Introductory Blog Post: Melissa K.

I have always been interested in television and entertainment! Since a young age, I loved to perform and always wanted to be involved in the performing arts. I started with dance classes when I was in elementary school and I trained in various types of dance. Ballet, Jazz, tap, hip hop and pointe….just to name a few! I had my first ballet recital when I was in the third grade and from the moment I stepped foot onto that stage, I knew performing was what I wanted to do. My mother realized I  had a passion for dance and performing after that and she placed me in a well-known dance studio that was local to where we lived. This is where I had my first real dance performance. I call it a performance and not a recital because it was so much more than just a recital. It took the majority of the school year to prepare for and the costumes were mostly hand made by the woman that owned the studio. You really could not find those costumes anywhere else! The performance was held in a huge, professional auditorium at a close by, well-known university and not just at the local elementary school gym. These dance performances through the studio were my first entertainment experiences ever. From day one, I knew I was meant to be in the entertainment industry. I danced all throughout middle school and high school and the skills I learned in that dance studio are skills that I still apply to my television jobs today. Although I never became a professional dancer, I am still a performer and a professional SAG-AFTRA actor. Those skills I learned from being in those dance performances are skills that I still apply to auditions, on camera work (such as speaking into a camera/interviewing someone) and to every day life. There are many skills that I learned during those dance performances, but one always sticks out above the rest. That skill would be having confidence. I call confidence a skill because we all have our good and bad days, but it takes skill to be confidence in front of an audience regardless of which kind of day you are having. Center Stage Dance Scene

Why is confidence in acting so important??

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Gilmore Girl for Life.

For me, television is something I find hard to keep my attention on. Until of course, I find a great show and I binge watch it for days at a time – I think we’ve all been there at some point in our lives, right? One show I find myself being able to watch over and over is Gilmore Girls. I used to watch Gilmore Girls when I was growing up and it’s funny because I found myself re-watching the series just last year. No matter how many times I’ve seen an episode, I still find myself just as invested in the characters and glued to the TV as if it’s my first time seeing it.

For someone who has never seen it, the show is about a mother and daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore who are fueled by coffee and crazy adventures around their town of Stars Hollow.

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(Pictured above from Left to Right – Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore)

I think what drags me into this series is the fact Lorelai and Rory are the perfect example of how a mother and daughter should be – best friends. They’re always quirky, making jokes and quoting lines from movies. They talk to each other about anything and everything and no matter what – their talks will always include drinking coffee or eating an insane amount of junk food. The show is very well rounded, too. It has showcased everything from family, friendships, work, and romance. It displays the good and the bad of each situation and is not a television show that you could find yourself thinking “wow this is far-fetched” or “this would never happen in real life”.

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At the end of 2016, Gilmore Girls came out with a Netflix exclusive, four-episode revival series called “A year in the Life”.  You do not know how excited I was days, even months, leading up to the day it was released. I watched every hour and a half long episode within 1 day. I know you’re probably thinking “wow, she’s insane” but SERIOUSLY, HELLO! I waited months for this, re-watching 7 seasons to refresh my memory and being able to pick up where it left off without missing anything. So of course, I HAD to binge watch! And let me just say, it was everything I could have imagined for.

To see the trailer for “A year in the Life” please click HERE

The episodes were categorized as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Rory, who was an A+ student in high school now finds herself in a downward spiral of being in an affair with an old fling, having no career, and nowhere permanent to call home. Lorelai also finds herself lost, due to the death of her father, her long-term relationship with her boyfriend, Luke, and not knowing where her business is going next. By the end of the series, of course, everything turns around. Rory decides to write a book about her relationship with her mother and Lorelai & Luke FINALLY end up getting married. Let me just say it’s everything that the fans have been waiting for!

As always, Gilmore Girls did everything but disappoint. This revival series was just what fans needed. I could only hope that the producers will decide to come back with another revival series. But for now, you will find me re-watching the series for a 3rd time. I hope my blog post encourages someone out there to watch it, too!

To learn more about Lorelai, Rory and the rest of the Gilmore Girls cast click HERE

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