Velveteen Your Life, or How to Become a Real Artist.


Once upon a time Melissa Culross dreamed of singing, but she told herself and others that she couldn’t sing outside of the shower. One day, she realized that it was all a lie.  In fact she found that she was her own biggest critic.  Since she’d never sang in front of people or regularly performed since high school, her declaration that she couldn’t sing was a farce.

Many of us  can all be guilty the same– making public announcements that the thing we’d love to do is outside of our reach because we inherently lack skill.   However,  with a reality check and some guts a dream life can turn real.

“For me, ” Culross explains, I stopped separating my actual life from my “pretend,” life.  And she knew that she could. After college,  Culross took up acting in classes and workshops. She soon found herself on stage as “Sally,” in  the small play, Wake To It.

In order to be good on stage, she learned, “”I didn’t have to be born with just a ton of inherent acting talent. Acting is about talent mixed with skills that can be learned.”

So, after a little voice evaluation mixed with a bit of guts, the KCBS San Francisco news anchor  sang in a karaoke bar and joined a band.  She became a singer.  As a result, Culross is a regular, anticipated artist at the Mint in San FranciscoMC and the Shorebird in Waikiki.  You can follow her life of song  at sassyhair.blogspot.com and maybe get inspired to include all your dreams, in your “actual,” life.

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