Meagan Lewis, who graduated from Glenelg High School in 1994, has just been nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work as a casting director, her grandmother Kathryn Miller has proudly reported.
She was nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special for casting two cable television shows, "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Treme," and nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series for her work with the HBO show "True Detective".
"Treme," created by Baltimore writer David Simon, is a show about New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and Meagan has been living in that city for the last five years. She moved there because New Orleans gives the nation's best tax incentives to filmmakers, and that keeps Meagan's company, RPM Casting, continually busy as a result.
The company's name, RPM, is very special to Meagan since it comes from the first letters in the names of her late father, Richard, her mother, Pat, and her own name.
RPM Casting specializes in finding day players and extras for movies like last year's "Twelve Years a Slave," which was filmed in and around New Orleans. The company finds actors to fill roles in movies, television shows and commercials, and assembles casts of non-speaking extras who appear in the background of scenes. At this moment she is working on casting for "NCIS New Orleans", another season of "American Horror Story," an unnamed movie, and a commercial for Toyota. Business is booming.
When Meagan was in Baltimore she worked with Pat Moran, the casting director for "The Wire" and an original member of John Waters' film crew. After filming on "The Wire" ended, many of the writers and actors moved to New Orleans and began working on "Treme". Meagan casts the show using local actors whenever possible, just as Pat did in Baltimore.
Meagan used to work as a waitress at Clyde's in Columbia and she still stays in touch with customers she met while she worked there. If Meagan needs a break from her casting business she knows she will always be able to fall back on her waitressing skills, even after the excitement of being nominated for Emmy awards.
July is over, and that means it's almost time for the Howard County Fair. From Saturday, Aug. 2 through Saturday, Aug. 9, our neighbors will be working with animals, making mules jump and tractors pull, competing in a skid loader rodeo, and exhibiting works of art and baked goods. On Sunday, Aug. 3, you can compete in the pie-eating contest, cheer on the contestants in the cow milking contest, or wave to the politicians in the grand opening parade.
While you are at the fair, stop by the Glenwood Lions Club snack bar for a meal. The proceeds from the week help the Lions Club serve the community. Members of area Boy Scout troops and 4-H Clubs will be working at the snack bar throughout the week, so the people behind the counter will look familiar.
The Glenelg High School Booster Club will sell french fries on the midway, next door to the Glenelg High School Marching Band's fried dough stand. By purchasing french fries or fried dough you will be supporting programs at Glenelg High School. You will also make the students working in the booths happy.
There is something for everyone at the Howard County Fair, from animals to baked goods, fine arts, farm crops, woodworking and textiles. There are live bands, clowns, a petting zoo and pig races. Take the time to wander through the 4-H Exhibit building, the Farm and Garden Building and the Home Arts building and marvel at our neighbors' amazing talents.