We had the good fortune of connecting with Anjan Sachar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anjan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking has a lot to do with your gut and how it helps you make decisions. Often, your body shows you the right direction. If something doesn’t feel right, your gut will tell you. I’ve taken plenty of risks in my life, moving from one role to another, giving up on jobs that felt safe at a time, to pursue more, try something different. It’s worked out in most situations, and even when it hasn’t, it’s taught me more than staying in my safe space ever would’ve. Risks are essential to growth, there’s no other way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a beauty editor, a role that brings together my love for both beauty and writing, and forever learning something new. Over the past 8 years, I’ve had the opportunity to write for publications I used to read for inspiration, which has been the most exciting part. Last year, I launched my own red lipstick in collaboration with a beauty brand which was a dream come true. Earlier this year, I won the Parcos Editorial Beauty Voice of The Year award which was a pleasant surprise. I’ve come to realise that nothing is more important than networking and building your own black book in this industry, which has helped me significantly grow. It wasn’t easy and I’ve had to deal with quite a few curveballs, but every step has been interesting and I’ve only learned from it all. The most important lesson I’ve learned is knowing that till you don’t make a move, take the step, you’re still standing at the same position you’re in. Try what you want to, if you fail, you still learned something you didn’t know before. You don’t lose anything. While most people assume I wear lipstick for a living, my job includes a whole lot of science, learning about new ingredients, formulas and textures, and it’s not easy to keep up with new developments.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Two of the best places in my city are Soho House Mumbai and my neighbourhood bar, The Daily All Day. I’d spend Friday night at The Daily, go behind the bar and whip up my signature cocktail for her, and then check-in to Soho House for the weekend.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Two people deserve a shoutout for always having my back and being my sounding board for every risk I’ve ever taken. My late professor Mike Grenby and my first editor Mamta Mody.