“Inspiration Kills Your Creativity” – Ankit Duhan

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1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I belong to a village Petwar in Hisar, Haryana. Talking about my journey as a model, it began in July 2018. Well, initially I was very shy or unfriendly to the camera that I was scared of getting captured even in the family functions. As I entered college, I observed a lot of good personalities and I actually wanted to be in one of them and this was the only inspiration. 

So I started grooming myself, taking pictures in my room & follow models like Mr Rohit Khandelwal, Toni mahfud, Rowan row, Zayn Malik and many others. Apart from this, there was a need for motivation and support and that was done by my friend Sandeep Singh. He encouraged me a lot to pursue this career and kept motivating me.

My journey was a bit more struggling than others because I had no guidance. Being a farmer's son, I faced financial problems as I have to arrange myself to pay photographers and I didn't ask for money from family, I belong to a village so I was very shy and afraid of talking with professionals, attending business calls and I was very weak in English too (English, though not compulsory in modelling but it really matters). 

Just like other models I faced many rejections too. But nothing can stop you if you have the zeal and dedication to achieve your goals. But I am enjoying this beautiful journey, it teaches me a lot.

2. When did you first decide that you wanted to create content and how did you start?

I was fond of exploring new things since the very beginning, when I used to come across through some well-known Creator's work I got fantasized every time and then I decided this is what I need to do. I realized that's my interest, that's what I'm creative in. 

At the first level, I started editing pictures. Gradually, I gained more experience and knowledge and thankfully people started appreciating my skills.

3. Is blogging and content creation a financially sustainable career?

I would say yes, Blogging is the best part-time work nowadays. If you are creative enough and you have an audience for your content you can earn as much as you want. Your earnings are entirely based on your creativity for the content and audience engagement level. Brands will always need to collaborate with influencers for promotions so it never ends.

4. Who is your favourite creator and why?

My favourite creator is Toni Muhfad. I really admire him because of his unique, creative and commendable styling and editing as well.

5. How and where do you find inspiration to churn out content?

I always keep scrolling through Fashion hashtags and feeds of famous creators to know what's trending currently, what people would love to see. But when it's time to create my content I don't take any inspiration from fellow mates. Because I personally think that "inspiration kills your creativity".

6. What does your typical day look like?

I wake up daily at around 6 am. My day starts with physical exercise including yoga and some stretching. After breakfast, I usually go for shoots in the early morning if there is no shoot I prefer attending college. 

After college or after lunch, I take 1-2 hour nap and then write my content. My evening includes gym, basketball and hanging out with friends. My routine includes some photo editing after dinner. I go to bed around 10.

7. Which is your favourite book and why?

I'm very fond of reading biographies of successful entrepreneurs instead of novels, because they give me enough dose of inspiration in a short span of time.

8. What piece of advice would you like to give to future and aspiring creators?

I just want to say that please try to create content that would add value in the life of your followers and would influence them.

Interview by - Himanshi

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