Singer and mum Neha Pandey dressed by Emirati designer Queen of Spades Lamya Abedin.
In addition to being a PR and media professional, a fashion and beauty blogger, and mum to Aren, aged four, this rising star has released her new song, a mash-up of two popular Arabic and Hindi songs, C’est La Vie/Yaar Na Mile (watch it here). Neha also managed to fit in a quick conversation with Baby&Child to tell us how she does it all…
Media, blogging, singing, songwriting and being a mum - how do you juggle all of that?
I set timelines. I feel a connection to all the roles and take one at a time, and I kind of feel they are all essential in defining who I am. Music, fashion/beauty and being a mum all go hand in hand for me. I enjoy all three roles, and if you enjoy doing what you do, it no longer feels like work.
Musically, how did you get to where you are today?
I have been singing since childhood. I’ve sung in a church choir, fronted a rock band, have taken part in reality TV shows - and eventually combined all these experiences and learnings and started writing my own songs.
And how has having a child affected your musical career?
It was having a child that pushed me to take it to the next level. I went with the spirit to not give up on any dream or talent I possessed. Just surrounding myself with few, but positive, things made a lot of difference. I learnt that talking less, and focusing and doing more, is what we need to do and not just sit there and think ‘what if?’ If you really want to do something, then you have to invest yourself in it fully. Sometimes being creative can be taken as selfish, but you have to be cruel to be kind.
Do you have any advice for other mums who have a dream, but haven’t yet pursued it?
It is all in their state of mind. If you think you can do it, you can. Take the first step, the rest will follow.
What is your ultimate goal career-wise?
I want to set musical trends. I want to be known for contributions towards art and society, and to inspire other women.
You can follow Neha on YouTube (Neha Music beats), Twitter @NehaAren, Facebook and Instagram (neha_beats).