Melanie Chandra

003: Melanie Chandra — Navigating the Entertainment Industry as a New Mom

003: Melanie Chandra — Navigating the Entertainment Industry as a New Mom 1024 512 Chase Jennings

You may recognize her from her roles on ABC’s medical drama Code Black, HBO’s The Brink and films including Love, Lies and Seeta and For Here or to Go which is currently on Netflix. What you may not know is that actor and producer Melanie Chandra is a wife and supermom to her 1-year-old daughter Arya. In our candid chat, we talk about how she and I first met during our pageant days over a decade ago, how she and her husband met, what it was like being pregnant and filming her latest project, Surina and Mel, and what she hopes to leave behind as her legacy her daughter. 

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About Our Guest:

Show Notes:

  • 1:23 – How Melanie and I met over 10 years ago
  • 3:00 – How Melanie broke into the entertainment industry
  • 6:10 – Why Melanie decided to become a producer
  • 8:00 – What it’s like being a #woc in entertainment
  • 10:56 – How Melanie and her hubby met
  • 14:03 – Building a Family
  • 15:50 – Trying to find work while pregnant
  • 18:29 – Working with her best friend on “Surina and Mel”
  • 20:10 – A day in the life as a mother, wife, actor, and producer
  • 24:01 – Pitching with Kal Penn and being on the road
  • 26:10 – Balancing a social life with a baby
  • 28:32 – Advice for moms who want to break into the industry
  • 29:50 – It takes a village – professionally and personally
  • 31:08 –  Hospital for Hope charity
  • 33:42 – Melanie’s Mom Sense moment
  • 35:44 – Quote of the Day
  • 36:47 – Mom Haul

Mom Haul: