Mermaid Press Package


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 – Las Vegas Convention – 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.

Legally named “Mermaid,” Melissa has dedicated her life to promoting ocean education through underwater entertainment. Her slogan? “Let’s help save the oceans before all creatures become mythical.” She makes appearances around the world performing underwater breath hold showcases with her Mermaid Melissa LLC aquatic company, which includes a team of trained professional mermaids and mermen. With nine years of hands on experience as a pro free diver, live underwater performances for aquariums, companies, and events.
Melissa has been traveling in her portable mermaid tanks since 2008 and has a live mermaid bus tour making a splash at a town near you! Contact us for credentials in the field of underwater professional shows since 2005! By building a solid work history for our unique acts, we can provide reputable clients list and company contacts who continue to book our services!

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Mermaid Media press Demo reel 2013 Compilation:

Underwater Footage of Mermaid Melissa swimming in the most beautiful Atlantis Dubai aquarium and audio interviews:

All sample images can be viewed on https://www.facebook.com/MermaidMelissaPage/photos_albums

Mermaid Melissa Underwater Introduction video:


Mermaid Melissa Demo Reel:
Watch Mermaid Melissa’s Professional Demo Reel: Click Play On The Video Below Mermaid Performer – Professional Mermaid For Hire – Mermaid Job – Mermaid Career

The Journey of Mermaid Melissa – Melissa’s Real Life Story told by Pirate Captain Jack:

Press Links:

Inside Edition on Mermaid Melissa: http://www.insideedition.com/videos/1803-mermaid-couple-finds-love-under-the-sea
ABC GMA Mermaid Melissa Video: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mermaid-love-story-mermaid-melissa-professional-mermaid-finds-19781071
Mermaid Melissa ABC Article:
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/mermaid-merman-couple-underwater-love-120320918.html
The Huffington Post Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/02/mermaid-melissa-dawn-antonio-padilla_n_3530138.html
NBC Miami: http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Florida-Mermaid-Finds-With-Merman-Underwater–214160771.html
Daily Mail -Online UK : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2354714/A-match-mer-maid-heaven-Underwater-Sea-World-performers-fall-love-meeting-pool-wearing-fish-tails.html
http://www.digitalspy.com/odd/news/a496784/mermaid-merman-performers-fall-in-love.html
Dubai The National Press: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/mermaid-dazzles-at-atlantis-the-palm-trade-event


For the Press:

Mermaid Melissa
Mermaid Melissa is a real life inspiration of living out your childhood dreams and making fantasy a reality. With a 4-5 minute breath hold, hands on experience working with killer whales, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and performing in aquariums worldwide. Melissa has turned her nickname into an entertainment agency business for her team of specialized performers and pursuing a passion she loves, sharing her tale of wanting to be one with the animals of the sea.
As a professional aquatic stunt model, Melissa is heavily involved in the entertainment field. Several aquariums worldwide including Japan, have featured Melissa as their lead mermaid act basing their million dollar projects around her famous original concepts, routines, ad campaigns, videos, & ability to train in performers for aquariums such as, Ripley’s Believe it or Not.
She credits 8 years as a pro free diver at The Largest World Famous Aquarium in Orlando, Florida and her experience branching out in various high profile roles performing for crowds as big as 8,000 for the Whale Show as a vital tool for public speaking and a strong determination to strive for something bigger to help our oceans.
With the largest & fastest growing mermaid fan base (seen on social media outlets) since first debuting videos in 2005, she has since been seen as a mermaid on MTV, Japan Live TV, music videos, animal ambassador, PSA commercials, released a mermaids children’s book, monthly columnist for Mermaid Magazine, and makes a huge splash in the press where ever she is seen making live appearances!
Melissa’s hopes that with entertainment we can spread education with her message: “Let’s help save our oceans before all creatures become Mythical.”
https://mermaidmelissa.com/

Booking & Company Services:
Our traveling tank aquariums for rental are a “turn-key” service used along side our team of specialty act mermaids, mermen, pirates, and other highly skilled underwater performers. We are hired for fundraisers, charity events, private parties, conventions, birthday parties, and shows for aquariums worldwide. from public speaking on saving our oceans, speaking with children in school functions, attending a benefit, or doing a documentary or tv special on my underwater skills.
From Family friendly mermaid acts with my team of trained performers to club atmosphere, and even TV/film H2O underwater stunt acts choreographed to music specific to the clients request. “Aquatic Merage Productions” is anything and everything fantasy and mythical underwater that you can dream up! Brought to you by The Entertainment Agency: Mermaid Melissa LLC.

