The City First correspondent sits down for a chat with the Los Angeles-based author. Swati Sharmanative of our own city Jaipur.
How/when did you know you wanted to write?
I have always written. At school I was the kid who always scribbled poems in my notebook and always took writing assignments in English and Hindi classes far too seriously. I was fortunate to receive encouragement from my family, friends, and teachers (Thanks, Ms. Usha!) and decided to pursue it professionally.
Tell us a little about your trip
I did my MGD degree here in Jaipur and then went to New York to study screenwriting at the School of Visual Arts. When I was at school, my poetry was published in an anthology called Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies in the UK. This was a stepping stone in my writing career.
What are you doing right now?
I’m currently a writer at Brat TV, a media company that writes TV shows for Gen Z. I am also writing Hyphen, a comedy-drama for the cast about the diverse experiences of immigrants in New York.
What’s next in your career?
I will continue to write fun shows on Brat TV and also polish up my writing samples to send to literary agents. I’m still young and this is all very new to me, but I’m excited and determined to make the most of what I love most. I would love to write for TV and film in both the US and India – fingers crossed!
Aspiring screenwriter Swati Sharma joins the writing team at Brat TV as a staff writer after successfully working as an assistant writer in the room. Swati is from Jaipur and recently graduated from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has previously been featured in This Is Fine, a Sunday newsletter from Vice, and Penguin Random House UK’s Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies “American Veteran.” Swati lives in LA
It’s true what they say: hard work and creativity go hand in hand. One cannot thrive without the other. A 22-year-old Swati Sharma from Jaipur who shares this sentiment is taking steps to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional writer. After being a regular on the New York poetry scene during her bachelor’s degree, she now lives in Los Angeles and works at Brat TV, a Gen Z media giant. Swati has previously worked in unscripted television and completed many internships during her time in college which has brought her this momentous achievement with many more opportunities awaiting. Hats off!