My name is Lakshmi Rebecca, Filmmaker and Anchor, and this is how I lead from within
Lakshmi Rebecca is a talk show host, director and producer.
Lakshmi founded Red Bangle, a film production house, in 2011. In the same year, she also launched an online talk show called Chai with Lakshmi. The show, which has received over 3 million views, features change makers in India.
Lakshmi recently launched a YouTube series titled India Ahead, a short film series featuring stories of progress from India. She has a background in film making, social research, marketing and anchoring as well as a modeling.
So obviously when I left home at 18 I got into social work for four years doing everything from building sort of low cost English teaching material, to building and running free libraries, to running like a free meals program for 300 people. It was sort of like very grassroots work supported by charitable donations from the West but it was really it was a very simple and hard life. You know, we lived on second hand clothes, it was a bunch of youth doing this on their own and there were seven of us in this tiny place and it was tough but it was very fulfilling.
A lot of discipline and, yeah, it was a simple and hard life. And that sort of led me into social research for documentary films, for BBC and Discovery and stuff where basically I freelance for a production house in London. And I worked for them and got some good exposure to, that was my first exposure to film making and I was really drawn to that work and it was good because I was able to put to use my social work background and my creative abilities which I was beginning to sort of discover in adulthood again after having stopped, given up on them when I was a teenager.
I think I have a lot of nervous energy about me and I’m very, very — I could be very persevering. You know, I think these are the only things. So the nervous energy keeps me going, you know, I constantly have to do something, I have to have big goals, I have to do this and do that, there has to be ideas floating, I have to have a plan. And all that nervous energy got channeled over here, I don’t think ever in the past I was so channeled except for when I did social work maybe where there was a lot to do. And I realized I strive when there is a multiplicity of expectations and multiplicity of skills to put to use. And that’s really about it, you just stick it out to whether or not you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and eventually you see the light at the end of the tunnel and then when you do see it then you got to like okay, let’s slow down and sleep enough. Take the weekends off not work through the weekends. And that just happened this year.
You know, that’s a tough one to answer because when you go through some really tough times in life sometimes it’s hard to hang on to those values. And I think that’s the case with everybody, you have a set of values and for the most part you’re good about keeping them or staying in line with them. But then there are times when life really tests you or circumstances really test you and then you really question what are the values that you subscribe to and why. And its different things at different times and maybe in the business field the one thing, I don’t even know if it’s value and you talked about brave earlier and that’s something I’ve realized I’m more brave and more organized than I think I am. And I think these two are things that have kept me going. And what brave means is that you don’t have all the answers and you still just put yourself up there because it feels okay to and you go with that gut level feeling. And sometimes it turns out to be something stupid sometimes it turns out alright. And that’s the chance you just take and that ability to take those chances comes down again to that courage.
So I can’t really pinpoint values, honesty, maybe yes, perseverance I’ve already mentioned. I think if there are two things that have got me where I am it’s one is that the word brave that you used and second is I think perseverance.