Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about Sara Banerjee.
My name is Sara Banerjee and I am an actress and an official host for BIGO TV. I am an artist because creating is very cathartic for me. It is also a way to help shape humanity and open people’s eyes to new perspectives. In essence, we get to shift the narrative through compelling storytelling. It’s very empowering. That is why I create.
I’ve tried more conventional professions, and they don’t speak to me in the same way as creating art does. In fact, I took a hiatus from performing and pursued a doctorate in physical therapy, but ultimately came back to acting. It is just in my bones.
What qualities make Sara Banerjee different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I think people expect South Asian women to either be the docile housewife subservient to the man or the hyper-successful doctor, lawyer, tech person. I’m none of the above and I rarely play any of the above which I think makes me different from most people in the industry. If Mindy and Priyanka had a foul-mouthed, wears her heart on her sleeve but won’t put up with your BS baby, that would be me.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?
I have known what I was meant to do since I came out of the womb. My first cognizant recollection of announcing it to my parents was during an old Bollywood film with my mom and dad. I was singing and dancing along with the film when my four-year-old self casually announced to my folks that I was going to do for a living. And I have been hamming it up ever since!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge in the entertainment industry hasn’t been the rejection. Rejection is to be expected in this business. But when you are a woman of color in this industry, you aren’t even given the chance to get in the room to be rejected. You are just overlooked. That has been my biggest challenge.
I struggled with this a lot early on in my career. I have, however, been lucky enough to have a strong female team of managers and agents behind who work tirelessly, making sure that I am afforded every opportunity to be seen for a part.
The other way I have overcome the challenge of being overlooked is by doing the actual work. I always stay ready, so when the opportunity does present itself, my readers won’t be ignored whether I book the job or not.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
Oprah (obviously) Shonda Rhimes Mindy Kaling
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Coming Up For Sara Banerjee
Sara is a modern-day renaissance woman with a multitude of talents. She’s a phenomenal actor, a gifted fitness professional with a knack to know how to help people, she’s a compelling and wildly entertaining host and is soon to be the lead of her own online interview show The Sara Banerjee Show.
With a promising career and a remarkably captivating aura, Sara’s ceiling is unlimited. Keep an eye out for Sara in the next few years, and be sure to follow her every move on social media – Sara’s Instagram.