C R Y S T L E L I G H T N I N G
Actor · Model · DJ
Crystle Lightning is everything that her given name implies: a clear bolt of penetrating energy.
A plains Cree American Indian, Crystle began her show business journey at the tender age of four in Alberta, Canada. As a child,
she was cast as a series regular on several family productions that included: LAST CHANCE DETECTIVES, LEGEND OF BIGFOOT, MYSTERY
OF NAVAJO MESA, and ESCAPE FROM FIRE LAKE. At the age of nine, Crystle and her family relocated to the Los Angeles area where
she immediately landed her first lead role in the blockbuster hit 3 NINJAS - KNUCKLE UP.
During her high school years, Crystle successfully fine-tuned her ability to balance her educational studies with her blossoming
acting career, finding success in both. A few of her credits during that time included the TNT TV movie TECUMSEH: THE LAST
WARRIOR and feature film BACKROADS. Plans to further her education after high school at the prestigious Fashion Institute of
Design & Marketing in Los Angeles were halted a few weeks before she was to begin classes when she was cast in the notable and
honorable role of "Private Lori Piestawa" in the NBC television movie SAVING JESSICA LYNCH which was based on the true story
of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch by the United States army in Iraq.
Since then, Crystle has been dedicated to studying, training and honing her craft and acting full-time, she currently studies
at one of Los Angeles' oldest and most respected acting schools, the Beverly Hills Playhouse that was founded by renowned
director and teacher, Milton Katselas. Most recently, Crystle's works includes three shorts in which she stars in, SEARCH
FOR THE WORLDS BEST INDIAN TACO, THE RICOCHET and SARDINES. Both SEARCH FOR THE WORLDS BEST INDIAN TACO and THE RICOCHET were
official selections of the LA SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL. Crystle also had a recurring role on the daytime NBC soap DAYS OF OUR
LIVES a few years back, and has played lead roles in several feature films such as: TECUMSEH: THE LAST WARRIOR, AMERICAN
PIE PRESENTS: BAND CAMP, A DIFFERENCE DANCE, and in OLDER THAN AMERICA she played strong supporting role along side veteran
actor BRADLEY COOPER ("Hang Over"). She has a plethora of television commercials under her belt and most recently ventured
into new media via webisodes as a series regular on TEASE and CAMERA CAFE. In theatre, she starred in the production
DETENTION OF THE DEAD, which marked her theatrical debut.
Crystle makes her home in Los Angeles, California. And when she isn't acting, modeling, or in class at the Beverly Hills
Playhouse, she is DJing out and about Los Angeles, looking to be the first top female Native DJ to hit top scenes everywhere.
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