Megan Magray is an upcoming senior at Wash. U. majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a double minor in English Literature and Communication Design. She is currently a TV Development Intern at Coolfire Studios and a Photography Intern at ALIVE Magazine. Megan grew up in Tampa, Florida, but was drawn to St. Louis because of the region’s friendly Midwest vibe and fell in love with its creative business environment. Full Circle sat down with Megan at Kaldi’s Coffee, a spot she visits often to edit photos, to learn more about this Young & Upcoming photographer.
My interests lie at the intersection of multimedia and social sciences, so I’m thankful to be able to work with a lot of creative companies in St. Louis. I think the only way to describe it is that I wear a lot of hats. I’m part of the creative community in St. Louis, but I’m really happy to be on the periphery of some of the more entrepreneurial organizations in St. Louis. I do a lot of freelance work for nonprofits and startups.
St. Louis and the companies that I work for are so rapidly changing—the city is always kind of in flux. ALIVE just had a major rebrand, which is beautiful, and I love the way it looks now. Coolfire is growing when it comes to development. It’s awesome to be part of both these companies because the work that I’m doing is so varied. I think the world right now can feel very overwhelming, but having the ability to focus on our city makes things more manageable.
St. Louis has become very much of a home for me. I still think of Florida as a home, but St. Louis is a place that I really identify with, and I’ve really grown as a person since I’ve been here. I constantly find myself blown away by the talent, kindness, and creativity of the people in the city. I get to meet so many new people everyday. This morning, I was at Kaldi’s editing photos, and this wedding photographer just walked over to introduce himself and we talked about our projects. St. Louis has this wonderful paradox of being a tight knit community with endless talent.
WHY FULL CIRCLE?
Networking, especially to young people, can seem like such a boring word. It sounds very corporate, but really it’s about meeting other vibrant, creative people. St. Louis as a city does a great job of making entrepreneurship and business collaborate with creative types. Business isn’t boring here. It’s exciting, fun, and ever-changing. Full Circle is doing an amazing job of helping young professionals realize that.