My email: email@example.com
My literary agent is JL Stermer of New Leaf Literary
My favorite headshot… though I look like an asshole
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 telling stories on the stage and podcasts, I freelance for pubs like WaPo, HuffPo, The Guardian, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, The Daily Beast, Outside Mag, Slate, Playboy, Decider, etc. I’m also working on a book for my agent, JL Stermer. I perform in NYC, LA, and Europe, where I’m living most of the time now.
This was a career defining piece I wrote for Harper’s Bazaar. I ususally do comedy but this one went supar viral b/c the men and women I spoke with told me the most incredible stories. The piece also inspired my husband to start his own men’s group and it’s changed his life for the better.
(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. Coaching is another one (storytelling/writing and tinder/dating in particular). 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, in the world, and within myself. I get bored easily, so I need a good challenge.
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, etc.
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, where I worked in the film industry and performed, then moved to Los Angeles for a few years to perform and do random ass jobs. I perform whenever I go back of course.
Eventually, I moved to Spain without knowing anyone or the town I was to land in. It was cool! But just temporary. After doing a trial run in Lyon, France for one summer, I said fuck it and decided to move here. I go back to the U.S. often but Lyon is my home now, especially since covid changed the world… Surprise! I ended up getting hitched to my Frenchie. What a year 2020 has been amiright?
For someone who prided herself on being a single proud slut (society’s word, not mine) and never settling down or committing to anyone or place, this is quite the adjustment but pretty damn great so far.
So, now I’m in France, doing my writing, coaching, comedy thing. Feel free to email me for coaching services or press inquiries. For anyone wanting info on my book proposal in progress, contact my agent (info at the top of the page)
Okay, now for some fun photos of my travels, weird jobs, and adventures
(top of a 12 pitch climb in Red Rocks, Nevada)
(At the top of a mountain in Peru )
(Guiding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
(before getting gassed at a protest in Chile 2013)
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.“
(⬆️ Fountain of Youth in Florida)
(Working on set at the People’s Court)
(Climbing in Joshua Tree on Haloween)
(Red rocks 2016)
(outdoor 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 gynecologist 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)
(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—Taos, 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)