"Thousands of Doors Will Be Shut on Your Face, but Don’t Give Up." - Simran Mittal

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1. Tell us more about your background and journey.

I began my journey when I was 17 years old however, I come from a business background where nobody has ever been a part of the glamour industry. Every day was a challenge, starting from convincing my parents to be a part of this industry.  It all began just by my passion for clicking pictures and dressing up.

I did not know I was being noticed until I got a couple of offers to model. That's when I joined a modeling academy that changed everything. But it did not satisfy me to some extent, I wanted to make the most of it.

That is when my Instagram became my diary of every step I took. I made sure I could motivate everyone around me to do what they love. Because if I could, so can you.

2.  What led you to start your page on Instagram and what is it about?

I did not have a motive when I came on Instagram, it was like any other teenager. Until I started getting followers at the age of 15-16. That’s when I started putting more effort into how I dress, picture quality, making a good feed.

When people around me were posting random stuff for fun, I was posting about myself and fashion. Which caught other's attention, I think that set me apart from the rest back then. 

Today when I look back, I am still doing the same thing just not for fun, now it has become a routine to create content, motivate, and influence everyone around me. Today my Instagram is all about fashion, beauty, and most importantly my journey and myself.

3.  How has your family inspired you in becoming a model?

There came a point where I made my family believe in me and my dreams. I feel your parent’s support is one of your biggest strengths and I am blessed. My family has inspired me every day from staying punctual to staying grounded, from how to handle failures, to the most important quality, how to handle success.

4.  Can you talk about the skills that one needs to possess in becoming a successful model?

Most important qualities a model should have:

  1. Good communication and listening skills, they both go hand in hand. Extremely important as you are always facing the camera, you should know how to talk to the camera. Your work/pictures should talk on behalf of you. 
  2. You should know how to make your pictures look lively and captivating. Listen to your photographer's instructions carefully. It makes half of your way better just by listening and acting accordingly.
  3. Staying Grounded, I cannot emphasize this enough. Having the right attitude towards everyone around you. From the lowest level positions to the top, treat people equally. It’s about giving respect and taking. 
  4. Everyone around you should have fun working with you, it creates a healthy and stress-free environment. People want to work with you more than other models filled with attitude and arrogance.
  5. Being punctual, it’s never a bad idea to be a little early than to make everyone around you wait and delay the entire shoot. Usually when things are delayed everyone is in a hurry which spoils the entire shoot, environment,  and causes chaos.
  6. Lastly, Confidence & poise, very important qualities. It is essential to carry yourself with grace and confidence no matter where you are and who is watching.

5.  What is your idea of success or your mantra in life?

Enjoy the journey to success or your goal. If you don't enjoy it, you are somewhere not satisfied with what you are doing. So I strongly believe in enjoying my journey/process of being where I want to be.

6. What piece of advice would you like to give to the future and aspiring models?

If this is your dream, stay prepared, and stay focused on your goal, stay prepared to face rejections, failures, and criticism. Thousands of doors will be shut on your face, but don’t give up. You never know which door is for you. 

Work on yourself every day. Stay consistent with your workouts and don't stop going for auditions. Don’t lose any opportunity just because you are lazy. Things will work out for you at the right time.

- Simran Mittal

Interview by: Anurag Jaiswal
"Thousands of Doors Will Be Shut on Your Face, but Don’t Give Up." - Simran Mittal "Thousands of Doors Will Be Shut on Your Face, but Don’t Give Up." - Simran Mittal Reviewed by Anurag Jaiswal on June 22, 2020 Rating: 5

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