It’s that time again! This Friday’s bio brings you Q&A with TVA Marketing Coordinator Meaghan Morawski.
Native Portlander or the adventurous type? Where are you from and what brought you here?
I moved around quite a bit growing up; I’ve lived in five states, eight cities, and two countries. I suppose the most formative years of my life were in Colorado (elementary and most of middle school) and Nevada (high school) though, so I’m a Nevoradan.
University of Oregon.
When did you realize you wanted to pursue marketing?
I did not find marketing; marketing found me. Back in the day when I was interning for Portland Monthly, everyone kept talking about marketing as a career option since journalism was at the height of its print/online metamorphosis and competition was uber fierce. One of the editors forwarded me a job posting for marketing at an architecture firm—basically I was applying for two things I knew nothing about at the time. The job posting was all stuff I could do though, so I went for it!
Did you consider other careers? What were they?
Dear Lord, this list is going to be crazy long. Careers I’ve really, seriously considered: bed and breakfast owner, gravedigger, florist, librarian, curator, photojournalist, regular journalist, copyeditor, pie shop owner, prop mistress, actress, advice columnist, screenwriter, playwright, author…I think that pretty much covers the main ones.
Which projects inspire you?
Projects that are creative, touch upon my favorite things to do (writing, editing, and InDesign-ing), and require zero oversight.
What is your philosophy towards your work?
Smile and nod…KIDDING. I’ve been lucky in finding a career path that I love, but I also overanalyze everything I do and perpetually feel like I never complete enough (Catholic guilt? Middle child syndrome? I’ll let you be the judge). My philosophy is probably something like, “Work as if you’re continuously interviewing for the job you already have.”
Which TVA project are you most proud to have worked on and why?
The Park Avenue West video because it is such an important project and I was excited to be able to get the green light on a video to tell the story. Everyone in Portland knew it as “that hole in the ground” for YEARS (I admit, that’s how I knew it when I first moved here), and the fact that—against all predictions and difficulties—the tower is now in existence and I got to help tell that story is super exciting to me.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
When I was living in France I was super broke and hitchhiked around a bit. I actually met really wonderful people and got to practice my French a lot; I would do it again if with a buddy. And to be clear, I meant the hitchhiking part is what most people probably don’t know; the broke part was pretty self-evident. (Photo in collage taken by one of the loveliest French couples ever. They picked me and my friend Sharna up near Le Mans on our trip home from Berlin.)
Name something beautiful, remarkable, or inspiring in Portland (building, space, environment, event, person, organization or organism… anything goes).
I am deeply obsessed with the authors mural that’s on the side of House of Vintage. In my spare time you are almost guaranteed to find me reading, so this mural makes me smile every time I pass it.
Portland is changing rapidly. What do you miss? What do you love? What would you like to protect?
In terms of what I miss and would like to protect: homes that are in decent shape and cost no more than $300k. Someday in the near future I want to be able to own a house, and with prices climbing the way they are there’s no way that will ever happen. Things I love: all the food places. It’s a bit of a problem how much I love them.
Words to live by…. (yours or other’s)
This isn’t necessarily a motto, but I’m very fond of the phrase “May the best of your past be the worst of your future.” It reminds me that the present will very quickly be my past, so I should strive to be happy and personally successful in the things that matter most to me. Sure, I’ll mess up a ton because that’s the way humans work, but it’s important to always try for what you find to be your most rewarding life.
Are you an athlete/musician/artist/poet/advocate/volunteer/hobbyist? Other?
I am a perpetually procrastinating writer a.k.a. the only fiction I’ve written in the past two years has been on deadline. It’s definitely a mental hurdle I keep trying to push myself to overcome though.
What type of music do you listen to?
People always love to answer “a little bit of everything” to this question, but I think that’s crap. I am definitely overly opinionated when it comes to what’s good and what’s not good musically. I listen to an incredible amount of musicals, mostly. I also really love folk music, comedy bands (Flight of the Conchords, Garfunkel and Oates, Rachel Bloom, etc.), classical music, the Gershwin songbook, songs that are probably considered slow and depressing by most, a dash of rap, and ABBA.
Do you sing in the car?
Yeeeeees. My favorite things to sing in the car are Regina Spektor songs and musicals. I also sing a mean Barbra Streisand. And by mean, I am indicating it will make your ears bleed.
What is the last book you read?
I read Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, which was Infinite Jest’s October book club book. Now I am in the midst of Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan for a second book club I just joined; I’m also rereading the Harry Potter series, starting with book one. Literary juggling, for the win!
What is your desert island food?
Figs. I literally wept when I walked into the grocery store this summer and saw that fig season had officially begun.
If you were left in the woods with only the items at your desk, what would you build?
Does this include my desk itself? If so, I’d try and fashion a shelter. My desk is actually surprisingly bare though because I apparently hate decorations, office supplies, and fun.
Name the most beautiful place you’ve been to in your life.
Blue Pool. It’s actually called Tamolitch Falls and is in the McKenzie River area of Oregon, but it was introduced to me as Blue Pool so I continue to call it that. The water is so clear and beautiful that it looks like Kool-Aid. I know that makes it sound horrifying, but it’s incredible. Photos can’t do it enough justice.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Tap dance. It’s been a dream of mine since I was probably about six. I’m actually actively looking into classes now, but it’s hilarious because, as much as I love dance, I am THE WORST at picking it up. I am one of those two-left-feet kind of people.
If you could retire tomorrow and money was no object, what would you do?
Buy a house in Ladd’s Addition, adopt six cats (I already have one, and I much prefer odd numbers), write like mad, and travel the world.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
Rod Serling. The Twilight Zone is incredibly nostalgic for me because growing up my mom and I would always watch episodes together. Our favorite episode is “Time Enough at Last” where Henry Bemis finally has all the time in the world to read and at the last moments of the episode his glasses break and he can’t fulfill his dream. It hits home for both of us since we’re such incredible nerds when it comes to reading. It’s actually become a tradition to watch that and other episodes again whenever we visit each other. Rod Serling was an incredibly brilliant writer, and I have a deep admiration for the fact that he envisioned and carried out such an intricate and unique show for FIVE seasons. I would love to sit down with him and just pick his brain about how he got inspired, how often he would write, what his process/daily routine was like, how he balanced work and life, etc.
If you had any superpower, what would it be?
It’s a toss-up between the ability to teleport and the ability to be 100% fluent (reading, speaking, writing, comprehending) in every single language in the entire world.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Well, That Was Weird