The first step towards success is always the hardest and the most challenging: A conversation with Lak Rana

Have you ever wondered why most people fail to achieve success? While they have a lot of ideas, strategies, and plans, they often fall short of achieving their dreams. 

Everyone desires success and aims to accomplish their objectives, but they are not ready to take the first step, which is the most challenging part. To put it in simple words, taking the initiative and starting from a blank canvas can be difficult. It is as simple as someone fantasizing about flying high in the sky but is not ready to land on the runway. 

Now! You must be wondering why they hesitate to take the plunge.

There could be multiple scenarios; some fear losing while others fail to leave their comfort zones. Then there are those who might have low self-esteem and are afraid of being judged by others or what people would think if they fail. These are just a few examples that hinder people from achieving their aspirations. 

However, what we tend to forget is that success is not linear and cannot be achieved instantaneously. It’s a process that requires consistent effort and persistence. The important thing is to finish any endeavor that you’ve begun; only then will you be able to reap the benefits.

Whether you are starting a new business or entering a new chapter of your life, the first step is to have a clear vision. Moreover, we all know that every journey begins with the right idea, so executing it properly is the way to go. This is exactly what the multi-talented artist Lak Rana practices in order to turn his dreams into reality. 

An actor and writer, Lak was born and raised in India. He eventually moved to America, where he faced many challenges, such as not having an adequate place to live to dealing with many cultural stigmas. During such difficult times, his mother would motivate him to focus on his goals if he wanted to achieve success. She encouraged him to never give up, no matter the circumstances, and that’s what kept Lak going.

As a kid, he used to watch television a lot, and as a result, it inspired him to pursue acting as a profession. He became passionate about becoming an actor, but things weren’t so easy for this ambitious young talent. Being an Indian immigrant, English was not Lak’s first language. However, he overcame this shortcoming by learning English through dramas and movies. 

Apart from that, he was scared that the idea of being an actor would not resonate well with his mother, as he’s the only one in his family who wanted to take the artistic route. Recalling the time when he faced objections from his family, Lak shares, “Finding my place in the industry was hard enough but adding in the disapproval from my family made it even harder and more mentally difficult. They thought I was making a bad choice.”

Despite all these challenges, he pursued his education and enrolled in one of the most prestigious universities, but he never gave up on dreaming about being an actor. Though he believed in himself and his acting skills, all he needed was to put in the effort, have patience, and be consistent with his actions. And according to the versatile actor, finding a good acting class was the first step towards achieving his goal.

Getting involved in classes allowed him to study and get formal training in filmmaking, drama, music, and dance. But just like every other career, there were no overnight triumphs, and Lak had to struggle initially to carve a niche for himself. Getting his first breakthrough wasn’t easy, but there was nothing that could deter his spirits, and eventually, he landed roles in prominent television shows such as Fear the Walking Dead, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, Medium, Nip/Tuck, CSI, and many more.

Indeed, the initial steps toward success are always the hardest and most challenging, but Lak believes that moving forward and saving himself from distractions helped him become an actor. “Even when things were not working out for me, I never gave up focus. I kept my eyes and my heart on my goal and ran my own race,” Lak says on a concluding note.