We had the good fortune of connecting with Audrey Meah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Audrey, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I am a social worker by education and profession. I’ve worked in mental health for over 15 years before deciding to pursue acting as a career in 2017. I immediately started taking classes so I could learn as much as possible about acting. I learned a lot of helpful tools that led to a number of bookings fairly quickly. Understanding the importance of consistent training, I took classes at a number of different acting studios. While I learned a lot about the craft, I never really felt connected to any of the studios. I was missing a real sense of community. I wanted to belong to a studio that I felt took special interest in me; a place that offered belongingness. I also wanted to be part of a community that was invested in me as a whole person, not just an actor.
In 2021, I decided to create what I thought the acting community needed most. The Actor’s Playground is a person-center acting studio that is not only committed to developing crafts, but also focuses on individual wellness and belongingness. The pursuit of creative dreams can be very lonely and emotionally taxing.
As a therapist, I couldn’t ignore the emotional toll that comes with pursuing creative dreams. While it’s an exciting and invigorating journey, there’s a lot of rejection, uncertainty, and frustration that comes with the territory. Without the right support, it can be damaging to the soul. That is why I decided to create a space for creative to not only work on strengthening their craft, but also focus on their wellness. There’s no separation between art and emotion, which is why it’s so important for creatives to be emotionally well. in order to do their best work. I’m so excited to have acting studio that offers mental health services so that artist can focus on being their best selves! Because people are not just artists, they are whole people, and every part of them deserves to thrive.
I believe that being a part of a community that shares your vision, helps to affirm the existence of your dreams. We do not succeed alone, we succeed in community. It is my hopes that everyone who joins this community finds a home to nurture their dreams and nourish their souls!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been a mental health professional for 15 years. I graduated from the University of Michigan with a Masters in Social Work. I have worked in every setting imaginable; schools, hospitals, prisons, jails, community, etc. I am currently still practicing as a mental health professional/therapist on a few digital platforms, in a couple of hospitals, as well as with a private practice.
I just opened my very own acting studio, The Actor’s Playground, about 1 month ago. It’s been such a joy to provide a space for people to pursue their dreams! This is my first entrepreneurial endeavor, so as you can imagine it’s keeping me pretty busy!
Lastly, I’m incredibly blessed to say that I’m a working actor. I’ve been lucky enough to work on a number of amazing projects and I’m consistently auditioning my next job!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta is full of amazing things to do. My first stop is always food. Poor Calvin’s is my favorite restaurants in Atlanta, and it’s always on the list when I’m hosting. A girl likes to eat, so there’s quite a few spots on the food list; purnima bangladeshi cuisne (for the indian in me), Bangkok Station, Delbar Middle Eastern, Snooze (for breakfast)… this could go on forever. I also love a good food/music set, so we’ll check out Fellaship for their Jazz brunch
I love the beltline; we can ride birds, and stop along the way and get food of course
I also really enjoy Ponce City Market and Krog Street
Last but certainly not least; nightlife! I enjoy Reverb, and really any rooftop in the summer, The James Room (because I’m always looking to support black owned businesses), and a girl aint afraid to go to a strip club. Magic City will forever have the best dancers!
I’m pretty easy to please if there’s food and music involved. Luckily, atlanta is full of both. I really enjoy going to different events and Atlanta always has something different happening in the city, so you just never know what the week can bring.
We might be at a gospel brunch on Sunday morning and 21 Savage birthday party at night. That’s what makes Atlanta so exciting.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family- I have the most amazing and supportive family. My parents are who I got my entrepreneurial spirit from. I’ve been lucky to see the importance of ownership first hand. My friends- My friends are the best. They are incredibly encouraging and never let me loose sight of my goals.
Instagram: @audreymeah @actorspgatl