Interview with Ms. Aditi Vats

Aditi Vats, a graduate of Symbiosis Law School, Pune, is currently a practising Lawyer who also is a Model purely by choice and not by chance. She was crowned as the FBB Wild Card Winner and got the chance to enter into the top 25 of FBB Femina Miss India, 2014 in which she finished as the Finalist of Miss India. She is set to make her digital debut in Bebaakee.  

Q. Could you tell us something about your early life and how that influenced your career choices?

I am based in Jaipur and I studied PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) with Economics in high school. My family was always oriented to ensure that their children complete a degree in engineering or medicine – just like in any typical Indian household. I attended an orientation in my 11th grade, after which I was sure I wanted to do law but since taking arts in high school was not an option for me, both at home and at school, I talked to my parents and while my father was okay with my choice, he was not okay with switching from the PCM combination just yet. I, therefore, decided to study law after studying science and economics in school. I have been planning my future out since I was a child. My family would let me do anything I wanted as long as I was academically very qualified. So I figured that if I wanted to pursue my dreams, there were certain obligations I would have to fulfil and I am extremely obliged and grateful for the path that I have taken now since it is only now that I understand that what I pursued has indeed proven to be fruitful and I am now enjoying those fruits.

Q. How was the transition from Jaipur to Pune? Tell us more about your overall experience at SLS Pune? 

I studied Law at Symbiosis Law School, Pune (SLSP) and while I did give the CLAT exam and made it to an NLU, I wanted to be closer to Mumbai. Leaving the choice of an NLU behind was also quite difficult and I was constantly questioned as to why I did that, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted in an NLU. At SLSP things began falling into place. A lot of modelling and pageant agencies and people involved in the modelling field, in general, began approaching me and I made friends who took me to different places and that’s where it all really started. At SLSP, there were a host of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities such as moot court competitions, ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) competitions, debates and others. Through these activities, I have learnt and experienced a lot during my college days. Although I was definitely grilled throughout my 5 years at law school, I think it was required. Especially, since I was already actively involved in two fields at once – fashion and law. Keeping up my attendance was an issue at SLSP just like many other colleges. This, along with managing assignments and projects, was very stressful and was a task in itself but it was all possible because of my best friend at college who is currently a lawyer and was my spinal cord throughout law school. 

Q. When did it occur to you that modelling was something you wished to do? How did that transition flow from law to modelling? What was the entire thought process that went into moving into the industry?

I was very young when I decided I wanted to do modelling as well as law. But figuring out the path to get there was something I decided over time. It did not all just happen at once.  I would say I didn’t necessarily have to go out and seek this, but it came to me and I have, since then, been taking all the opportunities that have knocked on my door – including the opportunity to try out for Miss India. I knew it would be difficult as I was then in my 3rd year of law school and I was doing a lot of other things as well. If I look back now, I really don’t know how I managed to do everything that I did, but I’m glad it happened. Although I was frequently contacted by a few people working for Miss India to move to Bombay I was determined to finish my studies first. My brothers, a few friends and I were all first-generation lawyers. I hadn’t disclosed my plans to move to Bombay and pursue a different career alongside my parents even until my 5th year since I knew I would have to get a job first. I sat down for placements and picked up a great job but eventually quit to move to Bombay. I met new people and it was a very happening city so my modelling and legal career began to fit into place. I was always quite sure that this was what I wanted and since I had a passion for both, I worked towards it. 

Q. Ms. Vats, we know you still practice as a lawyer while balancing a career in modelling since law school. How have you been keeping a balance between the two and what are the challenges you have encountered so far?

That is true, I still juggle both my careers and I have no plans on quitting one for another. I’m going to continue as such since I have a deep-rooted passion for both. I picked both of these careers purely out of great passion and I was never pushed into either. This immense passion is largely the reason I can manage both of them. People say that these are 2 very different careers, and that they are very parallel and not intersecting. I agree, but it was the passion that brought me to where I am today. I still have to make sure I follow my diet and skincare routines even when I just have to go to court or have meetings with my clients. I also have to make sure that I know what is happening all over my country and that my current affairs knowledge is up to date even during shoots. The reason I still continue to work in the legal sector is due to the amount of knowledge I gain. Whether it is modelling, acting or law, it is a growing and learning process throughout. To be honest, I can’t express in words how I am managing all this, but it is definitely going well. Striking such a balance is possible only when you have a deep passion for what you are doing.

