From conquering the eyeballs through her theatrical prowess, to stringing live events with her wit, enthusiasm and compose, the 26-year-old Mumbai-based Artist Lipi Goyal, does it all with an unaltering belief in her skills, to deliver nothing less than excellence. Having hosted over 500 stage shows in a career spanning 5 years, sky is the limit for her.
Lipi was presented with the Best Emcee Award by Event Management Federation (EMF) in Jaipur recently.
Following her love for Theatre and Cinema, Lipi began her journey on Television initially with Anil Kapoor’s popular production ’24’. Her Bollywood filmography includes films such as Posham pa (Zee 5 OTT) and ‘Sweetie Weds NRI’. She was also seen in the Gujarati film ‘Passport’.
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Lipi is also a known name in the theatre circuit. Her English play ‘Soulmates’ opened to two sold-out shows at the National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) and her play “The Exchange Student” was presented to a packed house at the prestigious Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. She also performs her monologue ‘The Adventures of Sunita Bhabhi’ with theatre group ‘Dreamstage’.
We caught up with Lipi for an exclusive interview. Here are excerpts from the tete-a-tete:
- After being a Theatre Artist, Actor and Anchor – which of these professions are you most closest to and why?
When you are doing things you really like and always wanted to do, you really cannot choose. It is similar to asking a parent who is his favourite child. I give my 100% to every role that I play, be it a theatre artist, actor or anchor.
- What does success mean to you, and who is your role model?
I’m still learning the ropes…but after satisfactory completion of each assignment, for me, success is the joy created out of it and experience achieved in the process in this adventurous world at different stages of life! My dad has been and will always be my role model!
- How do you de-stress?
Travelling, which includes one adventure sport, followed by a good massage, really de-stresses me. Exploring a new country, its culture, language, and food also recharge me.
- Your Fitness Mantra?
For me, fitness is the conditioning of the mind. Honestly speaking, I have a love-hate relationship with workouts. But ideally, 30 minutes of cardio & 45 minutes of Yoga with few minutes of meditation makes me all set to conquer the day!
- How do you differentiate between genuine and fake assignments?
There are ways of ascertaining whether a particular assignment or offer is genuine or fake. The behavior of such people is usually suspicious as they are smooth operators.
Someone offering extraordinary benefits or promising something too good to be true is another. Most importantly, it is the gut feeling and intuition that helps me make a decision. Thankfully, it has often proved right.
- How you do you manage your work?
In this era of digitalization, a social media team to keep everyone updated about the latest is a must. I have a bunch of social media freaks who manage my digital content. My makeup artist also keeps updating and training me on various looks that I can try for the upcoming shows. My Manager is a highly experienced professional who takes care of my event schedules. We are also in touch with a few talent management agencies in Mumbai.
- How does the inside world of the glamour industry look like?
There are always challenges such as professional pressures and failures, especially if you are a freelancer in a highly competitive industry. The industry looks like a bed of roses, especially in social media, but do remember that roses have thorns too! Of course, one cannot deny that luck also plays an important role too in this industry. I have known people who moved to Mumbai and bagged a couple of meaty roles on TV within a month of arrival, while many immensely talented actors are struggling for more than a decade. Struggles and hardships are going to be there, but the key to creating your space in the City of Dreams is to not lose hope.
- Tell us about your hobbies, and how you spend your free time?
I am getting trained in Kathak, so a lot of my free time goes in Riyaaz (practice). I like swimming, reading periodicals and non-fiction works. I am also a movie buff, and usually have a long list of movies to be watched. I also love scuba diving and plan a special vacation for the same once a year.
- How much time do you spend on social media daily (on an average)?
I had become a social media addict, but lately I have reduced, and yet I end up spending about 3 to 4 hours daily on social media on an average. I am also making conscious efforts to cut down on this time.
- Your favourite phone app?
- Your views on the importance of Marketing / PR for an artist in the current scenario..
This is true for every industry, but more so in our industry. Hence, I make efforts to be seen (and to be noticed) in the industry. At the same time, marketing or PR can only do so much for you. One has to keep working hard, learning and improving to survive and thrive in this industry. There is no substitute for that, I firmly believe.
- One thing about you that very less people know about?
I am a certified Padi Scuba diver, and have Bungee jumped from Asia`s highest point. The fact that I love going for adventure sports, is what not many people would be aware of.
- This question comes a bit late, but in one line how would you define yourself?
A tolerant, absorbent and versatile person who wishes to make everyone smile.
- Any networking event you would recommend Anchors / Live Artists to attend?
From this year, I have started attending conferences specifically designed for growth of artists and event fraternity. Some of the top events for this industry are ICWF, EEMAGINE by EEMA, EMF and WOW. I missed out on WOW but I would highly recommend anchors and live artists to attend the other one as much as possible. Moreover, in a city like Mumbai, a lot of social gatherings/parties are organised for networking. Once you attend a few of them, you will get an idea which ones to attend (or ignore) in the future.
- Your greatest strength?
Family and friends. I prefer choosing & sharing smaller joys with close friends and family over bigger victories!
- Your upcoming projects?
I am currently reading the script of a feature film and I have really liked it so far. If all goes well, I will be signing on the dotted line soon. Apart from that, I will be doing a couple of corporate shows and Navratri this month. There are few Seminars, award functions and wedding events commitments already from October.
- Message you would like to pass on to the beginners entering the field of anchoring and acting?
Each artist has his/her own style, so don’t try to copy anyone. Of course, one should learn from stalwarts and established names, but try to create your own niche. Do not let anyone underestimate or devalue you and your talent. Be 200% confident in what you do, but don’t become overconfident. Another important thing to remember is to never take your physical fitness for granted. It is as important as the work you need.