Life of a Brave: 21 Questions with New Digital Marketing Director, Ms. Megan Nash
by Sione Hala
This year, St. John Bosco is excited to welcome Ms. Megan Nash to the Brave Community.
Q. Where did you spend most of your childhood?
A. I grew up here in Los Angeles. I’m from Manhattan Beach, in the South Bay.
Q. Where did you attend high school and college?
A. I went to high school at Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles. It’s an all-girls high school, and I went to Loyola Marymount for college.
Q. What event in your life made you decide to become who you are today?
A. I grew up in a household where my dad is a Certified Public Accountant, and my mom is an artist. She’s a painter. From a young age, the duality of business and creativity were instilled in me, so marketing is a blend of both. I studied business at Loyola Marymount University and loved my marketing classes.
Q. What was your first job?
A. I played volleyball at LMU, so my first job was an assistant coach at Occidental College for their volleyball program.
Q. What do you contribute here at Bosco?
A. I’m the Director of Digital Marketing and social media, so I work on the website, anything that touches the brand and the marketing of the school.
Q. Did you work at a different high school previously?
A. I didn’t do this in my first high school. However, I spent ten years in the entertainment industry before this, working on movies.
Q. How is the entertainment industry?
A. After I did the coaching job, I ended up interning for a company that distributed independent films, a lot of art house movies, documentaries and things like that. I learned how to market and sell independent films, and I worked ten years for that company, and I bounced around other companies such as Sony.”
Q. What was your dream job growing up as a kid?
A. As a kid, I wanted to be a professional beach volleyball player of course. I also wanted to be a teacher.”
Q. Have you always seen yourself in a school environment?
A. Yes. I was always interested in being in a school environment. I’ve always loved school. I love the learning environment and things like that, it was a place where I felt fulfilled.
Q. How did you arrive at Bosco?
A. I applied and luckily got an interview. A lot of my background, having gone to an all-girls high school, being from Los Angeles, an athlete to working in marketing all lined up and it worked out.
Q. How has Bosco been? Do you like it so far?
A. It’s been great! I’m loving it here. Everything that I read online and that I heard from people is true. So that is really awesome. The people here are welcoming and kind. There are a million creative opportunities here, so it’s exciting.
Q. What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
A. I’m proud of earning a Division I scholarship and playing the sport that I love. I’m proud of the work I did for ten years in the entertainment industry and having the courage to switch industries. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here so far and look forward to much more to come.
Q. Was the transition from the entertainment industry hard for you?
A. Yes, it’s always challenging to make a huge transition like that.
Q. Did you play any sports? If so, did you ever think of becoming a professional?
A. I played most sports growing up but once I got to high school, I narrowed it down to volleyball.
Q. What was your favorite sports team growing up?
A. I loved basketball and the Lakers. UCLA football was a team my family always rooted for.
Q. Do you have any pets, and if so, how long have you been an owner?
A. No, but I have a lot of plants.
Q. What type of plants do you have?
A. I have about ten houseplants that I adore. I have a lot of greenery in my house.
Q. What’s your favorite color and why?
A. I love green. It makes me feel good.
Q. How do you like to spend your free time?
A. I live by the beach. I love the beach. I love to play beach volleyball whenever I can, and I also love to read and write. I enjoy photography as well.
Q. What’s something you would tell your younger self?
A. You don’t need to figure everything out right now, everything eventually connects. Follow your gut and you’ll know the way.
Q. What piece of advice did you get when you were younger that you never forgot?
A. There was a book that I had to read when I was playing volleyball at LMU. It’s called The Talent Code. Reading that book and talking about it with the coaches changed my life and my view on talent. It basically said that there’s a number of factors that account for why someone is so talented and successful at what they do, but if you spend ten thousand intentional, dedicated hours at something, you will be very good at it.