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Meet Megan Prem

Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Prem.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up dancing, it’s all I had ever truly known. I am from a small town in Wisconsin and never knew where I would fit in, career-wise. The only role model I ever had to look up to, who was the sole person I knew that also wanted to pursue a career as a professional dancer, was killed in a car accident when I was eight years old. I felt lost for a long time, always knowing to become a dancer was it for me, yet never knowing how I would achieve it. Growing up, becoming a dancer felt like such a faraway dream. After graduating high school, I went on to study dance at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania for a year. I thought this would be everything for me, however, I still felt like something was always missing. Then, thanks to the encouragement and support of my family, I made my move out to Los Angeles when I was nineteen to further my education at Studio School Los Angeles as a Commercial Dance Major. When I got my one-way plane ticket to L.A., I knew in my heart that it was where I belonged. I landed in California not knowing a single person, however, already feeling like it was home. Now, two years later, the inspiration, drive, passion, commitment, and dedication that I am surrounded by continuously, by all kinds of other artists, is how I know Los Angeles will forever have my heart.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, I would not say that my path has been smooth. However, I don’t think it is for any aspiring artist, especially in a city like Los Angeles. It’s intimidating moving to the city of dreams by yourself and seeing all of the talents that Los Angeles holds and having no idea how to begin to get noticed. However, what I have learned is that when I felt like all those other thousands of dancers were my competition, I was wrong. Everyone is on their own timeline and recognizes that. The dance community is, for the most part, extremely supportive of one another and builds each other up to learn from one another.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a freelance artist and have been trained in many styles of dance including, hip hop, jazz, tap, aerial silks, ballet, contemporary, jazz-funk, and others. I am extremely passionate about what I do and I am so thankful to have the ability to entertain and showcase who I am on a daily basis.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I have found that the quality that is most important to my success has been my drive and dedication, which had been instilled in me from a young age. The path that I chose to pursue is not a common one and there have been so many times when I could’ve easily backed out or quit. However, that’s not who I am. When I set my mind to something, I always see it through to the end, especially when it is something of great importance to me. There have been many people in my life, growing up, that told me to find a different career path because I would never make it as a dancer or, even if I did, I would never make a sufficient amount of money. What most people don’t understand oftentimes though, is that I never consciously chose to become a dancer, it is something that chose me. Dancing is all I have ever done and it is the only thing that brings me so much happiness, thrill, and excitement. So, when the training gets tough or I feel like giving up, I simply remember, first, all that I did to get to where I am now from my drive and dedication, and second, the overwhelming joy I feel when I am performing.

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Molly DuCharme, Johan Erik

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