We recorded EPISODE #24 last week in a world that still had Kobe Bryant in it. It’s beyond fitting that our guest, Melanie Collins, NFL sideline reporter, sports broadcaster & lover of sports; embodies everything about what the Mamba Mentality is. “... a mindset that extends way beyond basketball or sports,” as told by Kobe to Amazon Book Review. “Everything worth achieving needs total focus and dedication. It’s the ultimate mantra for the competitive spirit.“ Mel has been living by this, even if she hadn't put a label on it. We dive into Mel’s badass journey and are in awe of her hustle and fierce spirit. She has learned valuable lessons from mentors, friends & the athletes themselves and has promised to pay it forward with kindness and grit. Of course we have some fun chatting & keeping it light with one of our forever HockeyGirls, because what would life be without some love & laughter … We'd like to honor the memory of Gianna & Kobe Bryant, Alyssa, Keri & John Altobelli, Payton & Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser and Ara Zobayan by dedicating this episode, along with our heartfelt condolences to their families, friends & teammates. Their loss is unimaginable and we pray that they feel the love from all the fans and strangers carrying them in their hearts ...
On the first episode of Playmakers Podcast, Hayley Elwood chats with CBS Sports' Melanie Collins. Among the topics discussed include Collins’ role with the NFL on CBS (4:38), advice for those who want to get into sports broadcasting (8:38), what she's looking for in the Week 1 matchup between the Colts and Chargers (10:44) and more. Subscribe to and rate/review the new Chargers Podcast Network on Apple Podcasts.
Driver vs. Driver 2 Presented by Wilson Golf – Melanie Collins
Worldwide Golf Shops Insider Podcast
The Host of Driver vs. Driver 2 presented by Wilson Golf, Melanie Collins, joins us for episode #279 of the Worldwide Golf Shops insider Podcast to talk about season 2 of Driver vs. Driver. In this episode, Melanie tells us what viewers can expect from Driver vs. Driver 2, her experience with filming, and we go over the new judges in this season. The ideas are new, the process is different, and it is even more exciting than the first season! Make sure you tune in to the Golf Channel on October 2nd at 9 p.m. ET to check out the season premiere of Driver vs. Driver 2!Take a listen to our podcast and visit a Worldwide Golf Shops location near you to get custom fit for all the latest clubs from Wilson!Click here to learn more about the host, Melanie Collins!
iTunes: click here.HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW. Chances are you've seen Melanie Collins on TV. She's been a TV + Sports Broadcaster for ten years covering a variety of sports on NBATV, The Big Ten Network, NFLonCBS, ESPN, Golf Channel, PGA.com, and has filled in on ESPN's First Take and SportsNation. As any good host, he's dabbled in the entertainment industry too but as you'll hear, her heart is with hockey.That's how Mel and I first met. It took us a good 6-7 years of a friendship to get to this Podcast conversation and confess that we both looked at one another as the 'girl who had it all'. Women in competition. Unattractive, yet prevalent. We make our peace and discuss why competition is so rampant and heavy amongst women, especially in our industry.“We have this view of the industry where we look at it through a scarcity lens. Because we’re women and because jobs are so hard to come by already - or we feel that way - we feel that there’s not room for all of us. Especially with the great jobs that we feel will get us the most exposure."Growing up in State College, PA, Mel grew up around her brothers and sports acted as a way to connect with them. “For me - being the only girl in the house - the only way that i could really participate in playing with my brothers was to suit up and go in net and let them shoot on me, or go play tennis with them, or whatever. So, I just kind of .. I began to like sports because it was kind of what I knew. It was the way that I fit in with my brothers."At the age of 12, Melanie's parents divorced and after two years of moving back and forth between her Mom and Dad's house, she had to face a tough decision.“It was traumatic when i was young. For the first two years after my parents divorced, i would go to my dad’s house for a week and then i would come back to my mom’s house for a week. I chose to live with my mom and i think my dad from that point kind of took that as i was choosing my mom over him, which sucks when your’e a 14 year old girl. I felt the relationship with my dad kind of fizzle after i chose to live with my mom but i needed it for mental stability. i needed to be in one place and be with my things. And i needed to be with my mom. From that point on, my dad and i kind of grew apart and you know, we still talk to this day but it’s definitely not ... i never had that like daddy’s girl relationship with my dad that all my friends had and that i always wanted.”Melanie is tough. One almost has to be thick-skinned in order to survive in this industry. She works