“Everyone nurses the dream of entering the film industry at some point of their life and so did I. But I was sure that I wanted to survive here. So, when the opportunity to be an actor did not come my way, I chose to become a production manager and be the bridge between actors and the chances they needed to prove themselves. It’s been several decades now since I came to Madras to be part of the industry and I have been blessed to have worked with some of the biggest names in the television industry.
The industry was a relatively better place back in those days, but for newbies who come now, it is challenging. The reason for this is, most of them are people who decide to enter the film or television industry after a degree in engineering. Their education and expectations from this field make it difficult for them to grab opportunities and survive until they get noticed.
My advice to the youngsters who I spot on sets has always been to find a job that earns them a living, make sure they have a fallback option and only then try their luck in the entertainment space. This will ensure that they do not give up midway or leave disheartened. The responsibilities, cost of living and the peer pressure will not let them swim through easily.
The entertainment industry is a beautiful place and everyone lives like one big family, but finding your place in the family is tough and it needs a bit of lady luck, along with talent; and more than anything else, one needs patience. So, it’s necessary to remember that this is just like any other industry where you cannot be have an overnight success story, you need to slog your way up. Sign up for it, only if you are ready to toil for years until you make a name for yourself.”
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