Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Kyle Meagher and I am a 16-year-old Canadian actor and singer. I dropped my debut single, Nowhere, this past summer and now I’m getting ready to release new music in January.
How did you get your start as an actor?
I’ve been acting for a while, starting when I was 11 years old. I had done some theatre before joining an acting agency in my hometown of Ottawa. They helped me with formal acting training and sent me on auditions for commercials. One of my very first auditions, I ended up getting cast and it was for a commercial for Earth Rangers that aired on YTV. Seeing myself on a kids channel that I was super familiar with and that I watched so often was such a surreal moment. I’ve been fortunate enough to have tons of great things happen since then.
Talk about your recurring role on the CBC/Netflix series, Anne With an E.
I play one of the bullies who is constantly making fun of Anne and some of the other characters. It’s interesting that I seem to play a lot of bully roles in my acting career, but I’m pretty much the furthest from being a bully. In fact, I have been bullied in the past, especially due to my acting career. Bullying is a big theme on the show and ever-present in society today, so to bring that topic to the forefront is an honour and to be part of such an impactful show is truly a dream come true.
Coincidentally enough, it was when you were shooting a TV pilot called 7 Hills that you started your recording career after you were asked to contribute an original song for the show’s soundtrack. What was it about contributing to that soundtrack that ignited your passion to start your own music career?
When I started recording the soundtrack for 7 Hills, I got my first real taste of what recording was like and fell in love with it almost immediately. I have always had a passion for music and singing -- with years of learning guitar, saxophone and piano behind me and performing live shows with various bands. Recording in the studio was a new and exciting layer of music that I didn’t know much about. I had always done music as a hobby and hadn’t considered doing it professionally. Every aspect of it was just a whole fresh new experience, and I set out to learn more about it as soon as I could.
You recently released your debut single called Nowhere which draws on your own personal experiences. Tell us a little bit about that song.
My single, Nowhere, is drawn from personal experience. I’ve always had people telling me that I shouldn’t follow my dreams. “Acting isn’t worth it; It’s not a good career path; You shouldn’t get your hopes up; Why even bother trying?” These were all things I’ve heard from some of my peers in the past. But while I was in the midst of writing some songs, I had a peer tell me, “You’re going nowhere.” Those three words got the whole song started, and every single word about how it wasn’t worth it would get turned on its head and used to make something positive. That’s what Nowhere is about -- turning a negative into something positive and showing naysayers that they aren’t going to stop you from getting what you want.
How would you describe your musical style?
I listen to a ton of different styles of music -- from rock to country, to pop and alternative. My music is heavily influenced by my taste in music, so my style is more pop with undertones of other genres mixed into it, such as country and rock.
Might we see an EP or full-length album on the way soon?
Absolutely! I already have an EP in the works, which I can’t wait to show to the world. It will be releasing in early 2019.
Do you have any plans to tour?
Definitely in the new year! I just wrapped my final show of 2018 in Tennessee and will be announcing upcoming dates when 2019 rolls around.
What’s next for your career? Any new roles or new singles on the way?
I’ve got a new single coming out in January that I’m pretty excited about!
What advice would you have for aspiring actors and musicians?
Acting and music are difficult careers that require hard work and training, just like any career. It doesn’t just happen overnight. But if you love it and are passionate about it, you need to put into it what you would put into trying to achieve your best at any job! Take training and learn from people who have done it. Get to know people in the industry and learn from their experiences. Appreciate those who help you and the people who support you. Don’t let people bring you down, stay positive, expect a lot of rejection, and keep doing your best!
What’s your life like outside of music and acting? How do you balance school with everything else going on in your life?
I went to regular school up until this year. I was missing a lot of days, so I switched over to being homeschooled through an online school. It’s pretty amazing because I can do schoolwork at any time of day and can spend as much time on one course as I want to. I can work at my own pace and get things done very quickly. I still make time to see my friends and with my flexible homeschool schedule, I can fit my practice, interviews, and performances in when I need to.
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