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Notes from an Analytical Idealist and a Romantic Realist

UCLA student Venkatesh Potula joins TMU, and tells us what's in store for his 2012 blogs. logo

Venkatesh Potula

Hello to all theater lovers, and welcome to my first blog post!

My name is Venkatesh Potula, which originates from India, so thus, I am 100% Indian. I was born in Huntsville, Alabama, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been asked if I was, "black" from African-Americans, who seem disappointed when I tell them that I'm just a very dark Indian.

Being born Indian and raised American has always been a battle for me. Going to school, I was expected to ace my math and science tests. I never did well on my SAT's, and was even considered a failure to certain people. But the biggest surprise to many was that I, an Indian, wanted to act.

To an Indian family, where the mother is a doctor and the father an engineer, it sounds ridiculous. Their expectations and hopes would be that I attend Georgia Tech, make a six-figure salary by the time I'm 40 and marry the wife of their choosing. But that is not my path.

Luckily, I am blessed to have a family that understands my artistic need to act and I thank them every day that they are paying and supporting my education at the UCLA Theater, Film and Television department.

That being said, I am an extremely focused and dedicated individual. My mother always tells me, "99% perspiration, 1% inspiration." You have to work, and be willing to work. Although my passion is acting, I understand that a cultured artist must be well rounded in all aspects of world culture: literature, history, and language.

In my blog column for 2012, I will be discussing several things including my audition process as an Indian in the entertainment field, my volunteer experience around UCLA and Los Angeles, and my work with the Rapid-Fire Improv Troupe!

I am an analytical idealist and a romantic realist, so I can guarantee that reading my blogs will be exciting and enlightening! Stay tuned for what is to come next, for we never know what the future holds!


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