I’m awkward but it’s fine

I’m awkward but it’s fine

I grew up in an area of upstate New York where I was one of a handful of nonwhite people. In school, I took too many AP classes, placed in spelling bees, and otherwise entirely upheld the nerdy Indian kid stereotype. In secret, I nurtured my acting dreams, and for a production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile, I won the regional repertory theatre award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, and I totally wasn’t the only person nominated.

As a National Merit Scholar, I had the privilege of attending Fordham University on a full scholarship. I graduated magna cum laude with a major in Philosophy and double minors in Creative Writing and Religious Studies, then decided acting was an equally viable career path.

I started my training at The Barrow Group with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock. I’ve continued studying at UCB, Matt Newton Studios, with Bob Krakower, and am currently studying with Anthony Abeson, who, when I performed a dramatic monologue with tears running down my face, told me “you’re very funny. You have sharp comedic instincts.”

I decided to become an actor because I believe storytelling is the most profound, meaningful thing we do as humans. It allows us to connect, to empathize, to imagine, and to make sense of our experiences. I aspire to tell stories that offer people a peek into another world and learn something they can take back to their own. This is my mission, and my way of being of service to others.

My first TV appearance was a medical show on Animal Planet, which made my parents very happy and they told all their friends about. My second was a racy crime show, which they did NOT tell their friends about.

In addition to acting, I create sketch comedy videos, write TV and film scripts, am a (totally not overzealous at all) cat mom, read everything I can about theoretical physics and the nature of the universe, take surreptitious pictures of dogs on the street, entertain guesses about my ethnicity, and cry at nature documentaries.

My original pilot script “Marriage Brokers”, co-written with my writing partner Vick Krishna, was recently recognized as a quarterfinalist in the WeScreenplay TV Pilot competition.