Hello, the last year has been crazy, and I'm incredibly grateful for everything that has happened in 2016. But 2017 brings a new journey!
End of January I left for California! I signed with AEFH out of LA for acting, and I will be living in LA for pilot season! As well as working with AEFH, I will also be working with my entertainment company Indasoul Entertainment on my upcoming CD Release that will be released soon! I am extremely excited for this journey, and what the new year brings for me!
As well as working towards my CD release, by request of my team, I will also start going by my real name Megan Lenius for all things regarding my music and acting. I have changed all of my social medias, and my website to Megan Lenius instead of Megan Elizabeth, so make sure you go follow me on all of them!
I am truly so grateful for all of the support by everyone around me. Im not one to forget those who have supported me, and I want to thank each and every person who has supported me in any way. Whether it be as simple as buying my CD or sharing my video. Or as big as being by my side throughout everything. I am truly so thankful for every single one of you!
By the wise words of Jim Carrey, "You can spend your whole life imagining ghosts, worrying about your pathway to the future, but all there will ever be is what’s happening here, and the decisions we make in this moment, which are based in either love or fear. So many of us choose our path out of fear disguised as practicality. What we really want seems impossibly out of reach and ridiculous to expect, so we never dare to ask the universe for it. I’m saying, I’m the proof that you can ask the universe for it... It’s just about letting the universe know what you want and working toward it while letting go of how it might come to pass... Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. I really don’t know if that’s true. I’m just making a conscious choice to perceive challenges as something beneficial so that I can deal with them in the most productive way... Take a chance on faith — not religion, but faith. Not hope, but faith. I don’t believe in hope. Hope is a beggar. Hope walks through the fire. Faith leaps over it."
Thank you to everyone, I am truly so grateful. Life isn't about making decisions over the fear of failure, and Ive never been a person to do so. Thank you to everyone who has been there, I am extremely excited to see where life brings me!
It’s been a while since I have actually posted on here. A lot has happened in the last few months, and there has been a lot on my mind lately. I’m going to start posting more often. I’d just like to say, that in no way am I a writer. I have horrible grammar, and I write like I’m having a conversation with someone, so I apologize in advance.
I guess the only place to start is from the beginning. The first big thing is I graduated from high school. I was that kid in high school, who hated everything about it. I didn’t hate high school because I didn’t have any friends, or because I wasn’t good at school. I hated high school for a completely different reason. I never partied in high school. I never drank or smoked or went through the whole rebellious phase. I never really understood why people would do all of those things. I was always that kid who thought about life differently. I always knew that life wasn’t about the parties. Or that one time where you did something so stupid that you almost ruined your future. I was the kid who enjoyed having conversations with my teachers more than my peers. I hated high school because of the high schooler mentality that the days you spent in high school were the best days of your life. I always had this feeling that I was meant for something bigger. So when it was finally over, I was more than ecstatic.
Before I graduated, I had every intention of going to college, but some things happened that changed my mind. I should probably start by saying that I think that the universe gives you signs when you need help making a decision. You just have to keep your eyes open for them.
Before I graduated, I had my heart set on going to an arts college in Chicago. In fact, it was the only college I applied to. But like most art colleges, they are extremely expensive, and I didn’t have the grades to get a full ride, or the money to spend to go. I realized this very shortly after I applied to the college. The more I looked in to it, the more I realized that this wasn’t going to happen. I continued to try to talk myself into believing that there might be a possibility that I could go. This is where the universe started to send me signs, that maybe this wasn’t the path I should take.
The first sign I remember was stumbling across an interview with Ed Sheeran, who talked about how sometimes college isn’t the best answer for aspiring artists. The next was when I brought up this idea to a good friend of mine, who immediately told me that it was one of the best ideas Ive ever had. The one that sealed my fate, was a lecture of sorts from one of my teachers. This teacher, was by far one of my favorites my senior year. He’s a short skinny dude with a crooked nose and curly black hair. He was a complete goofball, and an unbelievable rock climber. By the end of my class that I had with him, I came to the conclusion that he was the embodiment of a squirrel. But he was also one of the deepest thinkers Ive ever met.
