Today we’d like to introduce you to Mel Mah.
Mel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved to LA from Toronto when I was 20 to pursue a career as a professional dancer. I had a crazy ride but got to accomplish some of my biggest dreams like dancing on a world tour for Janet Jackson. My friend Kim had also just danced with a Beyoncé and the two of us wanted to create a company that empowered women to go after their own goals just like we did. Using yoga and movement, we created a program that encourages females to find mind-body awareness, cultivate positive thinking, and establish confidence.
A lot has changed since we started the company because Kim left YGTG last year so I’m now the sole owner and director of this baby. It was undoubtedly hard at first and I didn’t even know if I was going to continue with the company. But, with the loving support of people around me, I persisted and I’m SO glad I did. I now have a badass team of women who work for me and they motivate me to keep pushing. I love that YGTG is now a team of women who believe in women, not just Kim and I as the faces. Everything really does happen for a reason and I trust that wholeheartedly.
I am also actively pursuing a career as a film director, too. I just finished assisting director George Tillman Jr. on the FOX film THE HATE U GIVE (coming out October 19th), and it was an incredible experience that motivated me even more to make movies and tell stories I care about.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve grown to realize that obstacles and challenges push me to evolve into my highest self. The moments of struggle are actually compassionate gifts from the Universe given to me to grow into the exact person I want to be to receive all my desires.
Even when I was dancing, I had two knee surgeries when I was 14 and the doctors said I’d probably never dance again. And that only turned up my fire. I struggled to get approval from my parents to pursue dance as a career. That only strengthened my passion. I was challenged when I had a whole company to run on my own when Kim left. And that motivated me more.
The challenges are always pushes in the direction you want to go, as long as you see it that way.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the YOU GOT THIS, GIRL! story. Tell us more about the business.
YOU GOT THIS, GIRL! is a women’s empowerment company that teaches females to cultivate mindfulness, positive thinking, and confidence. We teach women how to achieve their goals by using yoga and movement. We host workshops all across North America and we’ll be traveling internationally to Australia for the first time this summer, we hold monthly meditation circles in LA, and we collaborate with different organizations such as Lean In or Root Yoga Therapy on various events.
I am most proud of the transformation we provide for the people who come to our workshops and attend our events. It’s invigorating to see how much yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and movement can help us align with our truest selves and guide us to a more love-filled life. I’ve seen women’s lives completely change for the better after attending an YGTG workshop and I know YGTG will continue to create positive changes in people for years to come.
I believe we’re different because we carefully blend both yoga AND movement. Our program is a specific 4-step guide to help others manifest their goals while being their best selves, and this is a practical road map for students to bring into their daily lives once they leave our events.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think we’re going to see the film industry evolve immensely in the next 5-10 years. The industry is already being so much more cautious about the way we treat women and how we represent women in the media. I hope to see more women being nominated in the directing category at the Academy Awards. I really believe we’re slowly getting there. As younger females step up into the work force, they’re going to be pushed in different ways than the women before them were. Slowly but surely, we’re seeing women make a statement in film and it’s only going to keep on growing. It’s going to be amazing to see how many more female voices we’ll have in filmmaking!
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