Finally got real headshots. This one I look less like a bitch
I’m a multiple-time Moth winner, writer, storyteller, screenwriter, public speaker, and comedian.
(the truck I lived in for years all over America)
(Climbing in France)
In addition to podcasts, I write for magazines, newspapers, and am working on a book. I perform in NYC, LA, and Europe, where I’m living most of the time now.
(how I slept most nights during half my 20’s and now whenever possible)
There are a few things I’m pretty great at. Adventuring and storytelling are two of them. As you can see from my blog, there really isn’t anywhere I won’t go. I’m curious, maybe to a fault and this drives my mother insane. But I like to live right on the edge of my comfort zone in the wilderness and among people. During my 20’s I lived in my truck all over America, during which time I was a white water raft guide, a ski instructor, an Outward Bound Wilderness Instructor, and a climbing instructor.
I bought a one-way ticket to South America in 2012 with no plan and hardly any money and ended up, among other things, picking strawberries in Argentina, climbing in Patagonia, and teaching English in Chile. I lived in New York City for seven years and worked in the film industry that whole time and Los Angeles for over three. I’ve performed in both cities extensively and continue to when I go back.
In 2017 I moved to Spain without knowing anyone or the town I landed in. It was cool. But I love France more so here I am. I’m still back and forth to the USA but Lyon is my home now, especially since covid changed their world I decided to marry my Frenchie. What a year 2020 is!
(top of a 12 pitch climb in Red Rocks, Nevada)
If you need to contact me, email me from the address given on this site or contact me through my lit agent.
(At the top of a mountain in Peru )
(Guiding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
(before getting gassed at a protest in Chile)
I hope you enjoy cruising this site. I don’t post very often anymore, but there’s almost a decade of travel stories on here from years prior.
Elizabeth Gilbert thinks I’m good at telling stories, so that’s why I even bother. She’s a magical human being and I adore her. She blurbed my book after reading some of my stories.
“Melanie Hamlett is smart and funny and sick and wrong and dark and playful and smart as hell…and I _love_ her.“
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of NYTimes bestseller Eat, Pray, Love
(⬆️ Fountain of Youth in Florida)
ing my case!)
(Me pretending to get in a fight on The Jerry Springer Show—I got VIP tickets cuz it was my birthday and a friend of a friend hooked me up)
(Not my man-pillow, I swear. I’m just making fun of this hilariously offensive creation. It’s not even comfortable!)
(Red rocks 2016)
or bowling alley in New Mexico)
(Stolen cop car! Just kidding. A prop from a film I worked on)
(Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
(Argentina salt flats-I’m on the left)
(that dinosaur from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure)
(a gynocologist in Colorado)
(airport in Sweden when I was studying there)
(This is me doing a senior portrait at the top of a climbing route in the Patagonia mountains in Argentina)
(me inside a bowling machine)
(protestingat Occupy Wall Street in NYC)
(I can now add “Protester” to the titles on my resume, thanks to Channel 10 News and Occupy Wall Street)
(I guided for 4 season on The Rio Grande in Taos, New Mexico, one in Jackson Hole, one in Washington)
(the 3rd trailer I live in in New Mexico)
(and this is where I took a crap cuz we shit in buckets in New Mexico)
(I lived in a cubicle in at the Outward Bound office with 12 other people when I first moved to NYC)
(This is the first trailer I ever lived in New Mexico)
(and this is the one I lived in when I worked on a strawberry farm in Argentina in 2012)