TV Presenter, Entrepreneur, Content Creator
If you grew up in Australia, then chances are you would know Teigan Nash. Gracing our Saturday morning TV screens for 4 years as the Co-Host of Saturday Disney, Teigan is like LOVE in human form. She is also ridiculously talented, hilarious, not afraid to laugh at herself, and obsessed with Disney.
Yes, she is very much my kind of girl.
With boundless energy and a playful intelligence (that is so infectious, just check her Insta Stories), it’s no wonder that this babe is now one of the country’s most sought-after TV presenters and content creators. But, what you may not know is that Teigan and her good mate (and equally talented ) Liv Phyland banded together to launch their own company in 2017.
The idea? To take their life ethos of health, balance, fun, and doing things that make YOU happier, and deliver it to girls all over Australia, in the form of the now famous ‘Girls Who Glow’ workshops.
What I love about this #careerstory is the level of detail. With Teigan, no conversion is barred, and no moment in her journey is irrelevant. Every step, every move, has a message to share. From growing up in Sydney’s South, to training in dance, to her life at high school, the courses she has studied, the jobs she enjoyed (and didn’t) everything. We go there and so. much. more.
This #careerstory is the perfect way to round up a perfect year for The Cool Career. Why?
I can’t wait for you to find out. Let’s dive in…
Hi there Teigan, our last #careerstory for the year! YAY! Let’s start at the very beginning. Can you tell us where you grew up, and how that experience shaped the person you are and the career that you are in today?
Where to begin! I grew up in Sydney’s South in Cronulla. As a kid I was extremely active, I danced from a young age, did nippers, cross country, athletics, and swimming. Dancing was my passion growing up, and I think that being thrown on stage from a young age really helped boost my confidence.
I was obsessed with dance, I did jazz, ballet, modern and contemporary, My dance classes filled up most of my time, I danced most nights of the week after school and on Saturday’s and sometimes on Sunday’s if there was a competition. A lot of my friends thought I was missing out on parties and other activities, but when you are doing something that you love, you don’t feel that way. Looking back now I think we can establish that I liked to be the centre of attention… HAHA! This definitely helped to shape the path I am now on.
Now, I am far from a dancer, if anything I lost all of that coordination, but that’s totally fine! I am a TV Presenter/ MC/ Host/ Producer / Writer and Co-Founder of my own business. I work as a freelance host at the moment and it’s great, no day is ever the same and I absolutely love meeting new people and hearing their stories.
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
For years 7-10 I went to Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC Sydney) which was an all-girls school. A lot of people think ohhhhh it must have been so bitchy… but it wasn’t or it wasn’t for me. Every day I would come to school with my hair in a sleek bun ready to rush off to dance practice after school. On a side note, I think some people would ‘pay me out’ about it, but to me, all their comments were ” water off a ducks back”, their comments didn’t ’affect me – I didn’t let them.
I do remember on the train to school one day, that one of the boys calling me ‘ASIAN’ (I am half Chinese) and I remember taking absolutely no offense and just saying “yeah and the sky is blue”? There will always be people who will try and put you down but my advice is to just be true to yourself, it’s their own insecurities coming out, not yours.
At the end of Year 10 I moved schools and got a scholarship to attend McDonald College Performing Arts, dance was obviously still a passion. To be completely honest moving to a new school when everyone had already formed their friendship groups was a little tough. For a few weeks I didn’t really know where I fit in. Was I a dance student? Musical Theatre? Actor?… but it didn’t take me long to make new friends.
McDonald College was a great school for performing arts. I decided I wanted to be in the musical theatre stream which was brand new, I was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone as I am not a strong singer at all… but I LOVED MUSICALS… and well still do! School was a place for me to explore who I really was and what I loved and being around such creativity really helped.
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
I think yes and no, Year 12 crept up so quickly and towards the end of the year, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do. Dance wasn’t my number 1 passion anymore but I still loved it and I wanted to go to UNI but I wasn’t sure what to study. I find that this is something a lot of young people deal with. I didn’t have any pressure from my family, they supported whatever decision I made. I left school with no actual plan… SCARYYYYY!
Beginning of the new year I decided that yes I did want to go and do full-time dance, but as I mentioned, my heart wasn’t really in it so I didn’t last long. I did, however, land a super fun job, as a performer at Hong Kong Disneyland, this is exactly what I needed! I was living abroad, by myself, performing, working at Disneyland (for those who know me Disney is my FAV!) and having the best time of my life making new friends from all around the world. I did still have a burning desire to study… but at this stage I was just trying to figure it all out. It’s tough finishing school and going from something you have done for years of your life to nothing.
Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
End of year 10, beginning of year 11 I won a competition with Dolly magazine. I got to bring 5 friends to have a VIP experience at Australian Idol! From winning this comp I made friends with the girls at Dolly, my two friends and I would go in regularly and help out in their office, give a teenagers perspective and from winning the competition, I also got involved in a little bit of modelling.
I did a few campaigns for Dolly mag and a few other brands (Aztec Rose, Supre, Bay Bliss) this is where I thought yeahhhhh maybe I want to be a model. I love taking pictures, but years later when I was back from Hong Kong Disneyland I was told I smile too much… haha CHEERS, sorry for being a happy person! HAHA!
