While attending Glenelg High School, Meagan Lewis played soccer and lacrosse. She was president of the Student Government Association.
"I did all the nice normal things you're supposed to do," Lewis said, of her high school days.
As she prepares for her 20th high school reunion in September, Lewis will bring a little excitement not typical at most reunions.
An Emmy award.
On Aug. 16, Lewis received the award for casting the HBO series "True Detective." The awards ceremony aired live on Aug. 25, but her award was one of several handed out earlier.
"My mom went with me to the [Aug. 16] show," Lewis said. "It was nice. I got to see people I haven't seen in a long time."
As the founder of RPM Casting in New Orleans, Lewis has worked with directors Quentin Tarantino, Steve McQueen and Matt Reeves; and on television shows "Salem," "American Horror Story: Coven," "Freak Show" and "CSI New Orleans."
She cut her teeth in Baltimore, working on the television series "The Wire."
"I worked on seasons four and five," Lewis said, in a phone interview between sessions in New Orleans. "It was a great learning experience for me. It was great to be able to do it."
Working on movies and television are two different experiences, she said.
"There is a huge difference," she said. "Movies you have lots of prep time. In television, there is a new script every week."
While she says "The Wire" was the "best television show ever," her experience with "True Detective" was "really special."
"It is a great show," she said. "The director was really involved. It was very well done."
She is also proud of her work in "!2 Years a Slave."
"The Academy agreed with me," Lewis said. "That's why it won best picture."
She would move back to Baltimore in a minute, she said, but she has found her niche in New Orleans.
"I do local casting here in New Orleans," Lewis said. "Things worked out here."
Her family — mom, siblings, grandparents, uncles and cousins, as well as friends — all still call Howard County home.
"I have one brother in Hawaii, but pretty much the whole family is pretty local, " said Lewis, who is the oldest of seven. "I do try to get home as often as possible. I go from the airport to my mom's house."
Her love for movies began when she was young, Lewis said.
"I just always loved them," she said. "My uncle always took me to them when I was young."
She is always surprised by the county's growth when she returns.
"It's ridiculous," she said. "It is so crowded now."
Always working, Lewis tries to work, on average, two shows a week.
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"I like working," she said. "I 'm not a good relaxer."