We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Elisabeth Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan Elisabeth, how do you think about risk?
Any decision can feel risky if you think too hard about it. Risk-taking is what makes life worth living. If I was too afraid of what the outcomes would be then I would not be present or truly living my life. At my core, I favor stability and consistency but I fight that craving every day with the work that I do because I know the right risks can, and will eventually bring great rewards. Playing it “safe” has never got a dreamer anywhere before.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Art is ultimately subjective. Different art appeals to different people and that is something I have discovered along the way. I would like to believe this understanding and grounding foundation is what sets me apart from others. I am supportive, welcoming and an open book to all artists and I believe we need more of it in a competitive industry. I got here today by the support and love from my friends and family. I would be lying if I said it was easy, there were a multitude of hurdles to overcome as I taught myself how to navigate the industry. Having parents with no experience in the entertainment industry made it exceedingly difficult to figure out on my own. I overcame these challenges by studying hard, making mistakes, and not giving up in the process. I’ve learned to not take rejection personally, and I’ve learned to treat as many negative experiences as I can as a learning opportunity. Experiences both good and bad are only opportunities for growth!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Colorado is absolutely gorgeous! I may be biased, but if one of my friends was in town visiting, I would take them to Fika coffeehouse in Parker, Little Man ice cream in Denver, to breweries in Castle Rock, and on a road trip to the mountains (Breckenridge), as well as a trip to Boulder. We would do plenty of hiking and I would take them to my favorite local spots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve recognition 110%. Without their support, I would not be where I am today. As I mentioned previously, I favor stability and consistency, and anyone who is familiar with work in the entertainment industry knows that the industry brings nothing but the opposite of that. My parents supported me throughout my journey and always told me to keep going when it might’ve been easier to quit.
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