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It all started when...
My sister, Keertana, and I had the most All-American upbringing with the most rooted sense of culture and heritage. I played sports to fit in and on weekends we traveled around the country singing Indian music with my mom.
It wasn’t until 9th grade, when one of my teammates on the basketball team overheard me singing along to my walkman to Mariah Carey and then secretly told the coach that I should be singing the National Anthem at all the school sporting events. I was SO NERVOUS but I knew that this was my shot to be more than the quiet, smart, polite brown girl.
When I look back at early adulthood, I can honestly say that being involved in the arts was the reason why I could move past being only one of 5 South Asian kids in the entirety of good ole Bastrop, TX...even when 9/11 happened and having brown skin was like wearing a big red target, bullying didn't become an out of control issue because music was a common ground. Music made me American enough.
I went on to receive a scholarship to study musical theatre at the University of Oklahoma and moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue the life of a working actor. Today, I celebrate credits on Network Television, Film, Off-broadway, National Tours, and Commercials. I thrive on collaborating with boundary breaking filmmakers to portray the EVERY WOMAN on screen regardless of race, religion, upbringing, conventional beauty standards, or economic status.
I'm also a wife, mom, motivator, entrepreneur, activist, and fiercely loyal friend/daughter/sister.
My immigrant parents' hard work and sacrifices have given me the privilege of growing up comfortably, amongst well-to-do white folks. I have also been provided the opportunity to be the token which also taught me how to live as an other. It's afforded me the chance to take risks and explore as much of myself as possible. The road has been grueling but with many moments of joy along the way. I plan to exploit this privilege that I have as an artist and this platform as a woman of color to create positive change in the world and for my family. Care to join me??? GREAT...
Can't wait to hear from you.
"Oh, the places you'll go..."
I'm also passionate about traveling, taking in all of the world's wonders, and relishing in all its flavors. Check out my travel map marking my stops around the globe and upcoming destinations!
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT