We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Rosati and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“God always answers your prayers. It’s just sometimes that the answer is no.” This quote is from a Christopher Durang play, and it cracks me up every time. I also find it comforting – like there’s someone or something out there, and they’re listening to you! And they’re answering you. And just, sometimes the universe disagrees. I use it as a mantra for radical acceptance when something doesn’t go my way or there’s, say, a global pandemic that interferes with my plans. Sometimes we don’t get what we want. So it’s like, do you whine about it, or do you say, what now?
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.
Up until 2018, the achievement I was most proud of was the webseries I produced, wrote, and starred in, 52 Ways to Break U. Over 2 years I made 25 episodes of a show about breakups that was sad, sweet, and funny as hell. Even though I had made over 60 webseries episodes and short films at that point, it was the thing I felt most captured my voice. The next step in my journey that was pivotal was being a part of Shudder and Project Greenlight’s Reel Fear Independent Horror Filmmaker contest in 2018. The people I met through becoming a finalist, and having my project picked up by Shudder as a pilot script is what got me the representation I have today. It also cemented my growing desire to work more as a director, and introduced me to the horror “scene” that I love so much today. Of course it wasn’t easy. My webseries was literally copied by a production company and made into show without me. My script with Shudder wasn’t picked up to series and the company that bought it went under. Every show I’ve pitched has not been picked up. I keep using my own money to produce my own stuff, because that’s how it works these days. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that no one gig or achievement or job is going to “save” you. Everyone is constantly hustling, so you need to find the joy in the act of DOING it. If no one applauds you, would you still make that thing or write that script? What is the deeper purpose behind what you do? If you don’t know that, and you’re waiting on outside approval, it’s a real easy way to get depressed fast. I make funny and scary movies because I think life is funny and scary. I like showing stories that connect with people and make them react, whether it’s to squirm, shudder, laugh, or think about their life in a new way. And all of my work centers women and people of color, because that’s how my life is. That’s what’s interesting to me. I’d like to be a Lady Jordan Peele, so Jordan if you’re reading this, call me.
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?
Well it’s Covid times, so I would recommend ordering delivery weed from Eaze, driving through the In’nOut drive through, and then heading out to Malibu to eat burgers on the beach. If you drive behind the rich houses there’s always parking. Smoke or eat some THC, then eat your burgers and fries on the beach and watch the sunset. (Make sure to ask for the fries animal style!) On your drive back put on KCRW and vibe.
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?
My shoutout is to Fatale Collective! Without this collective of female horror directors and writers, I never would have gone to so many film festivals in 2019. It was with their support that I was able to produce, direct, and write my short film that got into Fantastic Fest, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Overlook Film Festival, and a ton more. Turns out it was the last year for a long time that film festivals, especially small, genre ones, were a “thing.” I love the remote festival experience because it’s so cool to watch movies as soon as possible, but there’s nothing like the crush of real life people experiencing your film for the first time. Thanks to these festivals I was able to meet more awesome people in the horror community, and do cool stuff like write about the power of sluts for Fangoria. The women in Fatale Collective are all amazing, unique creators, and also some of my closest friends. Forever grateful to them for their support, creativity, and the most lit group text of all time.
Personal Photo – Cameron Rice