Ishitta - She Features In Rana Naidu, Scoop, Dhaakad, And Coke Studio To Name A Few (Actor From India)

I handle criticism with a pinch of salt. While it does affect me, it's an inevitable aspect of being an actor and creator. Putting my work out there invites critique, which I embrace as an opportunity for growth.

1. Can you tell us about your background and experience?

Growing up surrounded by theatre and music, thanks to my mother's influence as a theatre actor, writer, and performer, has deeply enriched my life. Witnessing rehearsals and interacting with legendary artists like Zakir Hussain and Gulam Ali Khan Saab fueled my love for the arts and the languages of Hindi and Urdu. While I've embraced my background, I've also carved my own path, blending tradition with innovation in my artistic endeavors. I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunities this upbringing has provided me, allowing me to express myself creatively and authentically.


2. How do you approach character development in your stage roles and the personas you portray in your online content?

I haven’t had formal acting training. Instead, my education has come from observing and working alongside seasoned actors like my mother and Mr. KK Raina in stage plays. Their approach to roles and characters has been my learning ground, emphasizing understanding the character’s background, motivations, and behaviors through research and instinct. For me, the script is paramount, and the director guides the ship. This approach guides my interpretation of any role I take on.

3. What was the motivation behind creating Ikigai & co.

Ikigai and Company embodies the essence of pursuing what you love and finding fulfillment in the convergence of various passions. It's about aligning what you do for your hobby, your job, and what earns you money, ultimately leading to your true calling. For me, that encompasses community work, designing, acting, and stage work. Ikigai celebrates the idea of being a jack of all trades and master of none & that finding fulfillment in multiple passions can be just as rewarding, if not more so. It's about embracing the interconnectedness of all the things we love and allowing them to shape our purpose and direction in life.

4. How do you handle negative feedback or criticism from your audience?

I handle criticism with a pinch of salt. While it does affect me, it's an inevitable aspect of being an actor and creator. Putting my work out there invites critique, which I embrace as an opportunity for growth. If it's overly negative or hurtful, I block it out where possible. Ultimately, I use criticism as fuel to improve and excel in my craft.

5. What advice would you give to other people aspiring to start their digital creation journey?

My advice for those starting a digital journey is to silence their inner critic and commit to consistency, regardless of likes or feedback. Find purpose in creating and make a commitment to it. Perseverance is key; never give up and keep pushing forward. Understand your why to maintain motivation and sustain consistency. It's about determination, purpose, and unwavering dedication to creating something meaningful.

6. What is a book you love and would recommend our readers to give it a try?

I haven't read a physical book in a very long time, but I've bought many with the intention of starting to read again because I was an avid reader. But the book I would recommend somebody to read is India After Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha

Bio 

Ishitta is an Actor with 20 years of experience across the mediums of Theatre. Music & Television She is a skilled dancer with a love for storytelling, writing and ideation given her unique exposure to theatre & music. She has a deep-rooted understanding of Indian culture and sensibilities. Ishitta's keen eye for detail and an understanding of aesthetics and design have enabled her to express her passion for the arts in her own unique way. She features in Rana Naidu, Scoop, Dhaakad, and Coke Studio to name a few.

Interviewed By- Shreya 
Edited By- Pragya Lamba