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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, I channelled my fear of being bullied and othered into something that made me seem American enough. Music became a common ground and saved my life.
That's when my "all in" mindset was born. 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've learned from that paradox of being both privileged and a perpetual token that building community is the way to both yours and my dreams. As the years go by, I am doing less apologizing for using my voice and taking up space and I'm committed to amplifying BIPOC voices by working intersectionally.
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