Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life: Aakanksha Manglani

1. What do you do for a living?

Ans. Modelling.

2. How would you describe what you do?

Ans. As it is commonly said, ‘Do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life’. This is exactly how I define my work. Modelling has always been a part of my dream and now I can rightfully say that I am happily living my dream.

3. What does your work entail?

Ans. As a model, my work entails in associating myself with projects which exactly connotes with my persona. Be it fashion shows or photo/video shoots, it is very important that I should be aware to use the sharper dimensions of my face while also letting my softer side come through in all brands.

4. What’s a typical work week like?

Ans. It is undoubtedly hectic but as I said earlier, I love what I do so I enjoy every bit of it.

5. How did you get started?

Ans. I started my career 10 years back in the year 2007. Had been a part of my college events too as a showstopper for few events and had modelled for few brands like Head Turners, Ombre and more. After my marriage, I am here resuming my career with the support of my family.

6. What do you like about what you do?

Ans. I am passionate about photography and fashion, and I am glad that I get to implement this in my daily life as a part of my work. Modelling is all about diversity and I enjoy bringing out the same in all photo shoots.

7. What do you dislike?

Ans. Most people still have a negative impression about modelling and acting and there are times when we are judged. I know I can’t help the orthodoxy but it is a tad bit annoying at times.

8. How do you make money or how are you compensated?

Ans. From product shoots and fashion shows.

9. What skills are needed to do this?

Ans. It is important to realize your strengths and weaknesses and to use them wisely.  From choosing the correct projects to giving your best at work, I feel that is the most integral skill.

10. What is the most challenging about what you do?

Ans.  At this point is the lack of variety in my portfolio. I know I need to book more comp shoots with up and coming photographers.

11. What is most rewarding?

Ans. I know it’s a little out of the context but my kid’s beautiful smile is the most rewarding for me anytime.

12. What advice would you offer someone considering this career?

Ans. Fashion is a very glamorous industry but it can be harsh with you at times too. So it is very important to give your best and never lose focus on the essentials.

13. How much time off do you get?

Ans. Enough to keep my personal and professional life in proper balance

14. What else would you like people to know about your career?

Ans. There is much more a pretty face to modelling and I hope people realize this.

15. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?

Ans. As I said before, fashion is a glamorous industry so people always tend to look for stylish clothes and makeup and perceive modelling to be limited to that. There is diligence in a simple photo shoot too which people fail to realize.