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
After Hong Kong Disneyland I started studying media and communications majoring in journalism, I wanted to do this course because being a journalist/ presenter was what I wanted to do but I didn’t get to finish the course because I started working in the industry.
During my time at Saturday Disney I got my Nutrition Certificate, I have a passion for food and nourishing our bodies so wanted to do this course just for myself at the time but now I use it in my workshops that I put on for teenage girls- GIRLS WHO GLOW.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
My journey has not been easy and I was never handed anything on a silver platter, I worked extremely hard to get to where I am and find I have to work even harder nowadays. Here is a little timeline of my life to date:
- High School in Years 11 and 12 I travelled to India for dancing gigs
- 2008-2009 – Hong Kong Disneyland
- 2009 – worked for a small fashion company where they trained me to be a presenter
- 2009 – got in touch with brands about doing VLOGS for them (Vlogging was not a thing back then!) I worked closely with Supre for years, writing, creating and editing all of my own content, I would go to under 18 events, film fashion pieces around my area and even a few pieces over seas too.
- 2010 – Living in Singapore working as a host/ MC
- 2011 – toured with Hi-5 as their puppeteer and swing. I did this for nearly 2 years, we travelled nationally and around Asia. It was a fantastic experience!
- 2012 – Hi-5
- 2013 – Landed my dream job at Saturday Disney- presenter, producer, voice over artist, editor, writer…
- 2014-2016 – Saturday Disney
- 2015- Current MC/ Host for Hoyts, doing Red Carpet interviews and Junkets
- 2016 – Presenter for 2016 RIO Olympics, hosted a show called Buzz From Brazil with Matt Mitcham
- 2016-2017 – Freelance host for Channel Seven Sport, Spring Racing Carnival/ Autumn Racing Carnival
- 2017 – Launched my own business alongside Liv Phyland – Girls who Glow, workshops for teenage girls, empowering them to be the best, healthiest and happiest versions of themselves.
- 2016-2017 – Freelance host, ROXY, Gladstone film festival, Victoria Racing Club, Sydney Weekender, Seven Sport, Weekend Sunrise weather.
- 2017 – Tourism Australia Ambassador. I absolutely love travel and I recently landed this pretty awesome gig. I am one of the new global youth ambassadors, we create content for social media called: ‘Aussie News Today” showing how wonderfully, weird, whacky and awesome Australia is!
How did you get the job that you are in now?
At the moment I am a freelance presenter and I also run my own business. Freelance life can be tough I’m not going to lie and especially shifting from full-time work but it’s taken me about a year to totally adjust to that lifestyle. On top of that I also run Girls who Glow alongside Liv Phyland. Empowering teens to be the best healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. This initiative came up when both Liv and I found ourselves receiving messages on social media from teens about anything and everything, being bullied at school, dealing with anxiety was a big one, what to eat, how to study for exams and the list goes on. So Liv and I teamed up to help create a positive change.
What is the hardest part of your current job?
Hardest part is sometimes not knowing when you are going to be working again, it can be a little unstable at times but I’ve learnt to manage that now and take the downtime as it comes!
What does a day a typical business day look like for you in your current job?
Being freelance I don’t necessarily have a typical business day. Some days I could be filming, or travelling around Australia, other days I could be in the library with Liv working on Girls who Glow, I do spend a lot of time on my emails or I could be reading and writing, no day is ever the same for me. I do have some non-negotiables; to keep me sane I need TEIGAN TIME, whether that be hitting the gym a few times a week, going to a yoga class, a walk on the esplanade or getting in the salt water (I swear that heals everything!!!) but these non-negotiables help keep me, me!
Now I have had some jobs where I haven’t had time for me, and let me tell you it doesn’t end well if you are not caring for your body. One time I ended up extremely sick in hospital… THAT WAS NOT FUN… so ever since then I have made sure that I make time for me… and we shouldn’t think that it is selfish to do these things either, it’s so important to care for yourself physically, mentally, inside and out! My parents, I know it sounds super cliché but they have supported every decision that I have made, even the bad ones!
They believe in doing what you love and are pretty chilled laid back peeps! I also looked up to Shelley Craft as a kid, I don’t personally know her but she was one of my idols growing up and I still look up to her today! As a kid I also looked up to Disney princess’, like Belle, Mulan and Pocahontas, I found their characters independent, strong women! What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
TOUGH SKIN AND BE WILLING TO WORK HARD! As I’ve mentioned nothing gets handed to you on a silver platter you have to hustle! Be prepared for some tough loving too, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger! My biggest nugget of advice would be to be yourself, be true to you, be confident in your skin and own who you are!
List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration?
- Favourite Websites: The Collective Hub, Triple White.
- Name an Instagram Account that you can’t go a day without checking: GoPro (I love their creative shots), @demharm (bestie who lives in LA), @lisamessenger (all around Girl Boss and LEGEND!), @Sallyobermeder (love her zest for life!), @em_carey (hilarious and inspirational)
- Favourite Netflix Series: At the moment it is Pretty Little Liars! Gossip Girl (I JUST LOVE CHICK FLIX), Shameless, Brooklyn 99, **Netflix is my guilty pleasure where I can switch off and literally CHILL!
- Favourite all-time book/s: The Alchemist, The Little Prince.
- People I look up to: Shelley Craft, Edwina Bartholomew, Lisa Messenger, Ellen Degeneres, Oprah, Chris Bath.