This women’s day we speak to Celebrity Hair and Make up artist Bhavya Arora. With an experience of 8 years working for movies, ad films, print campaigns and web series.She has designed looks for commercial campaigns for brands like Tanishq, Caratlane, Parachute, Citibank, Good Day, Puma, Nike, Chumbak, Rheson amongst others. She has worked with celebrities like Tapsee Pannu, Rasika Dugal, Chitrangada Singh, Shraddha Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte, Malvika Mohanan, Saniya Malhotra, Genelia D’Souza, Lisa Ray and others.
Where/How do you get your best ideas?
I guess where most people get them! In my shower! 🙂
But on a serious note, after reading about this technique to tap into your subconscious for ideas, I think of the project or idea the last thing before I sleep and next morning when I wake up I surprisingly have some brilliant ideas.
What’s something they don’t teach you in University that you should probably know?
That your biggest failures will be your biggest milestones.
First thing you do as soon as you wake up?
Take a really deep breath and say a tiny prayer of gratitude.
What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses in the country?
I hope and want to see a lot of small and big businesses being started and led and by women of this country and for them to be enabled by schemes and policies that can pave the way for more women to realise their entrepreneurial aspirations.
What was your biggest stroke of luck since the launch of your company (s)?
Finding the right people in my team that work for me and enable me to lead the life that I do. A businessperson is nothing without their teams and I have somehow been very lucky to be meeting the right people at the right time who constantly motivate me and back my crazy ideas!
If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Can I make that two? ..
Don’t try to be like anyone and don’t believe everything that Instagram shows you!
What do you typically read?/ Favourite book?
I generally read a lot of non-fiction. My favourite book so far is The Dalai Lama’s Cat series.
Best boss you had and what did you learn from them?
She was my first boss back in the day at my first job. She taught me something very valuable – that as a woman you’ll almost always have to work harder to maintain a work-life balance so you can either look at it as your superpower or your obstacle; and that choice will pretty much define your whole life path.
What question do you ask at interviews?
Why do you want to work for me?
One thing you learned about your self?
That I am very resilient.
How do you keep your team motivated & engaged?
I believe that my team is a reflection and extension of me. I also know that people learn by watching. So i believe in motivating them with my actions and not mere words. And I also hire smart; I believe in working with people who have a good reason to be on my team and then I have to maintain and raise the bar for their expectations from me.
New Years Resolutions?
To not get Covid!
To get out of my comfort zone and try everything that scares me this year.
How do you maintain work/life balance?
I don’t think I’m very good at it because I LOVE what I do and my working hours are truly crazy and unplanned. I am also blessed with a family that’s not emotionally high-maintenance and gives me enough blessings space to live my dreams without being demanding. But I am slowly trying to be more present when I am with my loved ones and curate some simple practices that help me unwind when I’m home instead of constantly being plugged into work.
A childhood memory that shaped something you do in your business today?
Not exactly childhood but this is one moment that has shaped a lot of who I am and how I work. When I was very young I got invited to a friend’s house and since it was ingrained in me to not go empty-handed to someone house the first time, I took some very thoughtful (but inexpensive) gifts for the family since I had to figure the money from my pocket money (since I wasn’t working then). Because the budget was tight, I had to spend a lot of time and effort in procuring gifts I wanted to take for each person. When I reached her house and started meeting people, almost everyone, being an adult, told me it wasn’t necessary to get gifts and that I shouldn’t have taken the trouble… etc. etc. By the time I was introduced to my friend’s mother I was feeling quite embarrassed and stupid. What happened next was something I constantly aspire to do with my team and almost everyone I cross paths with. To my utter surprise and delight, her mother gave me the warmest hug and tore open the gift right in that moment and started wearing it while telling me how much she loved it, how thoughtful it was of me and how happy she was to receive it. I just stood there… speechless with the memory and warmth of that moment etched in my brain forever.
As I write this I clearly remember the feeling of being seen and appreciated for my efforts. She made me feel like I mattered. To this day I practice that – thanking and encouraging people for the effort they make for me – whether it be my team or people I meet. People will always remember how you made them feel I would rather make them feel like the best version of themselves.
Favourite clothing item?
I’m not a clothes person but I have my mother’s wedding saree and it’s my most prized possession.