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In addition to coaching storytelling for business professionals to shine, Melissa Reaves performs regularly at storytelling venues, sharing personal stories that match a theme thrown to the storytellers. Take a peek at her work.
Seeing your parents to the end of their golden years was a gift and also a time of stress as the adult child. We're not taught how to reverse this role, especially when dementia enters the picture. This story was part of my journey with two people I loved dearly. Some adult language present. This (Comedic/Dramatic) story won The Moth Story Slam on NYE, 2020.
Storyteller Melissa Reaves shares a personal story about how she was raised to be racist by her "kin folk" from Oklahoma. Systemic racism starts early in families and had a lot more power over her decision making than she realized or welcomed. This vulnerable story aired on The Moth at the Berkeley show in September 2020 and took second place. Melissa also won first place at the National Storytellers Network in January 2021.
At six, "Missy" learned that her mother was hell-bent on upping her game in the kitchen---and a Cheese Souffle would be their entry into Gourmet "Fancy" cooking. This is a comedic piece that should delight anyone raised in the 70's. This was shared on Better Said Than Done's 2021 Holiday Show.
At nine years old, Melissa is the new girl in town. She can't help but notice this small east coast town in Massachusetts really seems allergic to the letter "r" and almost gets her butt kicked for bringing it up with the neighborhood bully, Kevin. Watch them battle it out on the four square court and learn a valuable life lessons about being kind from Mama Hen.
At 22, Melissa's broken heart and gullible nature, needed some readjusting. So, the Universe sent her on quite a journey with a Psychic. This comedic piece may be one her more embarrassing, and enlightening Life Initiations. Performed at Six Feet Apart Productions December 2021 Story Slam. Melissa was the featured guest teller.
In this comedic piece, watch how little "Missy" learns early the truth about Santa Claus. "Don't lie to your kids!" taught by her mother, only went so far, once Missy realized getting the house cleaned and the dog walked using Santa as the lure---proved great for at least awhile. This was performed in Toronto's BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY's holiday show in 2021.
Storytellers Melissa Reaves and Richard Munchkin grew up in different times, but shared the same dream---and ironically very similar experiences. Watch how they tell their own stories separately as they merge together in this unique format. This show was produced by Grit Stories in June 2021.
Melissa shares her personal journey with OCD and how to crush it for NAMI Washington's annual fundraiser in November 2020. The OCD management doors open and close constantly. This is a Mother-Daughter journey that finds humor, love, and moments of perseverance. Thank you NAMI Washington, Susan Fee and Kacie Rahm for this opportunity to share.
CW/TW: ADULT LANGUAGE and RELIGIOUS CHALLENGE, OCD
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not a laughing matter and affects millions of people. Melissa is passionate about building awareness to change the stigma. It takes a lot of dedicated work for the patient and their family, and there is hope!
Seattle's Covid Storytelling: Quarantine Connection, hosted by TEDTalk's Bill Bernat. This is Melissa's funny & reflective journey down the aisles of Costco during quarantine. Enjoy "Keeping the Covid Cooties from Costco."
The following story was recorded at The Moth, Bloedel Hall St. Marks, Seattle, WA on June 21st, 2019. Melissa Reaves finds herself working out at a hotel gym when President Obama walks in. Although a little star-struck, she couldn't let the moment pass by without aiming for a heart to heart with POTUS 44.