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Meet Melissa Macron-Nitolo

Several months ago, I saw a posting at that Marie Claire was looking for women for an upcoming story -- I fit the profile of what they were looking for, so I sent in my information along with my MuseCube portfolio -- As luck would have it, I was chosen!

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Now, I know that you want more details on the article, but my lips are sealed! You will just have to wait for the issue to come out :-) Until then, I am more then happy to share the story of a dynamic women who who was brought into my life by this great adventure...

Melissa Macron-Nitolo


I met Melissa Macron-Nitolo, contributor for the Marie Claire story, on a hot summer day. I arrived at the photo shoot early (those that know me, know that I am always the first one there). I was excited, had jitters and could not wait to get started.

A gorgeous redhead walks up to me with a brilliant smile -- that pretty smile belong to Melissa. I felt completely at ease with her within minutes of just being in her presence.

The women, like myself, who were chosen for the article were all assembled. Melissa was by our side the entire time making sure that we were comfortable. We definitely "Clicked..." This delightful women is just AmaZing and deserves to be shared with my Venus Diva sisters...

[Olga] Did you know that one day you were going to be a writer?

[Melissa] Well, as many writers will say, I've been writing since I was a kid. It was something I've always been good at.

Funny thing is, I never really considered writing as a career until I had already made a number of career missteps. Let's just say that I'm not cut out to be a waitress, a marketing executive or a salesperson of any sort. Eventually, I started to realize that no matter what job I was in, I ended up doing all the writing. Whether it was writing business proposals or helping a coworker with a cover letter, people always came to me to help them out. Finally, I realized I could make a living doing what came naturally.

I started out writing the copy for a catalog. My specialty was fashion, beauty and accessories. Did you ever flick through a catalog and wonder "who the heck comes up with this stuff?" That was me. As you can imagine, it got a little boring after a while. It was amazing to be getting paid for something that was so easy for me to do but I needed more of a challenge. There was only so many ways that I could describe a tank-style sheath dress or paisley scarf. That's when I really wanted to make the leap into magazines.

What a disaster! I had no idea where to start, had no experience. I never wrote for a school paper, took a journalism course or did an internship. Today, I spend a lot of time talking to teens and college students who feel they may be interested in writing as a career. I urge them to do all the things I didn't know to do. I eventually went to a headhunter who got me an interview for a copywriter position in the promotional department at Modern Bride magazine. Though she stressed that I shouldn't take the job if I wanted to go into editorial, I did it anyway. Two years later, I quit. It was so clearly the wrong job for me. Marketing and editorial are very, very different—even at the same magazine. Unfortunately, by that time, I had pigeonholed myself as a "marketing person" and had to start from scratch if I wanted to break into editorial.

After searching for a while, I was hired as the editor of a small group of beauty, health and wellness magazines for women and teens. I worked in-house there for 2 years before taking the job freelance. All along, I continued to stay in touch with people from the bigger magazines and eventually got the opportunity to pitch a top editor at Marie Claire. (Network, network, network—it's key!) Luckily for me, I got the story. Now, in addition to my full-time freelance editor position, I write regularly for magazines like Marie Claire, Modern Bride and Redbook. I also wrote a book somewhere along the way, got an agent and am working on my second novel. It's amazing to be doing what I love, getting paid for it and setting my own schedule. I'm so glad I took the chances I did to get where I am today.

[Olga] How did you fall in love and meet your handsome hubby?

[Melissa] Sometimes I think the only reason I had this one particular job was because I was meant to meet my husband there. Because that's all the good that came of it! It was my first "real" job out of college, working at a very small advertising agency. We solely handled the advertising for a chain of electronics stores. We were overworked and underpaid—and how! I remember working as late as 3 am some days because some computer stopped working or some salesperson didn't get us the information we needed. Since most of what we did was ads for newspapers, we had daily deadlines and couldn't leave until everything was sent to the papers for the next day. It was a disaster. In the beginning it seemed like fun—we were allowed to drink and smoke cigarettes in the office. That should have been a big, red flag, no? But coming out of college, it seemed like a "cool" atmosphere. The radio was always pumping and we always met the boss for a few beers at lunch. I developed a weird stress-induced stomach condition and it seemed like we were all getting on each other's nerves. Maybe it was because we were exhausted and hungover all the time, huh? Anyway, somewhere in there I met my husband-to-be. He was doing sales while he went to school. In the end, I left that job with great computer experience, an ulcer and the man I would later marry.

[Olga] What is your favorite piece of clothing? What pair of shoes can you not live without?

[Melissa] Ooooh, tough one! I have a few favorites right now. I'm a bargain-hunter by nature but also a fashion freak. So I have Gucci and Pucci and Prada—but each one comes with its own bargain basement / eBay / consignment shop story. My best buy was a beautiful, vintage silk Pucci blouse that I got on eBay. I wore it to fashion week last season and was stopped by a very handsome Italian gentleman who kissed me on both cheeks and raved about my top. Ciao, bella!

Every once in a while, I'll splurge. For example, last winter I caved and bought those gorgeous tweed Prada slingbacks with the jeweled appliqué—divine! And in the spring I had to, had to, had to have that amazing, emerald-green, leopard-print Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. My favorite shoes to wear with that dress? Those would be the fabulous, pointy, black, Gucci stilettos with the gold hardware that I got in a consignment shop for under $100. I almost died when I saw they were actually my size! Honey, there's no shame in my game when it comes to getting a fashion steal. I'll tell everyone about it! As long as they don't wear the same sizes as me. . .

We thank Melissa for spending this time with us.

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about olga gonzalez-ramos

Olga is a professional model and actress. She was born in Jersey City (Single child of Colombian parents) and was raised in New Jersey. She is married with three beautiful sons, a beautiful baby daughter and takes care of her mom who lives with them. The household is rounded out with two dogs, one cat and a bird. Olga works 9-5 for Corporate America and loves doing Yoga and going for long fitness walks. She is an avid reader and adores writing. She is a Taurus, full of romance and dreamy days!

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