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Meet Kristina St. Peter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina St. Peter.

Kristina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The first time I stood on a stage, about 12 years ago, bowing to a clapping audience, I knew I had found something very special. I did not get involved with theater until my junior and senior year of high school. I had no formal training but a good friend of mine and I decided to try out for the school play, and to my disbelief, I landed the lead role in Rehearsal for Murder followed by the lead role in Mr. Pigman the following year. Needless to say, your girl had caught the bug!

I ended up going to college at the University of Florida, go Gators, and graduated with a bachelor of science in public relations with a minor in nonprofits. I graduated college in three years, and one week later I had packed a 20-ft U-Haul and headed to the west coast to pursue my dreams.

I landed in California in August 2012 as a fresh-faced, 21-year-old ready to take Hollywood by storm. With some charisma and grit, I have landed small successes and even more failures in the acting world. I’ve gone through a number of agents and even more auditions where nothing transpired. Despite it all, I continue forward.

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?
In all honesty, this road has been rewarding. I have learned so much about myself and the person I want to become. I have learned to lean in and I have learned to let go. The two biggest struggles, for me, were to let go of a timeline and to value my worth.

Initially, when I first got out here, I told myself that I would be making my debut at Sundance within a year. Oh, young naivety. I then told myself I would give it my all until I turn thirty. Well, I am turning 30 in November, and I, again, laugh at my specific deadlines. I don’t plan on ditching my goals, but I do plan on ditching my timelines. I can’t control the Universe and her beautiful plan for me, so I have decided to get out of both of our ways.

Second, I had to overcome the fear of owning my worth as an artist. I was submitting myself for everything that would give me a chance. Don’t get me wrong, that hustle is needed when you’re first starting out and are in need of a reel, but there were definitely times that I was allowing myself to get taken advantage of. Hindsight is always 20/20. However, I no longer say yes to student films, short films, feature films, TV, etc., that do not align with my truth. For example, if I am not comfortable with nudity then I do not need to lower my personal standards for said opportunity. My recommendation to all artists out there is to submit to what you believe in, and don’t be afraid to speak up if something makes you feel uncomfortable. In addition to job opportunities, I now walk into an audition with the confidence that shows the casting director that I am grateful for his/her time, but that I deserve to be there. Artists, no more apologizing!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
An artist’s work is never done. I am constantly learning, evolving and creating. I am in an acting class that meets two times a week, currently via Zoom, and when I am not preparing for class or auditions, I spend my time reading and writing. I believe that no matter a person’s vocation, knowledge is power. Experience is power. Therefore, I am always watching, listening and studying what it means to be human; what it means to feel. July will be my greatest role yet – motherhood.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being able to laugh at myself and getting outside. Often.

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Robert J.D. Spaulding

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