“My parents were always supportive and gave complete freedom to pursue my career goals. And that’s how I chose Mass Communication in my Graduation and Post Graduation. I got into photography and music while I was pursuing my higher studies.
When I was studying at Christ University, I had a whole circle of friends outside the college who were older than me. They would take care of me. We used to frequent events and nightlife in Bangalore city. That’s where I made contacts and started pursuing photography and writing. After I finished my degree, I worked as a publisher for Thomson and Reuters. During my post-graduation, I started working as a freelance photographer and writer.
Being a media professional, people assume that our work is pretty easy and manageable. But that’s not necessarily the case. However, there are many perks as well. As a freelancer, you have to work multiple jobs and take up every opportunity that comes your way, thereby making contacts & honing your skills.
While I was working as a technical writer, I found that job too tedious for my personality. That’s when I started researching and applying for jobs that required me to travel. That led to an opportunity to work on a Disney Cruise ship as a photographer. I used to photograph guests along with Disney characters across the ship and at ports of call. On the ship, I was working with crew members and staff from over 50 nationalities. It was an insightful experience.
I moved back to India in 2016 and got into music and events full time. I have been a Karaoke Jockey for over five years now. At the same time, I have performed live music with various artists and bands within India and abroad.
It was during the second wave of lockdown restrictions that I got a call from the director of St. Joseph’s College who got a referral from my degree college professor. That’s how I got into lecturing which has been one of the best life experiences so far. I teach subjects such as Photography, Filmmaking, New Media technologies, Print Journalism, Digital Audio Production, and media related subjects to the students.”