We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Strong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, how do you think about risk?
Ive always taken a risk on myself. There is no plan B….Plan B is a a plan for failure and creates thoughts of resistance. However I don’t believe being an Actor is a risk, the way many others view it. Its a blood sport of strength, training and persistence. I don’t think there is anything one does in life that isn’t a risk….because we can all play the “what if it doesn’t work out game” on everything we do. So I play the “when it does work out game” in everything I do. Its a shift of thinking.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an Actress, Ive had financial ups and and downs. The uncomfortable feeling of not knowing when Id book my next job, she shame of having to accept a job I was completely over qualified for and people recognizing me from TV. I didn’t and really couldn’t do that anymore for my spirit was breaking. Yet I needed to earn enough for my basic necessities and spoil myself for the luxuries I wanted. Though-ought this pandemic I asked myself everyday, what have I done to day to become closer to my goal? So I continued my acting classes/ coaching, writing, and taking course from bartending to covid tracing. Surprisingly most lucrative self taught course was stock and crypto trading. Im so grateful that I am apart of the beginning of this new shift of wealth….took a risk and now have a great bale between my income and being able to pick and chose what acting projects I want to do vs what I need to do.
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?
One of my favorite places in LA is Paradise Cove in Malibu. I would take them from the white glove service Wilshire Hotel where “Pretty Woman” was filmed to the beautiful nature of Runyan canyon and Wineries in West Hills.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I think Michelle Obama, and Denzel Washington deserve the recognition in my journey and story. I read the book “Becoming” and watched many of Denzel Washington speeches. They both have a synonyms approach of thinking: To be honest with others and self, to understand that you will fall but it is essential to keep getting back up and that the concept of Karma has in fact no deadline and perhaps the same people that said no at the beginning, Then see you later with a signing light and can’t help but to say yes now. So I look forward to the full circle.
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