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CASTING DIRECTOR

Kristin stands as a seasoned industry professional with an impressive track record of over a decade in the casting domain. Her vast experience encompasses live action casting for children's television, along with a solid 7+ years dedicated to casting for TV animation. Entrusting your project to Kristin is a choice of utmost excellence. In her role as a creative casting director, Kristin consistently aspires to unearth the finest talent for every character. Her extensive industry connections, which span over 18 years, assure you of her unmatched ability to discover and secure the very best talent available.

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Casting Director | Dialogue Director | Animation VO Coach

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About Kristin

Kristin joined The Walt Disney Company in 2005 and had the pleasure of wearing many hats with the company. Her work was featured in numerous animated television properties that were seen on Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, some Marvel, Lucas, and Pixar projects, along with Disney+ TV animated properties. 

Kristin gained experience in both the live action and animated worlds. Some of her credits included Hamster and Gretel, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, Mickey Saves Christmas, Mickey's Tale of Two Witches, Big Hero 6: The Series, Amphibia, Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas, Muppet Babies, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Mickey Mouse: Mixed Up Adventures, Milo Murphy’s Law, Lion Guard, Minnie’s Bow-Toons, and many more.

Kristin embarked on a new venture by founding her own company, Paiva Productions. In this exciting endeavor, she channels her expertise into the realms of Casting, Dialogue Directing, and Voice Over Coaching. Assisting talent in their growth has always been a genuine passion for Kristin. Paiva Productions is dedicated to perpetuating Kristin’s fervent commitment and steadfast support for emerging talent.  

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Scott Parkin

"So yesterday was one of the coolest things to be a part of. Context…I don’t do a lot of animation…when I do it’s either a writer I know brings me in or my daughter & I build an animated pilot:) I like it, I’m a good actor, I’ve one some stuff and I get shots. As a teacher I’m an improvisation for VO & On Camera commercial teacher & acting coach so getting to observe a Director/Teacher with such a wonderful style, gentle yet straightforward honesty, self deprecating/disarming manner and such  entertaining performance abilities was really quite…magical I think is the best way to put it. Watching Disney's Kristin Paiva get the very best out of every actor at ALL skill levels was just so cool! Seeing people I have coached, my friend's, my daughter & people I just met learn, laugh, adapt and thrive was just the coolest! I was going to do 30 minutes on finding and building characters through Imrov, which is very valuable and I think I’m good at teaching this but I cut my time to 10 minute's of sharing techniques and important things involved in character development through the improv process so everyone could work with and listen to Kristin MORE! If you know me…you know I don’t give up stage time:) Kristin was just so hilarious, really down to earth and just so damn good at her job, all the while having the quietest 8 week old baby I’ve ever met present! Kudos to J. Michael Collins for having such a phenomenal teacher teaching under his banner AND for being the “Baby Whisperer”! If you ever have the chance to work with Kristin…DO IT! Scape…borrow…lie…steal or cheat but get your spot as I believe they are extremely valuable to any actor who wants to work in animation. Congrats on a phenomenal class to Kayla Renee Jackson, JD Kaye, Vanessa Smith Richardson, Miranda Parkin and their classmates I just met who all took full advantage of this phenomenal teacher and what she had to say. This concludes this unsolicited testimonial."
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