Someday is not a Day on the Calendar: A Conversation with One to Watch Megan Lockhurst
Megan Hazel Alice Lockhurst was born and raised in Milton, Ontario Canada. At a young age, she showed a keen interest in the arts and would often be found daydreaming, singing and dancing in the living room when she thought no one was looking. With a huge imagination, Megan’s talent took her to the stage where she would end up falling in love with musical theatre and dance.
At the age of 16, Megan decided to try a career in modelling. Her first audition led to a very promising commercial opportunity, however before she could sign the contract the producers decided her height of 5’2 would not quite fit their vision. Devastated by this audition, Megan decided to hang her modelling hat up and stick to singing where she would eventually grab the lead role in the musical Grease, act as lead vocalist for the band She Said, and compose music for up and coming indie films.
Megan loves to travel and has been living in the UK for the last 12 years where she is now vigorously pursuing an acting career. Her focus is Feature films and Television. She enjoys horseback riding, acting, singing, dancing, cooking and shows a promising future within the TV/Film industry.
In our exclusive interview Megan tells The Fan Carpet’s Marc Jason Ali how she got started in the Industry, her dream role and what she has coming up…
If we go back to the beginning, was there a defining moment for you to get into the Film Industry?
I was working towards a career in the music industry and was struggling to find musicians who wanted to commit full time. After several failed attempts to get people together for a simple band practice I decided to call it quits. The next day when I woke up it was like a light coming on in my head. I was going to be an onscreen actress. I’ve been pushing forward ever since!
What can you tell us about your forthcoming film Balloon Animals with Director Rick Roberts and where your character fits into the story?
Without giving to much away, Balloon Animals is a fantastically racy film which ignites passion and flare between strong characters. My character ‘Heather’ is a risk taker who will go to great lengths to get the job done!
What attracts you most to the roles you pursue?
My favourite type of roles to pursue are the ‘grittier, kick ass’ ones. I enjoy becoming someone completely different and I love the challenge that comes along with it.
What is your preferred genre, and do you have any favourite films?
I love anything Horror though also love a good RomCom or Action film. Generally if there’s a strong story line or interesting concept i’m happy to give it a watch. My favourite film of all time is ‘Jurassic Park’
Are there any other aspects of the Film Industry that you would like to pursue?
I’m currently writing a TV series which I’m enjoying the process of, though my real passion lies with acting. Though I don’t have any intentions of pursuing anything further within the industry (as it’s important to dedicate my time to acting) I won’t rule anything out.
You have an eclectic range of credits, are there any genres that you haven’t done yet that you’d like to?
I haven’t had the chance to do a RomCom which I think i’d enjoy and would like to do. Other than that i’m pretty open to all genre’s that come my way.
You’ve worked with a great crop of talent, do you have a wish list of who you’d like to work with?
Hmmmm… that’s a tricky one, but I’d definitely say ‘Simon Pegg, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert Di Nero’
What is your opinion on Streaming Services such as Hulu or Netflix and their place within the Cinema Industry?
I think they are great platforms for new and seasoned artists to get more roles, screen time and publicity. It’s a great way forward and I feel the productions are reaching more people than ever before. I’m excited to see the online community grow.
Who inspires you within the industry?
The people I find the most inspiring are the people I’ve met along my journey. Every day people who have to do the regular 9-5 jobs but still manage to network and create, always pushing forward to find new ways to practice their passions. People who never give up on their dreams no matter how difficult the journey. Those are the gems of the industry.
What else are you working on?
On top of several Feature and Short films I’ve been casted for, i’m currently working on a Physiological Thriller series which will hopefully be released 2019/2020. I’m also hoping to get further training in and Networking is a must!
Is there a role you would like to play that hasn’t been done yet?
I would absolutely love to play Shera Warrior Princess! That would be a dream come true. I’m not sure if it has been done in recent years, but she’s a character i’ve always wanted to play. Anyone out there reading this, get me on board, I do my own stunts and will kick butt!
You do a lot of work with the RWAF, what can you tell us about that? We hear you want to open a Rabbit Sanctuary, are there any developments with that?
The Sanctuary is definitely a dream of mine and though i’m not in the position to make it happen, it’s one I plan to pursue once I’m financially stable. I recently joined the RWAF who are a fantastic organisation giving people the advice and information they need on rabbits. We don’t realise that rabbits are insanely complicated creatures so having a site that teaches you the basics is really quite fantastic. Visit them for more information.
And what advice do you have for someone embarking on a career in the Film Industry?
‘Someday’ is not a day on the calendar so don’t think it, just do it!
Find Megan on her Official Website and for her links to her pages on Social Media.