I was planning on writing my second blog post this weekend and possibly posting it early next week, but today's been an epic day. A friend found the video he took of my bhangra performance at a private event with Malkit Singh from a couple of months ago (Thanks Josh!!). Also a couple of days ago I was pretty bummed out about not getting this one gig I was looking forward to hosting. A couple of my friends(Raja and Vishwas- you guys totally rock) told me about this mela in Delaware and one of them was on the committee so I said "hey, let's give it a shot.".
Apparently Raja was too late in telling the organizer and they had already hired someone else. Super upset, I started questioning why adults in the Indian community always tell the youth to be more involved in community events, but then never give us the chance to. I really want to make some money this summer to finance all of my summer shopping because I hate spending my dad's money for things that I don't absolutely need. Most events that I end up hosting I don't charge for because of the nature of the event but it never hurts to make a few dollars while doing what you love right? My friend Vishwas suggested that I contact the organizer of the mela to let him know what I do, for reference for future events. I didn't expect much out of it but decided to give it a shot anyways. After a bunch of Facebook messages that seemed more like essays, I got the offer to host the event. Even though it's only a week before the event and I don't have much time to prepare I'm SO excited. 2 weekends in a row.
Now I KNOW I finally need to figure out how to put on some false eyelashes, get one of my suits fixed and spend hours planning a hairstyle and makeup look. Although I'll be once again missing a week of my show, I'm pre-recording it thanks to my awesome team at Radio Asia( yay for Shawn and Nimish!). For those of you who still want to jam to some bhangra on Bhangra Beats, you can still tune in to Radio Asia Saturday from 4-6pm via radioasiafm.com, the Radio Asia FM app for iPhones and Androids and via iHeart Radio. If any of you are in New Jersey this weekend, on Saturday June 15th I'll be hosting at the Asian American Fair at the Garden State Exhibition and Conference Center in Somerset NJ, so come cheer for me and say hi! AND If you're in the Delaware Area come through to the mela going on, I'll be hosting in the auditorium from 2-7pm at Glasgow High School! I hope I see some of you there. Here's the link for the fb event!
Moral of this little story: NEVER GIVE UP! Good things will happen when you least expect them! In this industry, anything is possible. Don't get bummed out if you don't get your chance right away, if it's the right opportunity, it will come to you! Just try your best and always put your best foot forward. Don't be afraid to branch out and try new things. TAKE THE EXTRA STEP. You never know where it will take you. And hey, when you're trying to make it big in the South Asian entertainment industry, every event, every gig really counts. Just be sure to choose the right ones!