We had the good fortune of connecting with Chhavi Verg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chhavi, what do you attribute your success to?
“Aim for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.” I first remember seeing this quote in my 7th grade English class. To this day, I am not sure why this quote, out of the many I have encountered in my life, has stuck with me; however, I can tell you that it has pushed me time and time to step out of my comfort zone. I believe that for growth to occur, you need to push yourself to do uncomfortable, challenging things. I think one of the most significant factors behind what I have achieved in life is setting goals for myself that are so big that I usually don’t even know how to begin accomplishing them. I set the intention that there is a way for the goal to be met and start researching ways I can achieve it. The process of working towards a goal is where I learn the most.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the things I am fascinated by is how diverse current career paths are and how normal it is to be a “slashie.” I cannot define myself as just one thing; perhaps the description that comes closest is model/actor/host/entrepreneur/
By nature, I am a planner. Getting comfortable with the immense amount of uncertainty in my life and career has been the biggest challenge, but also the greatest blessing. I have learned two things, in particular, from my experiences.
First, be present. In the entertainment/creative spheres as well as in life, there is only so much you can control. Getting preoccupied with the past or the future does little. Take it day by day, and do what you can to improve your craft/skill. Be better than you were the day before, even if it is by a tiny bit.
Second, believe in yourself, no matter what anyone else says. There is a ton of rejection and criticism in the career paths I’ve chosen; I’ve learned to take neither of those personally. It is essential to believe in yourself, stay true to who you are, and know your worth, even if others can’t see it. Opinions change, so don’t let others’ words impact your relationship with and faith in yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Difficult question! I am new to LA and still getting to know the city. However, I grew up in NJ and practically lived in NYC, so I am more than happy to share a couple of my recommendations if anyone decides to visit the east coast. For foodies, I recommend Smorgasburg (food festival), Blacktap (for their milkshakes), Tonchin (for Ramen), and Vandal. If you like history, you must visit the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial. My favorite place for a birds-eye view of the city is the Top of the Rock observatory. Some picture-perfect spots include The Vessel, the High Line, Times Square, Grand Central, The Flat Iron, Brooklyn Bridge, and Dumbo. Finally, depending on the time of year, I recommend ghost tours of the city and dinner at Oscar Wilde around Halloween. If you visit the city during the Holidays, which I highly recommend, watch The Radio City Rockettes, go to Rockefeller Center, and visit the Winter Village at Bryant Park!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
SO MANY PEOPLE! It really does take a village. I am so blessed to have my incredible family, amazing mentors, uplifting friends, and the love of so many people. Also, a book that I refer to in moments of doubt is, “You Are a Badass,” by Jen Sincero. It has got to be one of the most empowering books I have ever read. Every time I complete it, I feel like I can take on the world!
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