The Journey Of Mermaid Melissa 2013 Documentary: Full Documentary Video Link


“The Worlds Best Leading Professional Mermaid Performer”
Melissa can be considered as the closest in the world to being a real-life Mermaid… an inspiration too as she lives out the childhood dreams of many by making fantasy a reality. With an incredible 4-5 minute breath-hold ability, and hands on experience working with killer whales, dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and performing in aquariums worldwide.

As a professional aquatic stunt model, Melissa is heavily involved in the entertainment field and she credits 8 years as a pro free diver at Sea World Orlando and her experience branching out in various high profile roles performing for crowds as big as 8,000 and bringing wider involvements in public speaking with a strong determination to strive for something bigger to help the world’s oceans.


Melissa has been seen as a mermaid on MTV, Japan Live TV, music videos, as an animal ambassador, PSA commercials, has released a mermaids children’s book, is a monthly columnist for Mermaid Magazine, and she always makes a huge splash in the press where ever she is seen making live appearances!


Melissa hopes that combined with entertainment she can also spread vital education with her message:

“Let’s help save our oceans before all creatures become Mythical.”she promotes.

Melissa affiliates with many charity projects and most recently has worked with Florida Fish and wildlife services as a mermaid mascot often appearing in the springs for a mermaid sighting… and here is a great video example of one orchestrated Mermaid sighting which has the desired effect of invoking a natural reaction of wonder and amazement, in particularly from young kids.

Watch this carefully orchestrated ‘Mermaid Sighting’ video below that was spread by international media.

In 2013 Melissa will be involved in lots of interesting projects in the US and also abroad, including appearing in a surprise episode on National Geographic TV – season 2 for a show called ‘Fish Tank Kings’ airing very soon.

She is also available ongoing for worldwide live shows and speaker bookings and she is all set for a full live tour across the USA regions.

BOOKINGS CONTACT VIA EMAIL: MermaidMelissa@gmail.com

Booking & Company Services:
Our traveling tank aquariums for rental are a “turn-key” service used along side our team of specialty act mermaids, mermen, pirates, and other highly skilled underwater performers. We are hired for fundraisers, charity events, private parties, conventions, bday parties, and shows for aquariums worldwide. from public speaking on saving our oceans, speaking with children in school functions, attending a benefit, or doing a documentary or tv special on my underwater skills.
From Family friendly mermaid acts with my team of trained performers to club atmosphere, and even TV/film H2O underwater stunt acts choreographed to music specific to the clients request. “Aquatic Merage Productions” is anything and everything fantasy and mythical underwater that you can dream up! Brought to you by The Entertainment Agency: Mermaid Melissa LLC.

When MELISSA DAWN, transforms into Mermaid Melissa, she will take your breath away.

“Most little girls wish they were princesses. I, on the other hand, spent endless hours after school in my pool imagining I was in the ocean exploring the sea, pretending to swim with marine mammals or even becoming one. My friends and family would call me ‘fish,’ ‘dolphin girl’ or ‘mermaid.’’’

As Mermaid Melissa, she has her own company and aquatic team that puts on a variety of underwater shows. “The choreographed, synchronized movements are often put to music, and I bring along performers who are trained to tell a story in the water. The shows are at an underwater window 20 feet or more down. There are no breathing tubes, no scuba gear, no nose plugs or goggles.’’

“My best-known performances have been not just as a mermaid but also as a professional free diver, killer whale trainer and dolphin trainer’’ at Sea World Orlando. Melissa, who grew up in St. Augustine but now lives in Orlando, still performs as a pearl diver at Sea World a couple of days a week.

