I watched a Youtube video on Priyanka Chopra’s Top Ten Rules for Success. She is AMAZINGGG!! So I decided to write down the points from the video for those of you who are too lazy to watch it (is there even such thing? 😛). Oh well.
- Set goal for yourself.
“I don’t want to be called an actor. I don’t want to be called a star. I don’t want to have a label. I want to have a legacy. I want to be known as someone who has goals and achieves them. And whatever they might be, wherever they might be, I want to be limitless. I want to break stereotypes. I want to go where no man or woman has gone before. And it might be a scary path. And it might be a path that no one has taken. But at least, it’ll just be just mine.”
“I have the worst self-esteem when I was a kid. I was made fun of for the way I talk, for where I came from — I was made fun of on every level. And the only way you can change that is setting goals for yourself and say ‘I will be the best version of me’. When I was 18, when I first started doing movies, I gave myself a year and a half. And I said if I sense that I’m not good at what I’m doing and if I don’t see something opening up for me, I’m going to go back to college. I always had a plan B. I still always have a plan B. And that’s what I always tell young people, you know, life doesn’t end. It just keeps moving. You have to put your blinkers on and find what you do best and just keep moving.”
- Don’t be conventional.
“…I debut as a villain. Who debuts as a villain, an antagonist? But to me it struck as exciting. I don’t like being conventional…We need to not be afraid to stand our ground and say, ‘I’m not settling’.”
- Work super hard.
“I love what I do and I have 2 careers that I have to handle right now. And I don;t want to give up on either one of them. And I don’t think I need to…I’ve been working like this since I was 17. I don’t know how to do anything else. And I haven’t found a reason to have to take a break yet…”
- Believe in yourself.
“Quantico was my first audition. I knew I had to go into this room and read lines in front of these people. But, I was so nervous before I went in. So I went to the bathroom and I looked in the mirror. And I talked to myself, ‘What is wrong with you? You’ve played the most difficult characters in the most complicated movies!” I tossed my hair a little bit, felt great, and walked out. Did my bit, and got the job.”
- Have boundaries.
“Although I played bold parts in my character, I won’t do nudity and I don’t want to dressed provocatively…There’s a difference in wearing bikini and bra. And I understand that, those lines are important to me.”
- Find the right balance.
“…it’s a very conscious effort for me to do something that challenges me every year. I do one of those. But, I also do those where I can put my hair down and just look pretty. I’m a girl and I love doing it.”
- Be an achiever.
“I don’t consider myself as a singer. I don’t consider myself as an actor. But I consider myself as an achiever. You give anything. You tell me to paint the wall of the studio. I will do the best damn painting job that you’ve ever seen. That’s how I always been. I didn’t know I was going to be an actress. I didn’t know I was going to be a musician. But now, whatever opportunity I get I turn them into ‘Let’s see what’ll happen”. Hard work is something I know I can damn well do.”
- Stay committed.
“All the stuff that I have to do is what I need to do. I don’t have time for unnecessary stuff. I live in two continents. My work is my commitment. And I am being professional. That is my inherent nature — that you have to keep working on it if you’re committed to something…as woman we’re strong because we’re able to hold all kind of emotions. Don’t let the world sees your weakness.”
- Don’t be afraid to dream.
“No one can tell you that your dream is too small, or your dream cannot come true, or your dream cannot be allowed because you’re a girl, because you’re a guy, because you look a certain way, or because you are from a certain place. Don’t be afraid to dream because they do come true.”
- Become irreplaceable.
“When I was very young, I was 19, and I was doing my first few movies I remember that the producers were saying ‘If she can’t work it out, it’s fine. We’ll just cast someone else. Girls are replaceable.” Subconsciously, it really works on my mind and I started picking up parts which were strong, which were not just the damsel in distress waiting for someone to rescue me. Now, thirteen to fifteen years later in the movies that I do, I’m irreplaceable.”