@reemasampat and I had the pleasure to sit down with @jet @Walmart offices for a panel discussion on minorities in media, in honor Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
Many of the attendees were young college-grads eager to hear more about the lessons, experiences, and challenges that come with pursuing creative, non-traditional careers.
A piece of advice we gave to the wide-eyed 22-year-olds was to “play the long game.” It’s advice I wish someone would have given me when I had just started in entertainment, when I’d put so much pressure on myself to accomplish big things before hitting 30.
Whether you are an actor or an entrepreneur, it’s tempting to chase quick wins - but it’s more meaningful to BUILD.
You’ll get a ton of “no’s” along your journey, and you might not be the best when you’re just starting out. After all, we are all beginners at some point.
Work steadily, focus on learning and growth, keep the big picture in mind. Those things, plus GRIT, will help you rise to the top.
It may not be overnight, but it will be lasting.
Special thanks to @sreezy3000 and @shivanichangela for hosting us! #advicetomyyoungerself
#happymothersday to all the mamas and mamas-to-be!
Our film #draupadiunleashed has its world premiere TONIGHT at the New York Indian Film Festival. I remember attending this festival ages ago as a spectator, when I was still working behind a desk. I was in awe of the actors and stories I witnessed on screen, and I just yearned to be a part of this world. Fast forward, it’s happening. Thank you to the Draupadi team for having me join such a gracious cast!
Spring is in the air..or at least it was for two hours. 🌷 ☔️ ⛈ #aprilshowersbringmayshowers #springinnyc
4 years ago today we got married. It was the most surreal day of our lives, next to day our daughter Arya was born. Thanks to all our friends and family who have shared their love and light with us over these last 4 years. It means everything to us! Happy anniversary @nchandra1 ☺️
Arya had her first beach trip this weekend, which was really special, but I failed at stopping her from eating the sand, many times over. And the only tactic that worked gives her joy in smacking me in the face.
Moms, any advice on having your restless babies/toddlers not eat the sand? I turned away for one second and game over. 😞
#travelingwithkids #vacationbutnot #turksandcaicos
As our 4 year anniversary approaches we thought it might be nice to take Arya to see where her parents got married! It’s pretty surreal coming back here as a party of three!! #thechandras2015
I don’t have any important message to share on this or an inspirational quote to post, I just really like this photo by @charlie_beck_ and wanted to share!
Heading into the week with this
It’s moments like these that fill your heart with joy.
The other week, @surinajindal @abivarghese @sameergardezi and I held a cast & crew screening for our little ‘project that could’ @surinaandmel. Next week we present our show to buyers in LA 🌴
Up until now, everything has been grassroots. We had a script we wanted to get produced. Rejected! We tried again. More rejection. And then we said “f*” it, why ask for permission to go after our dreams?” So, we produced the script OURSELVES and shared our teaser with you all (link in bio). And the response has been overwhelming.
The screening we held wasn’t just a celebration of everyone’s work - it turned out to be a RALLY. Team members proudly looked at the screen and said, “I did that, and that was awesome.” Making your creative vision come to life, and creating opportunities for others to do what they love, is so rewarding.
As we approach this next stage we hope you can send us all some positive vibes and CONTINUE TO RALLY! 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽Without the support of everyone who watched our teaser, wrote letters to networks, wrote us up in publications - we wouldn’t have gotten this far: We’ve now partnered with the studio Gunpowder & Sky and are so HUMBLED to have the legendary @kalpenn join us as an EP, taking us under his wings as we go on to pitch.
#LAherewecome #surinaandmel *Huge thanks to @bypriyashah and @giphy for being such GRACIOUS hosts for our screening!!!