What I looked like was never impressed upon me in my home, never impressed upon me amongst my friends. So I took that with me into the world of doing music videos..."
- Melyssa Ford, 2014
Melyssa Ford was looking back on her years as a "video vixen" when she gave that quote in an interview with EBONY. She elaborated on her pragmatism at the time: "I was like, “As long as I’m collecting a check, this is a business. At any given moment, I can be replaced by somebody who is just as good looking, if not better looking than me. So I’d better utilize whatever tools I’ve got to my best advantage. When I see the pathway for growth, I need to leverage what I've got now and use that to get to the next level.” I don’t think a lot of the other girls looked at it the same way that I did."
Melyssa Ford has always been a one-of-one.
“I’m a renaissance woman, not a video model," Ford explained in 2020. "Yes, I’m proud that I was one. I’m proud of my entire journey. But come on, that was fifteen years ago."
"What I hope to serve as is an inspiration to anyone, both man and woman, who is thinking of making a career shift later on in their life," Ford shared in 2014. "And I hope to be able to show people just how it is done."
"The whole fame thing really never impressed me. I could care less. I never really cared about the fame that came along with the success. It was merely just a by-product."
"I’m very diplomatic because I’ve had to deal with so many different personalities throughout my years in the entertainment industry. I’m obviously very personable. I know how to identify what people seem to want."
"Every time I have a one-dimensional way of thinking about people, I challenge myself to broaden my mind," Ford explained in 2020. "It is important to challenge each other and ourselves about the way we think about and perceive others. I challenge myself to expand my thinking and I work tirelessly to try and get people to change the lens of how they look at other people and themselves.”
"In Toronto, I was known for my brain and less for my looks. But the opposite became true in America. I just couldn’t understand why being attractive and being highly intelligent were mutually exclusive concepts here. It didn’t make sense."
"It didn’t come immediately. But eventually, I started to realize what my purpose is and what I’m gifted at," Ford told We Are Entertainment in 2020. "I am gifted in articulating what I’m thinking and in articulating what others are thinking. I’m also a very good storyteller. It’s one of my natural gifts."
"It’s a powerful position to occupy, to be inside somebody’s head. You have to be extremely responsible with it.”
“I wanted to be a profiler who would assist law enforcement agencies in catching criminals like serial killers or sex offenders. I was attracted to the darker side of life and to understanding people with deviant minds. I hid my obsession with true crime and horror novels because I thought it was weird or I feared people would think I was."
"If I could have been this wise and this in tune with who I am at the age of 25, God, I would have loved that! But here I am enjoying the wisdom of past choices, triumphs and tragedies."