From negotiating rates and dates to muffling my giggles with Delhi Belly under a warm flight blanket to transforming into my sari-clad mature self on stage in front of 400 men, to then witnessing the shady sights & sounds from my tuk tuk on the streets of Pattaya the week has been pretty cool!
Live anchoring can be great fun. It’s usually a few hours of work comes with great money and is a great confidence builder besides taking you places.
Corporate shows especially are a blessing to anchor. They are usually precise and punctual and they know what they want and begin-&-end on the dot.
This time round, I had to host a Business Awards function. A pretty formal affair with about 200 medals and awards to be handed out to reward dealers from across India who've met difficult sales targets.
Getting each of the 200 names from different regions of the nation right was a task, but I think the Hindi scribbles on my cue cards saved the day.
An anchor is often handed fresh information, names of chief guests or new performances to fill gaps caused by delays etc. just before being thrown on stage and told to be funny and entertain the audience.
But a little planning and a well-drafted script can go a long way. This time I peppered my script with some quirky business quotations on success. Besides, being the only lady amongst hundreds of men you can pretty much get away with even a murder anyway.
With a successful show under my belt, I decided to venture out into the city to do a bit of shopping. The lady-boys (together with the pole dancers and strip clubs) are quite the highlight of pattaya, but it's also thronged with groups of stag men who come to the city for their share of fun.
I celebrated the success of my show in the pleasure of my own company, sipping on my white wine and watching another film on my flight back home!
On landing in Mumbai, I got a call saying an ad shoot, that I had to let go due to dates that clashed with my anchoring job in Pattaya, had been pushed back.
I've come to realise that you can't commit to everything and you shouldn't have to... Instead, you should prioritise and if something's meant to happen, it will!!!
It's amazing how when you really want something to happen it does. I took a harsh call on canning the ad shoot, but did it with the confidence that if they really wanted me, the dates would somehow be worked around... And they did!!!
People still don't believe in the Law of Attraction ??!!
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