Kristen V. Carter is an award-winning content creator, entrepreneur and speaker from Newark, New Jersey. She has produced for a variety of television’s top programs including BET’s Black Girls Rock and NBC’s The Voice. In addition, Kristen has served as a speech writer for Viacom executives, including BET’s former CEO Debra Lee.
Kristen has a deep-rooted passion for storytelling. In 2007, she founded JazziDreamer Entertainment LLC, a multimedia company specializing in writing, consultation, and production services. Through the company, she wrote and directed the award-winning short film First Date, which currently airs on Magic Johnson’s cable network Aspire TV. First Date is also showcased digitally on Kweli TV.
In 2018, Kristen served as a Director of Unscripted Development where she co-executive produced the documentary show Motherly Love, a companion special to the record-breaking documentary series Black Love on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Kristen continues to develop television projects for reputable production companies while also writing and producing hit cable programs including the BET Awards 2018 Red Carpet Special, TV One’s Urban One Honors, and OWN’s Love & Marriage: Huntsville Reunion Special. She also enjoys contributing to social impact programming including 2019’s Facebook live stream event National Day of Racial Healing, curated by Ava DuVernay, and the 2020 Virtual Commencement special entitled Show Me Your Walk: HBCU Edition, which featured President Barack Obama as the honored commencement speaker.
Kristen’s entrepreneurial pursuits continue to expand with the creation of Trust Your Magic™, an inspirational brand that reinforces the power of honoring one’s gifts and talents. She offers a series of items including specialty shirts, mugs, and journals. The brand also includes an empowerment event series, entitled Blessed, Booked and Busy, an interactive workshop for freelancers and emerging entrepreneurs to catapult their lives and take their careers to the next level. To further engage clients and her community, Kristen recently hosted a 10-episode Facebook Live series Faith Over Finances, a weekly one-hour program focused on supporting viewers with how to generate income and inspiration during COVID-19.
In addition to entertainment and entrepreneurship, Kristen is actively engaged in mentorship. She is the Head of Community Engagement and Career Development for HUE You Know, an online production resource group for professionals of color. The organization currently consists of 11,000+ members around the nation in various areas of production. She is also a mentor for the NAACP’s ACTSO program.
Kristen is the recipient of many awards including San Francisco Black Film Festival’s First Time Filmmaker Award, From the Heart Productions’ Fiscal Sponsorship, and the Hanks-Miller Screenwriting Fellowship. She is a proud graduate of Hofstra University.