Among her television credits are a contract role as Julia Barrett on the ABC soap opera General Hospital (1991–1993; 1997; 1998). Her character Julia was a successful businesswoman and older sister to troubled teen Brenda (Vanessa Marcil).
Crystal has been teaching and coaching professionally in Los Angeles for the last 16 years. Prior to that, she worked as an actress in 25 theatre repertory and summer stock companies; in several films including Who's That Girl with Madonna, starring in the cult spoof film, Killer Tomatoes Strike Back with John Astin, the lead actress in the suspense drama Eclipse, the female lead in the action-packed Cartel, the girl of the sweet boy meets girl story, Fade Away opposite Noah Blake, and Blue Star in the video game Blue Star with Lamont Bentley, among others.
In television, Crystal appeared for 3 weeks on the award-winning episodic JAG, 6 weeks on the mega-hit Dallas, and had guest starring roles on Ellen, Charles in Charge, and Midnight Caller,Cheers, Thirtysomething, Simon & Simon and Night Court, to name a few.
As for the above mentioned role of “Julia Barrett” that Crystal portrayed on General Hospital, it was responsible for her being voted "Best New Female" by Soap Opera Digest and put on their cover as one of "Television's Most Beautiful Women", and then nominated for "Best Female Newcomer" on the Soap Opera Digest Awards in 1992.
More recently, Crystal has committed to pursuing a full time career as an acting coach. Crystal was employed by Fox-TV (2004–05) as the on-set coach for a full season of the crime procedural, The Inside, where she focused primarily on lead actress Rachel Nichols. Currently, she guest teaches at the Margie Haber Studios, where she has employed for 16 years, she conducts seminars at The University of Nebraska, and continues to coach privately.
Her clients, over 30 working actors, have included Paula Abdul, Jennifer Beals (L Word), David Boreanaz (Bones), Brittany Daniel (Joe Dirt, White Chicks, The Game), RonReaco Lee (Guess Who, Committed), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas), Rachel Nichols (Alias, Amityville Horror, Them), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Memorie), Atossa Leoni (Kite Runner), Natassia Malthe (The Other Side of the Tracks, Fallen, DOA: Dead or Alive), Ross Patterson (The New Guy, American Pie, House of the Dead 2, The Darwin Awards) and Brian White (The Shield, Mr. 3000,Stomp the Yard), to name just a few.