We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Duffy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I worked with an acting coach years ago who gave me the best advice: Leap and the net will appear. While it’s important to look at the bigger picture and not be so naive as to not consider what could go wrong, along with what could go right, if you aren’t taking chances, you’re not going to grow as an artist or as a person. Every single one of my biggest career successes happened because I stepped outside my usual box and took risk.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Growing up I studied dance seriously and thought that was my path. After an injury caused me to re-think my plans I transitioned into acting. I moved to Los Angeles with 3 suitcases and $500 without a single friend in the city. The first few years were not easy, but I eventually found my way. Every experience – good and bad – has informed me as an artist and have only helped me to become a better storyteller and performer.
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.
In pre-pandemic times this was pretty easy. A day trip to the Huntington Gardens. Dinner with martinis at Musso & Frank. We’d definitely stop by a taco truck, probably Leo’s on La Brea or Tacos Arizas in Echo Park. I’d insist on a Sunday morning visit to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. There’d be a drive through Malibu on the PCH and a happy hour at La Poubelle or Figaro. A hike through Griffith Park if the weather’s not too hot. We’d probably pick up some cheese at DTLA Cheese in Grand Central Market and stay for lunch. Depending on the friend, a visit to Jumbo’s Clown Room would also be on the list. And, unless they’re a vegan, we’re going to KBBQ. Since things are less-normal now I’d say the list would still include the Farmer’s Market, PCH, hiking, tacos, and a cheese pickup. We’d probably opt in to Pour Haus’ Saturday night zoom wine tasting, and have cocktails I’ve crafted or a great bottle of red in my newly decorated front yard “café.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I mentioned that acting coach I worked with. His name is Killian McHugh, and he’s still teaching, transforming lives every day.
Other: I take photos and shoot videos that I post on a seperate instagram: https://instagram.com/teacuptakesphotos and some of my acting and directing work can be found on my vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/themeganduffy
photos by: Self Portrait, Katie McGehee, Natalie Obermaier, CBS, Kota Wade, Hellin Kay, a stranger in Paris named Guillaume, Dani Manning