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Throughout her time in Hollywood, Megan Nager has made a name for herself both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Beginning her career as a SAG actor, Megan spent her first five years in Hollywood auditioning and landing roles on networks such as TruTV, Amazon, and Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. When she wasn’t working as an actor, Megan would seek out work producing, directing and editing, as she wanted to learn as much as she could about all aspects of filmmaking. This is when she discovered her love for content creation, so she began creating her own comedic digital content for her social media channels, which, today, have racked up millions of viral views. Her digital content has been used to depict the comedic side of unrealistic societal and beauty standards that many find totally ridiculous yet hilarious.
Megan’s deep interest in researching the internet’s latest societal and cultural trends is what led her to partner with fellow comedian and podcaster, Erin Darling, to create a series where the two spend each episode covering a popular cultural theory, and then either tracing it back to its origins or debunking it. The goal of the show was to encourage people to think critically before believing something they read online or see on social media. They decided to test out their concept on TikTok and launched their own account.
Seven days a week, Erin and Megan would switch off making videos covering the strangest theories like, Finland isn’t a real country (yes, some people actually believe this) or Tupac is still alive. The concept was a hit. Within two months, Erin and Megan grew to 100,000 followers. Their hard work and determination paid off. Not only did they harness TikTok to build a following, they also work with brands on campaigns, and partnered with Spotify, on Spotify Live, where they do a weekly show based on the same concept called POPSPIRACY. Today, their TikTok channel has nearly 200,000 followers and they’re continuing to enjoy writing and producing their long-form show POPSPIRACY.
“Looking back on when I first started, it’s really cool to know that I built all of this myself,” says Megan. “I think my success as an artist and entrepreneur is a testament to the power of social media and how creating your own content can take you really far,” Megan says.
When Megan isn’t auditioning or researching the internet’s wildest conspiracy theories for POPSPIRACY, she’s continuing to grow her own marketing and production company, Wake & Make Media, that she owns with partner, Corey Turner. Originally started as a production company, today, Wake and Make Media has grown into a nationally acclaimed marketing and production house that caters to 20 plus clients spanning an array of industries. Some of the brands Wake and Make Media has worked with include MTV, Miss Universe, PBR, Cîroc, TikTok, and more.
“When I entered the entertainment industry, I was told by almost everyone that my focus was too wide and that I needed to pick just one thing to focus on. But I knew in my gut that this just didn’t work for me, so instead of listening, I decided to learn all aspects of filmmaking. This is what allowed me to write, produce and edit my own digital content that has led to the launch of my own production company, Wake and Make Media, and my own Spotify Original podcast,” Megan says. The sense of adaptability, innovation, and the ultimate thirst to achieve the best in her life was the catalyst that pulled Megan towards success in the entertainment industry and on social media.
Megan’s love for creating content is undeniable. From sketch comedy to web series and even television shows, you can’t escape her influence if it comes down to anything creatively-comedic-related! Her most recent project was launching Verified on Amazon Prime, which gained high praise from critics alike because of its clever writing style.
FROM MEGAN HERSELF.
‘It’s really easy to give up when so many doors are closed, and you’ve been said “no” to so many times. However, I was lucky enough to have a few mentors who were really encouraging and always reminded me of why I started and why I would be upset if I quit. I look back at all the days I struggled with the anxiety of not knowing when my next gig would pop up or how I’d establish myself and think of how proud I am of myself that I didn’t quit.’