New Delhi: She studied music at the Royal Music Of London and acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in the United States. Los Angeles-based singer and actor Shannon K has also wrapped filming “The Big Feed” movie in the US and “Chaal Zindagi” here. Her being the daughter of singer Kumar Sanu can wait, as she insists: “I started my career singing in cafes and restaurants. I remember being rejected many times in auditions and being came home crying after meetings by very demeaning people in the industry.

“So it wasn’t easy for me. I didn’t get up one day and I was offered projects. Time and time again, I had to prove myself,” she says.

Of course, being surrounded by music forever warmed her to the art form, as she remembers asking her father to take her to the studio even as a child. “When I decided to make this my career, it was clear that considering it was my decision, I would have to face all obstacles and look for work like any other newcomer,” said Shannon at IANS.

Believing that training can be instrumental in understanding music theory in depth and grasping the technical side of it, she feels that it is not really imperative. “Now dad doesn’t have a classical education, his passion for art has been the driving force. It depends on the kind of effort you put into your job, it’s about that thirst for learning.”

Debuting as a playback singer with Himesh Reshammiya’s song “Duggi” for the movie “Happy Hardy And Heer”, in addition to lending her voice for sheet music for the movie “Khalibali” and the web series “The Casino”, the actor-singer who has collaborated across musical genres thinks it’s a great way to merge different styles and create something new.

“It’s always beneficial for everyone involved to reach newer audiences who may not have heard of their music before. You learn and share a lot. Of course, when it comes to expressing his own personal thoughts, it makes sense that the song belongs only to you,” she adds.

Talk to her about how being Kumar Sanu’s daughter can be a huge pressure and she smiles saying she always has to think about the consequences of her actions – professionally and in her personal life.

“It’s definitely a huge pressure to carry on the legacy of your parents. Sometimes it’s disadvantageous because people don’t appreciate you or don’t see you as an individual. You’re kind of stuck in the shadows from your parents and you coming out and making a name for yourself is a big deal. Surely there was some discrimination that I had to face whenever I was looking for work.

Recalling her time at Lee Strasberg, one of the best acting schools in the world where she learned not only the method of acting but other technical aspects of the craft, Shannon says: “Also, I learned a lot while filming in India.”

In her final year of studying business management and looking forward to graduating early next year, the artist plans to complete some fashion projects.

“I sang several songs for different projects, they should be released next year,” she concludes.

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