Melinda Brink has shown an interest in acting since the ripe young age of 8. Under the tutelage of Shareen Swart, she started honing her skills at Starstruck School of Acting, which later became PALI, the Performing Arts Lifestyle Institute. Throughout her school years, Melinda participated in various school productions, including Nico Lewis’ Aku Vang ‘n Ster, in her Matric year, which landed her a bursary at The University of Free State, but she chose to finish her drama studies with Shareen Swart at PALI. She also featured in a shortfilm, 5 Minutes Late, alongside Andre Velts, Kaz McFadden and Desiree Manthee Gardner. Since then, Melinda has performed in many student theatre productions including House of Clowns, The Crew, Katjie Kekkelbek, Kadawer, Kom Soos Jy Is alongside David Louw and Sean Brebnor, WAG, Girls, Wiele kos en Liefde and her one woman show in 2014, Die Kamer Bo, directed by Shareen Swart. In 2015, she did her second one woman show as Mornique in Fladder, written and directed by Kaz McFadden. In 2017 she was part of the one-on-one theatre project DEURnis, performing Broei. DEURnis went to Aardklop and got nominated for best overall production. The same year she got the lead role in a play, The Social Disconnection, which won first prize at the Bang Bang Theatre Festival and later showcased at The Kievitskroon Finery Arts Festival. She was appointed as the PALI Youth acting coach in 2015 and in 2016 she was asked to direct the PALI theatre production, DALK. In 2017 she worked on a Frankie’s Roadshow for Clover, and later that year she worked under producer-director, Morne Lane, as acting coach for the film, Naamlose Woord, to be released in 2018. Melinda’s unique coaching style led to her starting an Acting Division in Morne Lane’s film school, Bright Light Film Academy, where she teaches kids to give believable and honest performances. Later that year she acted in the BLFA’s student films, Blomme vir Michelle and Afkop Anna. She also starred in the 24 hour shortfilm, Die Uitnodiging, directed by Morne Lane. Student films include Imaginary Friend, Huis Mandelein, (Een)saam, The Newcomer, Kruispad (2016) directed by Andre Velts and the shortfilm Koue Voete which screened at the 2017 Silverskermfees. Melinda is extremely passionate about the art of acting, being an experienced actress herself, Melinda is looking to establish herself as a versatile theatre, television and film actress so as to become a well-loved face and talent in the South African entertainment industry.