We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Shweta Vasudeva. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Shweta below.
Shweta, appreciate you joining us today. Earning a full time living from one’s creative career can be incredibly difficult. Have you been able to do so and if so, can you share some of the key parts of your journey and any important advice or lessons that might help creatives who haven’t been able to yet?
It’s been an overwhelming journey. I love what i do and i am extremely lucky to earn a decent living with the profession i have chosen. I started my career as a Dance Instructor and taught for 6 years while simultaneously working in IT industry as a Software Engineer. Currently, i am working actively as an Independent Artist as an Actress / Model/ Emcee / Dancer and travel throughout USA. To get paid as a performing artist is a challenge specially in the South Asian community considering many of my female contenders are purely here pursuing as a side hobby. Hence it’s challenging to deal with clients sometimes. But my experience of working 2 years in the Entertainment field has given me fair experience of dealing with it and I have generated a decent bio to get paid gigs and thankful to VINTERNATIONAL INC for representing me. Also, been thankful to my agency for getting me substantial work in commercials.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your background and context?
My name: Shweta Vasudeva
Where do i live: Austin, Texas, USA
Where am i originally from: Mumbai, India
My past struggles point: Its been a lot of hard work, dedication and persistence. Being an immigrant and coming from an engineering background to a breakthrough in the entertainment field in USA has been quite a journey. I started my career as a Dancer, Instructor, Choreographer and have recently ventured into Acting and do shows all over USA as an Emcee and Dance Performer.
What is my profession: Actress / Model / Emcee / Dance Performer
My achievements: I was born in the city of dreams Mumbai, India. I moved to Austin, TX 16 years back. I have featured in 4 original music videos as a female lead and i am looking forward to more projects in the coming months. Been in Principal roles in commercials for Chili’s, Scotts Lawn, Walmart, Sociibox, Boomi Coffee and more. I also work as an Emcee and Performer for various Bollywood shows in several cities in USA. I won a Dance Contest and was recognized by Bollywood SuperStar Hrithik Roshan in Dallas, USA. I have featured and been interviewed on local TV channels and Radio as an Artist. Walked the ramp as a Model for designers in Various shows and got published in International Magazines. My experience has given me the opportunity to Judge several local Talent Shows.
My dreams: to always work in the Entertainment field.
Where do i see myself 5 years from now: On a movie set.
What do i do for others: I love to spread the cheer, happiness and positive light with others.
What does success mean to me: Success to me is being happy, healthy and loved.
What is love: Love is life, the more you get the more you need.
What is most important for me in life: My zest for life.
How do i see relationships: Good relationships just don’t happen. They take time, patience and two people who truly want to be together.
My advise to others: When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, determination, perseverance, positive attitude and self belief there is no limit to what you can achieve. Be a go-getter, don’t stop until you have achieved and enjoy the journey.
My life mantra: “Dare to Dream and believe in yourself”
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist is your living your dream every single day. Waking up each day and doing what you love is the most satisfying job one can have.
Acting is tough but extremely rewarding and most importantly, fun career choice. A lot of people dream to be actors and Performing artists.
Being a performing artist has
Exciting work environments.
Multiple choices of performance styles.
High earning potential and your friends are usually RIDICULOUSLY good looking :)
Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?
I am driven by sheer passion and talent.
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