Duniya ke Rung NUST ke Sung- Episode 4 with Amina Sultan
In these times when we truly need to come together, NMC brought forward an inspiring new episode of its talk show ‘Duniya ke Rung, NUST ke Sung’. Episode 4 graced us with a lot of valuable insight and a conversation that was truly thought-provoking, refreshing, and calming.
This session was held on the 4th of May, hosted by our very own Minahil Arif, featuring Amina Sultan, a highly talented and successful model, currently a final year student at NUST pursuing her bachelor’s degree in economics at S3H.
The episode started with our guest shedding light on how the pandemic has affected her career. Amina talked about missing multiple opportunities during the pandemic to ensure that she and her family are safe. She explained that the shoots that she took up during the quarantine period last year were mostly photographed at her home so that there was less risk of the spread of COVID and compared the difference in the situation to shoot at locations where the compliance of SOPs’ is not up to the mark. Amina included that despite the circumstances, she is grateful for the opportunities she has since she believes that the missed opportunities, in hindsight, will be for her betterment.
Minahil then proceeded to ask Amina what her first professional step was when she started her modeling career to which Amina described her first professional shoot for the clothing brand ‘Kayseria’ in Lahore. She admitted that initially her parents were resistant to the idea of her modeling but they eventually did come around with their support for her. The host then asked a significantly important question on what Amina feels like is/was the biggest challenge for her, whether it was convincing her parents to pursue a modeling career or was another difficulty in her path. Amina replied that her biggest challenge when stepping into the industry was how people are exploited for their talents just because they are new to the industry, which she found very unfair. She explained that the industry is a difficult place to be in particularly because no one is willing to help another if they don’t see any personal gain from the situation. Her hope is to become the bridge between these situations so that those who want to step into this field feel brave and empowered to do so.
Minahil then requested Amina to guide the individuals who are interested in working in the modeling field. Amina mentioned the importance of registering with talent agencies so that you can get recognition as a model and find projects to work on. She stated that working with a talent agency is a great learning experience and opens your pathways as a rising model. Amina highlighted the importance of being aware of your surroundings and constantly believing in yourself when you have newly stepped into the modeling field and emphasized the notion of being consistent in your work and capitalizing on your hobbies to pursue your passions with freedom.
Amina then moved to the topic of the problems that women might face as they step into the modeling field, where there may be male counterparts who believe that they might do better based solely on their gender. She reiterated the idea of self-belief and keeping yourself grounded to know that if you’re doing your best, it will be enough and matter at the end of the day.
The host then asked Amina if there was ever a situation where she wanted to give up on her modeling career to which Amina shared that working with Kayseria on a shoot, she underwent 40 outfit changes in the day and ended up fainting! At that point, she wanted to give up but agreed that her passion for her work kept her going and never had the thought again. She pointed out how most people give up on their childhood passions of a modeling or acting career only because of external factors and she insisted that if you believe in yourself then there’s no setting you back and shares a valuable life insight where she says that ‘the only boundaries that exist are the ones that you set for yourself’.
After an insightful, heartfelt, and interactive session, a rapid-fire round of ‘this or that’ was conducted to lighten the mood. Amina’s interest in eastern clothing and Urdu literature took us by heartwarming surprise and allowed us to get to know her better in a personal capacity.
In the next section about Life at NUST, she fondly reminisced her times at NUST and how she would truly miss the moments on campus and the friends she has made that will last for a lifetime. She talked about her fond memories at S3H, the unity in her class in times of sadness and despair, and on a lighter note, cleared the misconception about the constant “party atmosphere” in S3H, saying there is nothing as such.
This illuminating episode finally ended with our guest leaving with this parting advice for all those who want to pursue a career like hers- “You have to trust the process, you have to trust yourself, work on yourself and make yourself better. Focus on yourself and know that you will do well!”