Today we’d like to introduce you to Christal Luster.
Christal, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Like many great artists, my life and my craft have been sculpted by the chisel of pain. It’s always been about the will to persevere and choose joy in the face of adversity.
I grew up in the Chicagoland area, spending my time being a nerdy honor roll student and a hard worker at my family’s manufacturing business. The youngest of four by 10+ years, I often felt the pain of loneliness. Sure, my siblings had the smaller house and less material possessions, but they had each other. By the time I came along, everyone was pretty much out of the house. When I wasn’t baking with my mom, I was waist deep in an improvisational story I’d cooked up where I played all the characters. It was often a show about a lonely spinster who frequented a local bar, drowning her sorrows in an open tab of grape juice poured by her favorite bartender John who was always ready to listen to her problems and offer sage advice. I didn’t know it then, but this was the beginning of my life as a creator.
When I started playing guitar during my senior year of high school, sad plays about lonely girls became even sadder songs. Nevertheless, a new passion emerged. Though often petrified, I loved singing and sharing my art with others. Watching them come alive and relating to my art made all the pain worthwhile. 2016 was pivotal in my journey to purpose and passion. I published my first book, recounting my 30-day journey from rejection to wholeness, I got engaged to my amazing husband, I starred in my first stage play and I released my first record. More than anything, the most life-changing event was losing my sister Karen. Her death was sudden and gut-wrenching. The one person in my world who understood me, who made me feel safe in this scary world was gone forever.
The pain has been undoubtedly intense, however the very catalyst I needed to get to where I am today. In our last conversation while Karen was in the hospital, I made her a promise that I would live my life to the fullest, that I would do everything I was supposed to do before I died. Watching her take her last breath is a constant reminder that life is fleeting, and that legacy is what we should all be working for…something to be proud of to leave behind.
My grieving heart was the straight shot I needed to do things I didn’t know I could do before. I got married and started living with a man…God help us lol (married folks will understand). I started taking improv classes to hone my skills as an actress. I learned new skills in Karen’s absence to help fill her void in the family business, Essations, Inc. I became proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, which led me to take over the marketing department and even start my own company Christal Clear Productions, LLC. I got signed by Gill Talent Group and have since worked on several film projects.
Although pain has curated this amazing journey, I’ve learned to embrace the lessons and the life that continues to equip me with the skills to produce quality, life-giving content.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not. Money is usually a struggle for most creative people. It’s no secret we have that stigma of being “starving artists.” However, I’ve adopted the mentality that a lack a resources breed creativity. So, whatever I don’t have the money for almost always leads me to stretch myself creatively and find a solution for my need.
In addition, I’ve fought loneliness most of my life. The ache of wanting to be accepted was probably one of the biggest struggles I’ve had to overcome. I knew that with Karen, I could be 100% me and she would see me and love me no matter what. She was my biggest cheerleader when it came to my art. But this great big world full of people with opinions and demands can quickly chew us up and spit us out. I had to learn to rely on faith in God, especially in her absence. Everything I do is to make Him proud. So whether I reach one or one million, if I’ve done something that makes Him proud and helps someone, then I’m satisfied.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Christal Clear Productions, LLC – what should we know?
My business Christal Clear Productions, LLC (CCP) is a boutique content creation company that helps produce quality content for small business owners. CCP provides creative services including but not limited to photography, videography, editing, graphic design, and business consulting. CCP also serves as my business liaison as a performer working with clients who need me in front of the camera instead of behind it.
While I’ve worked with some bigger brands, I have a heart for the small business owner because entrepreneurship is my family’s legacy. There’s something magical about seeing a visionary take an idea and turn it into a living, breathing, thriving entity that serves a community of people. I have a unique skill set because I’ve well versed in both entrepreneurship and creative arts. I understand the balance between corporate and artistic that most on both sides of the spectrum don’t see. I pride myself on being able to help my clients understand who they want to reach, how to reach them and how to most effectively tell their story and gain loyal customers.
I have a big vision for my company. Not only do I product marketing content and offer business consulting, but, as a performer, I intend to make Christal Clear a global brand that produces all kinds of content, including film and television. Whether it’s a business commercial or a compelling film about racial injustice, my company will be able to help people tell stories that impact lives and affect positive change.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My ability to persevere has always been the most important quality of my character. No matter how many setbacks I have, I always come back wiser and stronger, ready to take things up a notch or three.
- Website: www.christalluster.com
- Phone: 2245920695
- Email: email@example.com
The picture of me with my family where I’m wearing the gold dress is taken by Jamaal Simpson