I joined the Madras Christian College but dropped out after three months. Telugu music director Ramesh Naidu asked me to assist him, and I did so for over a year. I did think of rejoining college, but by then, I was discovering the musician in me. I worked with Illaya Raja and Raj Koti and soon shifted to commercials. This led to movie offers.
I often feel that my days in New York City, that I was here for five years, didn't get one job, went on a thousands of auditions and literally did not get a job on a soap, not a movie, not TV, not nothing, although I did do some commercials thank God.
The first part of my career, how I was paying the bills was commercials. I was just doing tons of commercials.
I'd really love to get back into commercials, actually. I love how quick and breezy they are. And honestly, they pay really well.
I like the freedom of podcasting. With podcasting you can really mess around with the form and the format. You can do as much time as you like without having to pause for commercials.
I did a character called Captain Q for Nestle's Quik. Those commercials were kind of funny.
I love Victoria's Secret and the brand, and I'm passionate about Victoria's Secret commercials, too.
I have been offered obscene amounts to do commercials and stage shows abroad, but as a matter of principle, I am against them.
I did a couple of movies in Brazil, and the actors were incredibly congenial and hung out together a lot. Even the biggest stars would do radio commercials - they're not put on a pedestal like they are in the United States.
Realness is something in such short supply; you can't believe anything anyone is saying when you turn on the television, and then during the commercials, they are lying to you there also. You can't believe anything, but when you go see a drag show, something real is happening on stage.