Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
We have seen so much of your work on the internet. Please tell us about the first time you discovered your passion for anchoring?
I remember when I was in the ninth grade, I used to rap and write shayari. Using artistic skills to convey a message was something that fascinated me. I worked upon it and when I entered college, I was well known for singing, rapping and my sense of humour. During a college event that I performed in as a singer, I sparked up an interaction with the anchor and the audience. Post that event, one of my teachers told me that she found that segment very entertaining and she urged me to host the next cultural event which was a month later. I used that time to polish my skills and went on to host that event, much to the delight of my teachers and the audience. I also rapped during that event. It was then that I realized that being an anchor would give me the opportunity to showcase all my talents at once, and I never looked back.
You have created a unique path for yourself. What were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
When you make your own path, you face more challenges than what you would usually face. That is something I always knew. The biggest challenge I faced was I didn’t receive much support when I decided to make a career out of my passion. Another challenge was I didn’t know anyone from this field. So, it was extremely tough getting opportunities in the beginning. I can say that my dedication and perseverance helped me overcome these challenges.
In your videos, you always encourage your viewers to create a unique identity for themselves. How did you create your USPs as an anchor?
When I started out, the question I asked myself was what can I do different. I realized that I need to showcase my USPs and that is exactly what I did. I decided to integrate my writing skills with my performance. I wrote poetry on the brands I was working for and the cities I was working in and shared it during my shows. For instance, I wrote a shayari for TATA Motors and shared it while hosting a major product launch event for them. They loved it so much that they booked me for 16 other events all across India. Apart from that, I also enjoy singing and rapping during my shows because these performances help in building a connect with the audience. And that is what I encourage my viewers to do. It is important for artists to showcase their USPs apart from their primary talent.
What are some of your most memorable achievements in this industry?
I would say going on to become the finalist of Bombay Times Fresh Face, 2013 and more recently, being tagged as India’s Most Versatile Anchor by IIT Bombay. Also, it has been great working
with TV channels like Star TV, Sony TV, Epic TV and Radio channels like Fever 104 FM. I have absolutely relished interviewing eminent personalities like Virender Sehwag, Benny Dayal, Ankur Warikoo, Shibani Dandekar, Mandira Bedi and Gurmeet Choudhary.
You have always spoken about revolutionising public speaking. How did the idea come about to inspire others to use communication as a driver of change?
I have observed that there are a lot of people who are extremely knowledgeable and talented but a lack of efficient speaking skills holds them back from reaching greater heights. I have always believed that knowledge shared is knowledge squared. So, I decided to share my knowledge and experience in the field of public speaking to help people speak at their peak. I run an academy by the name of Aman’s Public Speaking Academy where I train people from all walks of life. I also conduct Public Speaking Seminars for corporates and educational institutions. I believe speaking skills are the backbone of efficient communication and that is what I aim to impart.
The industry you operate in is very competitive. What’s your mantra to stay ahead of the competition?
Yes, it is extremely competitive. But I don’t look at it that way. I have always believed in creating my own space. And having done that, I have encouraged others to be a part of that space as well. Through my YouTube channel, I share anchoring tips and other content that’s helpful to budding and established artists. I feel competition should always be healthy and it should bring the best out of your own self rather than leaving anyone behind. Once you start competing with yourself, you won’t need to compete with anyone else. I truly believe that success doesn’t mean being ahead of others, it means being a step ahead of yourself.
You have achieved so much in life. Any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers to grow in life?
It would be to always keep your chin up. I have seen some really tough times but I have always believed in myself. You may never realize how close you’re to success just when you’re about to give up. And this applies to each and every field.
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