“Imagine a family waking up, to falsely morphed photos and videos of their only daughter on WhatsApp. Bound to freak anyone out, right? And imagine this happening multiple times! The media life is often desired by many for the glamour. But little do people know that behind the glitz, there’s a world of obstacles and failures at ‘every’ step, often plunged into silence!
Modelling happened in my life by accident, when a bunch of us college mates signed up for a beauty pageant, just to escape lectures. To my surprise, I won the contest and was flooded with acting and modelling offers. It felt amazing initially while making me simultaneously realise how strenuous the process was- right from the odd hours, to the physical pain of standing in stilettos all day, to the way in which newbies and unsuccessful actors are treated, it was tough! But I was grateful for the opportunities and therefore kept going.
However, things slipped when people discredited my hardwork to pure luck, telling me that I wasn’t worthy. At the same time, I witnessed many of my movie parts alongside Kollywood’s top actors getting edited out, which got to me.
Additionally, there was also pressure from my predominantly orthodox family concerning my safety as I always travelled alone.
But the tipping point was the morphed images getting leaked online. It made me sink into crippling depression. Even then, I didn’t have the luxury of quitting as my father fell ill. So for the next two years, I had to man up and earn for the family while feeling completely dead within. The only thing that helped me cope, was therapy!
With time though I realized clearly that a 9-5 job would make me much happier. So, I slowly reduced modelling to a part-time venture and took up projects per my availability. And it did make a world of a difference to my mental health! Today, the one thing I want to tell all movie aspirants out there is that it’s indeed a beautiful field, but only those who have the strength to rise up no matter what, will be ones to ultimately emerge victorious!”
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