Today we’d like to introduce you to Melia Grasska.
Melia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started in a walk-in… well, not exactly, but mostly. I’d walk out of my UCLA lit classes and walk into kitchens, factories, and production lines. I’d schlep boxes of chicken, steak, and fish to my overly passionate and arty chefs, the ones with cleaver tattoos and curly mustaches.
I was a meat saleswoman, and I could not, for the life of me, figure out why I (all 5’2 of me) was wheeling 80lb boxes down every alley, always looking for the back door into the next restaurant.
That’s when it clicked – I’m a storyteller.
I loved telling my chefs how Niman Ranch sets up a scholarship program to help their family farmers or how Petaluma Poultry uses oregano oil instead of antibiotics to keep their chickens’ healthy. But, truth be told, I didn’t have the same passion for proteins that my chefs seemed to have so effortlessly flowing from their saucepans. I had a passion for the stories and for the connections that I made.
So, since I didn’t have the same heat, I got out of the kitchen. That’s when I decided to start telling stories professionally.
From articles to branded content to radio scripts for large corporations and signs for small businesses, I’ve appreciated every step of my journey, and I’ve loved each story that I’ve been able to tell.
I am so proud to be a writer because I help people find their voice and I get to tell stories that otherwise may not be heard.
Has it been a smooth road?
There’s been twists, turns, U-turns, and of course, a couple of breakdowns… but what more can you expect when driving down an uncharted path?
I always say that if you can notice the flowers growing along the pavement, well that’s how you know that you’re doing something right. It takes a lot, in my opinion, to up and change your life.
To decide one morning that you want something different and then to actually get it, it’s crazy, but that’s exactly what I did.
My road has been scary, and I’ve had my doubts – but there’s also been great success and new accomplishments. I am so proud to have made that first U-turn and to have had the opportunity to pursue (and continue to pursue) my dream of being a writer.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
With everything from building brands to helping a grandfather write his memoirs, to ghostwriting a book on cannabis customer loyalty, to publishing articles on climate change in Surfer Magazine – I’ve really tried to write on, about, for and with everyone and everything I can… and I’ve loved every minute of it (even this incredible run-on).
I put pride into each and every word that I write, and that’s what makes me different. I feel grateful and lucky to work as a writer, and I use this graciousness and passion whenever I tell a story.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
The tacos, the waves, the music… I mean, what more can you want in a city?
What do I like least about San Diego?!? The traffic. I’m sure that’s what everyone says, but it’s because there’s nothing else to not like about San Diego.
- Website: meliagrasska.com
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