Kristin Coral has a vision that can't be constrained. Having transitioned from modeling in recent years, the budding actress from Long Island has also been making a name for herself in the music industry, co-hosting the Red Light Special podcast with respected hip hop journalist, Rob Markman. Now, Kristin is gearing up for her own mini documentary series entitled "Konversations," where she'll be documenting intimate stories with fellow actors and musicians. We had the pleasure of speaking with Kristin about her acting life, what drives her, and more. Check out the interview below.
Tell us about the moment that sparked your passion for acting.
I have to say my passion for acting was sparked by my first ever acting class/workshop. I went in with absolutely no idea what to expect, and a whole lot of fear and excitement. Once I got in front of the camera, I felt like I was in another world. It’s a feeling I have been chasing ever since.
When did you decide to pursue acting full time? Did you have any mentors along the way that helped motivate you?
Acting has always been full time for me, if I can even call it that. I’ve never given up an opportunity to learn and practice the craft. When you dedicate yourself fully to your dream, it becomes something you never stop thinking about and never stop working on.
Prior to acting, you were a model. Do you feel that both crafts go hand in hand?
Modeling and acting definitely go hand in hand. Here's the thing - once people start following you, you want to try to be as consistent as possible. If I don’t have a project coming out and I’m not working on anything specific, I set up a photo shoot. At the end of the day, it shows that you’re still active and it provides original content for social media.
When taking on an acting role, how do you prepare?
When taking on an acting role, the very first thing I do is break down my character. There is a story to every human being, and things that make them react in certain ways. Taking on a role means becoming your version of that character and understanding their nuances. Robert De Niro worked as a cab driver for a month as part of his preparation for the film “Taxi Driver”.
What is the most fun role you've ever played & why?
The most fun role I've ever played was in Anthony Meindl’s acting class. He had me read lines in my “best Rosie Perez” voice as an overworked pizza waitress who had to deal with a picky customer. I actually walked out of the room, put my hair up in the highest ponytail I could, and put like three pieces of gum in my mouth.
Do you have a dream role & why?
Yes! I want to play really deep, dark and disturbed roles that show the true struggles in life and the problems that people face. I experienced a great loss when I was 14, one that I want to bring to life eventually.
“My only advice is to be serious about what you want and then give it 100%. You cannot sit around and wait for opportunities to knock on your door, because you’ll be waiting for a long time."
You’re also a part of a very cool listening experience, the Red Light Special, which is an R&B Podcast with well-known hip hop journalist Rob Markman. Can you tell us how this came about?
Red Light Special came about through the chemistry that Rob Markman and I have. We’re great friends and he always wanted to have his own radio show. The closest thing to radio these days are podcasts. We gave it a shot, and built it from the ground up with the help of Loud Speakers Network and Engine Room Studios. We had the chance to converse with R&B artists and producers such as Mack Wilds, R. Kelly, Monica, Rico Love and Bryson Tiller. I wouldn’t trade those days for the world.
How important is it for you to give back to the culture that you grew up in?
Giving back is always the mission. In this world, there are two kinds of people: those who only know how to take, and those who take until they’re in a position to give back. I want to give my family and friends the things that we deserve and work hard for. I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon; I know how to work for everything that I have, and it’s important to teach the youth how to do the same.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself working on movies and most importantly, learning to direct. I already put stories and scenes together in my mind, so to be able to direct my own film one day is the big dream.
What advice do you have for aspiring young women who want to break into the entertainment industry?
My only advice is to be serious about what you want and then give it 100%. You cannot sit around and wait for opportunities to knock on your door, because you’ll be waiting for a long time. Wake up every day and do something to better yourself. Study, practice, go out and get it.
Can you name your top 3 role models and why?
Three people I truly look up to are Leonardo DiCaprio, Gina Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. When I think about what they've achieved in their careers, they all inspire me to keep going. Leonardo DiCaprio waited this long to win an Oscar. Gina Rodriguez is representing Latinos so well, and at such a young age. Quentin Tarantino is my favorite director and created a masterpiece - Pulp Fiction. I think I’ve watched his movies over 15 times each.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
MISSBISH represents the driven women of the world. They say it’s a mans world, but MISSBISH is a platform for the women of the world who work hard for their dreams. We are killing sh*t, one day at a time!
Photos by: Jacob Pritchard