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Daily Inspiration: Meet Nimarta Narang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nimarta Narang.

Hi Nimarta, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, I have worked as a journalist since the age of 14. I began interning at the Bangkok Post, Thailand Tatler, along with other publications during summer breaks. I found journalism to be a great way to gain a backstage pass to every field and discipline, and it fostered my curiosity about the world. As an experimental psychology graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, I have also worked as a psychology research assistant at Harvard, an immigration paralegal at a law firm, early interventionist, film intern and assistant, and now a freelance writer and journalist. I am now finishing a master’s with a concentration in media and psychology at NYU, where I am also a Screenwriting Lab Fellow and an International Scholar. Oh, I also work with NYU Journalism to help them create modules for female and femme journalists. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Pursuing a non-linear path has definitely come with its share of struggles. Oftentimes, I have to jump into a whole new field or city on my own and figure out the ropes without a support network. Building a community and finding mentors to seek advice from has also been difficult, and it can feel isolating. I’ve learned, though, that my community is global — it honestly feels like I have a home I can visit from every corner of the world, sometimes. Learning to be vulnerable and honest with people around me is a learning curve and something I’m definitely still working on.

Also, being okay with the fact that I have so much more to learn about writing, journalism, academia, and social impact work. Networking used to be such a source of stress for me as I was insecure (and still am at times, quite frankly!) about what I could offer. But I realized I could offer something quite substantial — my curiosity. And a willingness to ask questions and engage.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
As a freelance journalist, writer, and researcher, I’m constantly involved in many projects. I’m working on two right now that I’m particularly proud of — I’m consulting with NYU Journalism to help with the creation of a module to discuss and detail the varying threats that female and femme journalists experience in 1) newsrooms; 2) online and when 3) working with sources where they pertain to harassment, with a particular emphasis on sexual harassment. I’m working to ensure that the voices and perspectives included also involve those who are not just from the US. The second project I’m excited about is developing the literary vertical with Brown Girl Magazine — our goal is to highlight and feature original fiction from established and emerging South Asian writers.

I’m known for having many, many interests and for trying to find ways to converge them in the projects I’m involved with. I’m very passionate about using storytelling to amplify social issues, and my Thai-Indian background definitely provides me with a perspective I don’t see often in the coveted rooms here in LA.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Ask all the stupid questions you have. But, also make sure to google first. I was too afraid at times to ask questions because I was naively under the impression that I would look ill-prepared or not knowledgeable. Here’s the thing though – asking questions shows that you’re interested and invested. I wish I had known that it’s okay to not know anything and that you don’t have to pretend that you do.

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