“My longest breath-hold recorded, which I put up on YouTube, is 4 minutes 32 seconds. I’ve gone 5 minutes only once and felt any longer would be pushing it past what my body felt comfortable with and safe to achieve. This isn’t something I recommend others trying. It came with a lifetime of free-diving skills that allows me to now slow my heart rate when I hit the water.’’

“I have spent thousands of dollars on each of my many mermaid tails and often refer to them as works of art. My tails weigh between 35 and 65 pounds, not including the weights I add to them in saltwater. The [silicone] materials are strong to make the tails last long. I had them custom-made to my body.’’

“It’s always good to have a healthy respect for the animals you swim with. Killer whales are much more intimidating due to their social ranking behaviors than sharks. Sharks are more predictable and, if fed well, they are far less interested in something too big to eat.’’

“The biggest fear I have in the ocean is of jellyfish. Once I was swimming and found myself in a cloud of thousands of baby thimble jellyfish and was covered waist to neck in stinging bumps that resulted in three weeks of pure itching torture. The doctor couldn’t understand why I wasn’t stung below the waist, and when I told her I was wearing a mermaid tail for a video shoot, her eyes bulged out of her head.’’

“I love surrounding myself with inspiring people who challenge me to do more and be a better person. As much as it would be amazing to meet ‘Aquaman’ or a ‘merman,’ something tells me they might have a hard time keeping up with the pace I swim at.”


To lure aquarium visitors, try a mermaid!

Business Journal Article:

Melissa Dawn is an Orlando, Fla.-based performer who can hold her breath for more than four minutes while she performs a synchronized swimming routine in a shark tank. She’s a former actress and model who markets her services at www.hireamermaid.com. She was a crowd favorite at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, S.C., two summers ago.
“We’d have people call and ask if she was performing that day and what time,” said Chad Netherland, a Ripley’s director of marketing. “She’s the best-performing mermaid I’ve ever seen.”
After hiring Mermaid Melissa for the 2011 summer season, Ripley’s expanded its mermaid shows to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Toronto. It has a mermaid training camp to staff its growing enterprise.
“Zoos and aquariums can spend millions of dollars in capital improvements and animal acquisition for a new exhibit to drive attendance. We think there is a niche for seasonal mermaid shows that can deliver the same attendance for a fraction of the cost,” he said. “People are fascinated by sharks and mermaid myths. Combining the two with a compelling story should be a hit.”

Mermaid shows are hardly new. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida has featured mermaids since the 1940s, said Tim O’Brien, a Ripley’s vice president who took the act to Myrtle Beach in 2008.
“Our doors were slammed,” he said. “Little kid love mermaids … just the brightness and excitement that you’d see in these little girls’ eyes, as well as their dads’ eyes, I might add.”
But O’Brien said mermaid shows “are not easy to pull off … If it’s not done right, people are going to laugh at it.”
That’s why he sought Mermaid Melissa, a former Sea World trainer whose YouTube videos have drawn nearly 11.8 million views.
We tried to reach Melissa, but only traded messages.
“I’m calling from my shell phone,” she joked in her “voice-whale”, adding that she’s hard to reach because she’s “literally in the water eight to ten hours a day.”

