Spotlight: Megan Bowers

Megan Bowers is sharp as a tack and has an eye for beautiful imagery. She's a talented videographer and knows how to capture the true personality of her subjects. She is a recent Pittsburgh transplant and I'm so glad she has joined our city!

You can check out her work at Pictory Productions and shatterbox.com.

Enjoy Megan's Q&A!

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When did you earn your wings?
I'm just now taking off! I recently moved to the Pittsburgh from New York City where I was Content Manager for shatterbox.com. It's a video-based social community of young people who've found success  in a career they love.

I started with the company as a part-time intern and have been there since the beginning. I've met incredibly inspiring people from musicians starting out to multi-million dollar CEOs. I'm constantly motivated by the shatterbox stories and felt compelled to really dive into my own passions.

I have a degree in broadcast news from West Virginia University and was on the track to TV reporting, but I loved the camera in my hand and have refused to put it down since. I love interviewing people that inspire me and piecing each story together like a puzzle.

After a few freelance jobs here and there, I decided to take the risk myself and create my own company. I still work for shatterbox, but I love to put the advice I've learned from those entrepreneurs into action!

If you could name a nail polish color after yourself or your business, what would it be?
Pictory Pink. It's florescent and would make an excellent nighttime reflector.

Not all flights are smooth. Tell us about how you handle turbulence in your business.
I think it's about keeping a good attitude. It's okay to fail, because that means you're taking the risk and hopefully learning from your missteps. Whether it's a poorly-designed logo or missing equipment mid-shoot. I've done both.

Who is the wind beneath your wings?
I'm a huge advocate for mentors. Male and female. We've found the majority of our shatterbox features by simply asking them to coffee to pick their brain. If you want to learn more about a certain field, the best thing to do is to reach out to those whose work you respect.

I would say Amanda Holt, the founder for shatterbox, is one of my mentors because she taught me the importance of loving what I do for a living.

Advice to other women as they navigate the business world?
1. Take time to figure out what your passionate about. Research, intern, freelance, job shadow, volunteer.Take one thing that you love to do and zero in on it when building a business. You can be multi-passionate, but when it comes to creating a career, you should get very niche. The most successful entrepreneurs I've interviewed through shatterbox all shared that advice. It's a daunting task and an on-going journey for me, but I realize it's importance the farther along I get.

2. Fake it till you make it. Keep practicing, designing, juggling - whatever. Because eventually, you will become great at it. Even if you're not there yet, it takes confidence to know that one day you will.

*I'm always looking for more mentors, industry peers and overall interesting people! Find me on twitter or by email.