We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan N. Freeland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan N., putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I wouldn’t call myself a job hopper, but when I was traditionally-employed, I never shied away from moving from one job to the next to gain experiences and skills I didn’t necessarily have yet. I did so against the advice of many mentors in my life. They had the best intentions and knew I had the capacity to succeed in my career, but the path they saw to do so was the path that “everyone” takes. I knew that path wasn’t right for me. It didn’t sit well with me, and so I carved my own path. I chose not to complete a residency after pharmacy school. I did short-term, finite internships and fellowships rather than full-time jobs. I chose to freelance rather than continuing graduate school. My commitment to pursuing MY path rather than someone else’s is the single most important decision that contributed to my success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My professional life is really a combination of lots of things, which makes sense given that I’m a multipassionate person. To sum it up, I’m a public health pharmacist turned healthcare copywriter and content strategist. I run my own micro-agency where I work with digital health startups. I also have my own YouTube channel—Multipassionate Meg—that’s all about online business, content creation, and “mompreneurship,” with a healthy dose of black girl magic sprinkled on top! I think what sets me apart is my consistent efforts to actually pursue my dreams. It’s easy to say you want something. It’s much tougher to go out and do it. But it’s not impossible, and I want to see more people executing on their dreams.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to Gilly Brew Bar in Stone Mountain. (Shoutout DeKalb County!) The owners are two entrepreneurial millennials who bought The Mayor’s House where Gilly is located, and the vibe is unmatched. No other place like it in Metro Atlanta, so that’s where we’d go!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Let’s dedicate this shoutout to my family. My parents have always been supportive of me and my goals and made sure to raise me to value education and creativity. They gave me the space to learn academically and through art, and I’m eternally grateful for that. My husband also deserves so much credit for his support over the years too. We have two children—4 years old and 1 year old—and I can’t imagine being able to do all that I do without his partnership.