EP #119: Nitesh Pillai – Australian-Based Model Discovered On TikTok

Nitesh Pillai (@nitesh.pillai) is professional model that was discovered on TikTok (where he has 100K+ followers & over 5 million likes).

He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss immigrating from Malaysia to Australia, going from being a victim of bullying to being discovered by IMG Models (an international leader in talent discovery), juggling school and his modelling career, questioning the purpose of education due to his current career path, participating in Paris fashion week, and so much more.

Follow Nitesh:
– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/nitesh.pillai/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Nitesh Pillai
01:37 – How Nitesh became a model; overcoming bullying
05:19 – The different perspectives his brothers provided
07:11 – Missing his family in Malaysia and the “next level” food
08:28 – Being discovered on TikTok by IMG Models 
09:32 – Misconceptions about being a model
11:13 – Dealing with last minute requests
12:22 – How his parents feel about his modelling career
13:52 – Balancing his modelling career and school
14:43 – Contemplating not finishing school; don’t tell his dad
15:49 – The longevity of a modelling career; 5-10 year shelf life
17:22 – Will his degree be useful; his passion for music, writing, and more
18:19 – Favourite places he’s been able to travel for work; Paris, Portugal
19:27 – Why Nitesh only sees himself living in Australia; a non-stop holiday
20:45 – How to adapt an “every day is a holiday” mindset; family
22:21 – Would he consider moving back to Malaysia?
24:58 – Why his parents moved to Australia; his dad’s incredible story
26:15 – What his ideal day to day looks like; stretching, sports, etc.
27:39 – How he views money and spends it for his modelling career
30:17 – Craziest stuff he’s seen in the world of fashion
32:29 – The 1% of models; wanting to create his own lane
34:06 – Learning lessons; breaking his jaw
35:57 – Advice he would give his 14-year-old self
37:39 – How he wants to be remembered by friends and family
37:54 – Creator Confessions
41:15 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan