We had the good fortune of connecting with Melanie Steinmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melanie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe my interest in arts started in school, we were learning about theater and arts from a very young age. I remember we had an ”artistic week” in school once, where we only did art stuff for a week nothing more, we did poetry, acting, painting, dancing and it was my favorite week, I felt happy doing all those things and could totally imagine doing it forever! Thinking about where I wanted to be in the future, I just couldn’t picture myself being in an office, 8 hours a day, in front of a computer, it just doesn’t go with me, I have tried doing it only to realize how much I dislike it.
I like doing things, moving, learning, it’s just something that appeals to me all the time. And choosing a more creative and hands on career definitely was something that I needed.
Acting is great because I get to do something new with every different project. And I learn a lot too on the go, about my character, myself. And the best part is that it doesn’t feel like work for me.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think that like many artists, what sets me apart from others are the life experiences that shape me day after day and gives me the tools I need to become better. It’s not a class or a thing, it’s a whole group of everything surrounding me. I think that being an artist is never easy, you need to trust in what you do, in yourself and keep going. I believe is more of a race of perseverance than any other thing.’
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
You can’t visit LA without going to the Hollywood walk of fame and buying a couple of souvenirs, and Universal Studios is definitely a must if it’s your first time there ( if it’s around November even better because of the Hollywood Horror Nights).
I know there are a couple of vineyards close to LA so that could be a cool place to visit together as well.
Maybe hang out for a night in West Hollywood and visit the bars and night clubs around there, maybe go to a comedy club or improv show at the Groundlings, eat Korean BBQ would be great as well, haha I think a week is not enough to get to go and meet all the cool places in LA or it’s surroundings.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have always thought of this question, and there are so many people around me that has helped me in one way or another. Teachers definitely have been a very important part of my growth as an actress and person, so all the teachers I’ve had deserve some credit. Also the producers, directors and people I’ve had the chance to work with in different projects, they’ve all taught me something new to improve in my acting and believed in me enough to make me part of them. And my friends and family who are always there to help me choose the best take, the best headshot, and to give me constructive criticism even if they know I won’t like it all the time. And to whoever is reading this, If we worked together, or you thought me something or helped me in some way, you are part of my story and I am thankful for it.
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