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Pria Gill

Who/What inspires you to create the art you have developed?

Ever since early childhood, I’ve always had a passion for performing arts. Even when I was in elementary school, theater was my main extracurricular activity. I was a YouTuber in elementary school. I have always enjoyed entertaining people. I feel like it's part of my personality.

 
At what moment did you realize this is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?

I feel like I have always had an entertainer kind of personality. I had a YouTube channel since elementary school and now I have a TikTok. I have always known that this is what I want to do and I never considered not doing it. A moment that solidified it for me though was when I was in high school and started participating more in theater, dance, and choir. The director said that every year there is unexpected talent and confidence that comes out of nowhere and that was me.  

What was a moment during your creative process when you were just stuck? And how did you overcome it?

 

A lot of times, I almost did not post my videos because I was scared of what people who know me in real life would think. I almost did not post my US/Canada video because I was worried my friends would think it is childish. I posted it anyway because my mom said if I’m enjoying it, that’s all that matters. “There’s always gonna be people who criticize you, but there are 7 billion people in this world. There’s also gonna be people who enjoy what you do.” I have learned not to care what people think of me. I also sometimes have trouble figuring out whether to post what I want to, or what is trending now and people are watching. I have learned that trends are transient and if you focus too much on them, you lose your creativity and originality. I always post what I feel like posting. This has caused a lot of my content to be really random, but my followers seem to like it and it makes me unique. 

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What is one of your dream projects?

 

My dream project is to work with Marvel or DC. Superhero movies are my favorite genre. Although being the hero sounds cool, I would love to play a villain. I was the villain in the Cinderella musical when I played Charlotte, the stepsister. It was such a fun role, and I really enjoyed the big personality I got to portray. 

Looking back at your journey, is there a piece of art that has made an impact and still inspires you today?

Because of COVID, the US/Canada border was closed so I was not able to see my family. So, we decided we would have a picnic at the border as we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. While I was there, I was talking to the border patrol officer, and I asked him what would happen if I jumped across the border. He jokingly said, “Well as long as you jump back to your own country, you're fine.” So, I jumped back and forth and recorded it. Many people who were visiting the border were laughing and making jokes with me. When I posted the video, it went viral and eventually people were re-creating it in different countries. It made me realize that the small things I do can make people happy. It brought up my confidence in my creativity and still brings me joy today.

What parting words can you share with our emerging artist?

Art should be an expression of who you are, not what other people want you to be. Trends come and go, but your originality will have a lasting impact. We listen to our favorite singers because we like the way they sing, not because they sing like everyone else. As long as you are being yourself and enjoying it, don’t give up and do not worry about other people’s criticism. No matter what you do, there will always be people who criticize you. But there are also always going to be people who love you. Focus on the positive.  


Where do you see yourself in the next three years ?

I will be completing my doctor’s degree in pharmacy. However, I will also continue to focus on the performing arts, including posting on TikTok and participating in theater, and maybe even in movies.  

Interviewed by: Carmen Mendez, luciam@artcee.co

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