Stamford Endowed Schools pupil Megan Bolton discusses TikTok career
A social media star who shot to fame on the TikTok app has reflected on her journey.
When Megan Bolton set up a TikTok account last year it was for her acting portfolio ahead of applying to university.
Now the 18-year-old has more than 1.2m followers on the video social media platform, and has gained opportunities as a result.
The former Stamford Endowed Schools pupil said: “People post certain things they want to show about their life, and for me that’s drama.
“It’s a really positive social media platform.”
Megan will be taking a gap year to work in social media after completing her A-levels, ahead of attending drama school.
After creating the TikTok videos as a bit of a ‘joke’, she began doing voiceovers of the BBC TV comedy This Country, which received thousands of views, before making videos about ‘different types of people’.
“I thought I could use it as a live CV for drama,” said Megan. “I love these sketches and people like watching them. That is when I thought I should make this my niche.”
Megan said she observes people in her classes and how they react in certain situations - such as when they have forgotten to do their homework - to get her ideas for the videos.
Megan said: “The situations are relatable and I think that is quite a big thing. If someone can relate to a video they are more likely to interact with it and to view future videos.”
Megan is studying geography, English and drama A-levels and admits finding a balance between studying and social media can be tricky.
“People with many followers are expected to produce videos every day,” she said. “I have been really struggling to produce new content each day.
“I have started to allocate one day on which to make lots of videos, which I can then post through the week.”
The Stamford resident is stopped in the street regularly by fans who recognise her from the app.
“It’s been so cool but so strange,” she said.
“It baffles me as to why someone would want a photo of me - I don’t get it. In school, my friends and teachers just treat me as normal.”
Gaining more than 1.2m followers has presented Megan with opportunities.
“I didn’t realise you could make decent money on TikTok,” she said.
“I used to have two jobs paying £4.35 an hour, which was really tough and I was struggling to pay for my car and driving lessons.
“The money from TikTok has really put a different view on things.”
Megan is able to earn money through collaborations and adverts with brands. Recently she has promoted clothes for fashion brands such as Pretty Little Thing, I Saw It First and Lounge as well as launching her own merchandise.
She has also been approached by the chief executive of the National Youth Theatre, of which she is a member, to host a lesson.
“It’s surreal because I have so much going on at the moment,” she said.
“To think about how many followers I have and take a moment, it’s crazy.
“I never would have thought I would gain this many followers.”
To view Megan’s videos visit meganhbolton on the TikTok app.