The best of both worlds

GREAT BALANCE

Along with pursuing their education in well-known institutions known for their strict curriculum, these students have embarked on a career based on their favourite
hobbies.

They juggle between studying and working as most of them have chosen a competitive profession. On one hand, they have to convince their institutions and parents, who don’t want to compromise on their academic development. On the other hand, they should also take care that the industry that they are working in does not look down on them as they are still students.

Spoorthi Suresh, a third year BBM student at Baldwin Methodist College, has been juggling her acting career with studies for the last few years. She has acted in Kannada and Telugu films including Jolly Days, Olave Vismaya and Puneeth-starrer Prithvi. She is also working in Jaggesh’s Bodyguard, a remake of the Hindi film of the same name.

 “It is very difficult to handle both as I have to keep myself free for continuous shooting schedules. The attendance is the biggest problem. And I can somehow manage with the theory subjects but practicals become a problem during exams. Subjects like mathematics, statistics and accountancy require a lot of dedication and time.

Fortunately, I have the full support of my college and parents. So far, I have not disappointed my parents or the institution. I have always performed up to their expectations,” she says. And to avoid people from the industry taking her for granted, she doesn’t behave as a student. “I am very professional when it comes to work. I behave like a mature girl and am very strict with payment and other issues. I am accompanied by my mother or aunt for outdoor shootings and they help me manage my profession and education,” informs Spoorthi.

Nischay Bhargav, a second year student of Jain College, V V Puram, is a professional emcee and has acted in a couple of films including Care of Footpath and Tuttoori. He is an active member of a theatre group ‘Hanumanthanagar Bimba’ and has acted in more than 50 plays along with working for documentaries prepared by the central government ministries. He has worked as a student news reader in a television channel and hosted many popular shows as an emcee.

Nischay says he wouldn’t have achieved any of these things without the support of his parents and college. “When I started my career, I never bothered about my remuneration. I was doing it for my enjoyment. Later, I understood how important it is to maintain a professional approach towards work. Then I became more careful about my payment and other things. The problem is I cannot sign any contract being a minor. So I let my parents decide on my behalf and my father looks after all the legal issues,” he says.

Najam Kapoor, a fashion coordinator and an emcee studying in Dayananda Sagar
College of Engineering, has the same take on the issue. “Support from parents is very  crucial as we tend to miss classes.

I work very hard to ensure that I meet the expectations of my parents and teachers. I don’t want them to feel that I could have done better if I wasn’t burdened. My dream is to become an emcee. So when I get offers, I never say no. At times, I have even done it for free. But it is very important to have commercial aspects in mind to avoid people looking down upon you.”

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