Melanie Smith talks life after acting, Unfinished Business and more. Read here...
Actor, Entrepreneur, Singer, Songwriter and Author, Melanie Smith, was primarily focused on a career in dance until the destiny gods stepped in. One day Smith’s friend, who worked for a talent agency, called in a panic, telling Smith that she needed to find three ladies to send on a talent search for Dick Clark or she would get fired. Smith volunteered to be one of the three. When Smith arrived at the talent search, there were thousands and thousands of other ladies there brimming with dreams of being discovered. Consequently, Smith was only there to help her friend out. She didn’t have many talents outside of dance, or so she thought, so she figured she’d just read from a book and leave.
Smith read from the book Texas Trilogy, and the next thing she knew, the panel of judges, which included Dick Clark, was talking to her about headshots, acting coaches, and the like. It wasn’t too long afterward that Smith found herself on the cover of the New York Post with the headline, “Melanie Smith, She Has the Right Stuff.” And she landed the soap opera, As the World Turns (Emily Stewart, 1987-1992) and two feature films.
Life After Acting
For the next two decades, Smith worked consistently as an actor before retiring to raise her son. She still acted in smaller projects, but for the most part, life took her in a different direction; nonetheless, her creative juices never stopped flowing. Smith wrote for national magazines in the health and wellness sector, wrote commercial jingles, became a multi-platinum songwriter, opened a wellness center that became one of the top three in the United States, went back to college, and began a coaching business. Creative juices in overdrive!
“I built up a large following from my coaching in holistic wellness and grief recovery. I honed in on the specialty of trauma loss and heartbreak. I have been through so much in my life. I saw myself becoming happier through all that I was learning from educational resources and through my inner journeys. This realization combined with my personal growth led to business growth and to my work becoming even more profoundly meaningful to me.”
As Smith and her business soared, so did her positive impact on other people’s lives. Her clients began to ask her when she would write a book, where her impact could have a greater outreach. The seed was planted, and the book, Unfinished Business, was ultimately harvested.
“When the country was in lockdown due to COVID, people didn’t have the ability to reach out to or access their coping mechanisms the way they were used to. Whether it was going out to drink, going to restaurants, parties, family gatherings, whatever it was they did to distract themselves, it wasn’t an option anymore. I noticed more and more trauma coming into my practice. I knew I had to write this book.”
Unfinished Business, released on August 8, 2023, is an eight-step, actionable process that will help you overcome heartbreak, emotional wounds, limiting beliefs, old patterns, and unconscious habits, as well as the negative self-talk, self-judgment, overwhelm, and misalignment that have held you back from succeeding in love, relationships, business, finance, and health.
Smith shared how she wants her book to help readers heal, follow their truth and experience true freedom. “I want to help people heal their hearts from whatever grief, trauma or loss they have experienced. I want people to live their truth. Clients will tell me, “I don’t know what I want” and I rarely find that to be true. The truth is they know what they want but are frozen and stuck in what they think they are allowed to have. I hope through my work, including my book, people will discover the courage to unstick and unfreeze themselves and allow themselves to flow into their soul’s destiny so they experience healing, wholeness, and freedom.” Amen!
Trust us when we say all of Smith’s creative juices are still alive and well. Singer and songwriter Smith recently recorded a jazz album with Lady Gaga’s band, the same band who won a Grammy for the Tony Bennett album. Smith wrote seven of the nine songs and also sings on the upcoming album. She’s also working on developing a television series.
As it relates to her coaching work, Smith has been coming across many individuals who are struggling to recover from divorce and/or are struggling with emotional eating. For this reason, she plans to “target the worlds of divorce and weight loss” next in the hopes of helping people embark on a new path for their lives. And Smith will expand Unfinished Business into a training program for coaches who want to employ the work in their practice.
“I like to stay busy. I find joy and beauty in creating. I am a firm believer that if you are not creating, you are self-destructing. I’m very blessed in all of the iterations of my career. The one thing that tethers my life and purpose is helping people to live a life of love, joy and freedom. My goal is to bring greater love to the mainstream and have people live their best lives. There is so much happiness for me in doing that.”
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