Rising Star Melissa Mars: “Let’s start a movement for artists to use their creative skills in the service of a cause that matters”

Yitzi Weiner
Dec 15, 2019 · 15 min read
Melissa Mars

It has always been important for me to use my creative skills in the service of a cause that matters to me. For example, in 2007, I was approached by a small charity to raise awareness around the prostitution of children in China and Cambodia. They wanted me to be their spokesperson and I thought that pictures would speak much more than any words could. I happened to be going to China and loved photography, so I bought my first digital camera then and learned how to use it during the trip. I came back with a series of photographs ready to be exhibited, except the organization was too small, and I had little knowledge of all the HOW TOs, galleries were booked up years in advance and a lot of other technical challenges. But when the passion is there, and you still have some naivete, magic happens.



  1. NETWORK. I hate that word in itself. Because it sounds from the get-go manipulative and inauthentic. But what I like to do (with all the new means we have like on Facebook, Meetup, Festivals…) there are so many opportunities to just show up somewhere, appreciate the work of someone else, and share genuinely your appreciation, and possibly connect. I’ve always hated going to cocktails where I know no-one, but festivals, where I can see short movies and discover upcoming and rising directors, for me it’s more natural, there is a context, I have something to talk about, compliment or criticize… It’s all about being at the right place at the right moment, but you do have to go somewhere for that to happen ;)
  2. LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE. Never silence it. It always has the answer. And most often the right one for you. For example, one day I got involved in a project, but my inner voice was telling me that I shouldn’t have, I knew already that it was a bad idea but I didn’t listen to it, I shut it up. I was thirsty for experiences and it ended up being the worst nightmare ever. I did my job but when it was over, I returned home diminished. What I mean by that is, I felt like I had shrunk, and been stripped of my light. It took me a few weeks to “recover”.
  3. Again: BREATHE. MEDITATE. YOGA. Dedicate time to yourself, do things that PLEASE you, if you align with your self (I made a conscious choice of writing your self in two words). Read THE ARTIST’s WAY or books like that. I have always been attracted to self-development books, but I always kept myself so busy and driven towards results instead of taking breaks to REFUEL. Now I can’t start a day without a meditation, I feel really cranky otherwise. I have other little things that help me get a smile back on my face and relax and stress less. For example, I have this aromatherapy lamp that I adore: I can pick the colors, (I love colorful lights) and it diffuses essential oils.
  4. READ. READ. READ. When we start, quite often we read more plays, and acting books, but we should open up our horizons. Acting is not only acting, it is also marketing. We are not only the instrument but the musician, and the seller, we are a business! For example, recent books I read that opened up my mind to new horizons were by Seth Godin and Simon Sinek. Their point of view on marketing is fascinating, simple and can bring you a lot as an artist.

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Yitzi Weiner

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A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator

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