A ‘performing artiste’ as he likes to be known, Abhishek’s foray into the performing arts began as a Class XI student with his first performance in the musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, which “changed my life forever.”
Though the moment of being on stage, being the lead, the spotlight and the audience was a big high.
I related to this space of acting, theatre and the performing arts.
This was my playground and it gave me a feeling of liberation, a sense of identity and courage to go forward. I have never looked back since,”
He “loves the fact” that people in general are “confused about what I do”. They ask, “What did I do about my education (BSc honours and management) in Birmingham,” and disapproving of the “money that got wasted over there!”
Some people offer employment suggestions, “why don’t you pursue something in that field so there is a back-up. You can work in the day, earn money and do theatre in the evening,” or “part time job kar lo,” something Abhishek is clearly not interested in doing.
Amused by people’s definition that one can qualify as an actor, only if “they see me with someone big like Shah Rukh Khan on the silver screen, otherwise acting means nothing,” Abhishek feels “a real need to change that perception.”
“I love the performing arts in its entirety and explaining to people about my craft. I do not believe in sticking to one part. Music is special. I do beat boxing, rap and ballet. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I work in performing arts- as a creator, performer and producer. I ensure they know every detail of what I’ve done.”
He feels that
people who put him down are the ones who are envious and “insecure seeing someone else live a freer life and not shackled by society’s burdens and compulsions.
My job is fun. Whether I’m at a rehearsal, a shoot, doing a recce, producing, creating or in a meeting, I am always having fun because I’ve made sure it is always about performing arts.
However, not one to be facetious about his good fortune, Abhishek is deeply aware of the struggles an artiste, many of who are his friends, face in trying to reach their goals.
“I am lucky not to have felt that crunch because my parents supported and backed me. But I know theatre actors and friends of mine who moved to Mumbai from other places, who are not well off. They are fantastic, have trained hard and invested their time, energy and money but are having a tough time. Unfortunately, in the stream of theatre especially, there seems to be absolutely no money,” he rues.
“The biggest boon is Aadyam by Aditya Birla. Now I have some assurance that there will be one good production in a year and money will come.”
However, this unremitting ‘money versus art’ and ‘dependence on money’ syndrome bothers him.
“I hate decisions being made because of, in or around money. It affects the decision-making and the creative process, especially when I am running this company
and trying to put up this festival.
It is literally art versus money.
It’s quite apparent, ‘if you want to do this, you will need this much money’. When it’s money that backs you, then it doesn't let the creativity flow and that is what I do not like.
When you are a theatre artiste, you really understand the fight with money,”
he says, adding that
all that is left to ‘cope’ with the situation is to “compromise, cut back on costs, lifestyle choices, everything.”
For an artiste “ socializing, going out and meeting people, chatting and ideating over coffee could be work,” but if you have to cut costs then “it would be something you would not be able to afford.” His parents support notwithstanding, Abhishek wants to be “self-sufficient, to be able to earn money and support myself doing what I do.”
“I am not in a stage where I can think of a family and a child. I’m still thinking about myself. If I did not have the support of my family, I would be leading a very hand to mouth existence. But my financial goals…I am not really set on a number, maybe because I have this luxury, the comfort to not to have to put a number to it, but basically to know what I love and what I want to do can earn for me and help me live and thrive and not just scrape through.”
With ‘initial funding’, call it a “loan from Dad” plus his own savings, Abhishek’s company The Misfits Co., “provides cross medium content that helps brands align themselves with their communities. Our first product ‘Jhamela’, a microfest is an arts-driven, hyper-local festival, engaging communities with live, experiential and differential content. The intent is to increase accessibility to arts. We are still a start-up and haven’t really been picked up in terms of investments,” he shares.
You can gauge his prudence about money and loans when he says, “I am not too pro-loan. That is mainly because of the sense of assurance, security and financial stability I already have where I do not want to be indebted to someone else. When there is a loan to pay back within a certain time, there is a very responsible attitude towards money that is being borrowed.
If I did take a loan from a bank or investor, the decision-making would be different. The pressure to repay the loan would affect the creative output than when I don't have the pressure of having to think about it.
My attitude towards loans is don't borrow a thing until you have little more to give back.”
At times we need to take loans when we fall short of money while making any purchase. Loans can help you with the monetary requirement, but it also comes as a responsibility to pay off the debt. And people do give a second thought before taking a loan on terms of the repayment and the EMI. Remember, it’s always better to take loans than to dip into your savings or your investment. Also, if you follow a proper investment discipline, you can easily pay off your mortgage without any stress.
- Investing in mutual funds- To support your loan it is always necessary to have a back up which cannot be better than mutual funds. Generally, in the long term, mutual funds give much higher returns as compared to the amount you pay as EMI. This way, you can balance your loans and still be in a profitable situation.
- Always have insurance- If you are planning to take loan, remember to have a term insurance at your name if you are the bread earner of the family. This would act as a cushion for your family in case of your unfortunate demise. Also having health insurance for your family would help you with medical expenses during any emergency.
- Taking a loan can be worrisome but not if you follow the above-mentioned steps. You can further diversify your portfolio with other investment options that would keep you stress free.
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Recover Health Insurance Cover Amount Using Restoration Facility
The restoration facility in health insurance, as the name suggests, replenishes the sum assured after you have used the entire amount within a calendar year. Read on to know more about it.
Different Types of Mutual Fund Charges
While mutual fund investment is gaining popularity among several investors, there’s one facet that needs your attention – it is the charges associated with mutual fund management. In this article, we will explore the various fees that you need to pay Mutual funds.
CIBIL Score For Personal Loan
One of the most important factors that are taken into consideration by lenders when you apply for a loan is your CIBIL score. Let us look at some more details pertaining to the CIBIL score with respect to a personal loan.