We had the good fortune of connecting with Neha Saroop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Neha, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued a creative career because I have always seen my creative outlets as therapy. Since I was a teenager I found that I had trouble telling people how I felt emotionally and so I started writing poetry. Poetry became my way to speak to people, through the paper. Something beautiful that happened that I was not expecting was that people seemed to resonate with my words and feel connected to me. As my writing career continued I also began modeling on a whim. I ended up falling in love with it. I had tried many different artistic outlets but I had always seen the human body as the most beautiful art. When I realized that there was a way I could be the canvas and be captured for everyone to see I knew that it was the perfect thing for me. The dance between a model and photographer, finding their perfect rhythm…its an art in itself and it’s also something that requires chemistry. Poetry and modeling are more than I could’ve ever expected them to be for me. I published my first poetry book in 2020 called “P.S I Love You” and self published it on a website called, Blurb. I wasn’t expecting the support I got because when I wrote it, its purpose was to help me heal from a heartbreak. The path I’m on now is something I wouldn’t ever change and I’m excited for my future creative endeavors.
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 am a model and a poet. Poetry came to me when I wasn’t even trying. It was something I never saw myself doing but one day I picked up my pen and it stared gliding across my paper as words formed faster than I could read them. From that moment on I never looked back. I am the type of creative than will go months without practicing my art simply because if I’m not naturally feeling the inspiration I will never try to force it out of myself. In terms of poetry, I am most proud of self-publishing my first book last year. In terms of modeling I am proud of never letting “no” keep my from pursuing my dream. Getting to where I am has not been easy. I still have such a long way to go and I know a lot of people have had it harder but all I can say is I’m the type of person who rather sleep when they are dead! I have so many goals to accomplish and I know I have to work my butt off to get the results I want. Lessons I have learned are: just cause you hear no 100 times all it takes is 1 yes to change everything. One thing I want the world to know about my story is that I have felt super lonely at times because I have had to choose between working/my goals and friends/social life…make sure you choose yourself always because at the end of the day all we have is ourselves.
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.
If my friend was visiting I would take them to my favorite spots which are: Malibu, melrose, and abbott Kinney. I’m vegan and abbott Kinney has the best vegan food as well as the best matcha which is one of my favorite drinks. I would have to take my friend to melrose as well because I love all the thrift stores there and I model for Dolls Kill so I try to stop by as much as I can. If it were a weekend we would have to hit up the trading post because other than the vibe of the whole event there are always some super cool unique pieces there. Lastly I would take them to Malibu because I love the beach and I grew up going to Malibu with my father so I have always loved it. 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?
I would like to give a shoutout to my father and brother…for always being there for me, Dr. Seuss…for teaching me to be a dreamer from a young age, and Marina…for teaching me how to be the most confident girl with her badass music!
Photo Creds: Chad Dolan, Brian Bishop, Stacey Lamb