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Carolina's Indie Darling


Kristi Ray is a critically acclaimed, award-winning actress making waves as a leading lady in the independent film scene for more than fifteen years. Based in the Southeast market, she carries dozens of internationally acclaimed narrative features and short films which have collectively received over 50 awards including Best Actress in a Feature, Best Feature Film, Best Supporting Actress, Outstanding Performer of the Year and multiple Grand Jury Prizes. 
As a full time actress and producer, her work in cinema began at age 17 with the leading role in a Southern avant-garde feature The Virgins.  She was invited on referral to train under Lola Cohen at Lee Strasberg in NYC, receiving a full scholarship and deeply honing her skills as a method actor.  
Early in her career, Kristi Ray became frustrated with a lack of compelling auditions while recognizing a an obvious gender-gap in above-the-line positions for women. She co-founded the award winning, female-led production house Honey Head Films in 2016.  A proud multi-hyphenate, she has produced nearly 100 projects including 4 feature films, dozens of narrative shorts, commercials and several documentaries.   Currently on tour with the award-winning Honey Head feature A SONG FOR IMOGENE, which she produced and also stars in. With small-town roots and an insatiable desire for growth, she has lived and worked in all seven of America’s major production hubs; eventually settling in the burgeoning film city of Wilmington, North Carolina.
In addition to a busy career in film, she is a skilled painter and proud new mama. 

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