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EP 128: Melissa Melottey: Child Actor Turned Marketing Specialist/Writer/Actor

Season 1, Ep. 128

Melissa Melottey shares her journey as a child actor, her decision to take a break from acting and attend business school, and her return to the industry. She discusses the pressure and expectations she faced as a child actor and the impact it had on her mental health. Melissa also talks about her current focus on writing and acting, and how her perception of the industry has changed over time. She discusses misconceptions about the entertainment industry, the reality of the industry, resilience and perseverance, and the importance of valuing stability.


  • Child actors often face immense pressure and expectations, which can have a significant impact on their mental health.
  • Taking a break from acting and pursuing other interests can be beneficial for personal growth and self-discovery.
  • Writing can be a fulfilling creative outlet and a way to create opportunities in the entertainment industry.
  • The industry has changed over time, with differences in pay and opportunities for actors. The entertainment industry is often misunderstood, and the perception of instant success and constant work is not always the reality.
  • Resilience and perseverance are crucial qualities for success in the industry.
  • It is important to value stability and recognize the high risk involved in pursuing a career in entertainment.
  • Taking classes and continuously learning is important, but it is also essential to listen to yourself and take breaks when needed.
  • Finding joy in acting and creating characters is a key aspect of enjoying the industry.


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