How often in a day do you say, “I am sorry.” Well, if you are Canadian, maybe quite a lot. But did you know women, in general, tend to apologize more even when the issue at hand warrants no such treatment?
When extended at the right moment, an apology can show humility, character, and leadership. But this backfires if one apologizes frequently. In fact, it becomes hard to take someone seriously, especially on the professional front, if a woman repeatedly accepts responsibility for wrong-doing.
But things are changing. Aren’t they? Behind every successful man is a woman. Behind every successful woman is an army of women holding her up. 2018 is turning out to be the year of badass women, one we would like to be, one we should unapologetically be. When it comes to putting such women in a frame, no one fits the bill better than actress Megan Hutchings from Toronto.
Megan is a performer, animal activist, and the epitome of #SorryNotSorry characterization, who is using her creative passion to make a point — in the form of animal welfare — and her talent to send an encouraging message: Live life unapologetically and don’t play small.
Q1. With your most recent show, In Contempt, how can you personally relate to your #WomenBoss character, Tracy Campbell?
I think just to own who you are as a woman. Tracy doesn’t apologize for who she is or for her wants and needs. She chooses not to live within the lines society has drawn for women and I think that can be inspiring for all of us. She lives her life unapologetically and doesn’t play small. I can relate to her loud voice, sometimes. When it comes to animal welfare or environmental issues I often have a loud opinion and don’t bite my tongue. But I can also relate to her in terms of being a person who just wants to be accepted and loved. She sometimes hides who she truly is for fear of rejection or judgment and I can definitely relate to that — I think many of us can.
Q2. You started acting at the age of 18. What is the smart woman’s survival guide to thriving in the industry?
I think you have to keep going, never give up or give in to constant rejection. My journey has been challenging; there have been numerous personal and professional obstacles, but I’ve been fortunate to fall back on a strong support system that has always encouraged me to not give up.
Q3. If not acting, what would your alternate career be?
I would have gone into some sort of counseling or therapy for young children or people suffering from alcohol/drug addiction. That or a vet or something in the animal field.
Q4. Dreams of Rescue… How did the idea come about and what’s your personal connection to the art of making dreamcatchers? Also, your adorable dogs, Chloe and Henry; how did you find them or they found you?
I’ve always enjoyed making dream catchers. They were a way to fill my time and acted as a creative outlet when I wasn’t working. I’ve always donated my time or money to shelters so when people started asking if they could buy my dream catchers I thought it would be a good way to give back.
Chloe is an eight-year-old Golden Retriever. She is the sweetest little soul. She loves to cuddle, find sticks and eat EVERYTHING. I’m ashamed to say it, butttt I found Chloe at a pet store before I really knew much about the rescue world, the dangers of buying, puppy mills etc. Henry is a five-year-old Maltipoo, who loves to cuddle, play fetch and is still learning to trust men. He was abused by a man before I adopted him. He was found on the streets of LA and the amazing organization, Dogs Without Borders, took him in. I fostered him for about a week and then when it was time to take him to the adoption fair I was like, “No way. He’s mine!” Now he is. Adopt don’t shop!
Q5. Apart from running ‘Dreams of Rescue’, what do you do in your downtime, especially in Toronto?
My downtime is mostly spent hanging out with the people I love; I also just love to just chill at home! I practice yoga often, go to the gym and walk the dogs. I volunteer occasionally for Save Our Scruff and at Farmhouse Garden Animal Home.
Born and raised in India, Anisha Dhiman moved to Toronto to study Publishing and then Lifestyle Media at Centennial College. Writer, social media strategist and content creator, Anisha is the founder of Five Question Series, where she profiles people… you guessed it, by asking five questions. In her free time, she enjoys reading and trolling people with puppy GIFs and memes. Her only phobia? Losing her sight, but staring at the screen all day long doesn’t help much.