Megan is a 22 year old working class actress from Manchester, just trying to do what she loves for a living!
ActorsLIFE: Tell us about your career. When did it start? How did you discover your talent?
Megan: I first acted in my primary school leavers’ play when I was 11. I played Nancy in ‘Oliver’. Before this I had never acted and was always a shy and quiet child. From here onwards, my passion for acting just continued to grow and grow. I ended up taking Drama GCSE and then A-Level and then went to university to study English and Theatre. I can’t imagine acting not being a part of my life.
ActorsLIFE: How is your career unfolding?
Megan: I am still a relatively new and unknown actress. I recently got onto IMDB with an upcoming independent film called ‘Following the TruFors’ that I will be filming in the summer. I have a few upcoming projects for later in the year and I’m hoping I just get busier and busier with acting projects.
ActorsLIFE: What do you enjoy the most about acting?
Megan: The freedom it gives me. I can be anyone and feel any emotion, and forget about myself for a little while. I also love to entertain and make other people happy.
ActorsLIFE: What were some of your favorite experiences as an actor?
Megan: The times that I am pushed and challenged to achieve more in my career. I constantly want to better myself as an actress. I believe you should constantly be training, I take classes currently with David Johnson, in which I am constantly learning.
ActorsLIFE: What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?
Megan: To continue what I am doing, just to act more and more and never stop.
ActorsLIFE: What has been your personal key to success?
Megan: To be sociable. It’s about having lots of contacts and keeping in touch with other actors as well as casting Directors. Get your name and face out there.
ActorsLIFE: Who are the actors you most admire?
Megan: Julie Walters, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Lawrence
ActorsLIFE: What are the best ways to get a job?
Megan: You need to love what you do because there will be a lot of rejection and long, gruelling hours. I also believe you should constantly be acting. If you don’t have a job at the time, you should attend classes and workshops.
ActorsLIFE: What do you think are the main challenges facing actors today?
Megan: There are far more actors than available jobs. The supply outweighs the demand so much so you need to stand out. Also, for working class actors it is tough to afford to train professionally and to commit fully to acting because you also need a steady income whilst starting out.
ActorsLIFE: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become an actor?
Megan: Make sure it is what you want to do. I hear so many people say, if you can imagine yourself doing anything else, then do that instead. Acting is tough.
ActorsLIFE: How is the job market now in the industry? How do you think it will be in five years?
Megan: Social media is a big influence these days, for putting yourself out there as well as talking to people involved in the industry. I worry that working class actors will dwindle in the coming years as there is less and less funding for the arts, meaning that you need to come from a family with money in order to work in the acting industry at all.
ActorsLIFE: Do you need an agent? How do you get one?
Megan: I have an agent, but I don’t think it is absolutely essential. You can use Facebook or Starnow or Casting Call Pro to find jobs. However, an agent can help you to get the bigger auditions as not everything is advertised on there. Some casting Directors will only see actors who are represented.
ActorsLIFE: Are there any upcoming projects and/or events that you would like to mention?
Megan: I will be filming a comedy mockumentary called ‘Following the TruFors’ in the coming months, which is about an alien encounter. The trailer can be found online. I have a couple of smaller projects coming up later in the year. A short film and a theatre piece.
ActorsLIFE: Tell us something that nobody else might not know about you!?
Megan: I am the oldest of a large family, I have 7 younger brothers and sisters. I don’t plan on following the large family trend myself…
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