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The freedom to follow my dream

Siddhant Nitin Sawant, better known as Sid, came to Canada with his parents from Saudi Arabia. The Sawants are originally from Mumbai, India.

As a young South Asian actor there are many hurdles between where I am and where I want to be.

Even though my sprint is just beginning, I feel the adrenaline kick in, making the distance seem like I am jogging on clouds. Previously, as an Indian-born Canadian I felt there were forces working against me. Now as a Canadian-raised Indian, I feel I have the best of both worlds. My parents have been an immense support for all of my life choices, from attending Cawthra Park School for the Arts, to switching from a pre-law program to acting school full time.

Although a wise person once said, “From birth we were taught – life is a race,” it was in that confusion that I had trouble finding myself. Accepted that life is a race, but I was not sure which track to run. The chaos of the upper middle social class was bearing a significant weight on my creative flame and therefore I had a long and arduous soul-searching. During a holiday in the backwaters of Kerala, India, I realized: I am going to be an actor.

The moment I landed back in Canada the spark reignited with a passion that I had thought was extinguished. Now with my renewed reconnection with the acting world, I am already busy with a Rogers Telecommunications commercial, student films and full scale play productions in the coming months.

No matter what track you run in life, there always are hurdles between you and your goal. However, the new race I run, I run with passion, I run with enthusiasm, and I run with a hunger for greatness. These traits on any track will make you a winner.
I now look forward to my sprint, and the challenges that lie ahead.
With my determination and drive all I can say is, “Just watch me!”
Sid Sawant was most recently seen as Aurangzeb in the Luminato production of Taj with Kabir Bedi and Lisa Ray.

Posted: Jul 1, 2011

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