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

Earning 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, Kristian’s life took a huge turn when he auditioned for a nationwide search to become MTV Australia’s newest VJ in 2014.

Having relocated to LA in 2017, Krit continues to follow his passions for education, art, advocacy, mentoring and working towards equitable outcomes for people from communities that mirror his own upbringing as a young LGBTQIA+, indigenous spirit.

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