Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have glowing skin and gorgeous hair. Do you take some kind of skin treatment to keep it young and glowing and secondly what you do to your hair to make them look so stunning?
Ms. Megan Fairchild Veyette: Well on Broadway I get to wear a luscious, full wig every night. So that is not my real hair. I actually have very fine hair, and don’t really love it. But that is the beauty of stage, you get to add. Even when I am at the ballet, I wear a fake piece in my bun to make it the proper proportion. But I do take lots of vitamins everyday, mostly for my muscles and bones because my body is so important to me as a dancer. Everyday I take: a multivitamin, fish oil, homeopathic anti-inflammatory, something for joint health, another one for ligaments and tendons, and calcium. I think somewhere in there, is stuff that is also good for skin and hair.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding professional ballet dancing girls who all are your fans and shall like to know from you for their climb to ladder of success in the field professional ballet dancing?
Ms. Megan Fairchild Veyette: Don’t compare yourself to others. I have wasted a lot of time doing that, especially when I was younger. Probably ages 14-25. In the end, you realize that your uniqueness, and the things that make you different, are the things that make you stand out, and the things people will like about you. We all have something special to offer. And there is nothing more appealing than someone who has confidence. So get over it! (That’s me talking to my younger self!)
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Tell us about your memorable experience on being featured in 2011 in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center telecast of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, which was also screened in movie theaters and cinemas around the world ?
Ms. Megan Fairchild Veyette: It was one of the scariest performances of my life! I just wanted to not fall on TV, especially in the age of DVR! Fortunately I didn’t, and the show actually went really well. It also gave me nerves of steel for just regular performances. Performing for 2500 every night was not so bad. And even though I haven’t even watched them yet, I have wonderfully filmed DVDs to show my kids someday. I felt a lot of pressure because Sugar Plum is an iconic role that even non-ballet goers would know about.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Who has been your inspiration and motivation in choosing ballet dancing as your profession ?
Ms. Megan Fairchild Veyette: The ballet dancers that were in Ballet West when I was growing up were the people I most looked up to. They were the local company at home in Salt Lake City, UT, and I got to know them well as I was a kid in their Nutcracker from ages 9-15. I am still friends with some of them, and lots of them on Facebook. They were always very kind and encouraging to me.