An independent freelancer across a number of industries – including the arts, media, well-being, small business and the community sector – she has a wealth of experience as a radio broadcaster, writer, film critic, filmmaker, social media manager, blogger, meditation teacher, public speaker, teacher, photographer, podcaster, 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 people and audiences. She first started in public radio at 3RRR-FM in Melbourne in the 1980s – in the time of cassettes, carts and vinyl – 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‘.
In addition to covering major Australian 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. Megan is also well-known for her work as a guest critic and commentator on Radio National, and was a judge on Foxtel’s 12-part docu-series, Project Greenlight Australia.
Recently Megan relocated back to Australia after 2.5 years living and working in Berlin, Germany. There she covered wrote about music for Double J, produced arts stories for Radio National and covered the “Cleverman” 2016 world premiere at Berlinale for Guardian Australia (a story which trended immediately). She covered Berlinale again in 2017 for ABC Local Radio and Radio National, writing about landmark Australian documentary Casting Jon Benet for Guardian Australia.
Megan has also worked as a program presenter on ABC Local Radio: on Evenings with 702 ABC Sydney/Statewide NSW (2007); as daily Drive presenter on 105.7 ABC Darwin in the Northern Territory (2008); and as Saturday Breakfast presenter on 91.1 Central Victoria/ABC Victoria (2013-2015), often working as fill-in Breakfast presenter there as well. From December 2017 – February 2018, she was 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-taught. 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, progressive city of Berlin. She produces wine podcast Gut Feeling (2017 -) for sommelier husband Oliver Budack, with her latest a more personal project, Auspicious Plastic (2017 -). 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.
Practicing meditation since 2009, Megan has also moved into mindfulness meditation teaching. In 2015 she taught the 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.