ORLANDO – Some people just know as kids exactly what they want to be when they grow up, and sure enough, as adults, they glide into that profession.
Architect. Doctor. Football player. The list goes on.
For Melissa Dawn, it was something else, something far more specialized and unique. She knew from a very young age that one day, she would be a mermaid.
“I grew up in Florida and I’ve kind of always been a water baby and had the nickname Mermaid Melissa,” she said. “That’s gone on all my life.”
The native of St. Augustine, who now lives Orlando, has a successful career these days as a mermaid. She performs at Sea World and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, has a new children’s book coming out in January about what it’s like to be a mermaid, and hopes to be able to read the book to children at aquariums.
“You would kind of think, how could a mermaid business succeed?” she said. “And I joke with people and say if a pet rock can sell millions, then I can find a few jobs as a mermaid.”
So how does one become …. a mermaid.
Dawn said there are two things that help quite a bit: a passion for sea animals – she’s always loved dolphins – and a unique ability to stay under water for longer than most people can.
“I got the nickname because I can hold my breath for so long,” she said. “It’s around four minutes. My record on YouTube is four minutes and 18 seconds. I’ve reached 5 minutes before, but I don’t have it on record yet, because it’s not easy to repeat. One of the tricks is you have to slow your heart rate down. That’s why I’m able to zone out and not think about being in the water.”
It also helps quite a bit, she added, to have a tail – which Dawn has – and to believe it’s possible to accomplish something that may seem like a very daunting task at first: finding gainful employment and success as a mermaid, which is not exactly something that gets advertised much in the help wanted ads.
“The easy answer would be anyone could do it,” she said. “It’s a matter of believing you are one. Then anyone can be one.”
While growing up in St. Augustine, she became a fan of the theme parks, particularly Marineland, which is near St. Augustine and bills itself as the place to swim with dolphins. It was during her many visits to that theme park while growing up, Dawn said, that she developed a passion for dolphins, and swimming in the water.
“At the theme parks, you kind of get known as a regular,” she said. “I went to Marineland, which is the oldest theme park in the world, and I even have videos of me at 8 years old running around the park there. That opened my eyes to marine animals.”
Swimming with the dolphins, she said, gave her an opportunity to practice, and perfect, her skill for holding her breath underwater, and seeming to become a true mermaid.

Mermaid Melissa knew she needed a good tail to make her act complete.

“My friends would call me Fish Girl, or sometimes hinting that I was part of the ocean,” she said. “When I went into the water I wanted so badly to be a dolphin, and people said I looked like a mermaid.” Hence, the nickname Mermaid Melissa.
She went on to study marine biology, but before she even graduated, Dawn got a job at Universal Studios at age 15, first as a cleaner, then eventually to working with the marine mammals at that Orlando theme park. When she turned 18, Dawn decided she wanted to relocate to Los Angeles, to consider a career in acting.
But that city turned out to be a tough, competitive place to break into the show business world, and not a cheap city to live in, either.
“It turned out it’s extremely expensive to live out there without three jobs,” she said. “I moved back to Orlando, and Sea World was the next progression.”
That was in 2002, and at first, Dawn said, she was hesitant about applying for a job at that theme park which she loved so dearly.
“I loved Sea World so much that the thought of them rejecting me was a little bit overwhelming,” she said. “So for years I kept myself from letting them pass over me.”
It was her sister who finally talked Dawn into attending an audition, and she got hired. She did killer whale training, although she added, “My passion was actually to work with the dolphins.” She eventually got moved to Sea World’s Discovery Cove, and got to be in charge of training the dolphins there. It turned out to be the perfect job for … well, a mermaid.
“People want to talk to the trainers so badly after the shows,” she said. “That’s where it really caught on, because then they would even announce me as Mermaid Melissa. At these shows at Sea World, they thought I swam through the water like a mermaid. That was when I looked into getting a tail. So I thought, why not take the Mermaid mascot and do good with it? So I started putting out videos on YouTube in 2006, and I generated this huge following and millions of people from all over the world started responding.”
Mermaid Melissa’s posted videos of her performances can be seen at YouTube.
From there, “I started collaborating with companies, and the tails got more and more elaborate,” she said. “Ever since then, it’s taken on a life of its own.”
She also decided to pursue her role as Mermaid Melissa in other ways.
“I got the acting bug again,” she said. “This summer I was at Ripley’s Aquarium, and as far as I’m aware, it’s the first mermaid show that is a seven day a week project all summer long, from May 25 to September 5. They kind of put me in charge of the whole project.”
And there you have it: a successful career, done entirely as a mermaid.
“I have taken my entertainment background and animal education field to create something new that spins a positive message, while allowing me to travel and do book events worldwide, doing what I love as a pro free diver,” she said. “I have a mermaid children’s book coming out late next month, and to be able to read this to children at scheduled appearances or at aquariums would be a dream come true.”
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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