The first time he brought up the idea of not going to college, it was a simple question, “Are colleges okay with you taking a year off before your freshman year?” The next time he brought it up, he told us a story about a friend of his who went out and worked in the oil fields after high school. After working a year, he had enough money to have a stable life and to go to college for a year, and he went. He continued to talk about his friend, and how sometimes going to college right away isn’t the best idea. The last time he talked about it, he simply said, you don’t have to go to college to be successful. During all of the times that he would talk about this very topic, were the moments in my life where I was struggling the most with what I was going to do after high school. I came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to go to college. I had gotten very far with my music throughout high school and when it came down to it I thought to myself, If I can get this far only being able to put a certain amount of effort into my music. The possibilities are endless if I put %110 into it. So I decided to take a year off and see what happens.
I get people who ask me about my music and what I've done to get to the place I am today at such a young age. So when a girl I met at a gig I played over the summer emailed me and asked those very questions, I finally wrote out my answer. Below is that very email I sent to her.
I started singing a very long time ago. There was never a time
that I decided to start singing, I just always sang. It took a lot of
determination and self motivation to get where I am. Its a matter of
continuing to do what you love, and you will stumble upon people that
see that in you and will take a chance on you. In my experience I've
never been given an opportunity when I've expected to receive it. Its
always been completely out of the blue. I started really focusing on
music my freshman year of high school. I met a producer, and he helped
me develop myself as a musician. I dont work with him anymore, but he
did a lot with teaching me how to better myself as a musician.
Ive always been a confident person, it took me awhile to figure
out how to not just be confident, but to also be extremely modest and
humble. What I've learned from this industry so far is that you can be
the best singer in the world, but if you're not genuine, no one will
work with you. Ive gotten a lot of the connections that I've made from
just trying to be a good person. Learn how to balance being humble and
confident, it truly helps in the long run.
You will always have people that will tell you, you will not
succeed, its inevitable. but you really have to develop a tough skin
in this industry. One of the things my old producer used to tell me,
is that everyone thinks they're an expert in music. Everyone thinks
that just because they saw that one documentary, or listened to that
one song on the radio, that they know everything to know about music.
you will always have that stranger that was in the audience try to
tell you that you sucked or you were really good, and although its
great to hear opinions, you cant take it too serious. There's a phrase
"You have to take things like water off of a ducks back", and in this
industry, unless you know that they are a credited source, you really
do. The only opinion that really matters is yours. You are your
When it comes down to it, in order to have any sort of success in
the business, you have to become something better than everyone else.
Get into voice lessons, I take mine at Macphail in Minneapolis, they
have teachers for every genre, and all of their instructors are
extremely credited. If you cant afford voice lessons, there are
thousands of free vocal clinics on the internet. This website
www.coursera.org has a lot of free classes, check there.
If you want to start playing live shows. Come up with a set list
of songs that you will love to perform, you're going to have to play
them a lot so if you hate the songs, you're not going to want to play
the shows. Get your set down as close to perfect as you can. Record
some videos of you performing some of the songs. You're going to need
something to send to venues that you want to play at. If you've never
performed an actual show in front of an audience, look for open mic
nights. Heres a website http://openmikes.org/ that will let you look
up local places that hold open mic nights. They will let you perform a
few songs, its also a good place to record video to send to venues, so
venues can see that you can play in front of an audience. It helps to
have live video when you're young, it shows the venue that you're
serious, and you really aren't just a young kid that learned a few
songs on guitar. Don't expect to get paid right away, its taken me
three years of playing by myself for tips, and I'm just now able to
ask for money to play. I was able to record a CD at a young age, and
that helped a lot when I was booking shows, because I was able to send
them a professionally recorded song. If you need somewhere to record,
I do have a studio that I can record and produce some songs for you
for a reasonable amount of money.
When it comes down to it, You really have to want this. If you
are truly thinking about pursuing music you have to go for it. You
have to put every ounce of yourself into it. I have a motto when it
comes to my music. I Used to always have hope that I was going to
succeed, I had my plan B and I always talked about hope. Until the
producer I was working with told me that he hates the concept of hope,
but instead he has faith. I thought about that, and I came to the
conclusion that hope is just a chance, where faith is knowing. You
cant have a plan B because it takes away from your immediate goal of
success, and you cant hope for a chance, you have to have faith that
it will happen. You have to know with every ounce of your being that
you will succeed. Ive never said I hope after that realization, Ive
always had faith, and I truly believe that I've gotten this far
because of it.
