Michelle Messina holds two post grad's in: Media Copywriting and Interactive Multi-media.
In 2006 she considered a MBA in Business Management and decided to invest her money into her business and attended College for International Business
Prior to that, she studied at Ryerson working toward a B.A. in Radio & Television by year two
Classicomm Cable offered her a job. Within 6 months on the job, she hosted and produced
her own Golf TV Series entitled, "Tough Stroke" featuring the toughest holes at select golf courses in York Region,
mostly private golf courses with the final episode at The National.
Prior to Michelle's formal education, she invented her first unique product being a food container with pocket and
obtained a Canadian patent. In 2006 she was a contestant on CBC's The Dragon's Den season 1 with the only blind interviews not knowing the players or the show at all.
Kevin O'Leary offered her a deal $25,000 up front plus 10% of sales of 80 milllion bags just at Cineplex.
Michelle turned down the offer without a guaranteed sales agreement, and
mostly based that Kevin did not disclosing who he was, yet thought he could close a deal that way. They found out the hard way that she is a no nonsense business woman.
Michelle created her first
animated short film, "Fruitful Sex" which gained National and International success, with thousands of dollars in sponsorship. All which she managed in one month.
Loving the idea, she wanted to protect the name and let it have legs with merchandise.
Her trademark stirred up a 6 year legal battle with Fruit of the Loom. After a year and a half into the case Warren Buffet, purchased Fruit of the Loom for $835 million with Berkshire Hathaway whereby Michelle's lawyers felt it was time to give in to Fruit of the Loom's demands.
Michelle then independantly represented herself to victory in the trademark case, which became headline news.
In 2006 she was selected 1 out of 7 designers to survey NY Fashion scene with the Canadian Consulate, to prepare the lauch of custom t-shirts reading "Fruitful Sex, avoid tempation".
with a small run of t-shirts sold on-line.
The film itself did exceptionally well through out North America's film festivals gaining extensive notoriety for a short film and became the first year when short films could be nominated and recognized for an Academy Award.
For a solid ten year Michelle directs one project a month, and during her down time manages banquet hall events at private establishments.
Her leadership and polished manner has successfully managed Ontario's finest private Golf Course dining rooms
a total of 87 successful events by(2011)
Michelle is no stranger to the media!
At the tender age of three, Michelle was one of Ellen Henderson's top models,
strutting runways and gracing catelogues for several years. Also a child student at Montessori pre-school. Though Michelle's parents immigrated from Europe with absolutely nothing, they started successful businesses and strived to offer their daughter things they never had and to learn to enjoy the finer things in life.
For over a decade Michelle was so modest she only would model her hands! And strickly wanted to be behind the scenes.
Networks Major Campaign: A St. Joseph Corporation Company
In 2010 a modeling agent offered Michelle a paid contract, after careful reflection, she decided to break out of her shell from behind the camera and step forward once again. Yet, after her photoshoot she just did not feel this was her path, and asked to only model her hand again since they are a money maker, and they agreed.
August 4, 2010, to date Michelle still has only models her hands, though she love fashion and wears her beautiful clothes on the red carpet or lavish evnets!
High Fashion.............................Down To Earth........................Business Woman
Some personal information from Michelle's Diary which includes some festival dates, interviews, and travel pics,
only recently disclosed due to her private nature.
"Fate chooses your relations. You choose your friends" Jacques Dilill 1600AD
Toronto Film Festival 2010
"I welcomed a model to attend TIFF with me, and to act in my 1st Dramic Comedy short about a woman wanting desperatly to be Marilyn Monroe. However, after a year sitting on the script, she declined the role presue something else. It was a big dissapointment" said Michelle.
"You put so much into a project and untimately you are reliant on others for your success, that's why I'd rathe make animated films." She laughed.
"The film is yet to be made, seeking another Marilyn, looks like I may need to go to Holleywood!"
A special dress for a special evening!
The Flare party at TIFF!
Some Travel landmark pics
Some life highlights!
September 2007 B.C. Vancouver, Victoria, and Whistler
ATV ride to the top of Whistler, prelimiaries for the Olympic selections!
Won Trademark case against Fruit of the Loom to reinstate "Fruitful Sex"™ Nov. 2006
Aired on the television series "The Dragon's Den" On Oct. 25, 2006 regarding my patent
Buffalo, New York - Spiritual Journey to Ashram
Not allowed to shoot
Took in the whole experience: Wake up at 5am, pray, meditate, aarti, seva, relax
eat only vegetarian food, & repeat!
