Today we’d like to introduce you to Malia Miglino.
Malia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I think my story started off like many actors in Los Angeles; I was looking to work more so I decided to start making my own content. My entire life I have had an obsession with the macabre, paranormal, the human psyche and architecture. Long story short – I was a weird kid.
From a very early age, I had an appreciation and curiosity for the past. Being an actor, I love telling stories. When I started making my TV show, “Macabre Mondays” I realized my passion was truly telling REAL peoples stories and shining a light on the stories of people that have long since passed and many of the beautiful historic places they once inhabited. I can not stress how important it is to me that our ancestors are recognized and there are SO many stories out there, and incredible humans that people nowadays just aren’t taught about and I feel like it’s my duty to bring their stories to light.
I also knew that I needed my show to represent myself and so yes, I do research and talk about some pretty dark things sometimes, but I strive to do it in a way that both educates, entertains and well… I do drink a lot of wine during the show, so it ends up being pretty ridiculous. I hope this is part of the reason that my creeps enjoy the show so much. I’m just a history nerd that has a deep appreciation for all the crazy parts of humanity.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have been immense struggles with creating my own show. First off, when I started the show, I did it as just a vlog, not thinking anyone would care about all this creepy historical stuff I thought was so neat. As many YouTubers or content creators can attest; it is REALLY hard to get your stuff seen, and it can be incredibly discouraging when you pour your heart into something, and no one is watching.
A huge turning point for me was when I created the Instagram for the show. The platform allowed me to connect with like-minded creeps (as I call them) and things started to take off from there. I’m not sure I would have continued the show had it not been for the support of my followers and friends, but I am so glad that I did. I’m very grateful to social media because without it, no one would have seen my show and I wouldn’t have been presented with the awesome opportunities I’ve been given because of it.
As with everything though, challenges remain, and YouTube is still a hard platform to nail. Team Macabre is currently pitching the show to networks which have become a whole other beast altogether… but an exciting beginning to the next chapter.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Macabre Mondays – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The thing I am so proud of when it comes to “Macabre Mondays” is really our dedication to research. When you take on the task of telling someone’s story, I really believe you need to tell it right.
I’ve always been a fan of the old school horror hostesses like Elvira and Vampira, but I’ve also always been inspired by adventurers and explorers like Josh Gates on “Expedition Unknown.” Season 3 of my show I really tried to combine those two things, and so I am definitely at times vamped up like Elvira but I’m also boots on the ground exploring places.
I think there is a major gap in our industry of women being represented as “experts” or as getting their hands dirty. You turn on Travel channel or Discovery, and it’s 99% men exploring the world and having these grand adventures and telling these amazing stories.
My goal is to fill that gap because women can be sexy AND informed and I think “Macabre Mondays” proves that and I hope we can continue to grow and reach more people to inspire folks to learn about history but also to get out there and explore it for themselves.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My biggest plan for the future right now is to find a permanent home for “Macabre Mondays.” It is a really hard show to make on your own, and I am at the point where we need to grow to be able to tell the stories that I want to tell, the way I know they need to be told. I am very excited to see what the future brings for myself and my little show that could!
- Website: www.macabremondays.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/macabremondays/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MacabreMondaysSeries/
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