, also starring Louis Mandylor and Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding). Soon after, Krystal wrote her first short screenplay, The Interrogation, directed by Michael B. Silver (Leo Cohen in NYPD Blue). The Interrogation aired on television in the USA and Europe via The Short Film Channel, "the global home to the world's highest quality short movies".
In 2015 Krystal 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 placed among the 5% of scripts submitted to The Black List to have received a rating of 8/10 or above and has been selected as an Official Finalist of the World Series of Screenwriting and a Quarter Finalist of the ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship .
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 distribution with The Short Film Channel. Most recently, the film aired on the PBS Channel Thirteen/WNET after winning a public vote. A Most Suitable Applicant was Krystal's first time directing.
Krystal's second directorial endeavor is A Desert Sonata, a short film written, produced, and starring Krystal with Executive Producer Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Huntsman, Beauty & the Beast). A forbidden love story told via cinematography, dance, and music.
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 working on her next screenplay, Krystal spends her time hiking, painting, and visiting farm animal sanctuaries.
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