Melissa wrote for a music magazine called Moo in the late 1990s, writing music reviews for national and international artists' music releases. She also wrote reviews of live performances, conducted interviews with musicians and wrote feature articles on them. She has also written a few pieces for Seed.com outlets. One piece appeared in Spinner and another appeared in The Boot.
As a college student, Melissa pursued and won an internship with the independent record label and distributor Caroline Records in New York City. She worked in the marketing and promotions departments, helping write copy for the weekly distribution flier that went out to music buyers across the U.S. Melissa also prepared press pages to send out to various media outlets as part of her responsibilities in the promotions department.