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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 

Sssh, I’m Working On Something Very Exciting!

Kristi Roosmaa headshotI hope this year has started off well for you and you’ve had a chance to enjoy the snow!

I took some time off, traveled overseas and spent quality time with my family. In addition to holiday fun, I got to explore beautiful Norway with my husband, Jonathan. We really enjoyed cruising along the fjords and standing on top of the beautiful Norwegian Opera House roof. Did you know that The Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony is held every year in Oslo City Hall, the name “Norway” means “path to the North,” and they invented the cheese slicer!?!?

Now I’m back in the city and working on something very exciting that makes my heart beat fast. I’m beyond honored to collaborate with a brilliant composer David Austin and librettist Alari Koel who are writing a new musical, The Innocence, with a tailored role for me in it. David has written 26 musicals; his latest, Beaches, will premiere on Broadway in the near future. Stephen Sondheim has called David the American musical theatre’s future. Alari is a soulful librettist who has taken on a mission to tell the world a story about Estonia. I can’t tell all of the details about the musical yet, but I promise to keep you updated about its journey!

With best wishes,
Kristi