Komal is not a new face in the Thai Indian modeling industry; although quite new, this interview highlights the potential that Thai Indian models have to make it to a worldwide stage, especially in Indian Movies.
Indothaitrade.com: For those who do not know you, who is Komal Gandhi?
Komal: I am very traditional and shy type of girl. I like simple things in life. Have been regretted, have been accepted, life goes on. I am far removed from the glamorous woman.
Infact when i am not working or even when i go to office, i have almost no makeup on. But i am equally amazed at how i like to see others manages to look so stylish.
Indothaitrade.com: When did you first decide that you want to be a model?
Komal: For me it was never decided or plan to be a model. While i was working in an export company, a photographer friend messaged me saying she need to update her folio with different types of faces. And after that it was never turning back for me. Those pictures were spotted by few other professional photographers and eventually few pictures taken by different photographers were published in some catalouges and websites promoting their work such as advertising for Makeup artist, new product etc…
Indothaitrade.com: Apart from your modeling, are you doing anything else?
Komal: Yes i am an Executive Reservation in Thomas Cook UK ‘Travel Agency’Indothaitrade.com: Are there any aspects of modeling you find particularly difficult?
Indothaitrade.com: Are there any aspects of modeling you find particularly difficult?
Komal: Besides Photoshoots for various products, or rampwalk, the particular difficult part comes during an audition for such as TV commercials or movie for a specific roles. There is no doubt that you have an acting skills or you have done any films or TV commercials before, but at the audition place, you meet many other actors or models or friends who are competing you.
Indothaitrade.com: Which Fashion Show was your favorite to have participated in?
Komal: During Miss India Worldwide 2012 for ‘Priscilla Bhikha’ from South Africa.
Indothaitrade.com: Does Thailand have any more Indian/Thai Indian Models? Why do you think this is the case?
Komal: Yes ofcourse. There are numerous of indian people/models who are engaged to different modelling agencies or local agents.
Indothaitrade.com: What are some of the problems you face as a young, (Thai Indian) model?
Komal: I honestly did not face any problem as far as i was concerned that i will do only limited projects during that time. That time i was working full time in a travel agency and i hardly used to go for any shoots which was only during weekends. That time i was very new. It started moving slow and steadily.
Indothaitrade.com: What height, size and physical outlook do you think a person needs in order to break into the modeling industry?
Komal: Modelling is distinguished from other types of public performance, such as an acting, dancing or mime artist. Although the boundary is not well defined. appearing in a movie or play is almost never considered Modelling. Size, height or physical doesn’t really matter if requirement is for a movie or TV Commercials.
Indothaitrade.com: How do you keep your body structure and appearance this gorgeous?
Komal: I am not a fitness mantra really. But i try to go to the gym or do yoga at least thrice a week for an hour. Besides that i uses walking as an exercise, swimming and loves dancing.
Indothaitrade.com: Do you have any event or shows coming up which you think people should look out for ?
Komal:For this year Miss India Worldwide 2013 i tried few of my indian model friend to look out for, but something went missing and this year no No Miss India Thailand was participated. I hope we could deal and make someone succesfull to participate next year (hopefully).
Indothaitrade.com: What advice would you give to the upcoming young Thai Indian models?
Komal: Ascertain for yourself if you really want to be a part of any pageant or want to be a model or an actor and then if your heart echoes a ‘Yes’ just go for it to the full throttle. Let then nothing come in the way of you and your dreams.
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