Education in India, Career in India: Acting
Looking for a Career Option in the Field of Acting ? This section features Acting as a career option, elaborated with reference to the job profile, personality traits required, the courses and training involved, premier institutions and future prospects.
Acting is a profession that calls out to a person. Stories of the hardships and struggles an acting career entails can never dampen the enthusiasm of the true actor. Such a person has to be in front of an audience and just cant be happy doing antthing else. Acting is not just an intensely competitive field;it is the profession in which the demand is really in significant in proportion to the supply. Luck of all kinds plays a major role in establishing a person in this profession. To be known to the right agent/producer/director/talent scout at the right time under favourable circumstances is as important as being talented.
Outstanding acting talent with a stage personality is a natural pre-requisite. Other important attributes are good health, an iron constitution, innate grace, coordinated movements with a good sense of rhythm, preferably an aptitude for dancing and singing, a good, well modulated voice with proper diction and intonation, an arresting countenance rather than beauty or balance of features, the ability to learn lines quiickly and a good memory, a high degree of imagination and sensitivity to get the feel of a role and to interpret it, versatility, abundant self-confidence, lots of energy, unbounded enthusiasm and optimism, resilience to bounce back from trying times and the harsh criticism from colleagues, producers, directors, mentors and critics.
Entry into the profession is through various channels.
Modelling is a popular mode of entry into the acting world. Many of our actors and actresses have gained entry into film and television work by being noticed on the modelling scene. The requirements of modelling and acting are not really identical but the element of a stage personality, a good sense of rhythm, being photogenic, an arresting face and figure, poise and professionalism are noticable and important traits which lead to offers of acting assignments.
Complete exposure, training and education in acting are possible through degree/diploma courses in drama/acting available in the country in many important universities and institutes.
- Certificate Course In Acting
Duration: 6 months
Film and Television Institute Of India, Law College Road, Pune 411004 (Maharashtra)
Please click here for the list of the Acting Institutes in India.
Prospects are not very bright except for the exceptionally talented and lucky few. The sudden invasion of the satellite television network, however, has widened opportunities significantly. Our film industry is also very big one. Recently there has been a noticeable revival of interest in theatre too.
Innumerable opportunities exist but the number of aspirants is os high that there are very few who are well established and have carved out a niche for themselves in the profession. The range of fees charged out a niche for themselves in the profession. The range of fees is so wide, and good luck and timing are so important that there is little point in trying to give an idea of salaries.
Many of our actors and actresses who could or could not become big names have diversified from acting to doing compering for shows, contests, awards ceremonies, anchoring and hosting television shows and film oriented entertainment programmes as well as anchoring even educational programmes and have been highly successful and popular.