We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Rach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Don’t wait for the industry to come to you! Especially in this day and age I’ve found that today’s actors/screenwriters have both an easier and much more difficult time creating art and gaining recognition. I know that doesn’t make sense. Basically what I’m saying is, we have created multiple platforms, thousands of channels, and a million new ways to get “famous” in this industry. While that is amazing and I am forever grateful for the opportunities I have been given, the dreams are shattered for artists that crave to be given the same recognition that we watched happen to the A-List actors of today in the early 2000s. If you are here because you want to be famous, don’t come here thinking you’ll be famous. Come here because you are making art, because you love what you do and you want to do it for the rest of your life. A slight loophole, and my second point, is to write your dream role. Which brings me to my second point: Making movies has become INSANELY ACCESSIBLE! Crowdsourcing, independent production companies, the annoyingly amazing quality of an iPhone, we are in the golden age of technology and we are using it to our advantage. The best advice I can give any actor, writer, filmmaker, etc. Go out, get some friends, write a script, and make it happen. My favorite acting clips are ones I wrote and filmed for myself. (and the help of an amazing DP)
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.
I am a Queer NonBinary actor and writer. I write female-driven scripts and concepts that focus on gender and sexuality, as well as dark gritty dramas. I’m beyond excited about “Overdose” A short film coming out soon to help pitch my series concept, “Petal Pushers.” As well as another short for my feature concept “Payment Requested.” I got to where I am today by working with the people around me. If you want to be a director, I guarantee you you’ll meet someone that wants to DP. Work hard to get on set, meet people with the same goals as you, and make magic! My brand is inclusivity, diversity, and safe sets for actors and crew alike. My story is complex, as most people are. I just hope to show the world that they’re not alone. Whatever they are going through, someone is there with you dealing with the same thing.
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.
This is such a hard question! What are my favorite spots during a global pandemic? My living room, my kitchen, and my bed! When I can go out, I love M Street Coffee in Studio City, I’m a sucker for a good coffee place. I probably shouldn’t say this but walking up my road into the mountains is probably my favorite place to go when I need time to myself. I never take the same path and the quiet, relaxing streets have the best skyline views.
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?
I wouldn’t be anywhere without the people I have met in LA. https://www.instagram.com/zoe.lerman/ – Amazing actor and costar in my upcoming short, “Overdose” https://www.instagram.com/charlesdcarpenter/ – Actor and Acting Coach for Storyteller’s Conservatory https://www.instagram.com/maytastical/ – Children’s Book author and LITERAL FAIRY