Inspiring individual spotlight: Kristin Rand

Kristin-64Kristin Rand is a comedian, but let’s not confine her to that label, because she’s also an amazing human being who radiates a positive energy that’s intoxicating and uplifting to be around. Rand is based in LA, go see her if you’re in the area! She was kind enough to answer some questions for us:

How long have you been doing comedy?

Seven to eight years now. It wasn’t until 2011 that I started doing it every night.

Who are your professional and personal role models? What is it about each one that resonates with you?

RuPaul is my everything- a role model both professionally and personally. RuPaul is so wise, spiritually-centered, and genuine. He’s a student of life and exemplifies that when we come from a place of authenticity and curiosity and we let go of fear of judgement, we are free. He believes in magic, self expression, and self love and he promotes that message unfailingly.

Ugh, i can’t even express the love i have for him. ❤

What advice do you have for young women who want to be stand-up comedians?

Do it! The easiest part of this is the beginning. I believe if someone wants to start doing comedy, that pull toward the stage is there for a reason. In the beginning there is no bigger picture, there is no end game- performing in and of itself is the goal. It’s so pure in that way. If it’s something you end up being really good at, you’re going to have to work your ass off but hopefully you’ll be so in love with it that the effort never feels like work. I guess my only advice is to stay in your joy. That’s the important thing.

What’s the first thing you do when you get up in the morning?

I sleep with an eye mask on- so sometimes, i’ll try and keep the eye mask on and focus on my heart beat and on my breath. Gentleness in the morning is the sweetest thing! Structuring your morning so you can have the luxury of taking your time is priceless. Once I’m out of bed, the first thing I do is check the weather for the day and select my outfit accordingly. 🙂

What’s the last thing you do before going to sleep?

I read a meditation from a book called 99 visions by Jessica Snow. Lately I’ve been reading them to my boyfriend over the phone while he’s out of town, I think it’s a really lovely way to share something sacred.

Sometimes I’ll watch nature documentaries like Life or Planet Earth, I find them so incredibly soothing.

Do you consider yourself spiritual? If so, what do you do to encourage your own spiritual growth?

Yes. Very. I think I’m always learning what i have to do to encourage my growth, you know? I think that’s a beautiful aspect of life. That we’re always learning. Life teaches you how to live it if you pay attention. I absolutely need to be around nature, taking walks and going on hikes and going camping — communing with nature is a must. Nature is a powerful teacher. I also need time alone, the last 2-3 years, I’ve fallen so in love with stillness and quiet. There’s a lot to learn in the spaciousness of silence.

What’s your philosophy when it comes to living?

Love is the answer. ❤

Say yes to everything. Try everything once (or twice). Fuck up. Make mistakes. I’ve done so many stupid things I don’t regret a single one of them. Life is light and shadow dancing together. Shamelessly nurture your well-being, explore every curiosity, be TRULY open to learning. I think life is about learning how to love ourselves.

What’s your philosophy when it comes to dying?

I believe energy changes forms but it’s still there. My mom feels her mother every time she finds a penny.

Sometimes, there is something about the breeze that feels like presence.

Describe the last time you felt inspired.

I mean, Beyonce’s Lemonade was phenomenal. What a stunning testament to the power of artistic collaboration. The poems of Warsan Shire were my favorite part. And Ali Wong’s comedy special Baby Cobra on Netflix is so great. She’s 7 months pregnant in a tight little dress and flats and she’s talking about pooping in public and she’s humping the ground and it’s hysterical. I can’t wait to see what she does next, I think being a mom will inspire her next special. Both of these examples, I want Beyonce and Ali’s children to look back at their moms and see how f*cking powerful they are.

What are you grateful for these days?

I’ve been seeing so many butterflies and hummingbirds lately. grateful that i get to witness such delicate things.

Grateful for my family, for my beloved, for my friendships.

For smoked gouda and crackers and grapes. For the fact that i have a cozy bed. This can go on forever. Not to brag, but I’m very good at gratitude.

What are you working on letting go of these days?

What others want from/for me. I can’t please everyone. I want to be able to stay true to myself and let go of whatever “expectations” exist.

What funny book do you recommend?

Sober Stick Figure by my friend Amber Tozer. She’s an amazing writer and its a really great and funny book.

What funny movie do you recommend?

I really don’t like movies with guns, but Nice Guys did make me laugh. Ryan Gosling was really great.

Is there anything else you’d like people you’ve never met to know about you?

One of my passions is reading tarot cards. I like to read people’s cards to empower them and help lower any walls of resistance toward love. If you want a reading from me, find me on facebook and let me know! I can even do readings over the phone.

Also I love french bulldogs if anyone has a spare dog sitting around, I’ll take it off your hands. 🙂

Find Kristin:13086791_1122795321105129_116865546819352339_o

@krandomthoughts on Twitter

@krandemonium on Instagram

www.kristinrand.com

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