Behind the Scenes with Megan McConnell

Promotional Girl & Hostess - LOLA Staffing

What does a LOLA job entail?

I have worked at many events and every one is so different, whether it’s the type of people who are attending or the environment. The diversity always keeps me on my toes and allows me to enjoy every experience.

In order to promote Robbie Williams’ new clothing line ‘Farrell,’ I was dressed up as a 90s barmaid for the filming of their Autumn/Winter 2013 lookbook video. I was asked to drink shots (pretend shots!) with two male models. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it!

And whilst showcasing hair for the International Hair Show at The Royal Albert Hall I was taught a dance routine by a New York choreographer, to recreate Cinderella. I was one of the ugly sisters! Tell us about your weirdest request. That has to go to a certain gentleman who was trying to impress a girl by pretending to be famous. He hired 20 female staff from LOLA to come up to him on different occasions throughout the day asking him for autographs and pictures. We’re not sure whether that relationship was a success...

What is the most unusual outfit you’ve worn?

It was definitely a shock when I found out that I would be one of ten girls wearing a bunny outfit for The Body Shop. The event was a celebration of a ban on the sale of cosmetics developed through animal testing in the EU, and the brand needed bunnies to travel around London delivering ‘no testing against animals’ cakes. Not your average day at the office!

What do you love most about your job?

I love the diversity and freedom that comes with working for LOLA. It can be quite challenging at times as you are constantly meeting new people and having to make that positive first impression, but I love that I get to work at a lot of exclusive, unique and exciting events. I’m always meeting new people and it’s very refreshing to meet likeminded people who are equally hard-working and enjoy what they do.

How did you get into the industry?

I first joined a modelling agency back home in Belfast called ‘Style Academy’ when I was 16. I was too young at the time to do a lot of the promotional/hostessing jobs but when I reached 18 I gradually got involved in more and more projects such as events, hostessing and promotions.

I am also a singer, and I find working with LOLA Staffing gives me the opportunity to work alongside my music, enabling me to enjoy the balance of my singing work and event/ promotional work. I am now 23 years old and continue to enjoy what I do. I’m thankful that I get to be involved in some amazing events, working with incredible people!