Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo (she/her/hers) is a public speaker and educator, and an award-winning composer for film and media through her business ReelScoring, LLC. She relocated from Los Angeles in 2018 after finishing the Television Academy Foundation Internship in Music and working as an assistant to accomplished film and television composers (credits include Hulu’s Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie and Being Frank). Through film festivals and academic institutions, including SXSW and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (as a former instructor in the MFA Film Music program), Trinity educates filmmakers and students on the psychological impact of music and sound in film and how to successfully work with a composer. She also speaks internationally about networking in a disconnected world, and diversity and inclusion in the industry and creative classroom.
Trinity is a Ph.D. student in Music Theory, pursuing a specialization in Cognitive and Behavioral sciences. Her research focuses on how music cultivates empathy and can change perceptions on gender and race in media; more specifically, how we can create more positive associations to underrepresented groups by what music we use to represent them in media.
She embraces cultures through culinary escapades, and is an avid gamer, tea connoisseur, and non-American crime-drama enthusiast.