Meet Kanika Sasan. She is a multi-talented individual, encompassing roles as an actor, an entrepreneur, and a passionate advocate for Indian arts and culture. Eight years ago, she took a leap of faith by founding “Adore by Kanika,” a thriving business where she collaborates with Indian fashion labels to empower women to look and feel their best. With a background in acting, she recently made her debut in the Punjabi feature film “Sardara and Sons,” which is currently captivating audiences in theaters. Her journey is an inspiring testament to the power of pursuing one’s dreams, and she serves as a beacon of motivation for women seeking to follow their own paths.
I started training to be an actor six years ago, when I decided to push myself in this career. I knew acting was more than just a passion for me and I wanted to work on my skill and learn the craft so I could find meaningful work and be taken seriously.
Like every other actor, I faced challenges such as finding the right agent, auditioning tirelessly and consistently with almost no bookings. I still continued to train and stayed committed to the craft. But the biggest challenge I had to overcome was to get out of my own way. Fighting my own limiting beliefs and getting rid of the roadblocks in my own head. Believing fiercely that I am worthy, and I can make my dream come true.
Women are blessed with very strong intuitive powers. I encourage all South Asian women or women in general to dive into that spiritual gift. Listen to their instincts and follow their heartfelt desires. And create opportunities and networks that will advance them. Once we tap into our inner being and divine feminine, the universe backs it up a hundred fold.
Empowering women is my work, my passion and my purpose. I live to tell another woman that she is whole, she is worthy and she is gifted. Women uplifting women and empowering one another doesn’t have to be very fancy or an extraordinary event/affair. It happens in our conversations, it happens in our day to day. Holding space for one another. Showing grace to their choices if they are different than our own. Honouring their paths and respecting boundaries. Every woman has had a journey and a story (especially in our South Asian culture) and it’s time that we pay our respects to one another and how far we have come as a collective.
If I could tell my teenage self something, I would tell her to fight for her dreams. Don’t give in and stand her ground and commit to her calling.
My mission is to create a platform so I can encourage, support and help women to launch in the direction of their dreams.
Besides my work, I am passionate about travelling and seeing the world. I love experiencing different cultures, art forms, cuisines and meeting people across the globe.
On my days off, you can find me at by the beach or in a park hugging trees. I pay my gratitude to the “Source” and try to stay connected with Mother Earth whenever I get the chance.
This is a big challenge for many professionals. I strongly believe in allocating responsibilities at home and at work. We cannot do it all and by ourselves. I am selective about projects/volunteer opportunities. The biggest asset in balancing life is saying “No” to things you cannot fully support. Always make time for family. You are replaceable at work but not at home. Our families need us, and we need them to thrive. I have somehow managed to balance and I’m getting better at it.
My family grounds me and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have designed my life in such a way that I am able to spend time with my family and accommodate my work accordingly. My work studio is set up at home and I have clients almost everyday. I am able to attend them while making lunches and driving them to their activities. Also a huge shout out to supportive husbands who make it look so easy and effortless for women doing it all. I possibly couldn’t do it if he wasn’t hands-on and holding the fort for me whenever needed.
Show Kanika some love in her latest release of the Punjabi film, ‘Sardara and Sons‘ playing at movie theatres internationally. She is also curating some amazing Indian fashion and jewelry through her multi-designer boutique, Adore by Kanika.