Q. Are there any skill sets which intersect between these two fields? Have these skill sets in law helped you advance in modelling or vice-versa?

Yes, definitely! If you look closely at both these fields, you will see that they are both highly public-oriented. As a lawyer, it is very important to have good oratory skills. In my 2nd year, when I was on stage, very nervous looking at the huge crowd, I knew that I had to develop on my speaking skills which was definitely something I was able to pick up during my time at law school. With the number of presentations and moot court competitions that happen on a daily basis, it was important for me to be confident and bold. Even when I give other interviews, there are usually a lot of people sitting out there and stage presence is a must since I’m speaking to the public at large and not just a single individual. This is definitely an intersecting skill and a very important one, at that!

Q. What kind of advice would you give to those who have aspirations similar to you, pursuing a career in 2 diverse fields? 

You always have time to decide what it is that you want to do in life. Please take risks. Fall once, and fall again and yet again. But, stand back up right after and run because it is your life and only you can and will make the best decisions for yourself. Do not let anybody else make such decisions for you. It is YOU who will make the decisions, face the hurdles and challenges that come your way and in the end, reap the fruits of your hard work. Anything you wish to do with your entire heart and your whole mind and soul, I believe God will help you put things into place and make things happen for you. So just do it, because your dreams and passion deserve a chance. In college, I myself came across many people with great talents such as singing or dancing but they never chose to turn it into a career since the Indian society unfortunately largely prefers only lucrative careers concerning security. Security is what we seek in our careers and throughout life but in reality, life is not secure at all and security cannot be truly achieved until the very end, even for a multimillionaire. Having been there and seen it all, well I’m not a multi-millionaire, but I have definitely seen a lot. So why not let your passion drive you there? Don’t fall into the trap of going towards something that offers oblivion of security. 

Q. Our readers are primarily law students mostly in the 5-year law course; I am sure many of them have interests outside the realm of law but hesitate to pursue their interests. What are your thoughts on making a transition from one field to another that is vastly different and purely driven by passion? What advice do you have for our readers who seek to break this pattern of normality?

I would say that we have got just one life. We never know what will happen. As humans, we say a lot and experience a lot but nobody can be sure of what will happen in the end. In this one life that you have, you should try out anything you have an ambition for. Don’t keep that only within your heart, for which you have a burning desire. Trust me, if you have that desire, you will work hard to achieve it in the end. If nothing else, what’s the worst that could happen? You will fail. But I would always respect those who tried in the first place. While 5 years at law school is a huge commitment, and there are generally other factors such as family constraints, I would urge you to try whatever it is that you want in the one life that you have. All you have to do is believe in yourself and once you start achieving what you want, people around you eventually start believing in you too. Even if they don’t, that’s all right because you know you tried and ultimately won’t regret not trying. Don’t let that ‘if’ be. All you have to do is initiate things by believing in yourself and work towards it wholeheartedly. Try multiple times because however many times you fail, you always have time to get right back up. Further, after having done law, you can always come back to the profession. Give your desire at least one go and don’t let your dreams die.  

Q. In one of the interviews you mentioned, “I am sure that I will go down in the history books as the only Miss India turned lawyer”. How do you feel about it now? What are your plans ahead of you? What would be your parting message for our readers?

This was a statement I made, though as a young and less mature student, from my whole heart. It came from a very deep place inside me. I have to repeatedly emphasize that I had no set formula for making the things work out the way they did. What I did have, however, was self-belief. I was confident that this was what I wanted, whatever the cost and I had to only believe in myself to make this happen. By God’s grace, I had the wonderful support system of my friends and family and I was able to make my dreams come true. There is nothing more I could have asked for. I believe happiness comes from contentment. I am highly content with how everything is going and I am grateful for that.  My final parting message would be that with the one life that you have been given, please don’t fail even before you try. 

(NOTE – This has been reproduced from a telephonic conversation between Aditi Vats and Abhishek Jain)

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Disclaimer – All views and opinions expressed in this interview are personal and belong solely to the interviewee(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the LAABh Foundation or the individuals and institutions associated with LAABh Foundation.

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