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As a casting director, Kristin is driven by a deep appreciation for talent and the unique expertise each individual brings. She thrives on challenging the status quo and pushing boundaries in the casting process. Kristin’s goal is to assist in creating distinct, immersive worlds that captivate audiences and stand out. She believes in the significance of creative work and its lasting impact on future generations. Kristin casts because she believes in the creative vision of the creators and is dedicated to bringing their imaginative worlds to life for audiences everywhere. Above all, she casts because she is passionate about this craft and loves what she does.

Casting Director | Dialogue Director | Animation VO Coach


About Kristin

Kristin joined The Walt Disney Company in 2005 and had the pleasure of wearing many hats. Her work was featured in numerous animated television properties across 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 include Hamster and Gretel, Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, Mickey Saves Christmas, Big Hero 6: The Series, 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.


Driven by her own diverse background and the power of inclusive storytelling, Kristin embarked on a new venture by founding Paiva Productions. Through Casting, Dialogue Directing, and Voice Over Coaching, she channels her expertise to bring distinct, immersive worlds to life. Kristin's mission is to ensure everyone feels represented on screen, inspired by her experiences growing up in a diverse family.


At Paiva Productions, Kristin is dedicated to supporting talent at every stage, fostering a fun, friendly, and open environment where they can truly shine. Her fervent commitment to emerging talent and the creative vision of creators continues to guide her work, ensuring that the stories we tell today leave a lasting impact on future generations.

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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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