We had the good fortune of connecting with Kris Crews and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kris, how do you think about risk?
Risk is uncomfortable, but necessary. For so long I avoided taking risks out of fear that things wouldn’t work out or that it would make my current situation worse. After betting on myself and stepping out of of my comfort zone, I began seeing how taking risks actually helped me grow and learn more about myself and what I am truly capable of. From time to time, I think to myself “what would’ve happened if I didn’t take that risk?” and that thought alone continues to push me to take risks, even if it’s difficult, because it reminds me that I truly never know what will happen until I try. I would rather take a chance than continue wondering “what if” for years to come.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Oddly enough, writing wasn’t something that I was interested in early on in life. Growing up, I was a huge tomboy and was heavily involved in sports for the majority of my life. It was an escape for me and I put a lot of my time and efforts into that, not realizing that I had other talents and gifts as well. It wasn’t until the end of high school and beginning of my undergrad that I really started writing more. I’d journal from time to time whenever I felt overwhelmed because that was the only way I could make sense of my thoughts and assess how I felt in ways that made sense to me. I don’t believe most of us (really any of us) make it through life unscathed, so that was my saving grace, calming the storm. My passion for writing continued to grow and moved beyond journaling, ultimately leading me to switch my major and pursue a B.A. in journalism and communications. From there, i really started to practice and started pitching to different platforms. Most of the pieces I pitched were op ed pieces or articles that highlighted some of my experiences. MTV, Huffington Post and Elite Daily welcomed me with open arms, and to my excitement, published a few of my pieces and that’s when I knew this was something I could do. That’s not to say that it’s been easy or that everyone accepts your work. Rejection stings, and I began to mix that with imposter syndrome, making it pretty difficult for me to want to pick up a pen to write again. But throughout time I really had to learn that not everything i was thinking about myself and my writing was true. I was spending so much time associating my writing with success and how productive I was/wasn’t. I began writing for myself and using it as a form of self expression to heal and hopefully connect with others along the way. I’m learning if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it – intuition is a handy tool! As cliche as it might sound, I hope that when people read anything I write, that they feel free and are encouraged to find healing and write their story or share their story in whatever form is comfortable for them. I want my words to stay with someone for a lifetime, not just a moment and for it to be meaningful. I’m currently writing my first book that highlights issues such as divorce, mental illness, drug addiction and therapy. It’s my first fiction piece, and although it’s taking me time, I’m excited and determined to finish and share with the world in hopes that it encourages dialogue that I believe is needed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ooo that’s a tough one – there’s so much to do in LA, but I think I have an idea of where I’d take them! I’d definitely take them to some beaches – probably in the Orange County area. The beaches there are so beautiful and peaceful. Having a long beach day with snacks, good music and company is unmatched. For food, I would take them to some of the typical spots you hear about when coming from out-of-state, i.e In-N-Out, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Randy’s Donuts, etc. But my friends here have put me on to a lot of great taco spots (Chiquis Taco Truck and Rambo’s Tacos are my favorite), Korean BBQ, Thai Food, Italian (Speranza is a delicious spot in Silverlake with amazing pasta), Swingers (loved that place after a night out) or any place we can get a lot of plates of food to share – I never know what to decide on so family-style is always my favorite solution. If we’re looking to do something artsy, I’d take them to the Broad, GRAMMY Museum, Griffith Observatory or the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. If we’re going out, there are a couple spots i love going to. Exchange LA, Cha Cha Lounge and Le Jardin to name a few. I’d also take them out to some great hiking spots in Pasadena, Glendale or Palos Verdes.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are two people, my dear friends, I’d like to shoutout: Jeshua and Taylor. Since my time in LA, they’ve inspired me through their creative pursuits to keep going and to share my gifts with others no matter how daunting it might be. Being surrounded by them and other artists is truly a beautiful feeling because it reminds me that there is so much we can create and share with others. There is always someone out there, whether close or far away, that will be touched by our gifts, words and more – and that alone is enough to encourage me to keep going.