I Am New Memphis: Megan Carolan

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Full Name: Megan Elizabeth Carolan

What’s your philosophy? Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.

Where are you from? I’m originally from Bethlehem, PA—also known as Christmas City, USA. This is a legit title; we take Christmas very seriously and start decorating before the rest of the country has put away Thanksgiving.

How did you get to Memphis? I moved here to attend the University of Memphis, where I studied Music Business. I wanted to be in a city where I could get plugged into the local music community fast, and Memphis was at the top of my list.

What’s your job title? Marketing and Events Coordinator

OK, but what do you actually do? I secure the venues, catering, AV, drinks, insurance, tables and chairs, parking, and security for New Memphis’s many events. I make sure our events wind up on local calendars; sometimes that means writing press releases. I work with our Creative Manager to create facebook events and promote them to targeted audiences. I work with our Manager of Strategic Partnerships and our Welcome Ambassador to plan fun experiences for Memphis newcomers.

Tell us a bit about yourself! I play four musical instruments including my own voice. I’m great at organizing things—though not always personal physical things like my house or car. Currently I’m figuring how to be an adult…and succeeding, I’d like to think.

Who is/was your celebrity crush? Hozier; I love his music and his voice. When I saw him perform at Beale Street Music Fest, it was the perfect festival moment: sun setting over Arkansas, sky clear, slight breeze, and music drifting over the Mississippi.

What’s on your bedside table? Allergy medicine, ideas for songs, and an “I Love Memphis” art piece.

What’s on your bucket list? Visit Ireland. I’d like to see where my ancestors were from.

What song have you memorized? I think my brain is 80-90% song lyrics. For some reason, I can remember songs that I haven’t heard in years.

What was the last thing you cooked and ate? I made chicken noodle soup from scratch for the first time in a crock pot. I was super proud of myself; it felt very adult.

Describe your ideal day. My ideal Memphis day is a Saturday in late spring. I would wake up around 9am and go to Memphis Farmers Market. There I would purchase coffee, fresh veggies, and flowers, followed by brunch with friends. The brunch would include strawberry pancakes, mimosas, and hash brown casserole. Then we would go to Shelby Farms, rent bikes and bike around the lake. We would round out the day with a concert at Levitt Shell, including a picnic (and wine) with friends.

Which musical instrument are you? Ukulele. It’s a fun addition to any song; it’s versatile because it can carry a rhythm section or be sweet by itself. It is unique and unexpected…yet familiar.

If you could only eat one kind of food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Chocolate.

What one piece of advice would you give to your younger self? You can rest.

What have you learned since joining New Memphis?  New Memphis has opened my eyes to all the people and groups who are working together to lift up our city. This job has been a happy challenge for me; it has shown me that I can handle a lot more than I thought I could.

What New Memphis alum inspires you and why? My friend Elyssa Pfeffer because she is so strong, loyal, gracious and organized. My friend Ashley Crockett because she is hilarious, confident, and killing it at adulting. Ashley just bought a house AND she has a kayak, major adult milestones.

How can Memphis become a thought leader in the 21st century? Listen to millennials. We have good ideas that might seem very idealistic/unrealistic at times—but hey, it never hurts to try.

What is your favorite Memphis “hidden treasure”? The brownies at Bluff City Coffee. I thought I knew good brownies, I thought I made good brownies—but I had never truly lived until I sank my teeth into a Bluff City Coffee brownie. Everything I knew before was a lie.