We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Martyn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melanie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I grew up in the performing world. I suppose I became an actress because it was a natural progression for me from community theater ballerina to professional actress. I always loved storytelling—watching it in movies or on stage or being a part of it myself. Having a creative outlet in the world of make believe was my escape from reality. Not that I had a life I wanted to escape from, I was just always a dreamer. What’s more is that now it’s the way I get to live many lives in one. It’s diverse, and adventurous, and there’s never a dull moment. Whether it be live theater or filmmaking, it is dynamic and full of passion. People pursue this career because they love it and that’s a wonderful feeling to be surrounded by kindred spirits. One is constantly in service to the production. It feels great to be part of something bigger than yourself. Especially an art form that not only entertains people, but holds a mirror up to society.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an actress who produces, dances, sings and does martial arts! I got here today because I’ve been training my whole life in one way or another. I’ve never given up, I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. No, this journey hasn’t always been easy, especially dealing with the business side. And with learning any new skill, you aren’t good at it right away. It takes a lot of failures and a lot of practice, but eventually you get there. You just can’t give up. Believing in yourself is huge too. I’ve often psyched myself out over the years thinking my story isn’t worth sharing, but that’s selling myself short. We shouldn’t be the ones to put restrictions on ourselves. One of my favorite quotes is Henry Ford’s, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” I choose to believe I can. Right now, I’m on set for an upcoming horror movie “Hayride to Hell” starring Bill Moseley and Kane Hodder.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Obviously, the beach! Call me a sucker for the cliché, but I like it! Santa Monica pier, the Hollywood sign, Griffith Park Observatory, Universal Studios, The Getty. For a fun culinary experience, I’d take them down to Abbott Kinney. Just the other day I found a cute little cocktail place called ‘The Well’ in Hollywood. LA is so huge with so many different areas, you really can’t go wrong in terms of finding fun things to do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to my parents for always letting me pursue my dreams.
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