225: Megan Kelly on Creating the Experiences You Want to Have
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Megan Kelly is the Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Executive Producer at Honor Society and brings nearly two decades of experience on both the advertising agency and production sides of the business and was an early adapter for digital content. While honing her skills for every facet of production and cultivating strong and enduring relationships, she has also earned a reputation for curating and developing talent. Prior to founding Honor Society, she led production teams for such top industry shops as Savage, Shilo, The Sweet Shop, Public Domain and Czar. Most recently Kelly started the Live Action Division at Click 3X. Kelly’s work has garnered some of the industry’s most prestigious awards, including One Show, AICP and Cannes Lions.
Playing Small Moment
Megan has always been a hard worker who strived to keep everyone happy. In her thirties, she found herself juggling motherhood and a corporate lifestyle. Megan realized she had been trying to follow the rules, but sometimes rules need to be broken in order to grow.
The Wake Up Call
Megan was placed in charge of the division at one of her past jobs and was really proud of her accomplishments. Though she was the head of the division, Megan wasn’t able to have the creative freedom she needed or recognition that she deserved. After a certain point, she was pulled aside by her boss and told that she needed to run the company the way he wanted her to.
Style of Leadership
Megan’s staff is large and quite varied, so her leadership style sometimes differs. Overall, she strives to have a family-type environment where all opinions can be heard.
What Are You Excited About?
Megan is working on a couple of things that are yet to be released, but that she is really proud of. Honor Society is also starting to work on episodic branded content work for networks.
Current Business Challenge
Megan feels that she can be an impatient person and an overachiever. She struggles finding balance, and always finds herself wishing to be further along during the growing process.
Megan always tries to trust her gut. Especially with all of her experience, she needs to trust herself when she feels something isn’t going to work.
Advice For Younger Self
“Learn to trust yourself. Embrace trusting yourself.”
“Better to ask forgiveness than permission.”
“Nevertheless, she persisted.”
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