Women's Day Interview- Ankitha Prakash
Ankitha, is a miniature artist and has been into the profession for approximately 5 years now. Before this, she worked as an RJ for an year. She has a master’s in Microbiology but chose to take Miniart as her profession since that’s what brings her gratification. Her profession demands her to sit down for 12 hours at a stretch, skip meals and mess up her sleep cycle. It’s a backbreaking pain but at the end when the client is holding their world in their hands and having a glint in their eyes, she says, it’s all worth it. Every art piece is a baby of the artist and Ankitha takes utmost pride in being an artist.
1. What does the slogan, “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” mean for you in your work life? The way of work for every woman should change. It should be filled with passion and self driven. Women need to be given equal opportunities as men instead of gender stereotyping. That’s when there would be blossoming of innovations and changes.
2. What barriers have you faced, as a women, in becoming successful in your field? How did you overcome them? I did face and am facing quite many challenges career wise because I am a woman. Things like marriage , moving out of city, period cramps , PMS etc take a toll on our moods. The responsibility to run the house is another sweet pain. One excellent decision I’ve made in my life helps me overcome these- I made my passion as my profession and that passion keeps pulling me back into my niche!
3. What does the idea of power mean to you? Responsibility ! It’s not how much power we have that matters , it’s how efficiently we use it and bring out the best that matters. For example, if I am a social media influencer, that’s a power I have. Now it’s in my hands how I put across right things and smartly inspire my followers to do the right things or to just post trendy and bombastic matters just to attract more followers.
4. How important is it for women to lift each other up and what does it mean to you? I would say it’s as important as watering a plant. The true enemy of a woman is another woman and not a man. Often we see women talking bad or judging another woman. Jealousy has become the USP of women. It’s higb time we break it. There is an unsaid universal bro-code among men. Why not women? The day we all unite is the day no one can break us.
5. On International Women's Day, what is the most important message you want to send out to young women thinking about their careers? Never ever give up. Never get convinced that you’re born to do only what a stereotypical wife/sister/daughter/daughter-in-law/grand daughter/woman is expected to do. Love yourself, nourish yourself. Don’t be too busy giving away everything to your responsibilities that you forget to keep some for yourself. Nourish your passion, have your own path.
You could visit her social media page through the link below to see some of her beautiful art.