I want to be an actor. How do I go about it?
To be a successful actor you need a good amount of stamina to work round the clock.
Then of course there are the riding lessons, fighting lessons, diction classess and most importantly - dance classes to take care of.
No formal education is required here. But you should at least know how to read and write (to memorise your lines). What you basically need here is talent and a love for acting.
You should be able to perform totally uninhabited in front of an audience. Clear speech and diction is another essential requirement.
Although, no one can actually teach you how to act, acting schools can hone your skills. You can join an acting course that teaches you everything from acting to riding and fighting. Alternatively, you can join different classes like for instance Shamak Davar for dancing and Ashok Kumar Academy for acting.
I am giving information on a few Institutes which offer good acting course.
1) Ashok Kumar's Academy of Dramatic Arts
Address 47 Union Park, Chembur, Mumbai 400 071
Course Name: Acting for Stage/TV/Cinema
Type: full time
Duration: 5 Months
Eligibility: 16 Years and working knowledge of Hindi & English
Course commences in every 2 months
Course expenses: Rs.20000/-
2) Asian Academy of Film & Television
Address: Marwah Studios Complex FC 14/15 Film
City, Sector 16A Noida 201301
Web site www.aaft.com
Course Name: Acting & Presentation
It is a residential and full time course.
Duration: 3 months
Eligibility: Higher Secondary ( 10+2 )
Age: 15-40 years
Mode of Selection: The applicant is required to appear for a
Personal interview before the final selection
Course commences in: April
Course expenses: Rs.22000/-
(Production Charge of Rs.10000/- will be paid in addition to the course fees
Boarding & Lodging will be Rs.15000/- for 3 months. There will be a
Registration Charge of Rs. 1000/-which will be adjusted with the course
The academy functions from 10AM to 4PM Monday to Friday. Additional Time may
have to be spent during the evenings for post-production work.
3)Acting Studio Kumar Butani
Address Royal Classic, B Wing, Flat No 101, New Link Road, Andheri W, Mumbai 400 053
Course Name: Acting Course
Duration: 3 Months
Eligibility: S.S.C /Age: 18 Years
Working knowledge of Hindi & English
Course expenses Rs.10000/-
The course is held three days a week (Monday-Wed-Friday) 11.00am-2.00pm
3) I completed my BCA and am doing MSc (IS). I want to know the colleges offer Sound Recordist or DJ courses.
Currently, there are no recognised courses in Disc Jockeying. However, there are a few very good institutions, which offer courses in Sound recording. Here's a list of some of the well-known institutes-
Film and Television Institute of India
Law College Road, Pune 411 004
There are three self-contained independent courses of different levels, each of the duration of one academic year (40 weeks).
A. Basic Course in Film and Television offers opportunity to a student to learn the basic concepts and skills related audiography. After completing this course, you will be equipped technically and conceptually to enter the field of film and television at a junior level.
B. Certificate Course in Audiography (Film and TV)
C. Diploma Course in Audiography (Film and TV)
(You can only pursue the course if you have opted for Physics at 10+2 level.)
Asian Academy of Film and Television
Marwah Studios Complex Fc-14/15, Film City, Sector-16A Noida-201301, Uttar Pradesh, Web site: www.aaft.com/
The Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTJ)
Course: 3 year Diploma in sound recording.
Contact information: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of India,
E M Bypass Road, Garia, Calcutta 700094
School of Audio Engineering
No.3 Raja St, T Nagar, Chennai - 600017
Web site: www.sae.edu
Course: 2 year diploma in audio and video production
P.O. Navjivan, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad 380014
Film & Television Institute of Tamil Nadu
Course: Diploma in sound recording & sound engineering
CIT Campus, Chennai 600113