How This "College Dropout" Went On To Perform at the Grammy's?

How This “College Dropout” Went On To Perform at the Grammy’s?

In this episode, Samanth Vinil talks about his journey from a college dropout from an Ivy League school like the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) to pursuing his dream of being a dancer, to working with Cirque du Soleil and performing over 1500 shows.

how this college dropout went on to perform at the Grammy's Samanth Vinil

Who is Samanth Vinil?

Samanth Vinil is an artist, dancer, performer, songwriter and wears many more hats. He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in Mumbai, has performed with Cirque du Soleil for over 1500 shows, has performed solo with Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the Grammy’s.

I had this crazy realization that I'm nothing. You are just a tool and the art uses you. And the art doesn't care about you. If you don't work with it, it throws you off and finds someone better. @SamanthVinil #creative Click To Tweet

Why Should You Listen to Samanth Vinil?

There are plenty of reasons why you should listen to Samanth. Let me give the top 3:

  1. Samanth is a self-professed nerd who chased his passion for dance and discovered the artist in him.
  2. He shares the story of how a simple interest took him all the way from Mumbai in India to Las Vegas in the US.
  3. Samanth talks about how he discovered his skills in painting, music and filmmaking as he started to chase his passion in dance.

I had this thought that if my emotion is true and my talent is true, the market will find me. But the time is different now. There are so many artists today. People can make music from their phones. You need to promote yourself.… Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn from this Interview?

Samanth talks about a lot of things in this interview. Here are specific things you’ll learn:

  1. How much of a nerd he was growing up (and how he helped his teacher solve problems!).
  2. He shares his journey from being a “college dropout” in Mumbai to performing 1500 shows in Las Vegas, and who helped him in every step along the way.
  3. Samanth talks about himself being an emotional person, and how he uses it to learn, make decisions.
  4. What he did when he got to IIT, about the education system.
  5. Samanth talks about his first dance performance with the Cirque du Soleil.
  6. He shares his backstage stories, interacting with Joe Walsh (Eagles’ Guitarist), Olivia Harrison (wife of George Harrison from The Beatles).
  7. How he thinks about returning to IIT after getting back from working with Cirque du Soleil.

and so much more!

How Can You Listen?

Samanth’s interview is available in audio.

Direct Link to Audio

How to Get In Touch with Samanth Vinil?

Personal Website:

Instagram: @samanthvinil

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