Divorce Diaries

What is DIVORCE DIARIES and Where Does your Donation go?

Divorce Diaries is a television series created by Michele Traina  based off the LIVE show performed monthly in New York City and throughout the country. 

"This story is a rollercoaster ride, a slice of the everyday superhuman mom trying to make it in a world not ready for the truth", Peter Maestrey, donor and filmmaker.

This fundraiser will go to  production costs, crew, cast, and marketing of the Divorce Diaries TV pilot. 

This show is the first real look into a working class single mom living in New Jersey who has attempted to film her reality show, the Office meets American Mom on Amphetamines.

Take a listen to where your donation goes⬇️


A Little More Detail About Divorce Diaries
Edited by: Craig A. Ruark

Divorce Diaries follows Michele Traina’s post-divorce journey. An energetic, optimistic, and some say crazy (she says passionate) single mom resetting her life after divorce. Once an actor, now teacher and comic, Michele sets out to fulfill her artistic dreams from which marriage veered her away. 

The Plot

Faced with no other options, Michele moves back home with her Italian parents and grandmother, who is the epitome of a Depends wearing Maleficent. Michele’s life becomes a torturous existence of teaching, competing with the perfect moms, and dating men from the Island of Misfits while trying to raise a young, energetic child. Early in the series, Michele finally earns enough money from teaching to rent an apartment and move out of her parent’s place, but not away from her parents' opinions. She reaches for the stars while hitting a few asteroids along the way.

Amidst late mornings, failed dates, PTA meetings, and parenting challenges, Michele is determined to overcome the tragedy of divorce by finding humor in her social mishaps. She embarks on a second career as a stand-up comic. Perhaps, through her humor, she can also find the love of her life—one that is not technically married.

In Real Life

Michele’s Divorce Diaries stand-up comedy is unique, and bookings were starting to build until the COVID-19 pandemic. As she developed her act, Michele had the idea to create a television show about a working-class divorcee and her quest to get her life back on track. Each episode will show Michele as a fiery Italian with drive and hustle in pursuit of a dream. She is successfully raising her young daughter, despite dealing with her ex-husband and catty school moms, which cause her to lose her cool, occasionally trusting the wrong people, and her inability to quit dating unavailable men.

Michele has self-funded this project, using a small crew and her smartphone. She has teamed with her best friend, Doug Bass a bicoastal, dog walking comedian, and film director, to develop this program. The guy, according to her father, “is the one she should have married.”

Donations toward this project will fund the proof of concept of the show. Any size contribution will count toward the end goal. We hope that Divorce Diaries will be a comedy success and provide a positive social commentary on the lives of single mothers like Michele and their struggle to achieve their dreams.

The video clips on this page show Michele's Divorce Diaries through her social media lens; take a look and laugh with her as she talks about dating as a single parent.

Check out an Episode of the Unscripted Series which is a shorter version of what the pilot will be:


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    • $50 
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Michele M Traina
Nutley, NJ

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