Crystal Friedman is an artist, writer, actor, filmmaker and podcast host. 


In late 2018, Crystal started up the art instagram “Crystal Draws Stuff” to use her creativity to speak out about mental health and help end the stigma. The account quickly gained over 10,000+ followers and it’s becoming her brand. Recently, she started up a podcast to accompany the brand called “Crystal Has A Podcast” where she speaks on mental health related topics. The podcast centers around ending the stigma through the exploration of artists, creatives and innovators who have a mental illness or have struggled with mental health. Crystal does this through interviews and showcases the work of these amazing human beings, highlighting the light they are bringing to the world despite the stigma of their illnesses. 


As an actor, filmmaker and writer her goal and passion is to shift the audiences' thinking. She started out making comedic pieces with her friends which turned into darker psychological horror/thriller and sci-fi think pieces. She believes that a good film has the power to change the world, bring people together and start a conversation. Crystal's debut short 'Virgin Virgin' screened at The Saratoga International Film Festival (2016) and has over 90,000+ views on YouTube. Her second short 'We Are Not Lovers' premiered at the HollyShorts Film Festival (2017) and screened at DAMN! Film Series late October (2017) in NYC. The film also won "Best Film" at DAMN! FILM SERIES and was awards funding for her next project. "We Are Not Lovers" is currently being distributed by Hewes Pictures. You can find these films streaming on Amazon Prime.


Film Awards

WINNER: "Best Film" at DAMN! Film Series (2017) for "We Are Not Lovers".



Interview by Rue Morgue Magazine

'We Are Not Lovers' film review