Toronto native Melyssa Ford has been through a lot in life and Season 1 of Bravo’s latest New York-centric docu-series Blood, Sweat & Heels. Her transition from the crazy world of music videos to the university lecture circuit to her new place in the the zany world of real estate has been a whirlwind. And in terms of the latter, the highs and lows – mostly lows – unfolded onscreen in front of millions of viewers.
But even though Season 1 has wrapped, her story is just beginning. Here’s why you can stop calling her broke, the one thing you need to know about New York real estate, plus what bothered her the most about the show and how it turned out.
How did you get into real estate?
In late 2012, I had a pretty public breakup. I came to a crossroads. I really needed to figure out what was going on in my life. I practically had wings on my ass – flying by the seat of my pants, living somewhat of a very indulgent existence with very little responsibility. I was doing some stuff that paid the bills, most people don’t know that I lectured at UCLA and [did] other speaking engagements. But I was living a bohemian existence in LA and when the breakup happened I realized it was time to officially grow up – I needed a career that wasn’t based on my popularity and what I looked like but [instead] hard work and merit.
A couple of friends suggested that real estate could be a way to monetize all the contacts I’d made over the course of the last 13 years. It seemed like it could be my thing so I went to real estate school in New York.
I went to NYREI. It’s on 35th street. I wanted to fast track but then Hurricane Sandy happened so that put a monkey wrench in my plans. But it [still] came together pretty quickly.
Did you find real estate to be more cutthroat that expected?
MNS (the real estate firm she’s with) has been extraordinarily supportive. That’s what I like about them. There isn’t a sense of competitiveness among the brokers. It’s a company where we collectively want to see each other succeed.
Have you made any sales yet? Residential or commercial?
Oh yes. I’ve sold a few properties totaling about $2M so far – I’m in residential sales and rentals but I see myself going into the development side.