From birth, art has surrounded me. My parents threw me in dance class probably before I could walk. My dad and his friends would get together on a nightly basis to sing. My mom would buy me the cutest outfits and dress me up like a little royal Indian princess. And of course my brother would videotape me dancing to all sorts of songs, ranging from the DDLJ hits to MC Hammer...and unbeknownst to me, was poking fun at me. At some point, I tried my hand at singing but that didn't work out so well.
So before I knew it, I was fully engaged in the life of a dance. I ended up being classically trained in the ancient Indian dance of Kuchipudi all while getting involved with any dance troop I could find throughout high school and college. I was even able to find a mentor who took me under her wing to assist her with dance classes and projects (yes, that was her choreo at the Oscars for A.R. Rahman that I helped work on!)
I also took up modeling and acting early on in college and still try to maintain it as best I can. Although much different than dancing, modeling and acting gave me another outlet to express my artistic desires. I partook in all sorts of commercials, short films and a cheesy South Indian film (it was fun though!).
So now makeup...if you think about it, makeup was part of all these ventures (modeling, dancing, acting). It came pretty natural to me and I definitely enjoyed it. I managed to start a gig in makeup at Sephora and then to MAC, which I did for a decent stint. As time passed, I saw the potential in the makeup business and how I could really stretch my talents and use the versatility to my advantage. So I started to free lance and get on my own. Sure enough, things worked out and I find myself happy as ever doing something I truly love!