With no work on TV, actor Ekta Sharma takes a job at a call centre: ‘Wanted to live life as a warrior, not victim’


Imagine you’ve worked hard for years to build a career and one fine day it just grinds to a halt. Frustrated by the endless wait, one can sink into despair or decide to take the reins of life into their own hands. TV actor Ekta Sharma falls into the latter category. Not wanting to sit idle due to a lack of acting work, she decided to take a job at a call center to make ends meet. “I’m an educated woman and instead of sitting at home crying, I’ve decided to go out and earn. I’m doing a respectable job and I’m proud of it,” she told indianexpress.com.

Since the onset of the pandemic, work in the entertainment industry has faced a setback, with many filming halted and shows halted. With work back in full swing over the last few months, Ekta was still waiting for a call from producers and casting directors. your last broadcast Bepanah Pyrr was completed shortly before the lockdown was announced. With expenses and bills piling up, she knew she couldn’t wait for a miracle to happen. Since she is fighting for custody of her daughter in a court case, she also had to pay the lawyers. “In the beginning I sold my jewelry hoping it would work out. But after a year, when that wasn’t the case, I decided to go out and look for work.”

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Ekta shared that she has been modeling since she was in school and has never worked in any other sector. She said: “I’ll be honest, it was a very difficult decision. I had to mentally prepare myself to go out and work in the real world. From the luxury vanity life where you have a prankster around you, diet food and all things nice, to talking to disgruntled customers on calls… it’s been a paradigm shift for me. However, I am grateful that my parents pushed me to get my high school diploma so I could get this job. My only motive was that I wanted to live my life as a warrior, not a victim.”

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While at work, the actress says it gets weird sometimes when her co-workers say they’ve seen her on TV or even follow her on social media. Most of them have supported her, but she adds that there are some who ask her if they can’t pick something up as quickly as she can. “They don’t understand that this isn’t my world. I’ll adapt to that as soon as possible,” she shared, adding that they also audition in their free time as acting remains their passion.

She is also fighting for custody of her daughter. Ekta Sharma shared that she wasn’t allowed to speak out on the matter, but agreed the bad publicity could also have caused the lack of work. “I’ve been at this for 20 years and it’s never been that I haven’t gotten a job for so long. I may not be the best actor, but I’ve got a solid track record,” she shared.

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The actress added that she’s called producers and casting directors but hasn’t received any positive leads. Share that everyone has big suggestions to make when people take extreme steps or hit their emotional bottom. “But no one really cares about others when they’re alive.”

Finally, Ekta thanked her family and close friends who stood by her during her difficult times. She added that she wants people to know that there is always a way forward in life. “I believe that no job should be looked down on. I am happy and proud that I can pay my rent and take care of myself and my mother. It’s just that acting is my first love and I can’t wait to get back in front of the camera.”

Ekta Sharma has been part of shows like Daddy Samjha Karo, Kkusum, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Kamini-Damini and Bepanah Pyaar among others.





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