Hi! I am a Kalina Jane Chen Silverman, a documentary journalist and entrepreneur (founder of award winning viral media project Big Talk), Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, and public presenter.

From Santa Monica, California, I travel to speak about Big Talk - or for documentary video, research, and public relations projects. I’ve worked in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship researching "How to establish empathy across cultures through Big Talk."

With a degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School, I worked on documentary films in Ecuador and Germany on education and the Holocaust. In 2012, I founded MIXED, Northwestern’s Mixed Race Student Coalition.

I love music and the arts, and projects that help bridge cultures through education, art/music, and storytelling. For fun, I stay active (dancing, swimming, hiking, tennis), adventurous, and creative (drawing, songwriting, playing piano). 


JAN/FEB 2019 (LA/DC/NY/CHI) BIG TALK creator, U.S. Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, Speaker at IIE and Microsoft Chicago

OCT/NOV 2018 (Kazakhstan) Public relations film director and presenter for Narxoz University Business School.

SEPT 2018 (NY/SF/DC) Speaker (Big Talk) for Elite SEM, Adobe, and Google.

FEB 2018 (Singapore)  U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Singapore, Model with Basic Model Management (Singapore), Artist in Residence at Vagabond Hotel with Un-canned Art.

JAN 2017 (Los Angeles)  Creative Resident at 72andSunny. 

JAN 2016 (San Francisco) Facebook Stories intern

SEPT 2015 (Los Angeles)  ModelTEDx Speaker for BIG TALK. 

SEPT 2014 (Chicago) Broadcast Journalism student at Northwestern University. Founder and president of MIXED.




  • USC Trojan Support (Mental Health talk)

  • Smile Train (Video in pre-production)

  • Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Video director and presenter)

  • Adobe Women (Keynote speaker)

  • "Take a Northwestern Direction" - Northwestern Global Outreach Video Campaign Hero Student

  • Elite SEM (Keynote speaker)

  • Fulbright / US Embassy in Singapore (Delivered Big Talk ice-breakers at events)

  • Edovo Jail Educations Solutions (Big Talk partnership)

  • USC Annenberg Innovation Lab (Filmed Big Talk videos of staff)

Modeling for Nike

Modeling for Nike

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Filming documentary in Ecuador

Artwork, by Kalina

Artwork, by Kalina

TEDx talk



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