We had the good fortune of connecting with Kashish Kalita, a 11-yr old little girl and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kashish, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I have learned a lot of things throughout my journey of flourishing my career and business. But, out of all the things, two very big lessons were how to be a critical thinker, and consistency. I think a very big mistake some people do is that they overthink… and by overthinking they may shy away from an awesome presentation or performance. You must be confident with your choices and have faith in yourself. Trust yourself. Allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone and then once you do that, the uncomfortable zone will be a part of your comfort zone, until you step out of it again. It’s a continuous cycle!
By being a critical thinker, you can analyze your information and take your next step instead of just looking at your goal point – your result, your destination. This is also where consistency comes in. You will not get any results without being consistent, putting in effort and making sacrifices. I learned this the hard way about a year ago, but by being consistent and focusing on what I do instead of just looking at my goal really helped… and it can help YOU too!
Pinpoint your goals and use a to-do-priority list. You can even break down a huge project into small goals, to make it easier. I’ve been using a to-do-priority list for 2 years and I still am, it works and helps tremendously! In fact, my 2nd TEDx talk is focused on Productivity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a multi-career person, meaning I do multiple things that get involved with my multiple careers! Because I do so many things, I get a lot of news and opportunities. Getting to this point of where I am today, was not easy at all. I had to learn to get out of my comfort zone and make time to finish my work while juggling my school. I had to adapt to the new ways of doing things and meeting new people in different environments, whether that’s traveling to somewhere, or even in a studio. Although I maintain my A grades and finish my assignments without any tardiness, it gets hard to find motivation sometimes. I’ve been working hard since the age of 8, so it’s been 3 years and my success is increasing along with the recognition! You MUST make sacrifices to succeed, and that’s what I did. You also must be patient for your results.
Exciting things can happen, especially during my auditions for acting. Each of the auditions is different and special, that’s what makes them so fun to do! Auditions, classes, workshops, planning, everything was individually important to get to my goal. I have to say, I got a lot of gain from my books that I published, and I’m very proud of it! I’m excited to release my 3rd book, and the workshops I’ll be hosting as well, both coming up this summer.
Furthermore, I recently gave my 2nd TEDx talk, launched my own company ThinkShift, and did 3 drama plays in 1 year! It’s been so much fun, and I’m looking forward to more. But I want everyone to know, I am not perfect or lucky either. I struggle too, and sometimes I want to walk away. I feel low too, but I don’t give up and that’s what’s most important – I believe in myself. You should have faith in yourself. I am still a human being, but what makes me stand out is that I keep attempting to unleash my creativity out of me at a young age, but you can do that as well if you are willing to.
There’s no definite age when you start your journey to your big accomplishments! Just remember to take action. If you haven’t got the chance yet, create that chance. Take charge!
You can always stay tune with my next adventure by following me at www.facebook.com/kashishtheartist, https://kashishtheauthor.com and www.youtube.com/kashishk
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The city, Houston, is actually a great place! It’s greenery and views are splendid, and it’s spacious. Parks, nature walks, escape rooms or anything adventurous is in my list of favorite places! To be more specific, here are my favorite spots in the city. First, I enjoy going on walks and going to the park. Mostly, Levy’s Park, Memorial Park, and Evelyn’s Park are my top favorites. All three of them share the same features of space, greenery, and play sets.
Of course, there are also beautiful differences among the 3 parks. Levy’s Park has water sprinklers, and water slides. It’s also so calming to walk there at night because it’s so big. Memorial Park is like a plaza along with the park vibe. It has many restaurants, space, and is very busy. Though, when the lights are on at night, it’s gorgeous. Evelyn’s Park is a great park to just play and enjoy. For little kids to older kids! There’s a zip line, swings, slides, and plenty of space to play hide and seek, or any other sports. Perfect to turn a boring day to a very fun one by spending few hours playing there! Many families come to these parks, so you can even make new friends!
A wonderful mall is the Galleria. It has many shops, food courts, and a huge ice rink! A huge, interesting museum to go to is National Kids Museum of Science, and they have so many fun centers to visit! Centers about bugs, animals, fossils, dinosaurs, tombs, and more. They even have movies sometimes, and a beautiful garden, with colorful flowers and flowing waterfalls. I enjoyed it a lot.
If you’re looking for a nice place to eat, Olive Garden is my favorite Italian restaurant. I love their pasta especially the soft, yummy pieces of chicken in a few of their dishes, like Alfredo pasta. Among Indian restaurants, I really enjoy Bombay Sweets, Himalaya and India’s restaurant. Delicious snacks, dishes, lassi, juices, and sweets as well! I’ve eaten from these restaurants, and they’re pleasingly filling and tasty.
If you ever want to go to the movies, I usually go to AMC Theaters! They have a wide selection of movies to watch, and it’s fun to go to. Houston is an amazing city to live in, or to just visit. If you ever go there, I hope you enjoy it and have a great stay! And may be, we cross our paths too!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, I truly want to thank my lovely parents, Anjana Kalita, and Mridul Kalita, for letting me embark on these opportunities and letting me follow my passions and dreams! They’ve been so supportive and would put aside their work to make sure I get my work done, whether it’s auditions, practice, performances, etc. Thank you, dear family, and parents, for being so supportive and encouraging me to start and continue new things. Now, to all my mentors and teachers, I want to thank you all for taking the time to teach me the things I need to learn to succeed and grow. For all areas, acting, dance, modeling, writing, public speaking, coding, it helped build my career and polish my skills!
And now, I extend my Thanks to –
Ms. Dolly Goyal – For teaching me the graceful ways to dance both Kathak and Hip Hop. It’s been years, and you still support me throughout and never look down on me. Thank you so much!
Ms. Neetu Rishi – Thank you for encouraging me and teaching me the great ways to speak in front of large audiences and present my ideas professionally. To write beautiful stories, and to talk with confidence!
Ms. Jasmeeta Singh – My teacher for modeling since I was six, thank you for how much faith you have in me and for all the things you’ve done for me. Your techniques for modeling have helped me a lot and to stand out to the audience!
Although I have many acting teachers, I really do appreciate them all and thank them tremendously, but for now, I will focus on one of them 😊.
Ms. Teri Galvin – Thank you so much for the time you spent with me to help me progress further into my acting career! You would be patient and would still challenge me different ways to express various emotions in different or same lines within scenes! My scene studies with you helped me a lot and I appreciate it from bottom of my heart.
Thank you all for the support, and positivity! I am very thankful and grateful for it, as it’s helped me succeed a lot. And I am praying for your support and blessings in my future journey as well.
Other: First TEDx talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/10_year_old_demystifies_positive_thinking_and_success 2nd TEDx talk – https://www.ted.com/talks/kashish_kalita_spin_this_childlike_magic_in_your_productivity Amazon Author page – www.amazon.com/author/kashishk NTV Houston channel, Little Super Stars interview – https://youtu.be/-Py0xbmqPuc