We had the good fortune of connecting with Merrill Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Merrill, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
That I made people feel good, supported, and was kind to them. There’s no better feeling than to make someone laugh, smile, or just connect with them. We are all going through something and every little moment of connection makes a difference. I am passionate about helping others and making a difference. Particularly mental health, antiracism, women’s rights, and domestic violence. Whatever requires empathy. It feels overwhelming to list but I believe that whatever I can do to help can and will make a difference. Also, I hope I will make an impact on others by telling relatable inspiring stories. I love making people laugh. I would write more but then my legacy will be “if you ask her one question, you’ll get a full 200 page novel.” Actually, that might already be my legacy. I’m honored to be a part of this article. Thanks for having me!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Right now, I’m mostly working on my solo show, “Merrill Means Well.” It’s about navigating the journey through my traumatic childhood while not knowing I had ADHD. I’m workshopping my show and planning to put it up on stage later this summer. I hope it helps people think more about mental health and how we think about mental health and family.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them up the PCH to Malibu, check out Topanga Canyon, hike for a bit (I don’t know why because I don’t hike) and go to the beach. Then we’d grab a bite along the way at Malibu Seafood Cafe for fish and chips or fresh lobster. While we’re up there, visit the Getty Museum. I’d take them to The Lobster in Santa Monica for dinner. Not for more lobster unless they still want lobster! They also serve other delicious dishes I love, like chocolate lava cake. I mean why not make that your main course? On another day I would take them to the LACMA, then grab lunch at the old Farmer’s Market or go to Madre just north of The Grove on Fairfax. They have amazing mezcal margaritas and delicious enchiladas. Is this boring or does this sound fun? I don’t know, I just got out of a pandemic!
Then to Silverlake to walk around and see the shops and people. Check out the cool boutiques on Sunset. Grab an afternoon latte at Dinosaur Coffee (my favorite) and maybe grab some special cheeses at the cheese shop in Sunset Junction. Who doesn’t love special cheeses? Oh and for fun, take them to the Erewhon grocery store so they can stargaze through their masks. And then we can spend the afternoon or the next day at the Silverlake Pool & Inn pool while ordering drinks and food. Since things are just now opening back up, I’d need to see what else would be fun to do but these were my pre-pandemic go to’s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to thank my incredible boyfriend, Kevin Camia, who is so encouraging and supportive. He’s such a positive person and believes in me 500%. I’d also like to thank my therapist who has changed my life completely by diagnosing me with ADHD as an adult. Once I knew I had it, it really was an eye opener and explained why everything in my life was such an overwhelming massive challenge. Now that I can maintain it, my life is a million times better and sometimes still a challenge.
And finally, I started taking a course called “Manifestation Babe” with Kathrin Zenkina and it had a huge impact on me in terms of taking risks. I highly recommend her courses!
Sela Shiloni Greg Feiner Phil Provencio Yoko Haraoka Amanda Raba