Smitha Deepak is an Indian-born model, TV anchor and a serial entrepreneur, currently the founder and CEO of The Green Creation, Inc. a designer organic clothing company. A sports enthusiast, she’s a swimmer and has been an athlete throughout her life. After completing her MBA from India, she moved to the United States in 2002 and since made Bay Area, California her home.” Opinion Express team interacted with her online to present a case study of a successful woman.
Q. Smitha Deepak is a performer, what motivates you to excel in life?
I’m actually an entrepreneur (founder CEO of The Green Creation), I’m a TV anchor with Women Now TV, an event Host and also a model (brand ambassador for several brands)
First and foremost, I never think of my work as a “job”, instead, I work with passion. You need to love our work to get and stay motivated. We all have one life to live, so we might as well make it flavorful. I love variety and I feel that there’s no limit on how much one can achieve in life, and age is never a bar; you’re never too young or old to do something. I’m a people person, so it makes it very easy for me to connect with the community. Being in the profession that I am in (retail and media); you need to be able to develop that connection and network with the people easily. I’m also very focused and organized. I wake up at 3 am every morning (including weekends) and know exactly what I need to accomplish during that day. I have short term and long term goals and I’m much focused. Lastly, I believe in taking care of myself; when we take care of ourselves, we can very easily take care of everything around you. All of the above helps me, motivates me and keeps me smiling, and everything falls in the right place!
Q. What is the most innovative thing you have done during your professional journey so far?
My philosophy about life is: normal is boring. If you want to excel, you have to be different and do more than just normal. I’ve done everything from taping while skydiving and shooting with large reptiles, and keeping my horizon large enough to be a brand ambassador for fashion lines to sports. I’ve always stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new, and it’s always been a pleasant experience.
Q. Besides being an stage artist, what other training have you had (voice, dance, stage combat, etc.)?
I’m not professionally trained in any- thing I do, but have succeeded tremendously in everything I touched. I’m a great example to everyone who wants to do something, but always feared that they might not have the experience or professional training. All you need is the willingness to learn and succeed. I’m an actor today, a model tomorrow, a speaker the next day, a host, or maybe a sky- diver another day; you give me a role and I’ll execute it with poise. You need to wear your confidence all the time, and sometimes that is all you need.
Q. If you could choose, what three actors would you really want to work with?
- Farhan Akhtar: because he’s someone who can pull of anything and is multi-talented.
- Shabana Azmi: because she exemplifies strength.
- Rahul Bose: because that’s my style of acting, natural and effortless.
Q. Have you ever gotten a chance to be on the other side of the table at an audition (watching, instead of auditioning)? What did you learn from that?
Yes! and I hate it because now, I need to judge people. There’s no winner or loser and everyone is the best in their own way. For that reason, watching an audition is harder than actually auditioning for something. At the same time, because you watch so much varied talent, you get to learn from them too. I’ve seen people who grew out of nothing but their talent and determination that they showcase is very inspiring.
Q. Your message to young women of India?
Women are very strong, stronger than they think they really are, and sometimes the only limitations that they have are the ones they place on themselves. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone and explore the infinite opportunities. We’re fighters; we are daughters, sisters, and mothers and have this magical power of balancing life extremely well. So get out there and show the world you’ve come to live, not just to survive. Get your inner mojo out and showcase your talent, be confident and never give up!
– OE News bureau