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The Month Of Truth – Joy, Kindness And Love!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and your spirit is ready for the Holiday Season!

Without question, it is my favorite time of the year, not just because of the beautiful holiday music and the fact that New York City’s looking beyond stunning with its Christmas decorations and a tree with 50,000 lights at the Rockefeller Center. What I love most is the essence of it, all over the world – joy, kindness and love!

In fact, I feel particularly joyful because I got to be a part of another dramatic short film “The Falling,” which will be submitted to the festivals, as well. This time I was playing a compassionate young married woman who’s dealing with a troubled brother-in-law while expecting her first child. I can’t tell you how much fun I had when the temperature dropped to 50 F at night time and I had to shoot a scene on a fire escape in bare feet and a summer dress. You must be thinking I’m crazy to love something like that, but the truth is, it was thrilling because I got to do what I love!

On a personal note, I’ve decided that the month of December will be my month of truth. In keeping with that, I have a little confession: I’m now taking meetings with TV, Film, and Theatrical agencies. If you have a referral or an idea about whom I should reach out to, I’d love any input or advice you have to offer. I’m all about teamwork! As one of my colleagues likes to say: “It takes a village to raise a dream!”

Last but not least, I’m co-organizing the screening of the Estonian Oscar contender, Mother, at the Scandinavia House. It will be on December 7 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception. I have a few tickets left, so let me know if you would like to attend the screening and reception. I will add you to my list! Click here to read more about it.

Happy Holiday Season,
Kristi

I’m starring in a short film “The Embers of September.”

I can’t believe it’s already October! I know it’s been longer than usually since you’ve received my E-Note, but I promise you will be hearing much more this fall as some of the projects I’ve been working on the past 6 months are getting off the ground!

I’m not sure if I’ve told you, but one of my passions is traveling. I love discovering life in other lands; their customs, cultures and people. I kicked my summer off with a fun trip to Tulum, Mexico, then had quality family time in Vermont, Estonia and Finland. While overseas, I traveled even more visiting the original Legoland in Denmark with my nephew. It is absolutely remarkable what they’ve built out of millions of Lego’s, but the best part was seeing my nephew’s face filled with joy and excitement!

Can you imagine making a film from beginning to end in 72 hours?!?! I participated in the Actors Green Room 72 hour short film making challenge and was part of a team that created “The Embers of September.” The short film is about a family learning how to live after a tragedy and I am one of the lead characters, the rock of the family, who tries to keep everything together. I’m not allowed to share a link to the film yet since it’s being submitted to the festivals, but the picture attached is a still from the shoot and gives you a feel for it!

Fall is going to be very busy! I’m currently studying at MN Acting Studio, will be recording some music and have two more film shootings ahead of me. I can’t spill the beans yet, but look forward to updating you with exciting news very soon!!!

And finally, here’s something that has happened to me more than once and I thought you would get a laugh:

Mister X “Nice accent. Where are you from?”
Kristi “I’m from Estonia.”
Mister X “Oh yeah? I’ve been to Queens (Astoria)…”

Have a wonderful fall!
Kristi

I’ll never forget that soul-touching performance moment!

0ee6db21-2f09-4ab7-b5f0-474f28bfe2b6I hope all is well, and you can feel that spring is getting closer!

I sure feel springy in my heart since I had a really touching experience at Florida’s Estonian Independence Day celebration. This is what happened: one of the songs I decided to sing at the formal reception was about the meaning of being an Estonian. This song means a lot to me, especially after being away from my homeland for 12 years. I held up a small flag, swung it in the air and sang by heart. Suddenly, in the middle of the song I saw a man standing up, grabbing a decorative flag from a flower arrangement while singing along. One by one, people started standing up, grabbing flags, singing along and crying. Those who didn’t get a flag grabbed a blue napkin. To stand on stage and face all of that beauty was breathtaking. Needless to say, my heart was trembling, and I had tears in my eyes. I’ll never forget that soul-touching moment.

If you’re interested in Estonian Culture, you have a great opportunity to attend the New York Estonian Cultural Days on March 23-27. Those days are packed with music, film, lectures, dance and theatre. Click here to find out more!

February was also fun because I got to shoe model a lot. What’s not to love about whirling around in beautiful Stuart Weitzman shoes during the FFANY shoe show week and rocking out cool looking Sperry’s?!  

Warm regards,
Kristi