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It is indeed quite difficult to enter the showbiz industry and make a mark in the glamour world. While people feel that celebrities’ lives are filled with luxuries and they bask in the glory of the love from the audience, they aren’t aware of the struggle that a person goes through in his/her way to make it big in the industry.
In a candid chat with India Forums, Tina Philip of Ek Aastha Aisi Bhee fame opened up about her journey in the industry. Having an inclination towards the art of acting, Tina moved to India from UK and gave up on her highly paid job that of a Chartered Accountant. Speaking about her journey in the industry, Tina said, “I aspired to become an actor since the age of 6 years & coming from a highly educated background made it difficult for me to express my wish in first place. One of the main struggles on the initial level was figuring how to make my way into the industry. My quench for playing characters different from the ones I used to portray in plays back in UK made me come down to Kerala, India. After shifting there I tried cracking my way into South entertainment industry but the linguistic barriers & lack of contacts brought no progress & that’s how a year passed. I then shifted to Mumbai & stayed at my friend’s place for four months”.
She added, “I then came across someone who told me about the hub of auditions which is none other than Aram Nagar, Versova. I then started travelling every day from town to Andheri in locals. Withstanding the hot climate was a huge hardship in itself. I constantly kept trying to crack a role for 2 years & then my mother insisted me to come back. I waited for some time & ultimately boarded my flight back to UK feeling lost. I even resumed my work as a chartered accountant & after 6 months I got a call from the creative of Ek Aastha Aisi Bhi & rest is history.
When asked if rejections affected her, the ‘Aye Mere Humsafar’ actress said, “Rejections never affected me because I knew I had left a well-paid job, my family and friends in the UK so I had to make this work. It was my childhood dream after all. The only thing I remember feeling upset about was when people told me I was too dark & could never be a lead face. I was used to seeing my British friends going to tanning salons in the UK, so comments of the sort were quite weird for me”.
Well, must say, Tina has come a long way!