Sunday, September 3, 2017

Zoran Saher - Actor, Creative Entrepreneur, Anchor & TV Host. Film / Food / Lifestyle & Travel Writer. Founder of The Local Outsider & OneTakeOnly

Q1. How did your career journey start? Or Who/What inspired you to start this business/ entrepreneurship?

Having lived in 3 different countries in my life, I’ve always been diversified in my outlook towards most things, be it my career or the quest to be a better individual. Growing up and spending 19 years of my life in Oman (Middle East), shaped my perspective in a manner that made me well aware of the possibilities that were within my reach, and some that I dared to chase. But it was studying in an American International school, which gave me the confidence to think outside the box and helped me challenge my instincts. After which, pursuing my education at Pace University in New York, groomed me into an individual that made me feel closer to my dream of becoming an Actor and someone who genuinely loves being in front of the cameras. Having played the lead role in a Short Film that screened at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2012 and featuring in multiple TV commercials along with a webseries in Mumbai thereafter, has convinced me enough that there’s nothing that knows me better than the lens of a camera. My experiences of life have given me the courage to express myself articulately and hence, the desire to pursue my passion for writing. And that was the inception of my blog – The Local Outsider in 2015.

Q2. Kindly share some information about your Business, products and services here.

My idea and sense of business has always been simple. To be able to create an impact in the most personal manner which in someway, is able to make a change and bring about a smile on multiple faces. Being a writer who’s deeply been influenced by the virtue of having a privileged upbringing, has taught me the essence and the ironic dichotomy of the imbalance, that we experience in every day life. So whether it’s a travel piece that I’m writing or documenting a certain event, I’m always inclined towards giving it a positive touch, with the hope that it’s able to spring about a certain awareness or inspire those who choose to seek it. With my latest Video and You Tube property called OneTakeOnly, which I launched sometime last year, is an attempt to focus on some of the unspoken aspects about human nature, current affairs and socially relevant factors that aren’t given the attention it deserves. Be it a five minute segment on the effects of Brexit or how Roger Federer’s legacy has given millions the desire to dream and chase their passions, my intention with OneTakeOnly was to conceptualize a platform that offers a refreshing take, which relates to the educated mindset.

Q3. What kind of challenges did you face while starting/doing business?

My challenge has always been more to do with my wanting to outdo my potential and ability, and not necessarily trying to live up to the so called standard that the world judges you by. So it all boils down to how well you choose to express yourself, without the baggage of a filter or any external pressure. Each day presents itself as a challenge, which you can either perceive as an obstacle or an opportunity. To my good fortune, at a very early stage in life I developed the ability to see things with the idea that it will somehow turn out well, if my heart is in the right place.  Through repeated mistakes, you nurture the chances of getting it right one more time. And this is not with the intention of proving it to the world, but to those insecurities that we hold within about the things that we are able to do, but don’t invest the time to do so.

Q4. Do share with our readers about your discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?

I strongly believe that the second you begin to think you’ve made it, is when you lose the plot completely. It is best if you take it as a milestone that stirs the motivation within to keep soaring towards heights of success. The problem is when you set a particular target as a benchmark, you begin to take a backseat the moment you’ve achieved it. We never want the good times to end, but to think of it practically it is impossible to start something in life without assessing or analyzing the issues and hindrances that come with it. One of my biggest concerns when I began writing was the kind of audience that would read my work. I didn’t know what strata of society would subscribe to the sensibility of my thoughts, but I knew that if I were able to somehow convey emotionality, it would work. I still don’t know if I’ve got it right because every video that I shoot on OneTakeOnly and every piece on The Local Outsider, has a complex and different reaction to it. A reaction that most times is contrary to what I think it would be. But that’s the excitement of wanting to do something different and not knowing how well will it be received. More often than not, I receive requests about what I should cover on my blog and how my thoughts inspire a particular individual to start something of their own.  As I always say, if you do what you love doing, you’ll leave behind a legacy of someone who succeeded more times than failed. So challenges or not, I begin every morning with the desire to give it my best shot in front of the camera, irrespective of the end result. I do it not because it needs to be done, but because it gives me the kind of happiness that nothing else can.

Q5. Share with our readers about your experiment period after the discovery period?

The only experiment I’ve ever tried in the last 7-8 years, is to see how well am I able to sustain a career that doesn’t begin at 9am and end at 5pm. It comes without a desk and a chair, and it has less of board meetings. And that’s how I like it to be. My work involves moving from one place to the other and sometimes working from home. I love trying different forms and mediums to promote the craft I’m involved in. I’ve been writing for the last 7 years now and even though I may have altered my technique depending on the subject, I ensure that the essence of my style remains the same. So while the discovery of learning things about life became a seamless habit for me from an early stage, I haven’t done anything drastic in search for a historic outcome.

Q6. What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?

I want to spend the next few years in being closely associated with the film industry and do good work. Be it the short and independent films, Webseries or TVC’s, learning the craft never gets old. I also want to invest my time in building interesting content for my blog The Local Outsider, and make it a commercially viable product. One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is to write a book on my life, but that will require a lot of my time, as it’s a long term project waiting to be published. I’ve just about decided the title of the autobiography.

Q7. How would you advice/suggest new entrepreneurs who want to start & sustain in business?

The best advice I’ve ever got was from my Dad. He always tells me “Do whatever your heart desires and that which makes you happy. But make sure that once you chase that dream of yours, you become the greatest ever in that field.” I don’t think I’m anywhere close to being where I want to be as yet, and therefore I set extremely high standards for myself. I know what my capacity is and I’ve genuinely been extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunities that have come my way. Life has been kind to me and so has god. The only advice I’d give, is to takes risks when you’re able to back it up with your strengths. Communicate and express what you feel because until you don’t say it the way you feel it, no one will get a taste of your passion and dreams. Work immensely hard, because the satisfaction you get from doing what you love, is a feeling that words cannot describe. And lastly, don’t forget to help those in need and the underprivileged. Philanthropy is the only deed that has greater returns, when it remains unspoken.

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