My Literary Agent:
Mendel Media Group, LLC
115 W. 30th St.
NY, NY 10001
Finally got real headshots. This one I look less like a bitch
I’m a 3-time Moth winner, writer, storyteller, screenwriter, public speaker, and comedian.
(the truck I lived in for years all over America)
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 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 (even though someone died in the boat in front of me on my first day), a ski instructor (even though I hadn’t a clue how to ski), an Outward Bound Wilderness Instructor (even though I kinda hated backpacking), and a climbing instructor (even though I’m terrified of heights).
(Barcelona tinder date)
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 (even though I thought I hated cities) and worked in the film industry the whole time (still not sure how I pulled that one off). I then moved to Los Angeles, where I did comedy and writing for three years. I’ve performed in both cities extensively and continue to do so when I go back.
In 2017 I moved to Spain without knowing anyone Spanish or the town I was going to live in. I worked and wrote there and now I’m living in France.
(top of a 12-pitch climb in Red Rocks, Nevada)
If you need to contact me, use the email address given on this site or contact me through my literary agent.
(Paris, France. GROSS)
(before getting gassed at a protest in Chile)
I hope you enjoy cruising this site. I don’t post very often anymore due to working so much, 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 chapters.
“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)
(the set of The People’s Court)
(Climbing on Halloween in Joshua Tree)
(Not my man-pillow, I swear. I’m just making fun of this hilariously offensive creation. It’s not even comfortable!)
(outdoor bowling alley in New Mexico)
(Stolen cop car! Just kidding. A prop from a film I worked on)
(Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
(Prison Museum in Colorado)
(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 living 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)
(camping out at 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 lived 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—Taos, New Mexico)
(and this is the one I lived in when I worked on a strawberry farm in Argentina in 2012)