“Off Camera” with Megan Alexander
Megan Alexander is a national news correspondent on Inside Edition, author, speaker, and actress. Her first book, Faith in the Spotlight—Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs, was released in 2016.
Dan: Megan, thank you so much for being with us. What was it that inspired you to pursue a career in the media?
Megan: I have always enjoyed anything in the creative space; I loved doing plays and music in school. I also enjoyed speech and debate, writing, and art, so I knew I wanted to do something in this industry. Originally, I thought it would be acting or music.
Dan: When did your journey with the Lord begin, and what were the circumstances that brought you to faith in Christ?
Megan: I received a wonderful K-12 education at Kings Schools in Seattle, and it was there that that I met the Lord. My school activities—sports, musical theater, student council, and more—had a foundation in the Christian faith, and my teachers, coaches and friendships made a lasting impression on me.
Dan: In your personal and professional life, you are very open about your faith. What is the usual response from your colleagues about your beliefs?
Megan: Well, I wasn’t always that way. I believe you should do excellent work first and gain the respect of your colleagues by doing what you were hired to do—do the job. Then, just be yourself. It can be as simple as sharing what you did that weekend, what books you are reading, or how you handle stress. I work with people of many different faiths, lifestyles, and creeds. We must be respectful to everyone in how we share our beliefs. Because I HOPE I am respectful and professional, my colleagues have been supportive. I certainly felt supported when I published my book. My boss read it and said, “Well done.” He knows that at the end of the day, I will do good work for him—do my job—which is why I was hired in the first place. What’s that wonderful phrase? “Preach the Gospel; use words if necessary.”
Dan: As a Christian, have you experienced challenges in your media career that are unique to a person of faith?
Megan: I don’t believe there is a “grand master plan” to keep faith and religion out of media. I just think people of faith have not hung in there long enough to earn a seat at the table. I think the Church “gave up” on Hollywood and media a long time ago. I say stop complaining and start working to help the problem. Go to the best school you can, do excellent work, get a job in the industry, work hard. And then, when you are on the inside, you will see ways you can contribute.
There are times when I am the only Christian in the room and offer an idea for a story or project that simply would not have been presented if I had not been there. I am concerned that the faith community is not equipping young people, especially young women, to take on leadership positions and thrive in business while staying true to their beliefs. Countless people preach about Hollywood and media, but very few have actually worked there. This is why I wrote my book.
Dan: Yes, you speak to these issues in your book, Faith in the Spotlight: Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs. If one of your kids wanted to enter the media business, what advice would you give them in order to “stay true to their beliefs”?
Megan: I tell young people, “You need to decide who you are and what you stand for before you get in this industry. Some days there literally will be no time for you to decide on the job.” Know who you are and what you stand for before you get here.
Dan: Megan, your Mastermedia friends admire your stance as a Christian in the business and appreciate your heart to inspire others who are coming up in the industry. We will pray for you, your career, and your family.
Megan: I will never turn down prayer—thank you!