10 Random Facts about Melanie Downey

  • I once piloted the Monster.com Blimp. It’s pedal-powered -- Like a bike.
  • Courtney Love was the first person I told outside my immediate family that I was pregnant with my firstborn. It was at the Wired Magazine Awards in 2000 and after throwing up in the bathroom stall, I walked out, saw her, and blurted out, “I’m pregnant!”
Melanie Downey dance photo
  • I had a partial mastectomy in my late 20s, and it was suggested that belly dancing might help with body image issues. Here I am before a performance at a Breast Cancer Fundraiser a few years ago (in my 40s). I designed and made the costume myself with fabric, trinkets, and a glue gun.
  • I only watch movies that are funny because I have Mirror Touch Synesthesia. Violent movies physically hurt.  But I'm also always in touch with other people's feelings.  I feel like it has made me a better mother.
  • I have a hairless dog, Penny. I bought a sewing machine and learned to sew so I could make her clothes. Here we are in matching outfits.   She's the one in yellow.
Publicity Expert Melanie Downey and her dog
  • I was kicked out of Catholic School in grade 8 (my one and only claim to rebellion).
  • I’m deathly afraid of heights, as in, I can’t climb past the second rung on a ladder, so I’ve tried skydiving and Indoor Rock Climbing to try and overcome my fears. (It didn’t work.)
  • I recently broke my back trying to learn to play ice hockey at the request of my teenaged daugther. (I am no longer trying to play ice hockey. 🙂 )