"When you create your own work, it just gives you such confidence. And so starting small, I just had people start writing scenes for each other. You know this person, you have been in class together forever. Just write a scene for them and have it be in a coffee shop and give it a beginning, middle, and end a strong arch and some conflict and let’s just do it in class. And then why don’t you film it in your apt and let’s see what that looks like.”
Welcome Back to Nothing Shines Like Dirt episode 33. Elise & Lesley sit down with Casting Director/Acting Coach Mel Mack. They discuss acting tips for auditions, her studio "Mel Mack Acting Studio" and her dance off with Madonna.
Melonie “Mel” Mack has been involved in the entertainment industry professionally in both NY and L.A. for over 18 years. She began her teaching experience under Lesly Kahn of Lesly Kahn and Company for many years where she learned to develop her comedic chops as an acting coach and teacher.
Melonie has worked with actors on film/tv shows including: Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Legion, 24: The Legacy, Gotham, The Detour, Difficult People, Show Me A Hero, Broad City, Public Morals, House Of Cards, OITNB, Community, Two Broke Girls, The New Girl, House, Bones, Criminal Minds, Weeds, NCIS, Burn Notice, Californication, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, Big Love, Ugly Betty, Two and A Half Men, Studio 60, The Defenders, Rules of Engagement, Hangover II, Grey’s Anatomy, Grown Ups, The Kids Are Alright.
In addition to teaching, she has continued to cast commercials. Her combined National Commercial Credits include: Ikea, Verizon, Nutella, Toyota, Bud Lite, Pampers, Visa, Tampax, T-Mobile, Verizon, Welch’s, Heineken, Kia, Wal-Mart, Sears, Geico, McDonalds, Clean and Clear, Burger King, ARMY, Swifter, Tide, Nike, Nature Valley,as well as hundreds of others.
Melonie has also appeared in numerous network television shows. This first hand knowledge gives her the understanding of the emotions and feelings the actor experiences both on set as well as in the audition room.
She has worked with: Mark Harmon, Damian Lewis, Eva Longoria, Madonna, Megan Mullaly, Michael Weatherly, Paget Brewster, Corin Nemic, and Amy Maddigan.