This is a special BS Fridays edition People Profiles! BS Fridays is a musical networking community where musical souls in the industry from artists, performers, businesses peeps and more get together to pool their resources and expand their support. On Friday August 12th you can come out to The Cameron House in Toronto and meet us and see some of us performing– including me and Melanie Peterson!
Who is Melanie Peterson?
Melanie is a beautiful singer-songwriter and actress. With a wide open heart, wit and charm, Melanie envelopes any audience with a big ‘ol hug! You can catch her not only at the BS Fridays event August 12th but also the Plein Air Outdoor Garden Concert Series this summer August 10th at 7:30. This is an all-ages event $10 tix at the door!
Here’s a sweet sampling of her sounds!
What does Melanie have to say for herself?
What is your career? My career is actress/singer-songwriter.
Is it the same as your passion? It is the same as my passion! Which is self-expression.
What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Patience! Getting the perfect role or gig.
What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Any time you are feeling broke, depressed about your career or down, turn to your craft and focus on getting better at it.
What does it mean to be an artist? To be an artist it means to be creative daily.
5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? I did expect to be where I am today, though I had no idea how I would get here.
Where will you be in 5 years? In 5 years I will be creating on even a deeper more consistent level doing bigger roles as and actress and bigger shows as a songwriter, having paid my dues.
What would you say to your 8-year-old self? Don’t listen to the doubt of others, be who and what you want to be, it is the only path to happiness.
What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Keep up the good work!
How lucky are you and why? I’m lucky because I am surrounded by talented people who inspire and protect me and I have a good team helping me reach my goals.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I left home at 16 years old.
What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Flight of the Conchords and the Mindy Project make me laugh as does SNL on a regular basis. Fun for me is playing my songs live for a large attentive crowd and/or acting in a well-written commercial or TV role…also, writing songs is a heck of a lot of fun – with friends, or on my own.
What makes you question humanity? I don’t really question humanity, but I don’t understand being entertained by violence…
What is your favourite quote?
What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you? .
BS Friday’s helped me realize you can be the best writer in the world but if you don’t get out there and meet people, nobody’s ever going to know it! Who you know IS as important as what you know. Also, Barbara Sedun encourages co-writing, and before I started going to the group I had never considered it seriously. Now, because of the group I have 3 co-writes on my latest album”Anywhere From Here”!
What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? From the event people can expect to meet a lot of people who share the same passion and interests as them and hear 8 diverse artists. They can expect to go away inspired and a little better connected.
What is something that inspires you? I find this blog particularly inspiring: Actorinspiration.com