We had the good fortune of connecting with Rituja Kashid and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rituja, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
For me, my daily routine is very important. I am an actor, which is one of the most unstable jobs ever, so having some kind of a sense of stability is the only thing that keeps me sane. I usually wake up by at least 8am, drink a glass of water with squeezed lemon, do some yoga/meditation and say self-affirmations, eat breakfast, take a shower, and lastly do my makeup. Even if I’m not really doing anything or going anywhere that day, this will be my routine. Having this set thing in my day keeps me focused and motivated. It’s my me-time before the craziness of the day ensues. I feel like following this daily routine ensures that I’m at peace with myself and increases my self-worth, which help me with how emotionally and mentally challenging my career path is.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Being an actress of Indian descent pursuing a career in Hollywood, I definitely feel like I have experienced A LOT of hardships. It is not easy being a person of color in this industry. There have been people who have laughed upon hearing that I am pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, even in the Indian community. Like I said before, I think it’s extremely important to surround yourself with people who care about you and want to help you and see you succeed, because that is the only thing that has kept me going. I am very proud of the success I have achieved as an actress in college and the theatre community here’s belief in me has undoubtedly made me more confident in myself. I think especially in an industry like this, it is really important to not let rejection and negativity get to you. I feel like that goes for life in general too. There are going to be people who are jealous or don’t like you for whatever reason and you’ve just got to believe in yourself and work hard to achieve your goals. Let your success do the talking.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
There is SO much to do in Los Angeles! I would definitely take my best friend to some of the touristy places here but also show her LA’s hidden gems. I’m such a beach bum so of course I would take her to the beaches in Malibu and perhaps even Laguna Beach. I’m super outdoorsy so I would take her on a hike to the Hollywood sign too. She would probably want to see the Walk of Fame and go to Santa Monica too so even though in my opinion both of those places are very crowded and not the most fun, we would probably do that. In terms of shopping and food, I think Melrose is fun and Rodeo Drive is a cool experience. Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica is also a great time and there’s always a bunch of cool people there. For food and drinks we would definitely have to go to Abbot Kinney and hit up Salt & Straw right after eating at the Butcher’s Daughter. I would say I’m a fairly healthy eater and I know others make fun of people in Los Angeles for being vegan and dairy-free and gluten-free and what not, but that’s really what my diet is like for the most part so we would go to the “most” LA restaurants. We would also most definitely go to Alfred’s every single morning because duh.
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?
Not being a Los Angeles native, moving here at 18 was a huge thing for me. I’m so thankful that I decided to pursue college while being here because I honestly don’t think I would have the confidence in myself and my acting without my professors’ help. I have not only learned a lot about acting and the industry business by attending college, but also a lot about who I am as a person and an actor. The motivation I have received from my professors and my parents have been the main things that have kept me going throughout my acting journey. It’ so important to surround yourself with people who genuinely care about you and want to help you and see you succeed.