Melanin Rosalind Heard is an American African Mixed Martial Artist, action actress and up and coming film producer. She has trained in mixed martial arts including Wushu, Muay Thai kickboxing, Jujitsu and taekwondo to name a few. She can easily adapt to any style of MMA choreography for films.
Melanin has also trained in wire work and she has taken stage combat fighting classes in Los Angeles. She is also trained in weapons include, staff, straight /broad sword and pistol reloads. Her brand sword is an Egyptian khopesh or Egyptian sickle-sword. She is currently creating a system in which the Egyptian khopesh sword can successfully be implemented in a fight sequence against traditional style swords.
Melanin, a deep rooted superhero in the making, is writing and producing an action thriller web series, and she is in the pre-production stages of shooting her proof of concept. Melanin will star in the web series while performing her own stunts.
Melanin has also gained valuable knowledge in extensive processes of the VFX, Animation, CGI and editorial pipelines in the pre and post production process for feature films and television. This knowledge will help support her self-sufficiency in building the right team for her visually captivating storytelling. “I consider myself to be a jack of many trades and through the development of my brand as an action actress/producer my past experiences allows me to Master myself in the world of action for major films and television. “I want to be the first American African female Jason Statham.
In addition to martial arts, film production, and her technical and creative experience in music/sound engineering and bass, Melanin spent 2 years exploring the world of social services. She worked in South Central Los Angeles with children ages 11- 17 in level 14 group homes in the evenings and weekends as a Residential Counselor/Case Manager. During the day Melanin taught music theory, music production, and a theater monologue, as elective classes at inner city charter/continuation schools for teenagers suffering from drug induced psychosis, gang affiliation, and former victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. “ During my time in social work, I found the environment very challenging with much resistance from the clients, but eventually she became a mentor for some of the clients on her off days.”
Melanin is in the process of developing a non profit 501 C3 that will offer martial arts curriculum and music programs to kids suffering from drug induced psychosis as an alternative to psychotropic medication.
Melanin Rosalind Heard says that it was through martial arts that she learned to accept all her experiences as building blocks for who she is today.