Who’s this Hamlett chick?

Finally got real headshots. This one I look less like a bitch

Melanie Hamlett

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.


(terrifying military base in California)

(how I slept most nights during half my 20’s and now whenever possible)

(Me trying to be fancy in the French Riviera summer 2019, but actually camping)

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.

(Salvador, Brazil) 


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.

(Greece 2018- riding a scooter around Europe is far more terrifying than climbing)

(Malta, 2018)

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. This is my home now.

(working/camping on a boat somewhere in Nevada)

(Chamonix, France 2018)


(top of a 12 pitch climb in Red Rocks, Nevada)

(Gozo 2018

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)


(snuck onto the set of The People’s Court while working on another TV show)


(Climbing in Joshua Tree with my homies on Halloween)

man pillow

(Not my man-pillow, I swear. I’m just making fun of this hilariously offensive creation. It’s not even comfortable!)

(Climbing in Red rocks 2016)

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(a bowling alley in New Mexico)

(Stolen cop car! Just kidding. A prop from a film I worked on)


(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


(Argentina salt flats-I’m on the left)

(that dinosaur from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure)

(a gynecologist in Colorado)

(Pennsylvania farm)

(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)

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(me inside a bowling machine for work)


(protesting 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 seasons on The Rio Grande in Taos, New Mexico, one in Jackson Hole, one in Washington)

(the 3rd trailer I live 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)

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(This is the first trailer I ever lived in New Mexico)

Picture 17

(and this is the one I lived in when I worked on a strawberry farm in Argentina in 2012)

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Doc Ivo says:

    For a chick [ your word not mine ] named Hamlett , why are there no stories about small villages or pigs ? Or villages of small pigs , or …pigs doing Shakespeare ?
    inquiring minds want to know..

  2. CC says:

    Heard you on Risk, loved your story!!!

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Thanks for listening!

  3. Susie says:

    I also heard you on Risk and loved your stories! I laughed til I cried. You should come to Shreveport sometime. We have the Mudbug Madness Festival.. where its all about mudbugs ( crawfish ) …

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      When? that sounds AMAZING! Thanks for listening and reading!

  4. Nancy says:

    I’ve listened to your stories on Risk and you are hilarious! You have a great story-telling style.

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Hey, thanks a lot Nancy! I try my best. If you feel like telling your friends, that would be awesome. And thanks so much for the encouragement.

  5. nic says:

    needed an image of confessional gogled & you came Up # 1 Now Im getting nothing done …

    can you explain to my boss why the proposal is late!

  6. Tim says:

    Heard you on RISK and enjoyed hearing your story. But I really enjoy this blog. I love traveling to out of the way spots and seeing what’s out there and your adventures make me smile. It’s like having a travel buddy without my having to travel. Here’s to more adventures. Best of luck to you.

  7. Evita says:

    You’re awesome!! Was sent your way by a mutual friend, Angel. I’m a fellow traveler myself and would love to exchange vagabond stories! Keep creating…

  8. TeNae says:

    Funny, I’m also a narcoleptic raft guide. 😉

  9. Janet Spicer says:

    Heard a couple of your stories on RISK, and loved them. You’re great. Keep it up!

  10. melz82 says:

    I want to write a book about *you*!!!!

  11. Shelley says:

    I must have just missed you.
    I lived in a motor home in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico for a bit.

  12. JBirdZilla says:

    I think I met you at Occupy Wall Street! I heard you on Risk today, and curiously went to your site and I saw your photos and I’m like 96% certain I met you 🙂 Your story about Argentina was awesome (not sure if you’ve told more than one), I feel like I saw myself in that story, hit close to home. I’ve always had the travel bug (lived in DC, NYC, all over Florida), and as competitive as I am, I always end up becoming friends with the girl who fucks the same people as me. It sounds creepy when I read it, but I think you get me.

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      I bet we did meet at Occupy! I was there! I moved to Argentina right after that. Friend me on Facebook, girl!

      1. Justice says:

        There are no words to describe how boodicaus this is.

  13. JT says:

    You are too rad! Your stories make me laugh so hard that I become a liability driving my car while listening to the radio, lol. Please never stop telling stories, I think every major podcast out there should be featuring your work!!!

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the encouragement! It helps motivate me to keep at it!

  14. Carrie says:

    Thanks for your RISK story!

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Thank you for listening!!! Feel free to Share it with anyone who might benefit from Hearing it!

  15. Erin Harper says:

    Hey Melanie,
    I heard your Risk podcast today, and I think I may have read about it on facebook before. I heard your story, and it rang so true…but even more than that, (I may be wrong) when I heard the way you talk, it rang even more true. Your attitude is like, ‘Dude, (hahahaha), that fucker fucking RAPED me last night! HAHAHA!’ I’ve said those exact same words. Exactly. You must be from Oakland. Haha, yes, that’s how we talk. ‘Fuck, Dude, 18 rounds were shot up on my block last night. But luckily, none of the rounds ended up thru my window. But, homeboy mighta raped me, haha!’
    Dude, and then, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years later, we finally break down. And people say, ‘WTF!!!??? Why didn’t you act so traumatized at the time? You laughed about it!? You’re just a stupid slut! You just want attention! You’re just a slut who wants to excuse your previous behavior.’
    Melanie, I’d like to connect with you if you’d like; I know exactly how you feel, and we may have many things in common.


    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Yeah you get it. Most people laugh or are poker faces in trauma. It’s simple biology! The body can’t survive of its emotionally wrapped up in the reality of what’s happening. Totally, let’s connect!

      1. Erin Harper says:

        The poker face, exactly. Trying to convince our brains to ‘stay cool’ in the midst of trauma, so that we can better focus and survive in the moment…

  16. David Wayne Stephens Jr. says:

    I just found your website from a random Google search that I thought up, and after reading through some of your experience, and why you do all of this, I am very impressed with how you live your life!

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you like it!

  17. Eddie says:

    I just read your piece about the Jesus Experience in Florida and it made my day. Wanting to hook up with hot Jesus before he gets the, i was going to say shaft- but you know what I mean. Hilarious, keep it up. And don’t forget Florida man….

  18. Mike says:

    Very interesting material. The cougar story particularly encouraging. Keep the faith and fortune.

  19. Bert says:

    You are amazing! I’ve heard all of your risk stories, and your fearlessness to look at the truth is incredible. Thank you, and please keep writing and telling your stories. You really speak a greater truth that needs to be heard.

    1. melaniehamlett says:

      Awwww. Thank you!!!!

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