Meet Anjusha, she was a child artist for 5 years and now has been modelling for the past 8 years. She is also a pageant coach and has her own model grooming & training academy called Next step talent house. We had an opportunity to connect with Anjusha over womendigest.
Apart from this, she is also an Instagram Influencer and she has strong 51.5K followers. Check out her Instagram account – anjushabhattacharyya. I am sure you will be in love with her profile.
Read her full interview with us.
Tell us about your startup? And about the team.
My name is Anjusha Bhattacharyya and my organisation is named Next Step Talent House. Being a model and a pageant winner myself and having absolutely no previous background or family ties in the field, I always felt the absence of a mentor and this is exactly what my organisation stands for. I believe in mentoring skilled talents and giving them an opportunity to understand the fashion industry without necessarily having what I may have missed out on.
My organisation’s profile includes-
- Pageantry training
- Model portfolio
- Makeup grooming
- Style mentorship
- Image consultancy
- Soft skill training
When was the eureka moment when you decided to have your startup?
I remember winning my first pageant Oriflame Face Of Northeast, without any whatsoever knowledge or training as a participant. There was no one to give me an insight on how to present myself on stage. Today’s youth I believe has amazing beauty and maybe talent too but definitely lacks guidance and a true understanding of what the fashion industry or the pageant world expects out of them. My organisation is here to bridge this gap. We take raw beauty’s with talent and turn them into successful ambassadors of fashion.
Where is your startup located? What are your plans for expansion?
Based in Mumbai myself, I undertake projects pan India. And now I am proud to take my first international step in Thailand for Miss & Mrs Asia Global International 2020.
It is a stereotypical belief that to make it in the fashion industry, you have to spend lots of big bucks, and it’s my wish to break that. My long term vision is to let the world see hidden beauty’s of true India, be it from any village or and corner of the Indian subcontinent.
Who are your competitors and how you see yourself competition?
I am proud to hold the profile of being one of the youngest groomers and show director in Mumbai. Surrounded by veterinarians and highly experienced experts,I definitely have the drive to bring something new to our field. I look up to them as my potential learning.
What keep you excited about this startup?
Like they say every day is a challenge, and this field is no different.Conversing and meeting different personalities from different age groups right from a toddler to probably a married woman,being a part of their journey and contributing to their dreams keeps me motivated.It is easy to keep your dreams alive but definitely more difficult to keep another’s dream as your priority.
Being a woman you have to handle a lot of things- tell us how you maintain work-life balance.
Initially while beginning with my startup, it was difficult to maintain a balance between work life and personal life. But now I make sure to balance 3 aspects of my life-my organisation, my personal profile for shows and shoots and my time for family and friends.
What is the most important learning which you want to share with our emerging women entrepreneurs?
Dare to take your first step. Don’t be blinded by fear. When you are confident, your world will take shape automatically.
What do you suggest to a woman who is interested in starting their own business
Your first step in starting your own venture is to gain enough knowledge and information. Every business only runs when you have enough knowledge on how to keep it running.
Where do you see your brain-child in next 2-3 years from now?
- Multicity tours on grooming and pageant training
- Multi-city centres of my academy
- Make the presence of Indian talents and beauty’s and making it a worldwide phenomenon.
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