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Rising Stars: Meet Stacey Steele

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Steele.

Hi Stacey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in Long Island, New York, working a full-time job while singing in bands, doing off-Broadway shows and traveling with other musical groups. Eventually, I moved to Florida to start over (with almost nothing) from a divorce and then an abusive relationship while falling into an awful drug addiction.

When I got here, I decided to become a personal trainer and fitness model to help combat my addiction, all the while dreaming about performing again. Soon my love of music and comedy took hold and I started doing Standup Comedy!

Now I’ve been doing comedy on the road and locally for about ten years. I finally found myself after another bad breakup. I decided to teach myself how to play the guitar so I could master performing the many song parodies I had written for family and friends as young adult. Lastly, I needed to bring my platform into play; how could I make people laugh while teaching them about drug addiction and mental health issues? I became an advocate for hedgehogs as Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s) and now I incorporate “Hedge-U-cation” into my act. You can read more about my hedgehog obsession on my website and see pics of my babies on IG!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a struggle all along the way, but I just keep going! Like a Phoenix arising from the ashes (that’s where the name Stacey comes from), I keep reinventing myself while trying to still be true to my self.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am so proud of my journey as a Standup and Musician! I try to keep myself unique by being true to my platform and helping people follow their dreams as well. I run several rooms where I love to put comics on stage to challenge them and help them grow.

I also love teaching people about Hedgehogs, aka Hedge-U-cation. They’re the most amazing creatures on planet earth and I want to mother all of them! I do an entire portion of my show about Hedgies as ESA’s and the importance of Emotional Support Animals for people with mental health issues.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Just be as present in the environment you choose as possible. Surround yourself, no DROWN yourself in it. Whatever your “it” is. It’s easy to let people into your world when you say what you mean and mean what you say and love what you’re all about. It becomes infectious and everyone around you wants to be a part of it.

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