She adds, “I took a short break from TV in 2019 to try my luck in web shows but they told me that I am over- exposed on TV, so I will have to take a sabbatical and try for web shows after that. So I took a break for a year but then the pandemic struck and nothing worked out. Now that I am trying my luck in television again, I feel like a struggling actor even after doing four TV shows.” She doesn’t want to get pressurised and end up doing a show that she is not happy about. She says, “I don’t want to play characters which are older than my real age because then the industry will typecast me.”
It’s not easy when you come from another city because there are different challenges one has to face. Talking of the difficulties that people who are not from Mumbai face, she says, “It is tough especially when there is no work on hand. Paying rent, cost of living, food and managing all other expenses get difficult. Mentally it’s exhausting and I feel it’s taking a toll on my mental health too.”
Piya too has been facing the casting problem like some of her colleagues. “We are actors and not influencers, so why should casting directors look at our social media following before taking us for a project? I almost bagged a project but when they asked me to share my Instagram link, the casting team said I didn’t have a million following. I want to ask them whether they are looking for actors or influencers? Because those are two different things. I never thought that followers would be more important than talent for a show.”
So what’s next? “I am still auditioning and hoping that I will come across a good project and have an interesting part in it,” she says.