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Career Advice: Here’s how you can make a career in Acting

Acting is one of the most glamorous and highly sought-after fields in the entertainment industry. Jobs in the field are, therefore, extremely competitive. Work can be unsteady and hence, many actors usually take on separate jobs in order to sustain themselves financially. Actors also need to be able to endure continual rejection while on the hunt for recognition and their next big role.
 
Eligibility criteria:
 
While you can get entry-level positions in film acting with a high school diploma and drive, a Bachelor's degree in acting, theatre, drama or film will prove to be an advantage. Successful actors typically have several years of experience.
 
Skills Required: 
  • Basic preparation exercises such as relaxing and sensitivity  
  • Overview of what acting is – and what entails good acting
  • Be physically attractive
  • Creativity for character improvisation
  • Have Patience and persistence       
  • Language, speech and dialogue delivery
  • Must have great memory 
  • Market yourself and network aggressively
  • Physical fitness & prowess – stunts
Courses: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Performing Arts
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) in Costume Design 
  • BFA in Technical Theatre & Stage Management
  • BFA in Design for Performance
  • Masters in Theatre & Performing Arts
  • MFA in Voice 
  • MFA in Design for Performance
  • Certificate course in Voice Projection & Voice Modulation
  • Certificate course in Body Language
  • Certificate course in Acting Exercises, Mirror Exercises
  • Certificate course in Cinemascope
  • Certificate course in Camera Facing, Miming, Emotions & Mannerisms
  • Certificate course in Biography of famous actors/actresses
  • Certificate course in Sound – Background music, SFX
 
Institutes in India: 
  • Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  • Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
  • National School of Drama, New Delhi
  • Centre for Research in Arts, Film and Television, New Delhi
  • Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai 
  • Asian Academy of Film and Television, Mumbai
Institutes Abroad: 
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art,  Australia
  • Oxford School of Drama, UK
  • Yale School of Drama, US
  • Juilliard School, US
  • Tisch School of the Arts, US
Job Prospects:
 
There are a number of national as well as international options that open up once you start acting. For instance: Film industries like Hollywood, Bollywood, Tollywood, and other regional cinema offer a lot of options, for amateur and expert actors, artists and models. Theatre and musicals also make up other career options. You can work in the entertainment industry as:
  • An Actor
  • A TV show Host
  • Movie Director
  • Art Director
  • Creative producer
  • Assistant Director
  • Movie Producer
  • Model
 

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