If you have it in you to express your emotions, know the right moves and dream of coming on Page 3, then a career in acting is the right thing for you. The amount of glamour, status, and publicity attached with a career in acting is not unknown to all of us. But along with this come hard work, dedication and inborn skills. One can always sharpen his or her skills by joining a theatre or an acting school. Success comes gradually but when it comes sky is the limit. Also the age old concept of having to be good looking to become a successful actor or actress doesn’t exist anymore. Audiences these days are more interested in acting skills and it has been seen that actors with average looks and great acting skills over the time have become the most popular and sought after faces in the industry. With a huge boom in the film and television industry acting is certainly a very lucrative career to pursue. Also acting is no more limited to “films stars”. Small screen acting is doing equally good, if not better, with lots of scopes and opportunities for new faces. The number of private television channels has increased with leaps and bounds over the years, paving way for more new talents to join the industry.
There are no pre-fixed eligibility criteria for becoming an actor. But in order to join an acting school, one needs to be a graduate in any field. Personal qualities like acting skills, dancing skills, good communications skills and command over language are essential.
The recent boom of satellite channels in India has provided ample opportunities for actors to perform in mega serials, soaps, count down shows, reality shows and game shows. Nowadays actors also taking on the role of anchors and organizing chat shows and various other programs on television. However, the tinsel town of Bollywood is the ultimate dream destination for a budding actor in India, as a stroke of good luck and one or two box office hits can propel him to the zenith of fame, glory, glamour and stardom.
There are no fixed salaries available for actors. One commands one’s salary by the virtue of one’s acting skills and one’s ability to strike the right chord with the audiences. Remunerations vary from one production house to another. For working on a small project, one may be paid Rs. 5,000 as a fee. As one establishes a brand name for oneself, one will be able to command higher amounts. For working in television soap operas, one may be paid in the range of lakhs, while one may be paid in crores when one is well established in the film industry. One will be able to command a King’s ransom as fee when one attains celebrity status in the film industry.
Is music the driving passion in you? Do you wish to make it really big in the music industry? If you think the spark is there in you, then a career in music is surely your cup of tea. Music has come a long way from the constraints of Classical and Carnatic genres in India. The new age music has grabbed a secure place in the show-biz. Music as a career option today is no more an underdog in the business of money-making. A musical career is almost always mistaken as career in either music composing or simply a career of a singer. But in reality, it has much more to it. Music industry offers a hoard of opportunities, right from the job of music composers, to the jobs of vocalists, musicians, lyricists, choreographers, computer programmers, sound engineers, technicians, freelancers and so on. The ushering in of a wide range of satellite channels and the continuing craze for the musical reality shows, have made a career in music more lucrative than before. However, despite the rising scopes, a musical vocation is still an area of stiff competition. Therefore the only success “mantra” in any musical career is ‘complete dedication’, because when passion becomes profession, it calls for patience, perseverance and more practice! So, if you feel you can devote yourself to your ardent love of music, you are sure to etch a musical identity for yourself!
The criteria required for professions in music are not rigid. Most vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and sound engineers come to the field with formal training, whereas there are no prescribed parameters for lyricists. But a knack for music is a pre-requisite for all, along with a keen understanding of the contemporary trends in music. Catching the pulse of the listeners is the ultimate aim of popular music, quite like any other popular performing art. However the success ‘mantra’ in any musical career is ‘complete dedication’, because when passion becomes profession it requires total concentration of the pursuer. One needs to be tenacious and try out all the nitty gritties in order to get started with the career.
One may pursue a degree or diploma course on music, such as Diploma or Bachelor of Music (BMus) soon after class 12, followed by a post graduation on the same.
Full-time, as well as part-time employment prospects are available for the people interested to build a fruitful career in music. Schools, colleges, radio, television, government departments of culture and public relations offer full-time employment as teachers, officers and performers to talented artists on the basis of competence. Advertising jingles too form a lucrative option for talented musicians, fetching them a lump-sum. Besides, freelancing such as writing reviews on musical pieces and performances could also be interesting. However, any career in music is always marked by very stiff competition, which calls for immense patience and perseverance on the part of the pursuer.
All the full time jobs mentioned above have fixed remunerations as per the norms of the pay commission and the governing bodies of the schools and colleges. For jingle-makers and freelancers, the remuneration depends on the job and also on basis of the celebrity status of the musician and the vocalists. While a not-so-famous artiste may be paid in thousands, an artiste of fame would demand figures in lakhs for his job.
Are you a passionate movie-buff, who is critical of every movie he watches? Is “I could’ve made something better out of that” a common expression you deliver after every movie? Well, then these are symptoms of a latent film-maker in you! This leads up to the obvious question ‘what is film-making all about?’ The answer to that would definitely not fit in a line, for film-making is a complex process. It is better to describe it as a full-fledged team work. Film-making involves a whole range of stages, right from conceiving of an idea to post production processes. It thus opens up scopes for varied engagements, such as direction, production, script writing, editing, cinematography and so on. Building a career in film making therefore requires your keen interest in at least any one of these. Film, in popular conception, is almost always synonymous with feature film. However, in actuality, it covers a spectrum greater than that. Television programmes, documentaries, corporate films and even music videos and advertisements form a part of “films”, which undoubtedly broadens the horizon of film-making as a prospective career option. So, if you have already started dreaming of becoming the next Yash Chopra, or a sentisitive Aparna Sen or even a soap queen like Ekta Kapoor, joining courses on film-studies or film-making would certainly aid you!
