After failing to recognize this lesson so many times I finally acknowledged it a few years ago: who you spend your time with is extremely important.
This might be a speech you’ve heard countless times before but I emphasize this as heavily as I emphasize the importance of training your skill, keep a positive circle around you. If you are careful on what you put in your body, what you listen to or read then you should be just as careful on who you allow to have access to you. We are vessels, and if we allow the wrong people into our space it can wreck havoc to our spirits, emotions and even finances.
Moving to NYC alone and pursuing a whole new career, while broke, was challenging and scary, and I was also extremely vulnerable. It was hard not lettings things get to me.
On top of that, I was entertaining people that didn’t have my best interest at heart and It left my spirit depleted and fragile. Nothing is more uplifting than when you turn to a trusted friend or family member that speaks words of encouragement to you. It helps you maintain a clear perspective, but most importantly it reminds you of your vision.
Pay attention to who you are paying attention to, stay focused and disciplined. Acting requires that much and more. There are a lot of people in this world that will try to bring you down and discourage you, make sure it’s not someone close to you.
Crystal Joy
The Black TV & Film Collective a 501c3 organization that operates as a NYC film collective. In our work, we support all artists of color including but not limited to black filmmakers. We are a collaborative platform that represents diversity in film and supports inclusion in Hollywood and TV. Our professional network of New York City filmmakers gives knowledge to those who want to learn how to produce film, how to make a web series, how to budget film projects and more. We host NYC film workshops that welcome a variety of experience levels from first time filmmakers who are either students in film school or to notables within the television and film industry. See how you can make a difference in the world of cinema by becoming a member of our NYC film collective.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL Crystal Joy has dedicated her time to learning her craft in both acting and writing. She received her BA in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and is a former student of Stella Adler Studios and Lucid Body. She currently studies with Mel Williams from Theater Of A New Generation. In 2015 Crystal made her debut in an Off-Broadway play, “The Cherry Orchard,” and as a new face on the scene she has been extremely busy with landing roles in short feature films and plays as well as writing for herself and others.


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