hard. She has a no-quit mentality. She's the best of the best. I mean it. I've seen a lot of women come and go in this industry. There are few like Mel. And even fewer who've gone through troubled waters during the early stages of their career, coming out as a survivor.Dubbed as "The Next Erin Andrews", one day Melanie's agent called to inform her about pictures surfaced on the internet. The 'butt-crack' pictures from college, couple with a bikini photoshoot nearly derailed her career. Every subsequent job interview questioned her integrity:"It was awful. I remember having to specifically fly to ESPN at one point and explain that photo to higher ups at ESPN and i just thought, how did it get to this point....it’s just like I somehow created this monster...some slutty college girl who shouldn’t be hired because she licks butt cracks and wears a bathing suit.”I'd be the first (and certainly not the last) to say that these experiences were undeserved, unfair, and unimaginably harsh especially for a woman like Melanie; poised, smart, kind, hard-working, and mindful.But that is the industry. Further in the conversation, I share my experiences dating a Hockey Player and how that affected my job, my behavior, and future opportunities. NHL, I knock at you. I do not apologize. It's time that things change. Melanie reiterates the statement after losing a job opportunity BECAUSE of her relationship with James Neal."An opportunity came up with NHL Network where they were looking for a full time host. I was told you’re our top candidate. It’s yours to lose. We’re stunned by your audition. We’re so excited about you. Here I am thinking I’m getting this job. I get a call about a week later and my agent says, ‘hey you know, unfortunately NHL Network feels that your relationship is an issue and they can’t offer you a job. That’s where my relationship with an athlete in this field has gotten me."As you'll hear in the intro of the podcast we touch on much more. This was TRULY a breath of fresh air for me. Sure, Mel and I have had these types of conversations off-air but we both felt it was time to start SPEAKING OUT about the inner-workings of this industry. At 30 + 31, we've done the work. We've proven we belong over and over again. We have nothing to hide. With our Truth we want to create the space for the future generation of young women to have equal opportunity, success, and respect in our industry.So THANK YOU MEL. For being candid, honest, kind, and open-hearted as we weaved through this conversation. Much love to you. xx.SHARE. SHARE. SHARE. IF YOU LIKE WHAT YOU HEAR, PLEASE SHARE THIS CONVERSATION WITH THOSE WHO WOULD APPRECIATE AND BENEFIT FROM IT. I DON'T LIKE CHEATERS BUT HERE'S A QUICK CHEAT-SHEET FOR YOU. YOUR SUGGESTED TAKEAWAYS + LESSONS:Why Women Compete (in general + in Mel's industry)Working in a male-dominated industryLack of Women supporting other Women in the Industry; looking for dirt on one another, spreading rumors, etc.The imposter-syndrome and why Women feel like they constantly have to prove themselves, their worth and that they belongWhy you can't win in the world of sports broadcasting; there will always be something you "could do" betterDiscussing Megyn Kelly's interview with Erin AndrewsCutting off Emotion: in order to succeed in the industry do Women have to act like a Man? (and what does that mean?)Why after 10 years in the industry Mel feels desensitizedMelanie's upbringing:growing up with brothers and surrounded by sportsparent's divorce + the negative affects on her childhoodWhy self-discovery, reading and self-evaluating is important for personal growthWhat we can learn from heartbreak and how to recover from things that don't go your wayWhy Mel believes that "everything happens for a reason"How the media dubbed her "the next Erin Andrews" and the pitfalls of comparing yourself to another personWhy she believes she's her own toughest criticHow Social Media can Negatively Affect the Trajectory of your career:we speak about the Butt Crack Pictures leaked on Deadspinthe swimsuit calendar photographs from her college yearshow to protect yourself from these types of circumstanceswhat she's learned from this particular experienceand how to bounce back from it...Why it's hard to trust other women in the industryTrusting and building a relationship with Charissa ThompsonThe double standard of dating an Athlete in your industrythe repercussions of dating an athletelosing a job because of her relationship with James NealJames' reaction to the missed opportunitywhy + how this needs to changeThe affects on self-esteem, confidence, body image + looks when working in the TV industryWomen + Labels in the industry:Hot = StupidNot = SmartHow Producers have pushed her to change her image/look in order to fit the partTruths, Flaws, lessons-learned, (Stinkin' Thinkin')Mel's definition of success + happiness+ so much more....HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR THE WAY YOU LISTEN TO YOUR PODCASTS?WE GOT YOU.iTunes: click here.Available on GooglePlay, Stitcher + SoundcloudFOLLOW MELANIE:@melanie_collinsVISIT HER WEBSITE:http://www.melanie-collins.com/