Film direction refers to the job of the film director who is at the helm of affairs on a shooting. His job includes right from conceiving the idea to casting the actors, the directions to be given to the crew, approving costumes and ending in the treatment of the film on screen. In short, he is the brain behind the film. Film Production involves the job of those who manage the process of film making with respect to budgeting, logistics, marketing and publicity.
Script Writing refers to adapting the story in order to make it suitable for the audio-visual medium. In simplistic terms it means arranging the story according to scenes.
Film Editing forms one of the most important aspects to ensure the continuity in the film. An editor is responsible for putting scenes one after the other along with the related sound pieces to make the film a continuous and meaningful whole.
Cinematography refers to the aesthetic capturing of the moving images with the help of video cameras. The cinematographers’ job goes almost hand in hand with that of the director.
As it is evident, film-making involves multifarious task, and each aspect requires a skill which is different from that needed in the other. While an aesthetic and creative eye is required of a director, a producer ought to possess good business skills along with aesthetic streaks in his temperament; and while a good script writer must be capable of visualizing the story in scenes, the cinematographer needs to add the communicative touch to it; and finally the editor must be able to put all these threads together to impart a uniform texture to the fabric.
In a country like India which boasts of being the largest producer of films in the world, film making indeed is one of the most sought after careers. The recent boom in satellite television and a plethora of daily soaps hitting the small screens everyday at prime-time, have opened up numerous avenues for aspiring film-makers. Experience on the small screen indeed paves the way to good career in film-making.
Remuneration in film and television industry has no fixity. It varies from one production house to another, and may also depend upon the demands of the film-maker if he is a renowned and established one.
National School of Drama
Bahawalpur House, 1 Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi 110001
Phone: +9111 – 23382821, Email: email@example.com, Website:www.nsd.gov.in
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
Law College Road, Pune –411004, Maharashtra
Tel-91 – 020- 25431817 / 25433016 / 25430017
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
R.K. Films and Media Academy
8A/8, W.E.A., Karol Bagh, (Behind MTNL Telephone Exchange on Pusa Road)
New Delhi – 110 005, India, Phone -011 6539 4944/931 22 31374
email@example.com, Website: www.rkfma.com
Whistling Woods International
Film City Complex, Goregaon (East), Mumbai :400065.
Tel:+91 22 30916000/9920351306/9930832447, Fax:+91 22 28401492
Mumbai Film Academy
Karmarkar Health Spa, Royal Challenge Campus, Nr. Oberoi Mall
Filmcity Road, Goregaon (E), Mumbai 400063
Phone – 224266676528402396/9867726767/9869042396
Anupan Kher’s, Actor Prepares – Mumbai
2nd Floor, Film Industry Welfare Trust House, Next to Ajivasan Hall,
Juhu Road, Santacruz (west), Mumbai – 400049, Tel-91-22-26605659/6180,
Toll free-18002091231, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Barry John Acting Studio
301 Nanak Chambers, Opp. Fun Republic, Link Road Andheri west
Mumbai-400053, Phone-09967977966/7, Mail-info@ barryjohnactingstudio.com
CRAFT-Centre For Research in Art of Film and Television
272 1st Floor, Naharapur Car Market, Rohini Sector-7
New Delhi-110085, Phone-011-3241 6868/3291 6868, Website-www.log2craft.org
Zee Institute of Media Arts
3, Ashqui Bunglow, Shashtri Nagar cross road, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri(W)
Mumbai – 400053, Tel.: 91-22-2630 2937 / 38, E-mail : email@example.com
Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute
Plot No.: AD-95, Unit No.: D4/D5/D6, Vasundhara C.H.S. Off Four Bunglows,
Behind Jankidevi Public School, Adj. 2 B.M.C. Public Garden, Andheri (W),
Mumbai – 400 058, Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 022 – 2636 1626, 2639 8073, Fax : 022 – 2639 9498
Asian Academy of Film & Television
Marwah Studios Complex, FC-14/15 Film City, Sector 16A,
NOIDA-201301, Uttar Pradesh, Phone-95120-2515254
Fax: 95120-2515246, Emailemail@example.com, Website: www.aaft.com
Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute
E.M. By-Pass Road, P.O.: Panchasayar, Kolkata (INDIA)
Phone: (033)2432 -8355 /8356 /9300, Website: www.srfti.gov.in
Kolkata Film and Television Institute (KFTI)
72, Deshpran Sashmai Road, Tollygunge, Rasha Film Studio, Kolkata-700033
Ph: (033) 2424 4747, 2422 9590, 033- 2424 4747/ 3292 2668
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website:www.kfti.org/home.htm
Nits Film and Fashion School
Dakshinapan (1st Floor), 2, Gariahat Road. Dhakuria,Kolkata
Phone:+91-33-64507999, 9831051104, 9230505767
Rabindra Bharati University
Faulty of Fine Art Emerald Bower Campus 56/A
B. T Road, Kolkata:700050, West Bengal
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication
Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Shaheed Jeetsingh Marg, Adhchini
New Delhi- 110017
Phone: 011-26561986 / 987, Mobile: 09953755245
Email: email@example.com, Website : www.saimc.com