I realize that I am very young, and I have years upon years of more learning to do. But I have faith that I can help atleast one aspiring musician with this.
This blog post is talking about change in your self. Change is
inevitable. We talked about this in the last blog. When we
consciously want to change, that's what I would like to talk about today.
Our society is so obsessed with becoming something that isn’t our
natural selves. Photoshop is something that most kids know how to use
to alter their photos. Plastic surgery is becoming a common occurrence
in the world, kids are on diets because they think they are over
weight. Granted I'm a firm believer in “do what makes you happy” there
is no judgment towards you if you want to change yourself. But what I
am saying is that our society changes our bodies so drastically just
because we feel that its necessary to fit this mold of “perfection”.
My piece of advice for this post is, if you're looking for change.
Change your mind before your body, it's easier to change back if you
regret it later. Sometimes a change in your life could be something as
subtle as talking to a person you’ve disagreed with before in your
life, or try to look at another person's point of view on something. Do
something you would have never done before. If you're scared of
heights, convince yourself you're not and go on a roller coaster. Your
mind can be your best friend and your worst enemy. You just have to
spend time to make peace with the fact that it's your mind and you have
full control of it. Don’t change something before you know that you
really want it. Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing now something that I
will like later?” Are the outcomes of this decision more positive
than negatives. All I know for sure is that the closest that we can
get to perfect is exactly how we were made to be, we just have to
remind ourselves sometimes.
I was talking to my friend and we were having a conversation about perfection and if it actually exists or not, I thought it was an interesting conversation so I wanted to share it with you guys. My friend’s opinion on perfection is that perfection existed, that perfection was finite and that it can be achieved in life and in nature. Now I was in biology this year and one thing I learned about was evolution, granted I am a religious person so I do believe in god but I also believe that evolution occurs. The theory of evolution states that the environment changes and the things inside that environment change and those changes either help or hinder them when it comes to the constant changing of the environment that they are in. Thus resulting in their life or death because the theory of evolution states that everything changes. In my opinion perfection doesn't exist. In a personal sense I don’t believe perfection exists, because you can reach for the stars and there will always be something higher. Even if you are the best in the world at something you can always be better. You can look at anything and it won’t be the same from the moment you have started looking at it. Like I said I think perfection is unachievable. I think that for everything to be perfect is something that will never happen, now I am not one to say that things are impossible I don’t believe in the word impossible. But I do hope that perfection is impossible because if perfection is plausible that means that eventually we would all be the exact same. Our human kind is obsessed with this preconceived vision of perfection. We would do everything it takes to achieve it, and once we achieve it we would make sure everything in existence was perfect. That means that there would be no difference in people, you wouldn’t have a favorite anything. You wouldn't have a best friend, you would not have a personality. We would all be the exact same. There would be no difference in environment, there would be no difference in anything. You wouldn’t walk down the street and see a special something that somebody did and fall in love with it immediately. Everyone would be the exact same. This made me think about the fact that our society is so obsessed with something that would make us, for lack of a better word boring. It would make us dull. My message to you guys is simple, stop reaching for something that society created to make us all feel worthless. Because our differences make us, us.
17 tips for 17 years, and other things I want to tell you.
The first real entry to this blog… I've never blogged before in my life, but I’m trying.
I was on the Internet today, like usual and I saw a video that was called ‘16 tips for 16 years’ by Alexis G. Zall. My birthday was two weeks ago (the 23rd of May) and I decided that my first entry to this blog was going to be my ‘17 tips for 17 years’ for you guys because I feel that my words of advice are good *some sarcasm intended*.
Number 1. Life isn’t about regrets.
I know you hear this all the time from people, but honestly it’s so true. I’m a junior in High School, and trust me there are a lot of things I would regret if I didn’t think about the fact that it’s the past and I cant change it. Why live trying to change things you can't fix when it's not worth it.
Number 2. High School is dumb.
