We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa St. Hilaire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The important factor behind my success is authenticity. I don’t try to sell myself to people. I don’t chase after interviews or PR. I simply do what I do and allow my work to speak for itself. It can be harrowing putting yourself out there, opening yourself up to judgment and criticism, but so long as I stay true to my moral compass, I feel secure in the knowledge that the right people will find me, and they have.
Because I work in the occult and paranormal realms, I’ve found that honesty is key. If you lie or manufacture supernatural events to further your own cause, you’re only cheating yourself in the end. One must be constantly vigilant in one’s pursuit of the unknown, and keep wary of those peddling tall tales. The unseen world is filled with wonder! You don’t need to pretend, all you need is an open mind and a willingness to believe in the bizarre, but also a skeptic’s mind to stay grounded in reality, even in the face of something miraculous. There’s a balance in there that’s absolutely crucial, but it’s all wrapped in sincerity. You can’t be a light in the darkness if you’re only casting shadows.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
After graduating Boston College with a degree in film, I moved across the country to try my hand at screenwriting while working as a grip/electric, yet I faced constant challenges and setbacks. Almost a decade ago, I altered my path to focus on writing novels. That’s when my world truly opened up and doors that had been locked shut slowly crept open, but even then, I still struggled to find my own voice in the sea of voices out there.
What finally set me apart from others was when I fully embraced a side of myself that I’d kept hidden. The grand lesson I learned is that you should never hide what makes you unique nor should you ever try to copy someone else or fit in. You are enough. All you need to do is walk confidently in your own shoes and shine your light onto the world. To quote one of my all time favorite writers, “to thine own self be true.”
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?
Whenever a friend comes to visit me here in LA the very first place I want to take them is Malibu. Nothing else comes close to the beauty of the California coastline! My favorite spot is Point Dume. The sunsets are majestic! Another place I’d take them is for a hike through Griffith Park followed by a delicious meal at SunCafe Organic. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it! I’d follow up with a trip to the Green Man for crystals and a reading with one of my favorite fellow psychics. I’d also make sure to plan a day at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. I adore their rose garden! Then I’d head over to South Pasadena for a little shopping spree, because why not? I’d probably follow up with a trip to the La Brea Tar Pits and LACMA then catch a movie at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and stroll down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. It’s cliche but so much fun for out-of-towners! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to all those who came before me, paving the way, and who also encouraged and supported me on my own journey, such as Renee Watt, psychic, astrologer, witch, and podcaster, Rochelle Evans, psychic-medium and reiki master, Griffin, Carrie, Jill, and everyone else at the Green Man store in North Hollywood, Patti Negri, psychic-medium, “good witch,” author, and recurring cast member on Ghost Adventures, Sheena Metal, psychic-medium and LA Talk Radio host, and Amy Wallace, author and psychic, who’s no longer with us, but guides me from the other side of the veil. I’d also like to give a shout-out to Susan Slaughter for giving me the opportunity to assist with my first ever live streaming paranormal investigation on the Dark Zone. It was a dream come true and I can’t wait to do more!