The year 2005 saw Melissa branching into the world of television production and film when she started producing music videos for Kross Kolor Records. It was while on set of the music video “Krazy” by X2 that Melissa realised that she had a vision for what she wanted to see in the video. After giving her input and realising that she was good behind the scenes, Melissa petitioned from an uncle overseas for a Hi8 Camera to help her practice her videoing and producing skills.
Over the years she has produced more than twenty five music videos. She graduated from the University of Guyana with a certificate in Motion Picture Arts in 2009. In July 2011, she had written the best screenplay and graduated at the top her class at the University of the West Indies, Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination in the field of Motion Picture Arts. Apart from directing and editing music videos, she became the 2nd assistant director on a feature filmed and a sizzle reel filmed in Barbados titled “Sweet Bottom” and “Bajan Blue” respectively. In 2014 She became one of the producers and production manager on the international film “A Bitter Lime” directed my Max De Bowen. Her most recent project on the short film “Agero” where she performed duties as the producer She has worked with . In 2019 VANiLLA joined the Timheri Film Festival team as their associate Director.