An independent freelancer across a number of industries – the arts, media, wellbeing, small business and the community sector – she has a wealth of experience as a radio broadcaster and professional podcast maker, writer, film critic, filmmaker, social media manager, blogger, meditation teacher, public speaker, teacher, photographer, digital community builder, consultant, curator, events manager and cafe owner.
Above all, she is an independent critical and creative thinker with a particular interest in empathetic modes of work and communication.
Megan has always had a strong connection with audiences. In the time of cassettes, carts and vinyl she started in radio at 3RRR-FM in Melbourne in the 1980s, later connecting with national audiences through her work as a film critic. She spent a decade as triple j radio’s resident film critic and was a critic/reporter/presenter on SBS Television’s long-running film program ‘The Movie Show‘.
Covering major Australian film festivals, premieres and special events, she reported from the Toronto and Berlin International Film Festivals and was a member of the very first FIRPRESCI jury for Melbourne International Film Festival with renowned critic Ronald Bergen and artistic director of Hong Kong Film Festival, Li Cheuk-to.
Based in Berlin, Germany from 2015- 2017, she wrote about music for Double J, produced arts stories for Radio National and covered the “Cleverman” 2016 world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival (“Berlinale”) for Guardian Australia – a story which trended immediately. She was 2017 Berlinale correspondent for ABC Local Radio and Radio National and wrote about landmark Australian documentary Casting Jon Benet for Guardian Australia.
Megan was also a presenter on ABC Local Radio: on Evenings with 702 ABC Sydney/Statewide NSW, Drive on 105.7 ABC Darwin in the Northern Territory and Saturday Breakfast on 91.1 Central Victoria/ABC Victoria where she also regularly presented weekday Breakfast.
On her return to to Australia in late 2017 she was invited to be the film critic for ABC Local Radio Evenings national “summer” with Tatjana Clancy.
Her first – called ‘Deep Storytelling’ – explored empathy as part of a 2015 storytelling workshop she co-faciltated. Megan also executive-, program-produced and co-presented Three Wicked Women (2016), a six-episode, one-hour podcast series featuring talented creative folk living in the historic city of Berlin.
She produces wine podcast Gut Feeling (2017 -) for sommelier husband Oliver Budack, and personal ‘love’ project, Auspicious Plastic (2017 -) which was nominated for a Frankie magazine “Good Stuff” Award in 2018. Released monthly Megan explores precious objects and the stories behind them, beginning the conversational series as a form of “grief therapy” after losing her mother in 2012.
Her most recent is landmark From A Whisper To A Bang! (2019), a six-part, one-hour series about wartime remembrance and ‘historical empathy’. Recorded in Europe and Australia, it took two years to make and was commissioned by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Practicing meditation since 2009, Megan has also moved into mindfulness meditation teaching. In 2015 she taught her 7-week course ‘Meditation For Creativity‘ and since has presented workshops, guided meditation sessions, talks, classes and individual consultations at organisations such as Paypal and The School of Life Australia and Berlin. (More here and here.)
Megan is a ‘big picture’ person: ideas, innovation and deep conversations energize her. Her perspective is also informed by her many travels, meditation retreats, and the distinct advantage of having grown up in the ‘age of analogue’ while embracing many of the innovations that have come with ‘the digital’.
Australian-born, Megan is a seasoned traveller, gratefully experiencing life’s “inner” and “outer” adventures. View her professional portfolio here.