Q&A with Megan
Tell us about your career path and how you came into your current role.
After graduating from Michigan State University in 2012, I found a list of 150 ad agencies in Chicago and sent my resume to each one, even if they weren’t hiring. After hearing back from only one agency, my [now husband, then] boyfriend and I moved to Chicago for an unpaid graphic design internship. (We are so grateful to have family we were able to stay with until we both had full-time jobs!) After 3 months I was hired on as a graphic designer with the agency, and that’s where I stayed for over 7 years. Over the course of those 7 years, I moved up from an unpaid intern – to Graphic Designer – to Art Director – to Senior Art Director. During that time, I was able to work on a multitude of different projects – including a beverage package that was awarded one of the Top Beverage Packages of 2013 according to Beverage Industry Magazine, a full wall mural, branding, strategy, websites… you name it!
Then, you could say I had the “7 Year Itch”. I just felt like I was ready for more. After attending a few conferences (Digital Megaphone Social Media Masters Summit, Create + Cultivate, She Did It Her Way) and listening to all of these inspiring entrepreneurs, I knew that was what I wanted to be! After a lot of planning, I left the agency in 2019 to pursue my dream as the Founder and Creative Director of The Adventure Agency!