We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Gill, the founder of Megan Transcribes, and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, how does your business help the community?
Megan Transcribes is an innovative transcription company that works with underrepresented podcast hosts to build a fully accessible community for their show. Through my business, I am paving a new way for accessibility in podcasting. I truly believe this is the way of the future.
Podcasts are an audio medium, though so many hosts don’t realize the importance of providing text in the form of transcripts to their audience. My primary mission in business is to educate podcast hosts on the growing importance of transcripts to ensure their show is inclusive to the d/Deaf community and reframe the way they release episodes. I work with them to help create and provide versatile content that caters to people will varying degrees of learning styles. Five percent of the world’s population is d/Deaf. This is a whole lot of people that can’t just open Spotify or Apple Podcasts and listen to your episodes; they need text in order to be an active audience member. That’s where I come in. I am pushing to make transcripts the norm for all podcasts across the board. This is so much bigger than me, this is so much bigger than my livelihood, and this is so much bigger than all podcast hosts; this is a fight to make this type of content available and accessible for an entire community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Megan Transcribes started as an “I need a work-from-home job that will support my acting career,” and it blossomed into so much more. This small online business was born out of the pandemic, when I had a ton of time to throw myself into something new. I sit here now, two years into business, and I realize what began as a craving for a flexible schedule turned into helping an entire community. I’m so proud to be supporting the d/Deaf community and advocating in ways I never thought I would. I’m proud to be working with female and underrepresented podcast hosts to make their communities a better, more inclusive space.
My values are the driving force behind my work. I feel so honored and grateful to have a client roster that aligns with my ethics as a small online business and to be doing work that fights for accessibility for all human beings, not simply privileged ones. My values are the pillars that keep me pursuing more in my business. My first value is accessibility & inclusion. My non-negotiable, number one at Megan Transcribes is supporting the d/Deaf community, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ community. My second value is innovation & disruption. At Megan Transcribes, my aim is to shake up the current norms when it comes to podcasting and make change for a more accessible podcasting world. My third value is compassion & heart, for others, for those who rely on podcast accessibility, and for those who are creating innovative podcasts. Accessibility isn’t always easy, trust me I understand, though this is the only path my heart sees forward. I believe that, together, we can set the easy route aside and embark on the culture-changing road ahead to make our world a better place for all humans.
I’ve also learned countless lessons. I love Ashli Pollard, of Team AP Consulting’s, quote: “It’s not hard, it’s new.” It may seem daunting to start a business from scratch. The reality is, it’s not all that difficult to do, it’s just new. I’ve learned the benefits of simply just starting and starting messy. Messy action is better than no action at all. I’ve learned a lot by doing and taking steps forward into the unknown. Though it seems scary at the time, it always pays off. Doing has led me to figuring out many facets of my business, which processes are right for me, and who I really want to be working with.
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.
Where do I even begin? I live in Hermosa Beach, so we’d definitely do a few days in The South Bay. We’d go to HiFi Espresso for coffee, then head up to Palos Verdes for a hike and some views. Then, we’d head to Día De Campo for margs, and hit the beach for an afternoon lounge. For dinner, we’d camp out on the roof of Palmilla (the vegan nachos are 10/10), and Vista for after-dinner cocktails! We’d also have to spend a whole day at the beach and get Mickey’s Deli for dinner.
Then we’d do a day or two in Hollywood/WeHo because #LA. We’d go to Mama Shelter, Gracias Madre, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, then we’d check out Griffith Observatory for the views. I’d also ensure to find us some live music on an outdoor patio too.
We’d drive up the coast and do a day in Malibu. Coffee at the pier and Malibu Wines & Beer Garden for daytime activities. Then we’d spend a day in Silverlake exploring art markets, dive bars, and neighborhood shops.
I <3 LA.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh, I love this. My transcription client, Kelly Diels, speaks to naming our lineage, and I think this is of the utmost importance. Thank you, Kelly, for being my first client and for taking a chance on a small woman-owned business. Thank you to Brandon Ellsworth for introducing me to transcription and connecting me with my first job. Thank you to Janet Shaughnessy for developing the Transcribe Anywhere course and providing me the education I needed. Thank you to Ashli Pollard of Team AP Consulting for giving me all of the business tools I could ever dream of and for being an honest helping hand in guiding me to where I am today. Thank you to my friends and family for honoring my inconsistent schedule. Most of all, so many thanks to my partner, Mike Costello, who’s continued to support me the entire way, who’s bounced ideas around with me week after week, who’s read through material with me, and who’s continuously believed in me. I love you.