DIMAPUR, April 20: A year back, a visibly excited Opang Jamir shares the news of his big debut as a contestant representing India at the ‘Mister International 2012’ hosted at Bangkok. Besides taking part at the 7th edition of the global male pageant, the young lad also presided as a guest judge at the Ekamai Young Presenter Model Hunt Contest 2012 in Bangkok, sharing the panel with Miss Thailand Universe 2009.
Now he is back, this time in the guise of an entrepreneur, soon to launch the OJ Modeling & Grooming Training Agency.
Opang is all set to launch the OJ Modeling & Grooming Training Agency, offering four months course on Modeling and Grooming Training, one year Aviation Training, Hospitality Training, Interview and skills training for job aspirants.
The modeling institute in particular provides world class facilities. It has 40 feet by 20 feet spacious training hall for practices, and also to host fashion shows. While iterating that a model needs to practice, practice and practice, while looking in the mirror, the institute has installations of 20 feet long mirrors.
Furthermore, he will also be opening a world class gym, which will be situated right next to the agency. He also plans to launch L-Men, an international food supplement company which is the official sponsor for Mister Indonesia International, and Man Hunt Indonesia.
Opang informs that the food supplement quality is really sophisticated, and in fact he would be the first to introduce L-Men in India.
Opang is thrilled to launch the agency, which has already started to churn out winners. Recently, students from his agencies who have made it big include Miss Dimapur 2012, Miss Dimapur 1st runners-up, Miss Peren. Furthermore, he proudly informs that the title winner of Miss Dimapur 2012 was shortlisted for Femina Miss India.
Opang asserts that when he started out, he had no clue about modeling. But he learned it all by himself through practice. Noticing the plethora of talents in Nagaland, he felt that there should be agencies and sponsors to help youngsters realize their dreams. The Government of Nagaland should also come forward, he feels, saying that modeling is also a potential and lucrative field. He also comments that especially the younger lot has the physique, awareness, and smartness to make it to the big leagues.
A victim of bullying and mocking by his peer group, Opang shares a moment fifteen years ago, when in despair, he had wanted to commit suicide. A young boy growing up without a father, it was indeed tough when his peer group began to bully him at a Hostel. This fuelled a young Opang jamir, who says ‘I wanted to and was determined to become famous’. He still recollects that day when he wanted to jump off from a cliff but his love for his mother and siblings knocked sense back into him. Opang admits that it was quite a hard task to overcome the experience. However, at present the young lad is all positivity and charm impersonated as he says, “I want to work for awareness programs to stop bullying and mockery happening in School etc. I wish to get that opportunity,” said the young achiever.
“I’ve faced a lot of failure. I’ve tried for lot of castings and interviews. The old cliché that failure is the stepping stone to success worked for me. One should remember that the more you roll, the more you are chiseled,” added Opang
Opang states that there are three skills needed to make it as top model, firstly a right attitude, secondly the right mentor and agency and finally determination, hard work and confidence.
Opang asserts the importance of wearing clean shoes, clothes. He also says that keeping one’s hair, and nails clean are very important, which many people do not realize. “Have refreshing thoughts in your mind more people will gravitate towards you, “he said.
Wise words: “If you don’t have self belief, you will never become a top model,” Opang shares.
“Nothing is impossible. I am a young boy from a small town, Mokokchung who came to Dimapur for Airlines training. Even after the training, I did not get the post in a cabin crew as I had hoped. Throughout my journey, God was leading me,” Opang said. He wants his modeling agency to serve as a platform for upcoming talents who want to make it internationally. “We need a mentor for these talented Naga youths and I’m willing to be that,” Opang says who also feels that through his networks and recognition gained abroad because of the pageant, he wants to take Naga talent further. Also, instead of going out from Nagaland and spending lot of money, my agency is ready to provide the same services at reasonable rates. “I’m not wasting my time but solely dedicating it to youngsters, however, if the response is not positive, then I will maybe follow his dreams to act and model abroad.” This big dreamer parts with this shot: “I want young Nagas to catch their dream just like I did”.
Sharing good news, Opang invites interested candidates for the 2013 Mister International Pageant on November 21 to be held at Indonesia
Opang is also planning to extend his grooming skills here for the youth in Shillong.