Shakti Shunmugam

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Shakti Shunmugam
shakti.shunmugam@gmaill.com


ABOUT
3/4 east Indian and 1/4 french, I was born in South Africa and was brought up in Canada for half my life. 
In 2013 I started my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia and In 2015 I transferred out of Science to do a BA in Anthropology and International Relations. In summer of 2015, I won the title of Miss British Columbia with my platform being to empower underprivileged children and women, to pursue an education in order to drive social and economic change. While still studying, I began modelling and acting in music videos as well as doing SAE work on TV shows such as Lucifer on Fox, I was travelling to lesser developed countries working with various NGOs and Non-Profits as well as throwing events where profit went towards child education and development. 
Currently, I have been travelling while taking time off school to focus to focus on my dreams and aspirations of becoming a model/actress and using this as a platform to influence others to drive change as well as working on my entrepreneurial vision 

Would you like to complete our full Editorial interview or skip straight to uploading your photos? (12 more interview questions).
Yes

Our readers would love to get to know you more Shakti. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I definitely don't play by the rules. If I did, I wouldn't be who or where I am today!

Shakti, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?

I've always been passionate about helping others, making a difference and most importantly making others smile from their hearts. My aspiration in life is to be happy and to make others happy as well. 
From the time I was 3 or 4 years old, I knew one day I wanted to be "in the tv" although young, ever since then it has been a dream of mine to pursue it. I've had many obstacles including pressure to become a doctor from my family, my height, my ethnicity- not as many Indian actresses/models in the western entertainment industry and even in Indian cinema, it's mainly those who can speak languages of the mother tongue, usually fair skinned and taller Indian women. Despite difficulties, I continued to push and eventually when I was 20 I became miss British Columbia 2015-16 which has since then opened many doors and opportunities in modelling, music videos and tv work for me. 

Who is your inspiration in life Shakti? How do you keep inspired?

My role models have been Emma Watson and Natalie Portman, both intelligent, driven women who also made it in the entertainment industry. I'm constantly inspired by strong women, success stories and other individuals who aspire to inspire. 

We all make mistakes Shakti, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Model, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I don't live with regrets, but whatever happens in life there are always lessons to learn from. Coming to LA, I've been in uncomfortable situations where I had met with false casting directors, thankfully I was warned by good friends about such characters and was able to save myself from what would have been an uncomfortable situation. Yes, I do want representation here in LA but not at the risk of my dignity and I rather make my dreams happen the honest way, even if it's harder. After all, diamonds are formed under immense pressure. 

Shakti, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

It depends on how passionate I am about the gig. It also depends on who approached me first, if my schedule fits theirs, if the company is fit for me and if I also agree with their service/product etc. 

Please tell us Shakti, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Model?

One of the hardest things was probably leaving the comfort of a life I used to in order to pursue my passions and I have no regrets. Everything is only beginning to fall into place!

Shakti, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I've never encountered a situation yet where I've had to persuade anyone, but I have encountered situations where both parties had amazing ideas and we combined them to create something amazing!

Shakti please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
Being able to use my influence as a platform with which to use my voice to evoke change. 

Shakti, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Collaborating with Dress MI Apparel in Vancouver to throw a fashion show where part of the profit went towards child education and development. We had an amazing turnout, it was a great way of combining modelling, fashion and philanthropy and it was a major success!

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?

If you're truly passionate about something, give it your all despite what others tell you, despite the "nay-sayers", despite the boundaries- in life, there are no limits, only those we build ourselves. You have to go out there and do it! The more positive you are, the more you believe in yourself, the more the universe will respond to your calling. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I always love to collaborate! I'm open to ideas, gaining exposure or working with someone on something new, or out of ordinary! 

Now for the best part Shakti! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
@brandonilic
@florentcarmin

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