Every person has a story to share. This column puts the spotlight on the people of Chennai, faces we see but rarely interact with — giving a glimpse into their struggle.
Sanjeevi Raman (25), digital sketch artist
Chennai: I came to Chennai about five years ago. My father is a cook while my mother is a home maker in my home town Salem. I completed my bachelor’s degree in visual communication and then started working as an animator and freelance artist. I struggled a lot in college because I did not take financial help from my family. I was working part-time at a super market in the city to be able to bear my expenses. The salary was low and it was difficult to juggle studies and a job. Then I started to learn new softwares of video editing, photography, drawing, digital painting, story boarding, VFX and animation through YouTube. After graduation I started to work as a freelance digital artist. I learnt a lot from my failures in the initial projects but I continue to work hard. In our field, people demand good work in a short duration but pay is not good. I want to try my hand at acting also and become successful to help disabled and poor people who have big dreams. My father and my brother are very supportive towards me and my work. Despite financial problems, they have always motivated me to do better.