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Mermaid Melissa LLC is a full service aquatic entertainment agency for providing top professional mermaid performers, underwater performers, traveling tanks, ocean conservation advocates, mermaid mascots, and so much more! For live events we offer unique mermaid acts, dry mermaid posing, tank underwater mermaid shows, and poolside entertainment. To learn more about what makes us stand out from the rest in an ocean full of fish… Feel free to read on and discover more about us beyond what you see on surface.
Our most important goal with clients is to ensure quality, credentials, professionalism, and safety. When you are dealing with companies depending on those requirements, it is important to them (for good reason) that they contract services of other companies or entertainers to uphold a family friendly image both on the job -in all aspects of their career and background. This is especially important when you realize the millions of dollars many companies invest in their growing brand, and the importance that the person or service hired, is reputable around guest with nothing that can reflect badly back on the company that hired an entertainer to perform on their behalf. Clients demand the best, and if you are growing a company in any form… Reputation regarding work ethic and background resume checks is an important part in clients getting what they paid for. Sometimes when another drops the ball, you are called in to pick up the pieces and fix things from the ground up. In order to be successful, repeat business can build a strong business model and word of good business travels fast!
With that said, we would like to share more specifics on our company:
Professional aquatic credentials & elite company background references – 10 year resume and certificates working for well known large credited aquariums worldwide, managing underwater performers. Our company has a perfect track record for delivering services as promised. We have NEVER canceled on a booked event in the history of our business practice. We welcome background & criminal checks on all our performers, as we only contract and train in established divers who have a strong well rounded background & reputation both personally and professionally. All performers aquatic ability and athletic skills are also confirmed. They are then put through vigorous swim test, and complete several courses over the years to perfect interactions with children and safety procedures in the water, etc.
Our mermaids are not hired models to simply pose in a home-made tail with no prior experience. Mermaid Melissa only hires and trains in beautiful athletic professional underwater stunt women. Their skills, endurance level, and ability to take direction under strict training to perform high intensity water routines while holding their breath, -is only matched by their reliable reputation for consistent high energy shows with positive attitudes.
Each mermaid is specifically trained in custom quality movie grade tails with safe materials for use around children to touch, safe for all environments, approved for use around marine mammals with no shedding of materials, no porous materials that can harbor bacteria, mold, or old sand particles, no sharp rough edges, no toxic chemicals, dyes, fabrics that can rip, plastics, sequins, or dissolving paints. When you put a trained mermaid performer from our team in a custom expensive real looking mermaid tail, the outcome is beyond expectations for any live up-close guest viewing interactions. We strive for memorable real-life mermaid experiences, that will turn mythical into reality!
Our team of performers are insured and certified to ensure safety and knowledge while on location.
Paying customers, company clients, reviews, & feedback proof, can be provided to future clients upon booking request. We back our teams professional credentials, our services to the best in the aquatic industry for underwater mermaid entertainment, and we are the original “hire a mermaid” full service for children’s parties, and VIP events with our signature traveling tanks tour across the USA.
Mermaid Melissa As seen featured on: ABC News – Good Morning America – Inside Edition – NAT GEO WILD – Fish Tank Kings – Huffington Post – Yahoo – CBS – AOL – PawNation – NBC – Daily Mail – Daytime – Black Box TV Series – Las Vegas Convention & Hotel Apperances – Los Angeles KTLA – California’s L.A. County Fair – Atlantic City Mermaid Tank Display – Orlando Tampa Miami Pool Resorts – Japans Largest Aquarium TV Special – The First Real Live Mermaid Performer in Dubai at the Atlantis The Palm, Hotel.
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Life as a Professional Mermaid
“Some girls collect shoes or fancy jewelry; I collect mermaid tails.”
— Mermaid Melissa, professional mermaid
As squealing pre-teen girls gather before a large tank at a Florida aquatic park, Mermaid Melissa wriggles into a 60-pound silicone tail and a clamshell bra.
Backstage, Mermaid Melissa nods to her production team, then, with the free-flowing finesse of a sea creature, careens into the water. Slowly and gracefully, she glides 14 feet below the surface; here, she’ll hold her breath for 5 minutes while doing tricks for the crowd on the other side of the glass.
