We had the good fortune of connecting with Gowtham Namasivayam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gowtham, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that taking risks is essential to succeed. It’s never comfortable but, life begins outside of our comfort zone. I have taken a few life-changing risks. I walked away from my medical profession and stepping into the entertainment industry when I was in my early 20s. I decided to shoot a feature-length narrative film amid a global pandemic. A common thing that drove my decision for the two situations was that I chose to follow my heart over my brain. I decided to pursue emotion over logic. I did what felt right over easy. Fortunately, I never regretted my choices, and it has propelled my life and career forward. Deep down in my heart, I know that even if I had failed, I wouldn’t regret it a tiny bit because I’ll be satisfied that I tried.
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.
I never let my tools dictate my story. I let my morals drive my art. I am very proud of my recent work, Nightingale: A Melody of Life, a feature-length narrative film set in California. I could reflect on many of my beliefs, perspectives on life, and vision for humanity through this movie. I could have never been where I am currently without the moral and financial support of my parents. I would always say it takes a generation’s sacrifice to push another generation forward, and in my case, the Sacrifices that my parents chose to make have made my dreams come alive. I wish I could say that my professional life was a walk in the park, a bed of roses, or even a piece of red velvet cake. The truth is it was extremely challenging, mind-boggling, and agonizing to shape up my career. My goal-oriented approach to problem-solving and my positivity have helped me navigate my way forward. I don’t expect it to get better any time soon and will invite challenges and overcome even a single day. Over the years, I have learned many lessons, but only three of them always stay close to my heart, and I often revisit them in my mind. – Mediocrity is the easy way out. Never settle for mediocrity. – Wise words from my professor, Matthew Kohnen, “Never let Perfection be enemy of the Good.” – Words of wisdom from Chris Voss, one of my favorite personalities, “Never be so sure of what you want that you wouldn’t take something better.” I want to show the world that the value of art and let them understand that it’s priceless. I want to entertain, evoke emotion and reveal the best parts of humanity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is breathtakingly beautiful, bold, and versatile. Some of my favorite places would be Griffith observatory, Castaic Lake, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, etc. If you want to eat, definitely try Brothers Korean BBQ, Crown of India, Benihana: Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse, Pao Pak Noodle Bar, etc. Other things to do that would be entertaining would be Whale Watching at Newport Beach or the Long Beach, Hiking at various locations like Hollywood Sign trail, Eaton Canyon trail, etc. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It was a blessing to have professors, most notably Lee Gordon, Matthew Kohnen, and Sean Kohnen, at my school, New York Film Academy, who guided and inspired me in the early stages of my career and will always be thankful to them. Even today, I follow their approach to various problems that I may face in my profession. I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Production Track of Academy Gold Program organized by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. The organizers, Bettina Fisher, Erica Bardin, Niti Shah, Ama Gyamerah, and Destiny Calderon, did a phenomenal job delivering what the program had promised. It helped me gain a lot of industry experience, knowledge, and insight about many aspects of the entertainment industry. Industry professionals such as Jon M. Chu, Michael Goi, and Katheryn Rupert, who, despite their super-busy work-life, found time to look at my work, provide constructive criticism and guide my career forward. I am and will be forever indebted to them.
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