Melissa Collins grew up in Kedron in Brisbane, when Kedron was a bit of a daggy place to live. The daughter of a detective, questions like: ‘why’, ‘how’, ‘where’ ‘what’ and ‘when’ usually had fascinating and sometimes gruesome answers. As a result, a budding storyteller with an insatiable curiosity about peoples motives was born.
With a voice once described as a ‘big warm hug’, Melissa got her start in commercial radio at a time when women were usually relegated to support roles in brekkie shows. Melissa insisted on presenting her own programs and continued to do just that for commercial and ABC radio stations in Queensland and New South Wales.
These days most of Melissa’s work hours are spent in a room with a microphone, sometimes with a producer on the other side of a glass wall, sometimes by herself in a purpose built studio at home, sometimes with a view of another part of the world as a backdrop (the Andes from Santiago, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles etc). Sure it’s an unusual existence, but it means there’s a great deal of flexibility for other passionate pursuits like writing and interviewing interesting people.
For many years Melissa shared other peoples real-life stories with her radio listeners. She loves to tell stories that inspire people to think of the same things in a different way. Human interest stories, over coming obstacles or hero journeys in real life are what she is most passionate about. Utilising her many years of broadcast experience, Melissa is, from time to time, a guest interviewer and podcaster. She recently joined the team at the I am Woman Project where she has the awesome pleasure of interviewing extraordinary women who lead by the example of their lives as they inspire and motivate others. Melissa is a passionate advocate for stories about women for women.
As a mother of three sons, Melissa’s joy and skill in catering for lots of big eating people is renowned amongst family and friends and is one of her favourite ways to care for people she loves.
When she is being very good, Melissa turns up to practice Bikram Yoga most days. When she is bad it usually means there’s a bit too much beautiful wine and tapas going down well. Melissa regularly pinches herself to test if this really is the amazing way her life turned out. It wasn’t always so wonderful. No one’s ever is….but thats a story for another day.