Exploring Entertainment in Florida's 850 & Beyond
Melanie Robel has a lot on her plate – including an appearance at this year’s Pensacola Para Con – in Fall of 2014.
At what age did you know you wanted to be in the movie world?
Honestly, I never thought that I would become an actor. I am one of those who found the love later in life. I was actually training to become a concert bassoonist, but I was attacked and lost some of the strength in my left hand. I am ok now, with a lot of amazing physical therapy, but not enough to play the bassoon. I took theatre in high school and then went to an acting open call with my sister. So here I am and I am having a great time.
What is your favorite part about movie making?
What is my favorite part? I guess you could say it is the “pretend” and “magic” of it. I love Disney, but that isn’t what I’m talking about, though I know a lot of actors who work for them. I love being able to go onset, play dress-up and become different characters. It is so exciting. I can be anyone, from a serial killer, to a heroine from the Victorian era, or even a cowboy. Then there are the costumes. I’ve been in a mans suit to a frilly, turn of the century outfit and I get to play with a variety of weapons. You can’t do that in the real world, can you?
What advice do you have for up and coming Horror Queens?
First off and the most important advice, is to get some good acting training. Learn to read and to break down a script, this is very important to do. Get a team of people you can trust to help and support you. Most of all, be nice to people. All people, not just other actors. Sometimes that is really hard to do, because you are going to meet all kinds of people. You don’t want a reputation as a bitch, people won’t want to work with you.
What was the best advice that you have been given and who gave it to you?
The best advice I got was to get back into acting classes. Also, no matter what, to keep going and fighting for what you want. It doesn’t matter how known you are, you will have to continue to fight for the roles and projects you want. I don’t like to name drop, but this gentleman knows who he is. When I win an award for my acting, or a project that I am in, then I will personally and publicly thank him.
What role are you the most proud of?
I loved my character in A Blood Story. I portrayed Anna Nadasdy, who was a real person in history. It was such a different role from what I normally portray. Anna was very girly and pretty, always dressed in older era dresses. She was a very strong woman, but also very submissive. There were very good reasons for this, so you will have to watch to movie to see why. I worked with Camden Toy in this project and I learned so much from him. It was a great set with good actors and crew.
Do you have an actor who you are dying to work with?
That is a really hard question, because I have more than one. I am dying to work with Jessica Lange who can go from nice, in Gray Gardens, to totally believably evil, in American Horror Story’s. On the men’s side, I would like to work with William Forsythe, who I have met and is such a nice guy, but who also scared the crap out of me in Dear Mr Gacy.
Any new projects we should be on the lookout for?
There is, Disciples by Joe Hollow, which I am proud to say has distribution. Being a part of this project has brought me a lot of good things. It led me to a great part in, A Blood Story and which led to other things. Disciples is going to be shown at Spooky Empire Mayhem, in Orlando, Florida, this May.
Disciples, by Joe Hollow
A dark twisted horror fantasy set in the modern day world, as a small group of humans and demons prepare for war when an ancient prophecy telling of an angel who will rise to unseat the emperor Lucifer becomes a terrifying reality. As evil grows stronger, alliances are formed and heroes will rise and humanity hanging in the balance
A Blood Story, by Joe Hollow
“A Blood Story” is a dark and twisted Blood drenched love story of sorts that starts with three strangers who meet on their journey to find the truth of an age old legend seeking the fountain of youth but uncovering much more. The evil that follows is delved in the deepest of bloody historical secrets.
Lamb Feed, by Michael S. Rodriguez
When overconfident businessman Mitchell Barnes gets a blowout in a quaint sleepy town all seems normal until he asks the community for a helping hand…What Mitchell gets instead is an invite to the darkest realm of his own fears…An invite to the LAMB FEED!!!
3 Thrity Thr33: Vol 2, by Brody Barcode
The lives of three sister assassins; two rock stars; a maniacal gangster physician, and his band of Death Squad Girls intertwine in three stories…
UnPhased, by Jason S. Goddard
Set upon a fishing dock an adopted young boy named Jonathan shares with a couple of his friends the intriguing secret to his adopting Uncle Gabriel’s success. This story takes his friends on a hair-raising journey back to when Uncle Gabriel encountered a very mysterious man that would change his life forever, the “Cornerman.”
What scares you?
That all my hard work, comes to nothing. As I mentioned, I lost my music career. I was also being trained as a classical Ballerina, in classes and privately. During a performance of Dracula, I was dropped by my partner and cracked my ribs and bruised my spine. So, that was gone too. I feel that acting is the only dream I have left. I am fulfilling my dream and I have great projects coming up, but the possibility of not succeeding is in the back of my mind, at times.
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