– Sachin Bhatt, actor
What’s your story?
I was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. I’m a Midwest American man with Indian roots. My family originated from North India and moved to the United States in the early ’70s. I’m the youngest of three (2 older sisters) and that makes me royalty in an Indian household. Kidding! But being the only boy I did get my fair share of attention. I went to Indiana University for Vocal Performance (opera) and Theatre. I remember asking my voice teacher in high school should I go into musical theatre or opera and she said opera but I ended up going into musical theatre. After school I moved to New York City and began my career in the arts. I toured Asia and Europe playing Chino in “The West Side Story” and immediately after I starred in the 1st National tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Bombay Dreams”.
Who has influenced you the most in your life?
My 7th grade teacher Ms. Smith basically harassed me to join choir even though it was really uncool at the time. She saw I loved music and encouraged me to explore it at the very least. I ended up staying in choir all through high school, which lead me into acting. If she hadn’t supported me I wonder if I would be doing something else in my life right now and wishing I was performing. Thanks Ms. Smith!
What is the best decision you’ve ever made?
The best decision I ever made was leaving New York and moving to Los Angeles. New York is an amazing fast-paced city where there are many opportunities; however it’s an exhausting city as well. Moving to California gave me a better quality of life: weather, freedom, a slower-paced lifestyle, nature, time with myself to figure out more of who I am. In New York everyone and everything can easily distract you and sometimes it can be sensory overload. In Los Angeles you have a lot of alone time. You cannot run from yourself. You have to deal with whatever is going on in your head. For me, that was very important.
How would your best friend describe you?
My best friends would describe me with a quote from the incredible animated film “The Lion King”: “I’m a sensitive soul, though I seem thick-skinned.”
How do you stay current?
I’m a simple guy when it comes to fashion. I follow GQ, photographers, models etc. to stay up to date, but a lot of time I see what my friends are wearing and whatever catches my eye. When I go to castings for commercials, print and TV, I also observe what other actors are wearing and analyse what would suit me well.
Where do you shop?
I don’t have a favourite brand or designer. I shop at Target, Gap, AllSaints, Ted Baker etc. It’s all about the fit or getting something tailored to fit you well. I do not believe in paying outside my means for a great shirt. That being said, if I can justify it – I’ll get it.
What’s the best style advice you’ve ever heard?
Have simple staples in your wardrobe. You can easily change an outfit with adding different types of accessories or changing your shirt so it’s important to have a couple great pairs of jeans/shorts, high-quality boots, a tailored suit, and a lot of plain T-shirts and button ups in a variety of colours. It’s also good to know what are your best colours. Mine are fall/winter tones: blues, browns, greys, blacks.
What’s your favourite fragrance?
Oud by Tom Ford. Oud from any brand is my favourite scent. It’s musky and has a strong masculine smell.
What are top three songs on your playlist at the moment?
Troye Sivan Lost Boy, Nick Jonas Santa Barbara and Kelly Clarkson Piece by Piece.
Who should we follow on Instagram?
For fashion there are your well-known mainstream accounts like GQ, Tom Ford etc. But I’d say check out most men in Los Angeles. Modelling agencies, too.
What’s next for you?
It’s pilot season now so I’m auditioning a lot and I have commercials airing as well. My plans are to keep working in the entertainment industry, creating new characters on television and film and also to start writing my own projects. And, of course, to take fun pics for my Instagram account 🙂
Images: Sachin Bhatt