Kristian Fanene Schmidt [or Krit] was born and raised in Porirua, Aotearoa/New Zealand while both his parents hail from Samoa.

He earned a conjoint degree in Law and Arts majoring in Pacific Studies from the University of Auckland and a Master’s in Education at Lehigh University as a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright scholarship. In 2014, Kristian shifted gears when he began a career in television and entertainment.

After 2 years as a VJ with MTV Australia, he packed up and relocated to Los Angeles where he is now a writer and consultant, contributing to a number of domestic and international media outlets and organisations.

Krit continues to follow his passions for education, art and advocacy in working towards equitable outcomes for people from communities that mirror his own upbringing as a young, queer Samoan.

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