We had the good fortune of connecting with Melvin Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Melvin, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I welcome risk. I welcome it with open arms. It’s something that doesn’t deter me when making decisions. I always feel that the bigger the risk, the sweeter the reward. Now, I know that this is not always the case, but for the most part it is for me. Every major life changing decision I have made in my life have all included major risk. I’m at a point that if something is not risky, then it doesn’t really excite me anymore. I left a full ride scholarship at a university to pursue my dream of being a stand up comedian. Even though I went back to get my degree, at the time I did it without a safety net or a plan b. I can’t imagine my life or where I’d be if I didn’t take this chance, my life changed forever in the best way possible. This success then inspired me to start my own business and create my own app, called xLines, which has started to find success in Los Angeles this year, and is only going to continue to grow. I take this mentality along with me in everything that I do. Whether it is business, personal relationships, or even when I go gambling in Vegas, (which for the record has NOT worked in my favor too many times).

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a student of comedy. I think about it every single day. I like to study the greats and analyze what set them apart. Every time I have some alone time, I always catch myself writing bits in my head and if it makes me laugh or giggle, it gets written down on the notes app on my phone. This is how some of my best jokes were made, if it makes me laugh then I know it will make an audience laugh. I started stand up comedy when I was 17, fresh out of high school. My very first show was a sold out main room at the Ice House in Pasadena. 10 minutes was the time I was given. A 10 minute set is an eternity for a brand new comedian, but I salivated at the thought of knowing that this could either be horrifically bad or one of the best nights of my life. Luckily for me it was the latter. And just like that, my life was changed forever. I always tell people that doing comedy has been one of the most fun things I’ve ever done but also one of the hardest. There are nights where comedy makes me feel like I’m on top of the world and my future looks like a scene out of MTV Cribs and then there are nights where it makes me want to bury myself alive in a 10 foot hole in the middle of the desert. But through all this, the show keeps going. You can’t have amazing sets without having piss poor ones. The bad ones make you appreciate the good ones so much more. At the end of the day, making people laugh and forget about their problems is what fills my heart with joy and purpose. That’s all I want to do until the day I die, make people laugh.

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.
I would immediately get all the “tourist” attractions out of the way. Even though they hold a special place in my heart, things like The Griffith Observatory, the Hollywood Sign, and the Santa Monica Pier would be checked off the list within the first few hours of their visit. After this I would take them to Olvera Street to enjoy some good Latino food and music. This will give them a sense of the culture that most of LA exudes. I would end this day by taking them to OUE Skyspace LA where they can see the city from the best view possible. Also, they can ride a glass slide 1,000 feet in the air. Many amazing and unique bars will be visited throughout their entire stay, rest assured. Especially The Prince in Korea Town. It’s famous for being Nick’s Bar in New Girl (an amazing show, I highly recommend) but also their drinks are spectacular! We obviously would catch a Laker game, and if we absolutely had to, a Clipper game, but only if we absolutely had to! In all honesty, I’d probably just put the top down on my car and drive them around the city. Los Angeles has literally something to do on every block, so finding something fun would not be a problem. It’s all about who you’re with in this wonderful city.

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 want to give all the credit to my family. Everything that I do is for my parents and siblings. They inspire me every single day. They always support me in everything that I do, and I am forever grateful. I have encountered many people throughout my career and many stand out, but none more than Kid Kern. I met him in college and he was one of the few people that actually had their life and career together more than me. He took me on my first tour across America and it forever changed my perspective on my craft. We continue to do shows together to this day and hopefully for a very long time to come.

Website: xlines.co
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/childishmelvino/?hl=en
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melvin-diaz-5a3484b0/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melvin.diaz.73
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMelvinator18/videos
Other: melvinadiaz.com

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Melvin Diaz

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