We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Baltimore, Maryland. I did not have an easy childhood growing up as I spent some of my years in the foster care system until my aunt and uncle rescued me. I went to go live with them when I was 8 years old and my aunt who I call Mom is an amazing woman. I was raised in a christian household and sometimes the rules were very strict but I am glad. The trails, tribulations, morals and values make me the person I am today. By God’s grace I am able to persevere through any obstacle that comes my way. I also believe that growing up in the foster care system and enduring the things I did in those times made me strong and gave me the witts to survive on my own. It made me a diligent person as well because it taught me that nothing in life is free, you got to work.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Actress and Brand Influencer.I have been apart of severals plays in San Diego, including La Jolla’s Playhouse W.O.W Festival 2019 in the Hall Pass production. I also directed a play at North Park Vaudeville’s playwrights festival that won the award for Best Play. I am currently transitioning into TV/ Film at the moment and working on such an amazing project. I have also worked on several brand partnerships with Influenster, CutiePie Tresses, and many others. This has not been an easy journey for me because I am starting my career in my 30’s. As an older adult it is very challenging when you have a family, full time job to pay the bills and still make time for my acting career. It is definitely a grind and you have to stay the path, even when it gets tough. I’ve learned so much along the way in the business, like never give up on myself, always move forward no matter what and the importance of really knowing who you are. Staying true to yourself in this business is very important.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are so many things to do here! My favorite thing is going to the beach, any beach! I love Old Town museums, Belmont Park, Balboa and Seaport Village. I am vegan so I eat at Spoiled Vegan, Grains, Plant Power, and Ranchos Cocina ( is mostly non-vegan with vegan options.) Non- vegan options are In & Out Burger, El Zarape, Outback steak house and various options in Belmont Park as well. A must see is the Children’s pool in La Jolla beach where you can catch the seals sunbathing. Last but not least the night life in Gaslamp, which has so many bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from. My first time in Gaslamp was overwhelming but interesting at the same time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to send a huge thanks to my wife J’koabie and my daughter Trish. They have always encouraged me to follow my dreams no matter what and have helped me every step of the way on this journey.