top of page

Lifestyle Articles

Finance, Food & Fitness

I moved to Tampa, Florida, to keep my career as a musician alive during the pandemic. It's more cosmopolitan than I expected, but I still don't own a car.

Business Insider

This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Alissa Musto, 26, who recently moved to Tampa, Florida, from Boston. Her story is part of "Moving Truck Diaries," an Insider series sharing the stories of Americans who have moved states since the start of the pandemic...Read More

Side Hustles Are Helping Many Close The Income Gap In The Pandemic—Here’s What To Look For


Singer-songwriter Alissa Musto had been touring full-time as a musician aboard luxury cruise ships. But that came to an abrupt end in March, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted cruise ships to cut short trips and cancel remaining 2020 sailings. Since then, the 25-year-old former Miss Massachusetts has begun blogging—her first post for Medium was about her experience watching the cruise ship industry come to a halt in the pandemic while on-board her ship—picking up work as an Instagram influencer and even filming lessons for a piano-playing teaching app...Read more

People Are Coming Out Of The Woodwork To Commit Random Acts Of Kindness


"Alissa, 24, worked as an entertainer on a cruise ship before travel was shut down. Since she's been off the boat, her inbox has been inundated with notes from people who remember her. "The pandemic has devastated the cruise industry, and I am not working," she tells Bustle. "But over the past two months, I have had so many former guests write to me, inquire about my whereabouts, and thank me for the memories and making their vacations so memorable." Read more.

Unemployment Numbers Soar With Fallout From Coronavirus

Money Under 30

"Up until a few weeks ago, Alissa Musto was a full-time performer aboard cruise ships. The pianist and vocalist is trying to stay positive, “Honestly, the only thing I can do now is update my resumé, website, promo packages, etc. and keep up with practicing and improving, so when the industry does resume, I can be competitive..." Read more

How to Eat Healthy in College & Avoid Weight Gain on Cafeteria Food

Thrive Global

"Former Miss Massachusetts and 2016 college graduate Alissa Musto was training to compete at Miss Massachusetts and eventually Miss America and knows just how hard it can be to stay on track with healthy eating while in college. “One rule that I like to stick with..." Read more

Why Christmas week is the most productive time of year for workers 


"It’s also the season for performers and hospitality workers to make bank before the winter months freeze foot traffic. Singer and pianist Alissa Musto is booked every day for the next two weeks except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, although she’s worked on many Christmases past. “Everyone that works as a musician or in the hotel or restaurant industry knows that you’re likely gonna have to work during those holidays,” she told Moneyish..."

15 Women Reveal the Most Meaningful Thing They Ever Splurged On


"Here, 15 women open up about the best thing they've ever spent money on — from designer outfits they've been eyeing for years to spontaneous vacations they'll remember forever — and what each hard-earned purchase meant to them...” Read more

How Miss America Contestants Make Themselves Look Fitter—Overnight

Eat This, Not That

"A few days before a competition, I cut out all salt from my diet," Miss Massachusetts 2016 says—which we have to agree is a smart move. Too much of the mineral can cause water retention and bloat! She also gets a spray tan. "It makes everything look a little more toned," she explains...Read more

23 Foodies Share Their Favorite Vegan Smoothie Recipes

Edible Arrangements Blog

Alissa Musto is a vegetarian and award-winning musician, singer, and songwriter from Boston, MA. She was crowned Miss Massachusetts 2016 and placed in the top 15 at the 2017 Miss America pageant. Currently, Alissa travels around the world as a guest entertainer aboard Holland America’s luxury cruise ships...Read More

Why University of Miami UOnline is the right choice for your graduate degree

The Business Journals

"Within the industry, having a master’s degree from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami definitely opens doors. It is something that people are going to recognize right away as an impressive credential, whether you are handing in a resume or walking into an audition. The pedigree of my degree has been so valuable in my career." — Alissa Musto, cruise ship entertainer...Read more

Palm Trees

Let's Work Together

For all press-related inquiries, please email

Available for print & video interviews, opinion pieces, new stories and more.

bottom of page