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Mellissa is an award-winning storyteller and Founder & Chief Creative Officer of DuckPunk Productions, a video marketing and content production company that serves Fortune 500 companies such as Nissan, Verizon, Wells Fargo, and CBS. Her work has won many awards including the Clio,Addy, Telly and Best of Business in Video Production for six consecutive years.
Mellissa is also an influential public speaker who has spoken at a variety of events, including at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. She teaches how to use storytelling to grow business, how to be a rock star on camera, how to communicate your message and expertise effectively and confidently.
Mellissa has twenty-five years of experience both in-front-of and behind-the-camera. She began her career as a News Anchor at the International Channel in Los Angeles. Aside from anchoring the news, she was responsible for a 5 minutes human interest segment every day, where she covered everything from beauty, technology, science, health, politics, to movie premieres, red carpet events, and Star Trek Conventions. During the four years at the station, she interviewed thousands of people from all walks of life and covered over 1,200 stories. Later, she took her storytelling skills to the fiction side and worked on a CBS show called Martial Law before founding DuckPunk in 2000.
Mellissa believes in giving back and does pro-bono work for Wells Bring Hope, a non-profit that drills wells in Niger, West Africa, so women and girls don’t have to walk miles to bring water back to their villages. She went to Niger in March 2018, and documented people’s lives in several different villages, some with wells an some without. Her videos helped them raise 33% more funding and drilling 13 more wells, freeing the girls from their water-carrying duties so they can go to school.
Mellissa is an MFA graduate from the California Institute of the Arts. She was born and raised in Hong Kong before moving to the US in 1991, by herself, with three large suitcases and a one-way ticket. Mellissa is a two times #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon. She firmly believes in this quote by Pablo Picasso: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”