This High School comes into play for a lot of these tips, but most of all it's that what you are like in High School won't matter when you graduate. I was lucky to learn this right when I went into High School and it’s honestly helped me a lot. The people that hate you in High School won’t matter when you graduate. They will be a fraction of a spec on your radar.
Number 3. If people are mean, ignore them.
I’ve had my fair share of arguments throughout High School and the greatest thing I could ever tell anyone is do not give that person the satisfaction by continuing an argument. It takes two to fight and if one stops, the other is going to be waiting for you to say something about them later, DON'T say anything that person isn’t worth a word out of your mouth. Rise above it because soon you won't have to deal with them at all.
Number 4. Don’t do stupid things to have some fun.
It might seem like it will be fun later but that small ounce of fun isn’t worth the consequence that it will have after. If the consequence for doing it is worth that ounce of fun then have at it just remember to always weigh out your options.
Number 5. Don’t be sad.
Being sad isn’t worth it, it might seem like hell at the time but there’s always a good thing you just have to look a little harder sometimes.
Number 6. ADVENTURE and have fun.
Go on adventures with people that you like, don’t do dumb things that will get you in trouble. DO things that you enjoy with friends that you enjoy just as much. Because these are the things you will look back on and remember.
Number 7. Some teachers are pretty awesome.
This is pretty self explanatory, but find that one teacher you really enjoy and have a conversation with them. You’d be surprised at the wisdom that they have.
Number 8. COFFEE IS YOUR BEST FRIEND!
Well, at least it’s my best friend. I’m a night owl 100% and when school comes along and I have to wake up in the morning coffee is always there for me. But it does suck when you get an addicted to it, so enjoy in moderation.
Number 9. Body image problems are pointless.
As soon as you accept your flaws you will start enjoying life.
Number 10. Get rid of toxic people.
What is a toxic person? Well a toxic person is a friend or a person that doesn’t support you in everything you do, they don’t make you feel good inside, they make you feel stupid and worthless, they make fun of your flaws instead of helping you except them, they don’t give back what you put into the friendship or acquaintanceship or relationship. That is a toxic person and they don’t do anything but tear you down, so take them out of your life without causing a scene.
Number 11. Drama is useless.
One thing that High School students partake in constantly is drama, its worthless and the best thing to do is ignore it even if it's about you.
Number 12. Learn how to end things lightly.
If it’s a friendship or a relationship just end it lightly and don’t continue with the drama for a continuation of time it's not worth it at all.
Number 13. The opposite sex is stupid.
Stop worrying about relationships, they’re pointless and unless it’s a relationship where you both aren’t trying to make the other person stop their life to make you happy then don’t partake in them.
Number 14. High School goes by too fast.
Everyone hears this at some point in his or her life. But it's true, I still remember my first day of freshmen year, so don’t wish it will end because as soon as it does you’re an adult and that sucks.
Number 15. Money shouldn’t be a factor if it’s to do something you love.
College is right around the corner for me and there are so many things I can get to pay for my school that I would rather spend my life paying debt then do something I hate for the rest of my life. A day of hell is worth a lifetime of heaven.
Number 16. Be the person that you would want to be friends with.
Don’t be mean is basically what I am trying to say. Nobody wants to be friends with the mean kid. But stand your ground when it comes to the right time.
Number 17. Dreams can always become reality with enough work.
If they tell you ‘you can't do it', prove them wrong. With enough ambition and heart you can do anything you want, you just can't let the toxic people get in the way of what you want to achieve. If you want it enough you can always get it.
How was that for my first post? Im still extremely new to this blog thing. I have a lot of things that are coming up this summer and I cant wait to share them with you.
Hi my name is Megan Elizabeth I am 17 years old and I am from Anoka Minnesota and I'm starting this blog to document my road to achieving my dreams. Once a week I will update this blog for all of you to become an even bigger part of my music. I adore all of my fans so much and I can't even begin to explain the appreciation for you. I hope you all continue to stay on this wild ride that is Megan Elizabeth. Always remember to have faith because faith is knowing it will happen. To leave you with, here are some words of Charles Trippy (Bass player for we the kings) "If you want to be a dragon, be a dragon just always follow your dreams".