We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Gill and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Megan, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work-life balance is a tricky one, right? I think the pandemic came in, forced us all to come to a screeching halt in our work and our lives, and allowed us time to experience what it’s like to have a whole lot of anxiety and not much going on.

Pre-pandemic, I was going, going, going non-stop. I was acting, I was serving, I was working events, I was teaching barre classes. I was literally fighting to pursue my dreams and make enough money to support myself in doing so. Like many, I was burnt out. I’ve always been an advocate for having an active social life and taking time for myself, but I felt like I never had the time to slow down.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned going through the past two and a half years (wow, time flies) is that society as a whole deserves time to rest. Social time, work, play, creative endeavors, time with our partners (if we have one), and time alone can all exist in cohesion. It’s a delicate balance, but I do believe this is the direction we’re heading in, and thank goodness for that.

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.
Being an actor (singer, dancer), and screenwriter is work that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I started dancing at a very young age and fell into theatre and then musical theatre in middle school, and I haven’t stopped acting since.

I struggled with adversity as it relates to my body throughout high school and looked on as my peers struggled with similar adversity throughout my college education. My body was changing as I moved from my teens to my early 20s, and I soon realized the amount of work I got, shows I was cast in, positive attention I received was in direct relation to what I looked like and the shape of my body,

The driving force behind my creative work, as of recently, is body diversity on stage and on screen. Both Hollywood and Broadway, by nature, have this elitism (that is tied to looks and bodies) that’s been happening for ages, and we’re not doing much to change that because it’s known, it’s comfortable, it’s safe. Oftentimes, you mostly see bodies with thin privilege on stage and screen (not to mention white, cis, heterosexual bodies).

In 2021, I created, wrote, produced, and starred in the film, A Broadway Body, which explores the damaging position a young collegiate performer finds herself in when pursuing a professional career in musical theatre. This piece is loosely based on real-life events – from both my life and the lives of some of my closest peers. I hope to reach as many people as humanly possible with this story and use it as a catalyst to fight for real change within the entertainment industry.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This article is dedicated to my parents, Jon & Dona, for pushing me to follow my dreams and supporting me all the way through it, my partner, Mike, for showing up for me in more ways than one might imagine, and my community of fellow actors, entrepreneurs, and multi-hyphenate human beings.

Website: http://www.megangill.com

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/themegangill

Other: http://www.instagram.com/abroadwaybody

Image Credits
Tony Prince Photography (green) Huebner Headshots (headshot) Claudia David (film poster)

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