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***I'm currently planning a cross-country move to LA and am currently unable to accept guests! If my living situation allows once I move, I will edit this if/when I can resume hosting! In the meantime--if you're in LA and would like to connect when I am out there, please shoot me a message! Would love to connect with other folks out there! :)***
To be the best Melanie I can be!
I'm an actor/director/voice actor here in NYC. Bike rider, bunny owner!! Proud member of the Jew crew, music/arts lover, language learner, life liver.
I love singing, and I love music from all over the world. These days I'm listening to a lot of rock, new age and world music (mostly in Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish and German).
Have studied Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German and Hebrew to various extents. I can read and write all of them but understanding them all...that's a different story. :) My Korean's by far the best, which makes sense considering I lived in Seoul for a year and a half.
Anything else you want to know...please ask!!
This isn't really something I can fit in a box on a website. If you'd like to talk about this feel free to contact me and we can. :)
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I live in Forest Hills, a lovely neighborhood in Queens about a half-hour subway ride from midtown Manhattan. I'm happy to host anyone, but I keep a strictly vegetarian home and ask that my guests respect this. (If you are not sure what that entails, please ask!)
Please note that, for my own safety and comfort, I do not host male guests traveling by themselves--just women and couples. Thank you for respecting my needs!
I have had nothing but AWESOME experiences on CS, both in hosting and in surfing! Most interesting CS experience so far? I hosted a CSer through a hurricane and subsequent power outage and mandatory evacuation from my apartment...on said CSer's birthday. Whew!
In alphabetical order, because I really can't figure out any other way to organize them:
Acting, animation, anime, bike riding, my bunnies (they are the BEST), children's entertainment, communication, cross-cultural relations, DDR, directing, education, film, the harmonica, Judaism, karaoke, the kazoo, kids, Korean culture, languages, learning, music, people, personality typing (primarily the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs systems), poongmul (Korean drumming), spiritualism, swimming, teaching, theatre, travel, video games, voice acting, yoga, and much more...
- video games
- world music
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hot Fuzz, The Great Mouse Detective, Aladdin, The Court Jester, Nom Nom Nom/The Good, The Bad and the Weird, Beetlejuice, the Indiana Jones trilogy.
Books: The Giver by Lois Lowry, Some Kid Of Wise Guy by Bill Ervolino, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, The Importance Of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Six Characters In Search Of An Author by Luigi Pirandello, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett.
Music: Oh boy. Okay, in alphabetical order, because there's just no other way to do it:
Adiemus, Alexander Rybak, Aqua, B'z, Beethoven, Better Than Ezra, Billy Joel, Blumchen, Bowling For Soup, Bulgarian Women's Choir, Chayanne, Claude Francois, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Danny Elfman, Dschinghis Khan, E Nomine, Era, Eric Whitacre, Eve 6, Frank Sinatra, Green Day, Handel, Hoobastank, Huey Lewis and the News, Incubus, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Jimmy Eat World, Juanes, Kaoma, L'arc~en~Ciel, Lacrimosa, Leonard Bernstein, Liquid Tension Experiment, Lit, Live, Malice Mizer, Mark Bacino, Maroon 5, Marvelous 3, MC Mong, Menotti, Monchy y Alexandra, Nilufer, The Monkees, Mozart, Mr. Big, Mussorgsky, The Offspring, Orgy, Pete Yorn, Phil Colling, Porno Graffitti, Prozzak, Queen, Raffi, Schatzi, SG Wannabe, Sheryl Crow, Spider Nick and the Maddogs, SR-71, Stone Temple Pilots, Stroke 9, Sublime, T.M Revolution, Tak Matsumoto, Tarkan, Tchaikovsky, Three Dog Night, Tomoyasu Hotei, The Turtles, Ultimate Fakebook, Wir Sind Helden, X Japan, Yoko Kanno, Ziggy
And, heck--TV: Community, Criminal Minds, Arrested Development, The Nanny, Glee, Law & Order SVU, Suits, New Girl, Grey's Anatomy, anime!: Cowboy Bebop, Lupin III, GTO, Kikaider, Hellsing, Fullmetal Alchemist, Trigun, Neon Genesis Evangelion
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I made my Carnegie Hall debut in January 2016, singing one of my favorite works by my favorite living composer--with a small solo, to boot--and it all started with me just calling up and asking if I could.
Teach, Learn, Share
I love to share what I know, and love to learn ANYTHING. Seriously! If there's something you're good at (or even not good at but just passionate about :P ) I love learning new things!
What I Can Share with Hosts
My home :)
Countries I’ve Visited
China, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
South Korea, United States