By Meghan Jenkins, paintings at top by Meghan Jenkins.
[Editor’s note: The two paintings atop this page and other paintings by Meghan have been shown in art galleries in the Los Angeles area.—Mark Aldrich]
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You MUST have something to look forward to. Something that you’re excited to do or can’t wait to create for yourself or others.
If you, like me, have the type of brain that doesn’t seem to function “normally” … screw that, by the way. Do whatever you need to in order to drop expectations of “normal.” Let your brain be the explosive device that it is.
Screw “normal” and fitting in. Blah. Explode! …
I know that comes along with some “downtime.” “Weather changes” in the brain, I once heard a smart friend refer to them as. I like that. And the contrast can sometimes be jarring. It’s ok! You’re fine, you brilliant gem.
Learn who you are. Learn what you like and don’t like, and even why you like or don’t like something. Learn that you don’t have to be like ANYONE ELSE on this planet.
What if someone makes fun of you? Good! It means they noticed you and what you’re doing, and it caused a stir inside of them loud enough for them to bring a reaction to you in snark form. That’s art. Brilliant art provokes reaction.
If someone says you are wrong? I for one know that isn’t true. Do you know how many times I have been told I couldn’t do something? That I shouldn’t even try? That things I wanted weren’t for me? I proved every single one of them wrong. Motivated only by myself and the belief in myself.
Once, I was told I wasn’t a “real artist” because “real” artists can keep all the paint on the canvas. Well, that’s beyond ridiculous. Let your soul paint and splatter paint all over the friggin’ place. Don’t ever apologize for it. Live your life in a way that you can look back on it and say, “Hell yeah. I damn did it.”
Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, artist, author, musician, model.
The Adventures of Pizza Alien, the brand-new book by Meghan Jenkins, is out now and is available through Lulu.com and the online book retailers Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The Adventures of Pizza Alien is available for $18.
Meghan is a brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing. Use the code “MegJen” for a 20% discount!
Meghan released Panda’s Dance Party, her debut album, in December 2020. It is available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform: Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Amazon Music, deezer, Tidal, Pandora, Juno Download.
A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.
She is the founder and host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:
In 2018-’19, she was one of the feature performers in the longest running improv comedy show at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California, The Ding Dong Show.
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