At her own Pace: Erica Fernandes
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WHAT IT TAKES TO SHRED SHEER HARD WORK AND PASSION OF TWELVE YEARS AND MAKE YOUR NAME IN THE INDUSTRY, ERICA JENNIFER FERNANDES CAN TELL. COMPLETING FIVE YEARS OF HER REMARKABLE JOURNEY IN THE INDIAN TELEVISION INDUSTRY, THE MODEL TURNED ACTRESS IS FAMED FOR HER WORK IN KASAUTI ZINDAGI KI AND KUCH RANG PYAAR KE AISE BHI. SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE WANTS, AND SETS OUT TO GET EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. HEADLINING PROJECTS IN TELEVISION, MUSIC, AND MOVIES, HERE IS ERICA LETTING US IN ON HER JOURNEY, WELLNESS PHILOSOPHY, TRAVEL TIPS, AND MUCH MORE...
Soumya Maheshwari

How has your journey been so far?

I started off when I was 16, and now I am going to be 28. It has been a while since I started working and the journey has been a very good learning experience for me because if you see five years down the line, what I was earlier to what I am now is a huge difference and it is because of all that I have learned during these five years. It has been really good being part of the industry.

Is there something that you wish you had done differently in these last years or so?

I do not think that I would have done anything differently in a way to correct it. I would have still done it the same way in a similar manner because I think whatever I have done has only made me learn from it. I believe you learn only from what you do and what you have gone through from your experiences, and that is how you try to better yourself, talk yourself out of it, or get solutions to it. So whatever I am today is probably because of whatever has happened or I have done in the past.

Did you always dream of being on the screen or was there something else that you wanted to do growing up?

No, I think as a Taurean I am very focused and I know what I want to do. I remember I was in lower kindergarten when I decided what I wanted to be. I knew that I wanted to get into modeling and maybe the acting industry as well. It is not that just because I wanted to be a model I wanted to get in the entire industry, but I knew I wanted to do my modelling, walk ramps, be a part of ad campaigns, and then eventually become part of the acting industry as well which I pretty much did, and I am very happy about it as that is something that I have always wanted to do. If it was not for acting, I think I would have kept developing my interests since I like learning. So there are a lot of things that I would keep doing and if I have to choose something else, I do have a lot to choose from.

What was your motivation or influence that you decided to walk this path so early?

I do not know what influenced me. When I was a kid, I used to enact scenes. I distinctly remember enacting scenes from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and I would love to look at myself in the mirror and act, and have a conversation with myself. I do not know what inspired me really, but I think it was just in my blood.

You are quite active on social media which gives a glimpse of a lot of travel content and beauty reviews. So would you call yourself an influencer or an actor?

I am a mix of everything. I do not want to be categorised as one - as an actor, a model or an influencer. I am an influencer in a way because obviously if I am reviewing stuff I am influencing people, and even when I travel I am giving my honest opinions on the places, the food, and the ambience. And if we are on the same wavelength and our likings match, they will be able to know what is better for them and where to go next or what to buy, so yes, I do consider myself an influencer.

You have a YouTube channel for yourself, you have acted in music videos, and you have been on the television screen as well. Now, what is it that you would prefer doing? Do you still prefer the mix of all of it if given an option?

I will prefer a mix of all. I can not settle for just one because I am not a person who will just do one thing. I will always have that as my main thing but I need to have other things that I can do simultaneously.

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