Date of Birth: 10th January, 1990
Status: In a Relationship
Star Sign: Capricorn
Media-related occupation: Singer and actor
Although Sarah Crystal is best known as an actress for her roles as Leah in Déjà Vu and Scarlet in Becky, she had actually started her career as a singer. Back in 1996, Moira Barbieri had recognised her outstanding vocals and encouraged her to enrol for classes.
In 1998, she successfully joined the Malta Children’s Choir directed by Ray Mangion, and had the opportunity to sing in front of president emeritus Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici. She had also participated in various local festivals with both original songs and covers. Throughout this time, she was also invited to several television programmes and local events.
Later on, she focused all her energy on acting. She took part in various musicals and television adverts, and garnered roles in series such as Qalb in-Nies, Erwieħ Imsakkra, Deċeduti, Iż-Żona, Emilia, Déjà Vu and Becky the Return.
She’s recently been doing backing vocals with prominent local singers, and has also sung at The Malta Eurovision Song Contest. She’s also part of the Vocal Troupes Choir directed by Pamela Bezzina and Glen Vella.
“I find comfort in music and I turn to it when in need to express moments. Music heals pain, gives you motivation, hope and positive energy. I think that people unite and the world changes only through music and lyrics. It produces a vibe which the human being simply cannot do without,” states Sarah in this interview.
What had inspired your interest in performance?
Back in 1997, I had the opportunity to be cast in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, where I discovered my passion for drama and the stage. Subsequently, in 1999 I was selected to be part of the televised musical Il-Ħanut tal-Ġugarelli directed by Zep Camilleri. From then on, I decided to pursue my studies in drama.
What support systems would you like to see for the local industry?
It would be awesome to establish a contest where individuals or groups can compete, and the winner would then represent Malta in an overseas competition.
What would you say has been your biggest failure to date?
Life is full of ups and downs. Experience has taught me to deem my flops as learning curves and not failures. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.
What role does technology play in your life?
It plays a very important role in my life. I consider it as my source of communication and information, my dictionary and my walking encyclopaedia.
Do you get hangry?
Food is one of the pleasures of life. Although there is an assortment of food which I do not like, I consider myself to be a food lover. To be honest, a dessert and sweet lover would be much more appropriate. I cannot imagine life without it. My body needs it every 2 to 3 hours to function correctly. It’s my body fuel.
What do you usually look for when you travel abroad?
I usually try and combine my holidays with concert tours of my favourite bands and artists. I also check if there are any musicals showing as well. However, the ultimate experiences when travelling are traditional cuisine and learning as much as possible about the culture and history of the country.