We had the good fortune of connecting with Krystal Bee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krystal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has taken a huge role in my career since before I was even in radio. I was in college at CSULA and I remember telling my Dad I wanted to get into radio. He was shocked and kind of scared since he knew what a risk that would be. Us not knowing anything about the radio industry or anyone, he was telling me maybe I should consider a different profession. It was a huge risk but I did it, even though I was hesitant at the time I’m so happy I did it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my career in entertainment 10 years ago at a radio station here in L.A. At the time I was the youngest Latina to be on a morning show in the #2 market which is something I am still really proud of. I started as an intern in the sales department which has nothing to do with being on air but I was just trying to get in any way I could. After my internship I got hired as a part time “street team” promotions member. It was there where I would interview any and everyone that would do an interview with me. Those interviews later got to the producer of the morning show and he decided to invite me to go in and recap The Jersey Shore every Friday which later turned into a full time on air opportunity. I was happy to wake up at 3:30 am to be at work because I loved what I was doing. One of the most challenging parts was the pressure of keeping with being the “young” and “single” girl in the room. I’m happy that I now have been able to evolve and grow not only as a person but as a host in radio. Starting in rhythmic radio and then going to top 40 and even dabbling in Alternative, I love being able to work in and support diverse music types because that is reflective of my own interests. I want to continue to be multi dimensional and am excited for what the future holds. The biggest thing this journey has taught me is to not give up. There will be people and situations that will work against you but keeping your focus on the end goal is key.
Although my story started in radio, I am grateful for what it has developed into. From radio to television and content creation, I’ve been able to work with some of my favorite brands, travel and meet some amazing people along the way. Something I’ve learned from spending so much time in radio is, I never wanted to put myself in a box or limit myself to only the radio industry. I am not “the radio girl” or “the girl from MTV”. I am Krystal Bee.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend was in town visiting I would do a little tour/bar crawl starting in the Silverlake/Echo Park area. Start with brunch at Mohawk Bend on Sunset and make our way up to Dodger stadium stopping at The Gold Room and Short Stop on the way. We would then catch a Dodger game and celebrate the win in Highland Park at The Greyhound.
If I have a friend that’s not into baseball I would take them to the beach!! Hermosa is a favorite for me. We would hang on the sand and watch some volleyball games. When we got hungry we would head to the pier and grab a bite at Palmilla. Then we would head to Tower 12 to catch the sunset from upstairs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sister, Monica!!! She has been my mentor for my entire life. A true leader!! When I wanted to get into radio and didn’t know how, she helped me find the contact person at the radio station, write the email, prep me for the interview. When I wanted to get into TV and was looking for an agent, she helped me scout out different companies and who would make the most sense for me. She is the CEO of her own PR company(Startr Co), a wife, a mom, a daughter and THE BEST big sister! I’m so glad we don’t have other siblings so I can have her all to myself. 😉