Kiran Rai, also known by her creator name KayRay, is an actor and filmmaker based out of Toronto. Throughout the past decade, Kiran has used her platform to primarily focus on addressing taboos within the South Asian community through short films, documentaries and digital series. From bridging the gap between children of immigrants and their parents to bringing light on dating violence to combating the stigma of mental health – she has been able to create meaningful dialogue through her work. After starring in the hit web-series Anarkali, she’s been able to build a connection to her audience. Regardless of the approach, she constantly challenges people on their perception of womxn of colour in the industry. Through her satirical yet didactic content, Kiran’s work continuously inspires critical conversation. Her work has been featured in the likes of Toronto Star, NBC News, CBC, BBC and Cosmo India with her talk show Cha Da Cup With KayRay now airing on Brit Asia TV.
As the co-founder and visionary of THE KOLLECTIVE – she hopes to curate this safe space for young creatives to learn, grow and build themselves through opportunities. With a desire to guide others and discover opportunities, she is committed to putting power back into the hands of creators while working with clients who believe in our purpose.