A WOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE WORLD WITH HER AMBITION AND HARD WORK
Priyanka Chopra was born on July 18, 1982, in Jamshedpur, India. Both her parents are doctors, and her father was in the army. She studied at the La Martiniere Girl's School in Lucknow before relocating to the United States for three years.
She is the definition of the self-made modern woman, she had no background or connections in the film industry when she entered with a Miss World crown on her head. Today, she has an extraordinary place in Bollywood and has been taking Hollywood by storm over recent years.
She has 50+ Bollywood movies, an American TV show, a couple of Hollywood films, three-hit record singles and multiple awards to her name. She is the perfect example of a crossover success story. After becoming Miss World at the age of 18, Priyanka Chopra has taken the world by storm, becoming a success story unlike one seen in Bollywood before. Priyanka Chopra has established herself as a global icon today; however, her journey to stardom wasn't really a cakewalk.
She is currently living the best time of her life with her dear hubby. Nick Jonas recently spoke about how much unpleasantness and yelling she had to deal with at the beginning of her career.
About starting from the very beginning when she attended American high schools in Massachusetts, Iowa, and Queens, New York, where the kids weren’t always kind, she recently told the Associated Press, ‘I was treated differently because I’m brown.’
She added: ‘I had to face, you know, really racist behavior when I was in high school in 10th grade. I was called Brownie- go back on the elephant you came on; and that really affected me when I was a kid and affected my self-esteem.’ She eventually packed up and left America behind to get away from her haters, but, little did she know, she'd later return to the United States and make it big in Hollywood.
She said that she was a ‘gawky, imperfect child,’ explaining, ‘My life was an epitome of imperfection. I’m not perfect like (Indian actress and former Miss World winner) Aishwarya Rai, beautiful, stunning.’In an interview with Vogue India, she opened up about her initial setbacks in the film industry.
‘I didn’t know anything or anyone. I was yelled at by directors, I was thrown into movies, I was thrown out of movies... I taught myself confidence. I learned it’s what you do after failure that makes you a success,’ she said.
She also reveals that she had to go through a lot of pain and yelling when her nose job went wrong. She had to play various side roles and was treated differently because she was brown. There is so much to learn from her struggles. Here are some important things, we should learn from the global icon Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
1. Confidence, Confidence, Confidence!
She has always believed the most important thing in life is to wear your confidence well. It's a skill set, that can be learned, as earlier, she had low self-esteem issues too. But she didn't let her insecurities define her. She always says that you have to own up to who you are. And it's okay if people don't like certain things about you. You like yourself, and it's more than enough.
2. Hard work has no alternative
Priyanka's journey has taught us that success does not come easy, but with the right amount of dedicated hard work, even the most unrealistic dreams can come true. This one time she was new to the industry and was shooting for a movie, wherein she had to dance. She was unable to dance her best, so the choreographer yelled at her that just because you are Miss World, you can't come here. Later on, that movie stopped for a break and she started learning Kathak. She used to practice 6 hours a day and when the shoot began again, she was good at dancing! It is only behind the scenes that we can see the real pathway that leads any successful person to the top. Hard work was always her topmost priority. She also adds, that she always likes to be prepared, even if it's for an interview.
3. Take risks to get ahead
From playing negative roles early in her career to bagging a role that broke Indian actor stereotypes in Hollywood, Priyanka has shown us time and again that taking a risk can pay off big time. To have it all, you sometimes have to risk it all.
4. Never change who you are
Even with her Hollywood debut, Priyanka stuck to being who she is, and is proud of her Indian heritage and Bollywood roots. Never trying to conform to fit into a different industry, she set herself apart from others by staying who she is. Not letting go of your originality is paramount.
This girl didn't let anyone tell her what a Bollywood actress is capable of doing, and aimed for the stars and got there! With her lead roles in Quantico and Baywatch, she broke through in Hollywood in a way that no Indian actor has ever done before. She always believed: No matter where you go, what your circumstances are, what really matters is how big your dreams are. She also believes that the fire of ambition should always be there within you, no matter if you are at the apex of your career or are on your way to the apex. Her ambition in life is 'The pursuit of excellence'.
When she received the script for Quantico, it was her first time ever auditioning for a role, and her nerves got the best of her. ‘So I talked to myself, completely cliché, in the bathroom before and said: 'ou've done 50 movies. What's wrong with you?' And I went in there, did my thing, and I got the job,’ she says.
Thanks to her outstanding performance on the series, she's now a People's Choice Award-winning actress. She says that she feels that she is destiny’s favorite child. ‘I have made sure that whatever opportunity comes my way, I give my heart and soul to it. So the credit of my work goes only and solely to me because I am the one who stands in front of the camera between action and cuts and nobody else does.'
She had her ups and downs with mental health too. She had to introduce herself from scratch at the age of 31, in Hollywood, when she was already a big hit in India. It was difficult. She dealt with it, by allowing herself to feel and the pain and accept it. She believes it's okay to feel a certain way but you have own up to it and be graceful even under fire.
The struggle still continues; it’s just that it changes form. There is no way that any human being can live a life without struggle. Success is validation but it doesn’t mean you are validated for life. No, Bollywood isn’t as easy as people think it is. But then life itself isn’t easy: Priyanka Chopra
If you believe in yourself, the world will believe in you, because perception eventually becomes reality.