Being in ‘The Wall Street Journal’ has drawn some excitement into my life. Before the article, not many people knew me. And now, thanks to the article, maybe a few more people know who I am! But most of all, people who already knew me or perhaps met me briefly recognize my name or picture in the article.
I work in concerts and events for my full-time job. It surprised me to hear from someone I had recently worked with from Live Nation. Live Nation represents big names like Tim McGraw, Sugarland and Ke$ha. So it surprised me when I heard from someone with Live Nation who remembered working with me earlier this year, recognized me in the Wall Street Journal piece.
A local radio station in Sioux City also thought it was a big deal. Since I work in concerts and events, I’ve been on the radio on a few occasions in the past, so they called me early in the morning to talk to me about the article. Tony Michaels and Candice Nash with KSUX 105.7 woke me up the day after the article came out. Tony always refers to me with my first and last name so when he first woke me up around 7:30 in the morning, I didn’t realize I was on the radio right away. Then I caught on. You can kind of hear that in my voice. Melissa on KSUX 105.7
I talk about The Traveling Journal for most of the interview, but Tony and Candice also ask me about the other thing that made me very infamous in Sioux City. My ‘We Built Sioux City’ video. Go ahead and watch it. I made both videos on this website and I made ‘We Built Sioux City’ around the same time last year. It got a lot of local and a bit of national attention. People often think the city of Sioux City or the Chamber of Commerce made the video, but that’s not true. I did, on my own time. Some people collect stamps, others make model planes; I enjoy making videos. So when Tony and Candice ask me about the video at the end of this interview, that’s what they’re referring to.
My internet and Wall Street Journal fame have both been fun. They’ve both been good conversation pieces and both made me somewhat famous. In my mind anyway!