Let us start from the very beginning. I was born in Kochi- Kerala – on September 29,1995.
When I was four months old, we came to Trichy. So for all practical purposes, Trichy is my home. I did my schooling between two renowned schools in Trichy.
After my tenth, the dreaded question loomed large in front of me. “What next”? I had no inkling. What I knew was that I definitely did not want to become an engineer or a doctor. Then what did I want? Luckily my parents were as clueless as I was. They did not believe in thrusting me into something that I had no interest in. However they too underwent the conventional “peer pressure” when everyone kept asking them, “Which coaching centre have you enrolled him in”? In fact we did try out a coaching centre- but none of us had the conviction. Needless to say, soon after I dropped out.
I was not sure where my talents lay. All I knew was I excelled in quizzing and acting to some extent during my school days. I scoured the net for various options and zeroed in on a few. Christ College in Bangalore, Symbiosis in Pune and Manipal University. I wrote entrance tests for these courses and was called for interviews.
Mr. Sivakumar of Trichy Plus, was known to my father. As per my father’s suggestion, I spoke with Mr. Sivakumar and his insights helped me in gaining some clarity with regard to what areas I could explore. I enrolled at Trichy Plus to prepare for the Entrance exams . Apart from the rigmarole of preparing for the tests, what I liked at Trichy Plus was the exuberance of the trainers. I found the sessions very motivating and learning happened without undue pressure. Needless to say, I passed my entrance exams easily. I secured AIR 26 at the Manipal University and AIR 96 in the Symbiosis Entrance exams.
The first interview that I attended was at Christ University.I had applied for a Degree course with 3 majors-Communication, English, and Psychology which to me, sounded interesting. During the interview, I was asked what my hobbies were and when I replied I enjoyed quizzing and acting, they informed me that they were introducing theatre studies for the first time in Christ University and asked if I would like to join. Without batting an eyelid, I said yes.
And that was it.
I informed my parents and though they were surprised, they supported my decision wholeheartedly. I dare say, they might have had their own apprehensions at several levels but they clearly believed that one must pursue one’s interests.
And yes, one might say that I did choose the lesser travelled path and that has made all the difference. What do I say about this course? I am now into my final year and these last two years have changed me completely from the person I used to be. There have been so many incidents which propelled the changes and I am glad that they did. One of the most memorable experiences was getting to play the character of Touchstone in our production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. For me, each character that I play, or each role that I take up in any production needs to open up a new side in me, for it to be performed well. Touchstone in my second year and Bill Sikes in the Musical ‘Oliver!’ by Lionel Bart, torched in me, things and feelings which had until then, not existed. These two people changed me like no one in my real life did.
Also through these 2 and a half years, I have faced many challenges which came along with the positives, as expected. I had to write the script for one of the plays and also do the sound and music for it. With no previous experience in either of the formats, I struggled at first, but will power and passion helped me pull through and put my best foot forward.
Also, since Media Studies was another major, I had to do an Internship over the Summer, in any media house, and hence I worked as an intern in DDB Mudra West, in Ahmedabad where I learnt the nuances of Copywriting and Visual design with guidance from experts in the field and also did a project of my own.
The exposure, the learning has been humongous. There have been tough times, but I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
I got an opportunity to do an internship course at The Liverpool University. It was a most memorable experience. We visited the Beatles’ home town and stayed there and watched plays and performances for over 15 days and then went to London, where we had the honour of watching Live West End shows of two of the Greatest Musicals ever made, Les Miserables and Phantom of The Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Now, more than a year later after that adventure, it all feels like a dream.
A dream that will lead me on and on, no matter what, to help me bring my passion to life.
Contact Aswin at 08892650678 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org