New York, New York
Survey the New York market for clothing line: Fruitful Sex
with the Canadian Consulate General and 7 Canadian designers
I Love New York!
& New York Loves Me!
Arizona - Birthday
This was one of the best moments in my life
This tree is called a million years
The feeling of accoplishment in climbing this mountain on my birthday with the support from friends had me in tears
Climbed with 17 friends to a cave to celebrate my birth!
Michelle's Birthday in the Arizona Desert
Private 18 bedroom mansion on 300 acres of land
old Geronimo Apatchy Indian reserve. The home was purchased by the Rolling Stones in the 70s
Completely Amazing! Arranged by David Avocado
I dipped into Keith Richard's Guitar pool
Hawaii Cruise - 5 Islands
Dining at Captain's Table
World Film Premiere - Toronto
Toronto International Film Fest - Fruit Delivery
My first film made it into the Forida festival
Moreover, it was the first time in history a short film qualified for an academy award and in the regualar animation program.
Florida US Premiere
Universal Studios Gala Film Awards
Fruitful Sex 1/7 short films worldwide in program, all others feature films
This was my favourite festival I attended
A1 the best of everything! I also had the pleasure to sit with Steve Buscemi and Todd Phillips who also had his first film in the festival. He was a real delight!
Imax - Hawaii
Toronto Winter Snow Fair
Amex Ad - Winter Fair
Blue Mountain - Ontario Canda
Some Award Show
I tried on a Dress made out of Potatoe Chips!
Little did I know then that I would invent a food container with a pocket
It would be cool to try to find that dress now!
Camped Out to See Pope John Paul ll
The most moving experience in my life!
July 27, 2002
It rained all night and I stood in three feet of mud
When the Pope stepped out onto the podium the cloads
cleared and the sun shone on him with the brightest of
all spot lights!
His first words were a warm hello
A force came over like a strong wind of power that
had myself and everyone around me instantly in tears.
To this day I can not explain the intense feeling
that no other leader, star or man has bestow. This was a real force of power of the highest.
The US is amazing:
Visted all states with extra time in:
Florida - Tampa wt Grama, Ft. Lauderdale with a wild girlfriend lol & the Keys with an x boyfriend!
California - L.A. four times, San Deigo twice, & Hollywood babe!
New York: Manhattan twice, & NY NY three times
Arizona - Phoenix, Sedona, & Navajo - several visits
Hawaii: Honolulu twice, Kauia twice, Maui, Molokai, & Oahu
I have enjoyed Mexico 9 times
This is in Havana, Cuba where a huge metal rooster lives!
I was in Cuba in the year of the Rooster, so that was pretty symbolic & cool!
This bike looks like mine!
England twice: London, Leeds, Liverpool
Italy visited ten cities including the Vatican City
Italy is breath taking - nothing can describe the real art
I would like to improve on a few languages and visit:
France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Spain
My ultimate destinations yet to visit is The Galapagos Islands,
Places of great interest: Egypt, Thailand, Channel Island, Monaco
Would love the learn the history of Atlantis
Traveled all 50 States in the US
49 in one summer road trip
& Hawaii twice on two separate trips
one on a cruise to 5 islands
Wow, I need to dig up some pics!
Florida Keys - Fishing
Too early for a pic in Texas!
Hiked to the top of the Grand Canyon
& hit a golf ball into the Canyon...oh yes I did!
In New Orleans I stayed at a hotel more like a chateau which was so large it had three beds
with two huge doors to the main St. It is now owned by
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie. I have to dig up those pics they are very cool!
I liked San Deigo
I wasn't overly impressed with L.A.
I was hoping to bust out my fancy clothes in Hollywood & was surprised to see casuals and jeans being the trend!
Italy seems to be the only place where formal attire rules! Women in Italy do not wear last season's fashion!
In Canada where we are down to earth and humble, I look forward to dress up, whenever I can...even if it's for Halloween! ;-)
Las Vegas - Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada
three sevens dropped and I did not win the pot since I did not play 3 coins - Casino employees did not allow winning pic urg!
All the way to Beverely Hills...!
I have enjoyed this life responsibly and look forward to may more journeys, stories and adventures!
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