5 Questions with Anish Chakravorty

1. What is your role at AudienceView?

As the OvationTix Director for Arts and Culture, I provide non-profit theaters with technology that can assist them in achieving their goals. Through online or in-person demonstrations of our software, I showcase how OvationTix can drive growth through increased ticket sales and donations. It’s also exciting to demonstrate the OvationTix tools that help organizations to be more tactical in their marketing and development outreach.

2. What fuels your passion for the arts industry?

The arts industry faces a multitude of challenges, whether it’s a decrease in government funding or declining attendance numbers for a variety of reasons. What fuels my passion is how I can help these organizations with limited staff and resources succeed in an ever-changing landscape. The pride that I get seeing a client grow year-over-year using our software and the long-term relationships that I've created with the great folks in this industry are immeasurable. It’s a powerful reminder that the arts are incredibly important.

3. What was your first job?

My first job was in Hong Kong, which is where I grew up. I worked as a bartender at an Irish pub in the middle of the city. It was a pretty great experience, meeting a ton of new people and listening to interesting stories as well. It probably set me up to work in sales as I had to interact with all different types of people from all walks of life. I only worked there for a short time, but it was a lot of fun and I have many interesting stories that are not fit to print!

4.  Who’s someone you really admire?

This one is easy. I've been a huge Manchester United fan since the age of four. For anyone who might be unaware of who they are, let's just say that they are the most storied soccer (football!) club in the history of the game. From 1986 to 2013, they were managed by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. He brought discipline to a struggling club and lead them to over 38 trophies during his tenure. I guess you could compare him to John Wooden, UCLA’s head coach in the 60s and 70s. Wooden led the school to 10 NCAA championships in 12 seasons before retiring in 1975.

Back to Ferguson – what I really admired was his tenacity, his determination and his management style. In addition, his ability to adapt to the changes in the game over such a long period of time was something that had never been done before and will probably never be done again. Manchester’s 1998-1999 season will go down in history! 

5. What’s your favorite family tradition?

Christmas at our household is a special time. Our family absolutely loves the season and we all get into the mood early in the month. Decorating the tree is a family tradition. On Christmas Eve, after the kids are finally in bed, we watch our traditional Christmas movies. Love Actually for my wife and Die Hard for me. I will go to my grave saying that's a Christmas movie!

There's nothing better than waking up in the early hours of Christmas day and hearing the kids so excited to open their presents. We spend most of the morning opening gifts and hanging out, then head over to our close friend's place to join family and friends for a Christmas lunch/dinner and to watch the Knicks!

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