We had the good fortune of connecting with Sooraj Vaidya and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sooraj, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
I guess like many others, I decided to follow my passion, however, I was 29 when I made the jump from Real-estate to Films in order to pursue a career as a Filmmaker. The switch in my professional life obviously came as a surprise to many as I was well established in my previous business but it was a conscious decision taken on my part as I really felt Films to be my calling. At 29 when one changes their career path they really need to have patience as they now have to work all the way up from the bottom and invest a certain amount of years before success knocks at their door. This was an important lesson for me to learn and I hold onto that strongly to keep me going because I know I am giving my all to something I love to do.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’d like to believe that my commitment and dedication to a project is what people find most intriguing about me. The fact that I will give my best to help the Director achieve his/her vision in order to produce the best results possible even if we face roadblocks, which I believe are temporary anyway. Solutions can be found if the thought process is altered from the one dimensional mind set. Currently, what excites me the most and is challenging at the same time is my upcoming project. It is yet another collaboration between Shreya Jha and I. Our upcoming short is called ‘Uttam Dosh,’ which will be filmed in April end. Never having Produced a Sci-fi genre before this film is helping me expand my knowledge in regards to the situations that need to be overcome to deliver a believable film. None the less it is a challenge I welcome with open arms as learning never stops in the school of life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you know me, you know that I adore long drives and my go to place in California is Santa Barbara. I know a unique hidden spot at one of the beaches where the sunset looks splendid. It’s the calmness that makes me go there often and then on my way back I make sure to grab food from ‘Bombay Frankie Company.
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?
My story won’t have been possible without my family’s support. It was hard convincing them that I wanted to pursue a career in film at the age of 29 and let go of an already established, stable career. Eventually they came around and since then they’ve always been there and offered me the support I needed. I’d also like to thank a dear friend of mine, Shreya Jha. We’ve worked together on multiple projects wherein she was the Writer/Director and I, the Producer. Our previous film ‘The Sun Rises in the West’ went onto win the ‘Best student Award’ at ‘Indie Short Fest’ in LA and was also an Official selection at the ‘Dam Short Film Festival.’ I am glad to have her by my side and always keep me motivated.
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