Kristen V. Carter is an award-winning filmmaker, television writer/producer, speaker and educator from Newark, New Jersey. She has produced for a variety of television’s top programs including BET’s Black Girls Rock, NBC’s The Voice, and MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew. In addition, Kristen has served as a speech writer for Viacom executives, including BET’s CEO Debra Lee.
Kristen has a deep-rooted passion for entrepreneurship and content creation. In 2007, she founded JazziDreamer Entertainment LLC, a multimedia company specializing in writing and production services. Since that time, Kristen has continued to write and direct projects for tv, web, and film including the award-winning short film First Date (2013), which broadcasted on Comcast Xfinity On Demand from August 2013-November 2013 and currently airs on Magic Johnson’s cable network ASPiRE TV (June 2013-present). First Date is also showcased digitally on Kweli TV.
In August 2016, Kristen expanded her entrepreneurial pursuits by creating Trust Your Magic™, an inspirational brand that reinforces the power of honoring one’s natural gifts and talents (www.trustyourmagic.com). She offers a series of items including specialty shirts, mugs, and journals. The brand will house an empowerment workshop of the same name in Fall 2016.
In all of her life’s work, Kristen’s mission is to Equip, Empower, and Employ. She loves speaking to students on exploring their passions, and empowering people to further their purpose. Currently, she is a Leadership Coordinator for the personal development organization Momentum Education and is an advocate for the program’s growth throughout the country and beyond.
Kristen is the recipient of many awards including the Goldman Sachs Institute for Entrepreneurial Thinking 1st Place Prize, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Most Civic Minded Business Award, the 2011 Hanks-Miller Screenwriting Fellowship and the 2013 San Francisco Black Film Festival’s First Time Filmmaker Award. She was also a nominee for the 2014 FOX Global Directors Initiative and quarter-finalist for the 2015-2016 Film Independent Project Involve Sony Pictures Executive Track Fellowship Program.