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I remember doing an acting course in LA where they made sure you sent flowers, or cupcakes, or something original along with your headshot and show reel to an Agent or Director you wanted to work with. “It will make you stand out!” they said, “Its easy to discard yet another headshot, so be different!” This was what being proactive was about, this was part of an aspiring working actors life – putting oneself out there by sending gifts to get noticed!?

In Mumbai I would get people in the industry telling me to go into auditions and “act dumb" or “flirt back, make them think they are getting what they want.” But when a call or text from a director would come at 2am, I couldn’t bring myself to string them along, even though it may result in a role. I had a brain, a good one at that; I had opinions, instincts, ideas, creativity and passion for cinema that was bigger than getting a role because I was a good tease (who as a side not could also act!)

Some people questioned if I was ‘hungry’ enough to become an actor. Why, because I won’t compromise on my basic virtues? Because I want to succeed, while cherishing the feeling that I did it my way without damaging my self worth and being proud of my journey? My frustration and lack of work made me want to tackle my career differently – why should I wait for people to hire me? I wanted to create my own opportunities and make films that entertained, educated and allowed people to escape.

Clint Eastwood said, “Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands." This quote resonated and gave me the confidence to start from scratch and learn the art of producing so that one day soon I would tell the stories I wanted to tell, the way I wanted to tell them.

The little girl in me who wants to do nothing else other than act is not side lined, now the strong woman in me wants to do nothing else other than touch people with significant stories told with integrity and honesty, that I may tell by acting or producing.

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