With platinum blonde hair and blue eyes, Melissa looks more like a Barbie doll than Ariel. But for more than a decade, she has made a living in one of America’s strangest trades: the “professional mermaid” business.
The life of a mermaid, especially one who makes a living at her craft, is not for the weak-willed. It is a job that requires synchronous expertise in freediving, swimming, marine biology, and CPR — not to mention a superior level of physical fitness and core strength. With nearly a decade of experience as a professional freediver and underwater performer, Melissa fits the bill. But she is also a consummate entrepreneur who has built a thriving business around her mermaid alter-ego.
Under the Sea
As a child in the coastal town of St. Augustine, Florida, Melissa Dawn spent her early days reading books on marine biology, and exploring the treasures brought in by the tide. She developed a fascination with sea life (“Teachers identified my assignments by the dolphin drawings on them,” she says), and eventually sought to connect with them in real life:
“I would often join my older sister and go surfing…I’d place a tape recorder with recordings of dolphin echolocation in a Ziplock bag, and I’d try and play it to the wild pods of dolphins that visited the inlet I swam in. At 12 years old, I was convinced this would work, and was fascinated at the idea of better understanding, or one day cracking, the ‘dolphin communication code.’”
In her early teens, Melissa moved with her family to Orlando, and, for the first time, the shy, quiet animal lover “came out of [her] shell.” With dreams of someday working with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, she secured a weekend job as a show attendant in the sea creature stadium; by 16, she’d worked her way up to part-time cage cleaner, and by 18, she was tasked with directly helping the performers.
Eventually, she graduated college with a marine biology degree, became a certified freediver, and was hired by “the largest marine life park in Orlando” to be an underwater performer. For 8 to 12 hours a day, she swam in large aquatic tanks, entertaining thousands of tourists. It was a job that required a unique blend of advanced swimming skill, technical diving know-how, endurance, and extreme breath-holding.
“I worked my way up to where I was holding my breath for four minutes and 32 seconds underwater, and then, five minutes,” she says. “It required constant training, and I soon got to the point where swimming was as natural to me as breathing.”
Renowned for her breath-holding and underwater tricks, the venue began announcing her to the crowds as “Mermaid Melissa.” It wasn’t before long that audience members began to ask her where her tail was.
A Business Tail
Melissa has always favored Jacques Cousteau over Ariel: “I didn’t grow up obsessed with mermaids,” she admits. “I watched The Little Mermaid as a kid, but never thought I’d actually turn into one myself.”
Yet after dozens of inquires about her lack of a tail, Melissa realized it was time to suit up; when she did, she figured she’d also spread her new brand name outside of the confines of the Universal theme park.
In 2006, just after YouTube launched, she began posting videos of herself free diving; eventually, she moved onto swimming in full mermaid regalia — clamshell-embossed bra and 60-pound, realistic tail included. “There was nothing like this on the Internet at the time,” she says, “and I received a lot of positive feedback from viewers asking to see more content.” Very quickly, she became an Internet sensation, sparking long-winded debates among impressionable commenters over whether or not she was a “real-life mermaid.”
After a few of her videos went viral, Melissa posted a promotion offering her services as “mermaid for hire” at children’s birthday pool parties. The ad generated so much interest that she decided to launch her own professional mermaid service company.
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Since 2007, Melissa has run her own mermaid mini-empire.
What started as her offering to perform at children’s’ parties has since expanded into a fully-staffed “mermaiding troupe” that puts on shows all over the world, and an arsenal of five custom-made mermaid performance tanks that are rented out frequently for private parties.
“I identify myself as a businesswoman with a mission statement of promoting ocean education through underwater entertainment,” she says. “For me, my mermaid persona is an escape from the norm — it makes me feel like Clark Kent transforming into Superman.”
Her performance company, “Mermaid Aquatic Entertainment,” is composed of a highly-trained team of merfolk, all of whom she sourced from theme parks in Orlando and Los Angeles. She doesn’t just hire any old mermaid: her performers are skilled acrobats, swimmers, and, most importantly, freedivers:
“Freediving is a dangerous skill. It takes a lot of training and it is something you can lose if you do not continuously maintain it. I train my performers how to be the best at mermaiding, but I do not hire those without the skills to be safe and athletic underwater. The people I hire at my company have a strong background in freediving, and most have had experience entertaining in underwater tanks on a single breath.”
