Merle Conscious Soden's Bio
About Merle Conscious Soden
Merle Conscious Soden is the director of West 4th St Films NYC the production company that produced and released her film Homeless to Hollywood that chronicles her early convoluted life that went from Homelessness then finally success in Hollywood. Her one woman show Homelessness to Hollywood has been performed for 5 years across the country. In the 5th year she had a 6 week, 17 show appearance @ the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles in which she directed, wrote and produced her production and filmed her last two shows. Her T-Cells are Up and her Viral load is DOWN as she delivers a story of homelessness to Hollywood and recovery from abuse on stage. She changes into different characters as she brings music and comedy to tragedy and confronts people who come back from the dead to give them forgiveness as a way of her healing and moving forward in her life.
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Merle Soden is an Actor, a Division 1 Basketball player, she holds a Master's Degree in Network Engineering and a Bachelors Science degree in Electrical
Engineering. She is the self published author of the legendary book “Getting
Unstuck (Girl to Girl you can be, infected Indeed)” that went from
selling out of boxes on the streets of New York City in the Village in 2000 (in
West 4th St playground) to a Showtime Film option, then to her stage
play “Getting Unstuck Homeless to Hollywood an American Dream”,
Executive produced by Troy Carter (Lady Gaga's former Manager).
Merle Soden is a native of Harlem New York currently residing in Los Angeles California and in Miami Florida. She began a career in television at Broadcast News Network (BNN) in New York City, before serving as Music Manager for the Queen Latifah Show. She then went on to host Oxygen Media’s talk show She-Commerce.
Her television career was preceded by a stint as a bodyguard for celebrities. Her security and body guard work was showcased at famous New York nightclubs such as The Palladium, The Tunnel, The Limelight, and Club Speed where she managed to nail bodyguard gigs for Mark Wahlberg, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, DMX, and Aaliyah.
Merle Soden is a popular national speaker on subjects of HIV/ AIDS, and recovery. Her self published book Getting Unstuck went from selling out of boxes on the streets of New York City in the Village to Hollywood Options to gaining national and international distribution.
She is the CEO of West 4t St NYC Films an organization dedicated to providing educational materials via, plays, speeches, and films that educate people on the ways to "getunstuck" from the behaviors that put them at risk for HIV/AIDS infection.
Getting Unstuck is available at all major bookstore chains in the USA, and internationally in Amsterdam, England, Germany and Australia.
About The 1 Woman Show
Her Music Industry Brother, Troy Carter (Singer Lady Gaga’s former manager) Produced and launched her one woman show. This multimedia show that is scored to some of the most popular industry music sets the tone for each part of the story told in her monologue. Conscious gives a live rendition of the Getting Unstuck Book that shocked 100's of thousands with the truth about Male to Female to Female HIV infection, incest, child molestation and her ability to overcome this all and become successful in Hollywood.
In this play she shares the short film Getting Unstuck as a snapshot of her childhood played by her daughter Mahelet Soden. Mahelet delivers a riveting performance channeling her mother's (Conscious) childhood and capturing the repressed memories of what Conscious regains in her conversations with her therapist 25 year later. This 1 woman show is universal and unites all who attend on a common ground. There is something for everyone in this 1 woman show. Its amazing. See the trailer on www.igotunstuck.org.
About the book
Getting Unstuck, the stellar debut by author Conscious, masterfully transports readers through the real life of one woman and her quest towards self-discovery.
Told through intimate conversations between Conscious and her therapist Allan at a drug rehabilitation center in upstate New York.
Getting Unstuck retells Conscious’ extraordinary true story of tragedy and triumph. In bold, raw, and in depth detail, Conscious tackles a past that included issues of repressed memory, child sexual abuse, drug abuse, and contracting HIV from a woman, serving as a wake up call to the world. This inspirational story is a testament to individual strength and sheer will to succeed despite adversity.
The book has been hailed as the Urban Spectrum's 2002 book of the year and in 2009, the CEO of GMHC, Dr. Marjorie Hill presented Conscious with the prestigious GMHC/LAP award for "Leadership in challenging the invisibility of WSW in the HIV epidemic."
Merle Soden performed her first show and is an Alumni Bachelors Science Electrical Engineer at
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