What a year it has been! The year 2020 brought a lot of twists and turns to the entertainment industry, and figuring out how to present virtual performances was no easy feat. However, I would like to thank EVERYONE for the support you have provided during these difficult times. Rocky Mountain Puppets was able to survive, and ultimately thrive, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as we remained very active in the entertainment industry. During quarantine, I became "TikTok Famous," (if that's what you want to call it) and gained a following of nearly 2 Million people on the app! That is a HUGE number! Developing content has truly been a joy, and seeing reaction videos to the content I have created has brought a smile to my face an overwhelming number of times. In addition, TikTok has helped me branch out with my creativity quite a bit in terms of who I create content for as well. Having the opportunity to develop ads for Amazon and other big name companies that have been featured in Forbes Magazine, TIME, and The Rolling Stones has been such a rewarding experience, and has opened up a plethora of opportunities for my business and I.
One thing I missed the most was teaching kids while performing; however, I was fortunate enough to be hired as a paraeducator at an elementary school in Colorado. Working in the education field was an eye opener this year, and it blows my mind at how tech-savvy these kiddos have become at a young age. Not only was I working with kiddos individually to help them excel at what they were learning, but I also had the opportunity to occasionally do read-a-louds and science experiments during class with a puppet. This has taught me how to develop content that is both education-oriented and entertaining. Working in a school has also helped me determine that I want to obtain my teaching license as well as a Master's Degree in Learning Sciences & Human Development in the very near future.
Performing virtually has definitely been a different experience; however, it was something that I have adapted to! It has been odd not being able to hear what audiences are laughing at, and I cannot hear laughing virtually, but I sure hope that I was able to make all of you laugh and smile that were able to view a virtual performance.:) As Rocky Mountain Puppets continues to offer virtual performances, we are transitioning into performing live shows as well. Rocky Mountain Puppets will be presenting both virtual and live programs for libraries, schools, cooperate events, birthday parties, senior homes, you name it!
This pandemic has brought everyone a rollercoaster of emotions. For me, I felt a lot of things. I felt helpless when I had over 210 shows cancelled, cried when I was trying to figure out how to make it financially, laughed when my video of Crush, my turtle, biting into an apple juice container went viral, and I also overwhelmed more often than not due to working four jobs. Constantly keeping a positive mindset helped me, and my business, survive in the entertainment industry. I am very fortunate to have been able to reach the number of people I have during this pandemic, and I want to thank all of YOU for changing my life and giving me the opportunity to continue fill this world with laughs. I am looking forward to seeing your smiling faces, and hearing all of your laughs in the coming months! :)
Hope to see you soon!
Owner, Rocky Mountain Puppets
Meghan has been exposed to puppets since the day she was born, literally. While growing up, her dad read books to her while using puppets and ventriloquism. At the age of five, she discovered what the magic was that brought these characters to life. After this discovery, she was insistent on learning the art of ventriloquism, so she completed the Maher Course of Advanced Ventriloquism by the age of six. In 2001, Meghan instantly fell in love with performing and making people laugh after being on the stage for the first time at the Vent Haven International Ventriloquist Convention in Fort Mitchell, KY.
May 2013: Graduated from Legacy High School in Broomfield, CO.
August 2018: Graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
May 2019: Completed Personal Training and Nutrition Certification through International Sports Sciences Association.
August 2022: Begin Master's Program and Teaching Licensure with TBD.
Meghan's ultimate dream is to one day have an educational T.V. program that teaches the world about health, safety, fitness, and nutrition.
When there is spare time, Meghan loves performing for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Hospital in Denver, CO. While attending CSU, she was a member of the Colorado State Campus Crew for Love Your Melon from 2017-2018. Love Your Melon is an apparel organization that has an amazing mission to support the fight against pediatric cancer. When you purchase any apparel from this company, 50% of the proceeds bought go towards supporting this fight. As of 2019, Love Your Melon has given $6.1 million to fight pediatric cancer, and has given over 160,000 hats to children battling cancer. If you would like to help end this fight as much as Meghan does, you can help out by clicking on the picture with Meghan and Aidan wearing the Love Your Melon hat and beanie.