If you are an Indian kid who wants to do something hatke, you know it’s not easy. Passions are almost always a ‘hobby’ in India that you work on while pursuing a steady career. But there are those who break this chain and follow their dreams to emerge victorious in the end.
In his Humans of Bombay post, he talks about his upbringing, finding a niche in an environment that was strictly against it working on it continuously until he nailed it.
As a kid, Kenny was part of a strict school system with no encouragement to ‘foreign’ or new ideas. But thanks to Youtube, he discovered his passion for filmmaking.
My dad put me in a school where all navy kids go. We weren’t allowed to sing ‘Western Music’, or read ‘Western Literature’. By 10th grade YouTube blew up and I stumbled upon some great videos…made by amateurs. So I borrowed my friend’s camera and began making videos myself! I felt like I’d found my purpose — I wanted to become a filmmaker. I had even joined engineering classes but I knew that life couldn’t be ‘just this’. When I told my parents, they were happy as long as I got the degree!
Kenny realized very early in his life that his purpose was not to just be tied around conventional things. He made videos, sketched and even played music. He also tested waters in stand-up comedy and totally loved it.
I felt lucky that I was able to do what I wanted. So I started freelancing as a filmmaker, playing in a band and even worked as a graphic designer to sustain myself. Around that time, I attended a college fest in Bombay where there was a stand-up comedy competition. All my friends had gone out, so no one knew me there and I wanted to go on stage to perform. After my performance, there was a massive applause and it felt like the universe had clicked! Just like that, I found my passion!
He might’ve been the jack of all trades, but to sustain himself he had to make a choice and he went with stand-up comedy. But obviously, every job has its own hardships and he too went through a hell lot of work and patience to reach where he wanted to.
I remembered how I felt standing on stage. I wanted to chase that feeling. So I decided to pursue stand-up comedy full time. I left home and came to Bombay. Somehow I managed to get a spot for a show at the best comedy club and after that they offered me the weekend slot! The performances were great, but I had no ‘viral’ video for a long time. I wasn’t able to crack the code like others had, but I believed that there’s a right time for everything.
But after his ‘middle-class restaurant’ video went viral, there was no looking back for Kenny. Life is full of surprises, but for the people who are patient, things always fall into place.
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“My dad put me in a school where navy kids go. The teachers would smack us. I was like, ‘Dude relax, we understand language!’. They’ve made kids kneel for a whole day. It’s happened to me too. It was all inhibited. We weren’t allowed to engage with western music or books. This went on till the 10th. Soon, YouTube blew up–I saw great videos by amateurs. The one good thing school did was make me self-sufficient. So I began making videos with a friend’s camera–I just knew what to do! It was the first time I felt ‘smart’ about something. I’d found my purpose–filmmaking. I was in engineering classes, but life couldn’t be ‘just this’. When I told my parents, they were happy as long as I got a degree! I used to sketch & play music–I went to Painting school as I’d have more time to do what I wanted. I began hustling–I was lucky to do what I wanted. So I freelanced as a filmmaker, graphic designer & played in a band to sustain myself. Soon after, I was at a fest in Bombay that had a stand-up contest. All my friends were out, so no one knew me there. After my performance, there was massive applause & just like that, I found my passion! I came back to Bangalore & freelanced while doing stand-up. But I knew I needed to pick one thing. I wanted to chase that feeling I had on stage & decided to do stand-up full time. Bombay had more opportunities, so I came here. I somehow got a spot at the best comedy club & was even offered the weekend slot! It was all great, but I had no ‘viral’ video. But I believe there’s always a right time–mine would come too! After a year, my video on middle class restaurants crossed a million views. After that, all my videos went viral! I got opportunities that I’d only dreamt of. When I’d walk into a room for a show, everyone would stand up for me! Today, I’m still stumbling upon all the amazing things life has to offer. From watching Netflix shows to my own Netflix special coming up, I’m exactly where I want to be–I feel so grateful. I guess that’s how life works–you only get what you want, when you’re ready for it. That’s why I always believed it would work out one way or the other–because I wanted it so bad.”