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Artists of the Next Generation

Hey Loves! ♥

I wanted to take some time to write about a topic that I feel very strongly about…

Budget cuts in schools are happening massively across the country, and one if the first to always go- the arts.

I am very much against this for the fact that children are the future of our race. Artists are important because they are the leaders who effect the culture- think about it… Not to mention- the arts, sports and other extra-curricular activities help keep kids busy and out of touble (for the most part, lol) and keeps kids goal oriented and helps teach them self discipline, which is a big part of growing into a well rounded adult. Plus, kids who study music and the arts are statistically proven to do better in other subjects as well.

The “What About Us?” project is giving our youth an artistic outlet to express themselves and nurture their talents with the once in a lifetime opporunity to work with producer Devine Evans and songwriting team The Senate (credits include Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Britany Spears, Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson, and many, many more). I have had the privilege myself of working with these talented people recently and  it was quite a positive experience :0)

On September 6, 2012, The Senate is putting on a concert at the House of Blues in LA called the Hollywood Music Summit and all of the proceeds go to help fund The What About Us project. If you are in the LA area, or will be on that day, you should definitely go!

For more info about the What About Us project, visit http://www.thehollywoodmusicsummit.com/whataboutus.html

Much Love ♥

Melissa Jane XOXO

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Salon Marc Harris wins Boston’s Best Salon! ♥

Hey Everyone!

I am very proud to say that my amazing hair sponsor-Salon Marc Harris on Newbury Street- has won the Improper Bostonian Magazine’s Boston’s Best Salon for 2012! Salon Marc Harris is where I get beautified for all of my events, shows and photoshoots! My stylist, Oriana, is so talented and a total sweetheart! If you are looking to get your hair done DEF go there and tell her I sent you!

CONGRATS SALON MARC HARRIS! ♥

http://www.improper.com/bostons-best/beauty-health/

www.salonmarcharris.com

Love, Melissa Jane xoxo ♥
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The Definition of a Dreamer ♥

DREAMER
[dree-mer] -noun

A person who dreams. A person who dares to accomplish the impossible. One who isn’t restricted by limits. A person whose ideas and projects are considered visionary and risky.

#DareToDream ♥

Much Love,
MJ xoxo

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My Top 5 Favorite Albums

Love it or hate it… Agree or disagree… These are my top 5 favorite albums of all time:

5. “Songs in A Minor” -Alicia Keys

4. “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” -Robin Thicke

3. “Vodoo” -D’Angelo

2. “4” -Beyonce

1. “Daydream” -Mariah Carey

It’s funny how music always reminds me of a certain, person, a certain time in my life, certain emotions I have felt, certain things I went through, or a certain place I have been… Each of these albums hold a special place for me, not only musically but emotionally as well… it’s funny how music always does that! ♥

On a separate note… My new photoshoot pics are up on Facebook! Check em out and please let me know which ones you like! If you haven’t already, please “like” my page on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/MelissaJaneSings

I leave you with a quote by Miss Marilyn Monroe:

“Keep smiling, because life is beautiful thing and there is so much to smile about.” ♥

Much Love,
Melissa xoxo

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Homage to My Fellow Artists ♥

Hey there!

In the midst of this crazy, incredible, amazing, painful, passionate, fulfilling, risky journey that I am on (the life of an artist) I wanted to take a moment to pay homage to all my fellow artists out there…

You may take a look at us artists and think “I would love to have talent like that” and you probably look at the really successful artists who top the billboard charts, star in movies or on tv, whose faces are on the cover of magazines and think “must be nice.” But the truth is, while we may make it look good, years and years of blood, sweat, tears and heartache go into making a real career as an artist…

It starts with a passion; an undying, burning desired to create art. And if you leave it behind, as society usually wants you to, a big piece of you dies inside. For me, I couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else with my life…

Then comes the chase, pursuing a dream that is shared by so many, and the competition is stiff. Rejection is something you have to get used to in this industry, because you will get 100 “no’s” before you get a “yes”. And let me tell you, us artists are sensitive creatures, so you must develop a tough skin or you will never, ever survive…

And then the chase continues. It NEVER, ever comes easy, even if we make it look that way. You can pretty much forget about making enough money to live off of as an artist until you hit it big. In fact, it will COST you money to get things done at a quality that competes. So, you had better learn to wait tables or get yourself a sugar daddy! (haha, just playing about the sugar daddy part-although there are some who do not rule this option out lol not me tho!)

Throughout this journey, we have to face a lot of invalidation from the people around us for what we are doing in life. We are considered to “have our head in the clouds” by many. And significant others usually don’t get it either… Especially the fact that you work a full time job AND do music/acting/modeling/dancing/painting/etc. full time as well. They are usually simply tolerating it but secretly waiting for you to realize that you gave it the old college and give it up already. Of course there are exceptions to this, and we do receive a great amount of love, support and admiration as well :0)

So, as you can see, this journey has not in any way been easy for me. I have sacrificed so much of my life for my career… And I wouldn’t have it any other way…

With all that said, I really feel the need to pay much respect, love and homage to all of my fellow artists out there, fighting for their dreams- especially the ones who have made it.

I leave you with one of my fave proverbs:
“Don’t be pushed by your problems… Be led by your dreams.” ♥

Much Love ♥
Melissa Jane xo

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