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Second Chances

It's about life: addiction, recovery, and second chances. Each week comedian Greg Baldwin talks to celebrities and normal folk about their second chance in life. Heroic, inspiring, often comedic true-life stories from the people who are living them.
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Jan 8, 2018

Melanie Vesey began dancing at the age of 5 in Michigan and is now a successful businesswoman and comedian. Between all of that, she got addicted to drugs, got kicked out of Juilliard, realized she was a lesbian, got shot by a New York City police officer, lived with a drug dealer, got sober, had a baby, moved to Los Angeles, got married…did we mention she got shot? Listen to her incredible story full of highs and lows. It’s amazing.

Melanie Vesey is an accomplished comedian, actress, filmmaker, and dancer. Trained at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center, Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City, and The Interlochen Arts Academy, she has a strong foundation for her body of work.

The highlights of her acting career include co-starring with Jim Carrey and Courtney Love in Man on the Moon directed by two-time Academy Award winner Milos Forman, working with Hal Hartley and Parker Posey in Henry Fool, and being on stage with Elizabeth Ashley and Sam Trammell in the Off Broadway run of If Memory Serves. In addition to co-starring roles on Law and Order and Homicide, she's been in national commercials and voice-overs.

As a comedian she got her start performing regularly at The World Famous Comedy Store. In addition to performing all over LA she's been seen at The Motor City Comedy Festival and is scheduled to film her comedy special Wild Animal in February of 2018.  

In 1999 Melanie faced one of the greatest challenges of her life when she was shot by her x-girlfriend, a New York City police officer. In her own way of processing the traumatic experience she wrote and produced a one-woman show, Bullets Bounce Off.

As a former Vice President of Public Relations at a boutique record label, Melanie transitioned into opening her own PR consulting firm, PromotionalRescue.com where she helps award winning independent artists and small business owners grow their audience and visibility through private coaching and workshops. 

She lives with her brilliant and loving family that consists of a couple of angels and a dog named Fig. 

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