We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristine Gerolaga and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kristine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is so necessary to progress in life and in your career. Without taking risks, we deprive ourselves of different possibilities that could really improve our lives and help us move in the direction we want to go. We would also deprive ourselves of the challenges that help us grow as people and as artists. If I had decided that pursuing an acting and filmmaking career was too risky, I know that I would still be spending my life trying to please other people. I think about all the progress I’ve made and the things I’ve achieved along the way and I wouldn’t have come this far if I had stopped myself from taking the risk. I continue to get signs, both big and small, that tell me I’m on the right path, and because of that, I will continue to take risks! Lastly, be wary of any advice given by people who don’t take risks. It doesn’t hurt to consider what they’re saying, and may even be helpful at times, but don’t let anyone tell you something isn’t worth pursuing because it’s impossible. Take the risk and find out for yourself!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an actor, I have a love for everything: drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, thrillers, adventure, rom-coms, etc. Seriously, I love it all and I want to work on every kind of project I can! And because of that, I feel the same way about the projects I write and direct. I’m really into genre films. I’ve been making a lot of horror, probably because I am so angry about the state of the world and the injustices that marginalized communities face. Some of my favorite filmmakers are Sean Baker, Issa Rae, Andrea Arnold, Mike Flanagan, Michaela Coel, Chloe Zhao, Yorgos Lanthimos, Jennifer Kent, Jordan Peele, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. I want to tell stories that will make you scream, laugh, cry, cringe, but ultimately, I want to tell stories that make you feel.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Post COVID, I would want us to hit up some BIPOC-owned restaurants we haven’t tried yet like Spoon & Pork (Filipino), Kuya Lord (Filipino), Rosalind’s Ethiopian Restaurant, Viva Los Cupcakes, etc. I’d want to revisit my favorite comedy spots to watch improv like The Pack Theater and The Ruby LA. THE BEACH. The Los Angeles Flower District. Mickey Hargitay Plants. Skylight Books. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my parents Rebecca and Andronico Gerolaga who immigrated from the Philippines to America in the 80s. They are my biggest inspiration for pursuing the life I want to live. All of my Vallejo High School Proud Heritage Marching Band and Color Guard loved ones for fostering the performer in me. Lon Eakes, my high school drama teacher who told me I should pursue a career in the arts! I want to shout out my good friend Larry Shepardson who listened to me in the basement office of the wastewater treatment plant where we worked. It was with him that I spoke out loud for the first time about my dream of becoming an actor and he listened without judgment and encouraged me to go for it. He even helped me practice how to tell my family. Robert Zimmerman and my friends at the Beverly Hills Playhouse San Francisco (now known as Z/A Studio) who challenged me and supported me as I trained as an actor. Rob is the reason I started writing and directing my own films. Without his encouragement, I wouldn’t have discovered my love and passion for storytelling and filmmaking. Caryn Coleman and The Future of Film is Female for supporting, funding, and showcasing my work! Thuc Nguyen, Cheryl Bedford, Manon de Reeper, and Shelby Kovant who run #StartWith8Hollywood and Women of Color Unite for connecting me with my excellent mentors Kailey Marsh and Aaron B. Koontz. Lauren Bennett, an activist and producer who has consistently given me opportunities to work in this industry (thank you!) and inspires me to get more involved in my community. Hannah Burgos, who I’ve known since we were 3 and 5 years old and now we are both filmmakers! Shaun Morris, another filmmaker and friend who has helped me with almost all of my projects. My Hella Bae’ sisters Marie Lingbanan, Alpha Faye, and Stacie Gancayco-Adlao. All of my friends who consistently collaborate with me and allow me to collaborate with them. And Steven Krimmel, my lifelong partner, creative collaborator, teacher, and best friend.

Website: www.kristinegerolaga.com

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Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJH0KwuEY5YJKBMW4xeFcYw

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