Krystal Metcalfe.

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Edited by Nada Abdelrahim

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Walking fearlessly with a purpose. Being indebted to no one. 

What is your motto?
Ain’t nothing to it, but to do it. 

What is your current state of mind?
On a quest for freedom! 

How would you like to die?
102 years old, looking like black don’t crack, and fiercely gray in bed...hand in hand with my love like the movie The Notebook. We hold hands, look into each others eyes and say….”We did it”, take our last breath together, and float off into the heavens. My great grandmother lived to be 102! 

What is it that you love most about what you do?
Being creative with people I love. Meeting so many new people, bringing them joy, and hearing their stories. It’s truly inspiring. 

If you could have a conversation with anybody (alive or dead), who would it be?
I would like to have lunch with Pastor John Gray and Oprah. All three of us, in her garden. 

When did you realize that you wanted to be a creative?
My sophomore year of high when I was cast in Little Shop of Horrors (my favorite musical). Being a part of that show made me realize that artists are just human escapists. Before, I thought artists were untouchable, and it was impossible to become a successful, full time artist. It was that experience where I realized I could be a professional creative for the rest of my life. 

What motivates you?
I’m motivated by purpose. The fact that we are all created to do a specific thing. It consistently drives me on my journey. 

What do you love about being a woman?
The power I possess. Most days I feel like a superhero. We are a life source. We hold it down. We keep it all together. 

What is your experience of being a woman, while also being a creative?
My experience of being a woman and a creative has been mostly positive. It feels incredible to exude feminine power and to have a community of dope women to collaborate with and support. Of course, there are challenges, more specifically with being a woman of color. People continuously underestimate you, box you into one category, challenge you to prove yourself, or question whether you should be included in the first place. There are good and bad elements like everything else, but my hope is to continuously push the envelope on what it means to be a creative woman of color. 

 
I’m motivated by purpose. The fact that we are all created to do a specific thing
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