Mermaid Melissa Does her own film stunts! (Behind the scenes clip!)

Mermaid Melissa Does her own film stunts! (Behind the scenes clip!)


Since the age of 13, I have been involved in a lot of film, TV, and entertainment projects both local and abroad as far as going to Portugal at the age of 16 for the prep of a national commercial 2 week project.
There were times I was casted in music videos, such as in Creed’s song “Higher” that aired worldwide on MTV. But now as I have grown a tail and projects become water bound, I am seeing things from a entirely new perspective!

The first, being underwater stunts. On the set of Forensic Files, which is a very popular U.S. show that tells the story of famous untimely death stories and how they really died. What I like about this show is it shares how forensic technology is solving crimes that would otherwise have been a mystery. My role is an unusual one that most may not think about is needed for movies and film, the stunt team.
With a breath hold of over 4 minutes and a list of skills on my resume specific towards safety and proper training for water rescue, I have been able to join projects that border on the edge of what most would see as unthinkable.

Being tied up and bound both hands and feet with rope, duck tape on the mouth, and feet tied to a cinder block, is something you would expect only in the worst of nightmares. Then you ad in struggle scenes, a man aggressively throwing you over a boat, and plunging into the murky salt water sinking to the bottom of the ocean floor.

Not your typical day job! Add in the cameras both above and below the water, and selling the fact that you are struggling, trying to put yourself in that persons shoes, acting the part, yet reminding yourself to remain calm mentally, all at the same time! Honestly, as frighting as it all sounds, and believe me it can be intimidating when setting up a scene for something like this… I am also proud of our team being able to recreate how this crime actually happened to a family and their killer in real life was brought to justice thanks to our ever growing technology from the tiniest clues left behind.