All. My. People. That’s what we at amp studios take pride in. Our commitment to inclusion extends beyond our members to include our diverse team of instructors and staff, our team, who come in a variety of races, ages, genders, sizes, and sexual orientations. We celebrate our differences because we know that’s what makes every one of us special.
Morgan Glasson is one of our front desk staff team who you may know as the “dancey” one. But what you may not know about Morgan is that she is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. And while this enigmatic soul with the big personality and even bigger voice (seriously, you’ve got to hear her sing) may be living life loud and proud now, that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in Corpus Christi, Texas, Morgan was afraid to come out because she didn’t know many people who supported or embraced her way of life. That changed not long ago when she began working at amp where not only did she feel included, she felt celebrated and loved.
“Last year, I publicly came out as bisexual, and I so badly wanted to wear all the rainbows and attend a PRIDE event or other celebration, but I was scared,” she says. “Now, I work in a place where we not only acknowledge PRIDE, we decorate for it! Even something that small makes me so happy. I know that here I don’t have to be afraid to be myself like I was for so many years.”
We are so PROUD to have Morgan on our team, and we wanted to give you a chance to know her better so you can love her as much as we do. Check out our Q&A below and if she ever offers to sing for you, say YES! We promise you won’t regret it!
Q&A with Morgan
AMP: We’ve established that you have an amazing voice. Have you ever performed in front of an audience?
MG: I’ve always wanted to be a singer and I started taking vocal lessons at age 15. I auditioned for college theater programs during my senior year of high school, but I had recently had major surgery near my vocal cords and my voice was still weak. I kept trying though, auditioning for a Disney casting call in 2014, and again for The Voice in 2017.
AMP: If you could sing with anyone who would it be?
MG: Ariana Grande or Justin Timberlake.
AMP: What’s your favorite thing about working at amp studio?
MG: I love the community of people and instructors. You get to know a lot of regulars and celebrate milestones with them. I love the energy everyone brings.
AMP: What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
MG: Maybe not surprised, because I’m pretty open about it, but when in the summer of 2016 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. It wasn’t too major, I had to have my entire thyroid removed, but because I was under 18 and had cancer, I received a Make-A-Wish. I got to go to the set of my favorite show “Jane the Virgin,” and meet my favorite actress, Gina Rodriguez, who also had thyroid issues. That experience is what led me to my degree in media production from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.
AMP: What are you most PROUD of?
MG: Myself and the person I’ve become. After years of hiding who I was, I finally said, “No more!” I let go of so much over the past two years including bad friendships and people who don’t support my journey. It’s been freeing and has allowed me to become my most confident self. My 16-year-old self would be proud of me.