RIYA VASHIST – O WOMANIYA, SALUTE TO YOUR UNDAUNTED SPIRIT!
On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021, what better than asking a woman who has created her own path, a path that was full of hurdles, demanding, required perseverance and above all, passion to turn her dream of becoming an international makeup artist to reality!
Graduated in SFX and prosthetic FX makeup from USA, this woman achiever is one of the most acclaimed makeup artists and prosthetic experts of international repute with 16 years of experience in the glamour and beauty industry to her credit. As a maestro in the art of prosthetics, special effects, character as well as beauty makeup artistry, she is a name to reckon with when we start counting names of the celebrities, sports personalities and television stars that form part of her respected clientele. As a leading prosthetic makeup artist, she brings considerable hands-on experience and passion for her work, and willingness to creatively adapt the process as the project evolves. She owns and runs RVMUA International Makeup Academy Pvt Ltd in the capital city.
In a freewheeling conversation with with Trisha Mahajan, founder and editor, REEL to REAL, Riya Vashist a.k.a. Rheaa Vashist shares interesting anecdotes about being a woman of strength, the idea of loving one thy self, how to strike a perfect balance between personal and professional lives, pandemic and personal growth and miles to go before she rests….
Count three things on your finger that make you a woman of strength and she says…. I believe in the fact that if your foundation is strong and alongside if you are determined to be an achiever, there is nothing that can stop you from being a winner.
A female that you look up to as a role model is…. Mother Teresa for she was an epitome of beauty. She was one soul who remained beautiful throughout her life, both from inside as well as outside.
Women don’t think enough about themselves because… They do not understand the idea of self love. But, I think gradually the focus has started shifting towards it now. Women have begun to realise their true worth and what they are capable of doing and what they deserve, so it is a right step in right direction. I think women need to be a lot more confident to be able to adopt a habit of self love and self care.
Maintaining work-life balance becomes easy when…. I follow my rule of not getting work home at all. I have made it a point that on week offs or on holidays, I try and spend as much as quality time with my family. We holiday, play, go out for movies and do things where we can create memories with each other. I think it is very important for every professional to draw a line so that they don’t end up mixing both the lives.
The pandemic to you was…. A blessing in disguise! It gave me the opportunity to spend time with me loved ones and also indulge in those activities for which I never had time. I found pleasure in cooking, reading and even writing. I love writing poems and I even did that during the days gone by.
Talking about the phase of the pandemic professionally…. It has been a phase of lull with absolutely no work, especially during the lockdown phase. Makeup is something that can’t be done online. I mean it requires physical touch so that ways our work suffered a lot. Besides, there were neither many shoots nor weddings happening. Even today people are bit apprehensive about it. But with India spearheading towards the vaccine drive, I am hopeful that things will be better soon.
Pandemic taught you to…. Utilise the time at hand to its best capacity. Be more focused on other parameters such as making expansion strategies, giving online classes, finishing pending projects etc. It also made me realise that one should live for the moment. Life is too unpredictable and fragile, so live each day as if it is your last day.
Your views on achievements till date…. I am satisfied with whatever I have achieved so far, but surely I have to a lot more to achieve in the years to come. This reminds me of Robert Frost’s famous lines, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
Your piece of advice to co-women souls would be…. Practice self love and self care. Women have always been giving and sacrificing but I guess it is time they start loving themselves!
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