Hi, I’m Caroline. You may know me as “Kidd Kraddick’s daughter” or “that radio guy’s kid”. Or you may not know me at all. Being known as Kidd’s daughter wasn’t a bad thing. It allowed me to live a really cool childhood. I was fortunate to see and do some really cool things and meet some pretty cool people. But now I’m all grown up and it’s time for me to make my mark on the world as Caroline. Without my dad by my side. And that’s scary. But I’m ready.
I was 23 when my dad passed and when he died, I couldn’t have been in a weirder place in my life. I went to Oklahoma City University and got my degree in musical theatre. After graduation, I came home to Fort Worth and moved in with with my mom (for about two seconds until she kicked me out because I was cramping her style!).
Like many 22 year olds, right out of college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. Especially with a musical theatre degree! I’d always wanted to be on Broadway but my self-esteem had taken a serious blow after not being cast in any of my college shows. Like … ever. But, I’m funny. And acting comes easily to me. So my new plan was to work for a while, save some money and then move to Chicago to pursue improv. My dream was to be on Second City and SNL. Really attainable goals 😉
I worked at a spa as a receptionist and had an unpaid internship doing PR for Casa Manana in Fort Worth. I loved PR and marketing so I thought, “Maybe I could do that!” Soon after, I took a job at an advertising agency and absolutely loved it. As an account manager, I was responsible for maintaining client relationships, which I was great at. I was excelling in my job, I had a serious boyfriend (who I was convinced was “the one”) and I had come to terms with the fact that maybe I’d just stay in Fort Worth, get married and maybe one day become an ad executive. But, the ad agency was a small one and when new management took over, my position was eliminated. Then, the love of my life (ha!) cheated on me with a girl he met on Tinder. I’m no longer a big fan of Tinder. Or cheating boyfriends.
I didn’t want to be “that girl” anymore so I decided to follow my dream and audition for NBC’s The Voice in New York City. All my college friends were living in New York, so I thought it would be fun to go and spend some time with them. While I was there, I got the call telling me my dad unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack while at a Kidd’s Kids golf tournament.