By some magic of the “inter-webs”, you have landed on my blog-Welcome! I am Shilpa Tripathi and this is the internet portal to my thoughts, my work and my digital footprint.
I’m thinking that I should introduce myself, so here it goes!
My parents are pretty prophetic because they chose to name me Shilpa, which means “artist”-my life has come to symbolize a pursuit of beauty, aesthetics and expression.
Although I am American, I was born in a small city in North India and my family migrated to California during my early childhood. My youth was like a pendulum, migrating to different parts of California and India every few years. I loved it. Being in a new place always gave me the chance to reinvent myself. To be someone different. To inculcate different mannerisms. Perhaps it was this tendency that developed my love for acting.
I currently live in the city of Angels-LA!
In my recent past, I’ve spent time traveling, modeling (as a titleholder for the Miss Universe India Pageant 2010-11) and being a spokesperson for TERI (The Tata Energy and Resource Institute 2010-11). It was a life-changing experience to have my voice heard and my opinions matter, and I got pretty addicted to it. Being in front of the camera, modeling and raising money for charities was amazing but what I loved was that feeling of contribution, which I had from hitting the pavement daily and interacting with people from all walks of life. I learned, that year, that I must always work hard, keep growing and be gracious-accomplishments are not stand-alone events, but must propel me to greater heights and a higher conscience, every day.
I continued to chase the limelight with a degree in Acting for Film and worked with talented, upcoming directors in indie films. Perhaps the best advice regarding my pursuit of stardom came from David Morrissey of the Walking Dead fame, who, in a fated exchange, urged me to look at the emerging meaning of international fame. He asked me why I would choose to be a tool for someone else’s creativity when I had such a rich creative mind that could change the world. He urged me to tell my stories and express my art in every avenue possible. He urged me to be a creator. He changed my life.
In his “Creative Live” presentations, Chase Jarvis asserts that the future is for multi-hyphenates. I agree! Today, we have the platform and tools to create scalable products and services that can change the world. Better yet, we have the power to pick up infinite skills without apology. We truly live in great times, a prime time to be a multi-hyphenate. However unintentionally, my creative pursuits and passions definitely qualify me as one.
I completed my bachelors in Media Arts and Animation with honors, specializing in 3d texturing and lighting. Over the past decade, I have grown my abilities in drawing, painting, graphic designing, communication design, motion graphics, picture and video editing, storyboarding, animating (2d or 3d), modeling 3d environments and website creation. I am a Photoshop expert and an After Effects aficionado. I am a branding maven and a social media fanatic (I would love to have a chance to pick Seth Godin, Tim Ferris & Ryan Holiday’s brains!). I absolutely enjoy creating and consuming digital communication artwork-something I call art with implications.
I’m currently doing my masters in Human-Computer Interaction at University of California, Irvine.
I am an intermediate yoga expert, sing Indian classical music, dance kathak, sculpting, speak three languages & am currently pursuing graduate studies! I am also obsessed with naturopathy and Ayurveda and prepare my own cosmetics and teas. 🙂 Simply put, I’m a lifelong student with a desire to push my creative boundaries.
Finally, this blog is a stream-of-thoughts diary of sorts, a means of journaling my experiences and expressing what intrigues and inspires me daily. It’s my small way of giving back-I really hope that exploring my blog enriches your day in some way. 🙂
I hope to see you around! ❤
For more videos check out: https://shilpatripathi.com/reelandvideos/
For more pictures, check out: https://shilpatripathi.com/headshots/
You can check out http://shilpatripathi.myportfolio.com/ for my branding portfolio, traditional portfolio and personal artwork.