PORTFOLIO: the EVERYGIRL
DJ and Producer Megan Taylor
BY ISABELLA WALKER
In an industry dominated by men and masked alter-egos, the freckled and red-haired disc jockey, Megan Taylor, stands out not only because of her gender but because of her overall girl-next-door appearance. As both a DJ and producer at Fig Media, Megan thrives on a busy lifestyle full of creative meetings, artist reviews, and attending and spinning music for events. Although she was not always on an artistic path, Megan is now one of Chicago’s most sought after artists.
As many college students do, Megan made a drastic change in majors while attending DePaul University, switching from mathematics to art. After enrolling in summer courses at the School of the Art Institute, Megan found her passion for video editing and applied for an internship with Fig Media shortly after. When an editor and post-production manager position opened up right as she was graduating, Megan was easily able to transition into the new role. Her hard work and dedication was noticed when she was asked to DJ for a secret concert in Union Station with Guiliana and Bill Rancic, Sara Bareilles, and Maroon 5. With her career growing by the minute, we were lucky enough to steal some advice from the stylish spinner.
Here, Megan tells us how she was able to let her love for music develop her career, instead of continuously questioning what she should do with her life.
Macala Wright of Group Partners
BY ISABELLA WALKER
In 140 characters or less, Macala Wright, the Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Group Partners, has established herself as a pioneer in social media. With the unique ability to work in both an analytical and creative field, Macala’s work extends much farther than UK-based business innovation firm, Group Partners. Besides working at Group Partners, Macala can often be found writing about retail, e-commerce, and technology for CNN’s Mashable.
While many of us spend most of our days Tweeting, Facebook-ing, and Instagram-ing, Macala took that love for social media one step further and created the first ever social media conference, known as the 140Conf, in London and New York. Still in awe of what she’s already accomplished, Macala credits young passion and talent as a factor in her success. Here, the extremely insightful digital strategy maven officers her advice on growing a business, finding a job you enjoy, and not being afraid to do something a little more untraditional. If only we could all be so wise!
Kathleen McFeeters of Ali Ro
BY ISABELLA WALKER
If you follow The Everygirl on Instagram, you know it’s safe to say we’re a little bit obsessed with the fashion brand Ali Ro. The designer’s anorak has become our staple travel coat, as evident in our pictures from New York Fashion Week. So when we made plans to interview Kathleen McFeeters, the incredible owner behind our beloved Ali Ro, we couldn’t have been more excited. With praise from People Style Watch, Oprah Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, and InStyle (just to name a few!), it is no surprise that Ali Ro is a new favorite in the fashion industry. Kathleen has quickly established Ali Ro as the go-to for any contemporary woman’s wardrobe essentials. With her perfect mix of simplicity and sophistication, women of all ages are donning her colorful, patterned frocks.
There are not many people who would be able to maintain a 2 AM wakeup call every day, but for Kathleen, that’s just another day in the fashion industry. Crediting her daughter, Alexandra, as the muse of her collection, it is clear that being a mom is also an important factor in Kathleen’s life. Even in the rare five minutes a day she gets to herself, Kathleen’s mind is full of visual creativity. In one of the most notoriously tough industries, Kathleen has successfully developed her passion into a full-time career. We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse into the “reality show” of Kathleen’s office and see just what it takes to grow one of the chicest fashion labels for the modern woman.