And who exactly hires a troupe of mermaids?
In the past few years alone, Melissa and her mer-crew have been hired by aquariums, hotels, resorts, movie directors, event planners, corporate companies, photographers, charities, reality shows, fairs, concerts, fashion designers, and corporate events — just to name a few. She’s worked every type of event, from lavish VIP parties to Hollywood movie shoots, and her work has taken her across the world: Japan, Dubai, Australia, Germany, the Bahamas, Italy, Belgium, France, London, Portugal, Jamaica…the list is exhaustive.
Often, clients request that she wear a tail of a specific color, and she’ll have to get it custom-made. But like any good mermaid, Melissa has learned there is much more to the profession than the quality of one’s tail: “It is one of many tools,” she says, “and, as with any business, no one thing guarantees success.”
Melissa has managed to build out an impressive online fan base: her 134,000 YouTube followers has earned her a YouTube silver play button award (her channel has over 160,000,000 views), and her 600,000+ Facebook fans provide her with an endless stream of business.
“My rates vary a lot based on what type of event the client requests,” she tells us, “but I will say that I do not get paid in sand dollars.”
A Mermaid With a Message
When theme park-goers first gave Melissa the nickname “Mermaid Melissa” ten years ago, she was a bit reticent to accept the title; since then, she’s not only launched a thriving business, but has legally changed her name to “Mermaid.”
“I guess I just decided to take it to a whole different level than they ever imagined,” she admits.
But the name change came with a message: after many years of working at the Orlando marine life park, she became disillusioned by “how captivity really plays a role in our society”:
“I have been on both sides of the issue — as a fan of marine parks, and as a trainer of killer whales and dolphins. What once seemed like a good source of education for children to learn more about marine mammals is now out of date. [Keeping these animals in tanks] is not the best way to teach future generations about respecting and protecting animals.”
Instead, Melissa advocates using mermaid shows as an alternative form of marine entertainment. “As a mermaid performer, I have the choice to perform, and I can leave the tank at the end of the day,” she says. “The mermaid persona has enabled me to be a voice for the animals who can’t speak out.”
Her company’s slogan — “Let’s help save the oceans before all creatures become mythical” — voices her vision: a world focused on protecting and saving the sea and its dignified creatures. In a roundabout way, it’s a message that harkens back to her dream as a child.
“When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up fast so I could have an adult job, and achieve my dream [of working with marine animals],” she says. “It’s pretty ironic how I’ve come full-circle: now that I’m finally an adult, I’m living out every little girl’s childhood fantasy.”
Mermaid Melissa LLC
Known as the World’s Leading Professional Mermaid for her real life mermaid 10 year underwater entertainment credentials with leading companies & client references. An aquatic company with the best mermaid performers & traveling mermaid tank services for hire both in America and abroad. Pro underwater performers, VIP events, mermaid pool parties, mermaids in aquariums, underwater models, underwater stunts, unique one-of-a-kind traveling tank live mermaid shows!
Mermaid Melissa is the world’s best professional mermaid for hire located in the USA with her mermaid troupe of mermaids and mermen. Pro free divers hired to perform underwater shows, stunts, roles for TV, print, & film projects. Over 10 years experience of contracted underwater showcases and live performances. Our underwater performers have been seen all around America including Los Angeles, Califonia, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, Florida, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta, Texas, and many major cities touring the USA. Worldwide traveling the globe as far as Japan broadcasted to over 20 million viewers in largest shark aquarium. Mermaid Mermaid is also titled as the first real life mermaid of Dubai featured at Atlantis Hotel Aquarium. Mermaid Melissa has traveled to Germany, Portugal, Italy, London, Bahamas, Jamaica, and countless other locations. In her travels, comes experience and with handwork comes the dedication to perfecting an entertainment agency for underwater performers, unique talent, and specialty routines with customized showcases. Contact for bookings: MermaidMelissa@gmail.com
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