What is your name and what do you do?
Kristin Coral. I am an actress/model and the co-host of the R&B podcast “Red Light Special” with Rob Markman. We just ended the podcast and now I am working on a new visual project.
Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today?
As a child, I was a bit of a tomboy. I actually had dreams of becoming a doctor, but I was so obsessed with being outdoors and doing fun things that I became lazy about everything else.
How did you get started in your current field today? And where did that passion come from?
I got started by modeling clothing lines for friends. As my photos got around, I started getting approached to host interviews and do on-camera work. Acting and Hollywood always seemed impossible, but at one point I decided to take an acting class with Ilene Starger and she had told me that I was a natural and should continue with acting as a career. So, I continue to take classes and workshops and do background work/short films and create my own content on YouTube. My passion has always come from storytelling and feelings. Films do that, they allow you to access feelings you didn’t know were there.
Who do you look at as inspiration to keep going?
Gina Rodriguez, Viola Davis and Leonardo Dicaprio. Gina and Viola have shown women in television and film what it means to break boundaries-they give us a new perspective on what can be achieved. Leonardo has been sitting on a lifetime of success and has always remained humble and PATIENT. He deviates from any cliché about actors.
What makes you stand apart from everyone else in your field?
What makes me stand out is my work ethic. I give my all in everything that I do and I never make excuses. The first thing you have to be willing to do in order to make it in this industry is show up. The rest all falls into place.
What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are?
My only advice, and the most important, is to believe that you CAN. Many people will tell you that your dreams are too big. Sometimes you will feel like you’re not where you expected to be. None of that matters if you just keep believing that you can and will make your dreams come true. Put in the work, because there are other people out there who may not be as good as you, but they may want it more and that’s where you’ll end up taking the backseat. Always be in control.
What do you love most about being a woman?
What I love most about being a woman is being underestimated. I love being the underdog. I know I can walk into any room and leave a good impression, whether I book the job or not.
What is your most memorable moment as an Actress, Model and Co-Host?
My most memorable moment would have to be interviewing Monica. I grew up on her music and have always been inspired by her. I would’ve never thought that, years later, I’d have her thanking me for doing what I do for the music industry, especially R&B.
What is your least memorable moment as an Actress, Model and Co-Host?
My least memorable moment would have to be working with a photographer who never gave me my images. This industry can be shady like that sometimes, but you learn from it.
Are there any struggles being a woman in your field?
Of course there are struggles being a woman. Half of the time, men get in contact with you to work but their actions show different intentions. You just have to be strong and confident and know how to put your foot down, sometimes even manipulate your way around it.
What is one thing many people do not know about you?
Many people don’t think I have an emotional side. That is why I fell in love with acting. Anthony Meindl was the first person to help me put my guard down and open up in scene work. It’s amazing when you let go and let things happen. That’s where the magic is.
Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why?
I would be a Scorpion. My zodiac sign is Scorpio, and I love the traits we carry: observant, manipulative, intense, passionate and FIERCE!
What does the future hold for you?
The future holds a lifetime of traveling, acting and discoveries. Life is what you make it. I live mine very spontaneously and openly.
Where can people find you?