Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi! My name is Megan Minutillo. I’m a creative multihyphenate - writer/ director/producer/and theatre teacher, and based in New York. I’m also the founder of the arts, entertainment, and arts education website, thewriteteachers.com. I saw my first Broadway show when I was six, and from then on, I was hooked. I believe in the magic and transformative power of the arts and arts education, and I think storytelling is one of the greatest gifts and tools that we have as humans. I’m also newly engaged, and we’re getting married this July!
What would you say to 16 year old you?
It gets better. It gets worse. It gets better again.
Stand up straight. As an adult I have the worst posture in the world - and it’s because I was constantly trying to make myself shorter when I was younger. I hunched over so I wouldn’t stand out. I hunched over so I wasn’t taller than all the boys. I wish I had believed that my height was beautiful. So, to my sixteen year old self - embrace your height - and do not shrink away from what you were given, both physically and intellectually. It’s OK to own the gifts you were given. It’s OK to wait for the great love you believe in. Do not shrink yourself - for anyone, or anything.
And, don’t wait until you’re “older” to chase your dreams. Start creating when you feel compelled to. If you keep waiting for the right time, you’re going to be waiting for a long time.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Remember to tell the world who you are, don’t let the world tell you. Take care of your heart. Take care of your mind. Take care of your body. Take care of your soul. Take care of you, how you need to, when you need to.
Some people will mistake kindness and sensitivity for weakness. It is not. Remember that always, repeat that to yourself often - that kindness and sensitivity in the face of heartache and hardship is often the greatest type of strength.
Also, surround yourself with women who you see you at your worst, and love you anyway. The type of people who see the light in you, even when you cannot see it yourself. That’s the best kind of friendship - raw, unfiltered, beautiful humanity. Too often we perpetuate this notion that women should compete with one another, and that being strong means that you don’t need anyone, and that’s just crap. We were not meant to go through this life alone, and there’s no shame in letting people in.
What do you love most about yourself?
I was close to leaving this question out. Fun fact - humble brags or self brags or any kind of brags make me a little bit uncomfortable! I don’t really know. I love my love for people. I love my love for storytelling. I love how I will pursue a creative idea that I believe in, even when I get a hundred people doubting me. It’s fun to persevere in the face of doubt. It’s fun to keep your eyes set on the big picture, even when those around you can’t see it. I love my hair. It’s naturally black and super curly, and people ask me all the time if it’s natural.
How do you manage your work-life balance?
I use a paper planner. No joke. I’m a huge fan of The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. Writing things down on a list and then crossing them off is very satisfying to me - and the act of writing it down, (rather than typing it), helps me remember it more. I love the to do list section of the planner - it helps me focus on those items, and only those items. If I’m struck with new inspiration and the “to-do” list is full, well then it has to wait until the list is done, or it gets put on the following day.
Also, when my fiancé and I are eating a meal together, we have no phones out. Same goes with when we watch television. When you work as a freelancer, or in the entertainment industry, it’s easy to get swept up in work, in social media, in answering emails...the list goes on. But it’s important to draw lines, and have boundaries, and surround yourself with people who keep you grounded and present - for me, that person is my fiancé.
What is your favorite meal?
Dumplings. I can’t resist a good dumpling. That, and a really good slice of pizza. I could have just finished Thanksgiving dinner, and if you put pizza and/or dumplings in front of me, I will indulge.
What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I read, a lot. My new favorite thing is podcasts and audible.com, when I’m driving it’s nice to be able to listen to a story. I love Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, Pod Save America, and Lovett or Leavitt. I’m currently reading, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Law and politics. I also have an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Political Science, and Law, so it’s always been an interest of mine.
What is something on your bucket list?
Lots and lots of traveling - there’s so many places I’d like to visit! I’m dying to go to England. My fiancé and I are going to go to Japan for our honeymoon, so I’m excited to cross that one off the list! Getting that Broadway contract for my full length show, H. Writing a book. I make bucket list items all the time - it’s the running joke in my household. But, I think bucket lists keep you dreaming.
Where do you find inspiration?
In the people I meet. I love hearing about people’s stories - their hopes, their dreams, their fears. I find it in music, and plays, and books, and films, and even television. Lately I find it in nature - quiet, untouched moments are rich with story.
What are your biggest passions?
Theatre, education, my family and friend...life! Making people feel loved, heard, and seen.