Pursuing a passion even as your profession demands most of your time could be tricky. Balancing both, and that too exceptionally well, is what this young lady from Kerala’s Kochi does to perfection. Journalist, model, film dubbing artiste and actor – Jewel Baby is all these, all the time. For her, hopping between press conference venues, anchoring at the television news studios, and at the same time dubbing for film sequences and endorsing brands on TV and radio come easy.
How does she manage all these at one go? “Simple”, she says with a smile: “Journalism is my bread and butter, while working in films, anchoring television shows, and dubbing for various artistes for various films come across as a passion I would want to do equally well. It’s a matter of going after a passion. And, somehow I find myself managing all these without any hassle.”
An Economics Post Graduate form the UC College in Kottayam, Jewel did her diploma in Journalism and Visual Communication at the Kottayam Press Club. Soon she found herself being picked for a job at the Red FM radio station in Thrissur. After a year or so, she moved to Kochi to work as a news reporter at the Doordarshan Kendra. Even as she started anchoring the weekly business programme for DD, she was also entrusted with an RJ’s job at the All India Radio’s rainbow FM.
Multi-tasking proved to be an inspiration and she soon found herself anchoring programmes for various radio and television channels in Kerala. Even as she was anchoring food shows on one of the televisions, she found herself doing celebrity chats on another. And in some other channel she was a VJ hosting live shows. In the midst of these, she found herself pursuing business stories for Doordarshan, armed with the microphone and shuttling between press conference venues.
With the television scenario blossoming in Kerala, anchors and video jockeys like Jewel had much to perform. Offers came calling from television houses like Kairali, Janam, Jaihind, Amrutha, Kerala Vision, ACV and more. And, she managed to find time for all of them. Anchoring news or entertainment programmes improved in quality every time she latched on to the offers, and as her journalist colleagues say, “she is on TV all the time, and we find her in our midst too whenever there is an important business press conference, in her role of a news reporter.”
Film offers started flowing in, in the form of dubbing tasks. One after the other, she lent her voice to many an artiste on the silver screen. “I have been fortunate enough to dub for films like Kasaba, Ithu Thandra Police, 168 Hours, and Achayans. I’m in fact excited that I have also dubbed for the upcoming Nivin Pauly-starrer Richie, which will soon release in theatres,” Jewel, who is also a member of FEFKA, says. She had also acted the part of a news presenter in the recently released Ramaleela. Around 75 films and 20 short films have her name on the credits as dubbing artiste.
Jewel Baby has also done a handful of television and radio commercials, such as those for Asset Homes, Popy Umbrella, Manorama Year Book and Calendar. In between all these, she also finds time to lend her voice to kids programmes on TV and CDs brought out by Manorama for children.
Twenty four hours of the day, and fully packed, right? We tend to ask. And Jewel baby replies with a smile: “Journalism is my profession, and the television, film and radio tasks are my passion. I can’t let go of any of them. So I manage to find time. I’m happy and fortunate that I am able to do that.”