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Acting/Dramatics

Summary

Actors imbibe the characters they play, and become the face of the production. They are the ones who bring the vision of the director to life, and stun the audience with their performance. Be it the theatre, films, or television, actors over the due course of time, become a brand themselves.

Career Opportunities in Acting/Dramatics

  • Television
    An actor can work in TV serials.
  • Movies
    An actor can act in Movies and showcase his/her skills.
  • Theatre
    Performing in a theatre on stage is the biggest challenge for an actor as he has to perform in front of a live audience and the option of retakes isn't present.

How to Pursue a Career in Acting/Dramatics

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Bachelors In Mass communication/Any Discipline for 3 years--
Path 2
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Diploma In Acting (Multiple Specialization) for 1-2 years--
Path 3
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Graduation in Mass Media coursePursue specialisation in Acting course-

Important Facts

Drama/Acting Industry isn't a degree specific industry. A degree or a course in acting helps in honing your acting, but a degree isn't a pre- requisite.
Important Qualities
Dedication, Discipline, Interpersonal skills, Acting talent, Physical stamina, Promotional skills.

Leading Institutes

Top Acting and Drama Institutes in India
College Location Website
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune www.ftiindia.com
Barry John Acting Studio Mumbai www.bjas.in
National School of Drama (NSD) Delhi www.nsd.gov.in
Whistling Woods International Mumbai www.whistlingwoods.net
AAFT Multiple Locations www.aaft.com
R K Films & Media Academy New Delhi www.rkfma.com
ZIMA Mumbai www.zimainstitute.com
Delhi Film Institute New Delhi www.?http
Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT) New Delhi www.log2craft.org
Acting Institute Mumbai www.actinginstitutes.in
Livewires - The Media Institute Mumbai www.livewires.org.in
Digital Academy The Film School Mumbai, Maharashtra www.dafilmschool.com
National Institute of Film and Fine Arts West Bengal and Mumbai www.niffa.org
Top Acting and Drama Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
The Julliard School? US www.juilliard.edu
Yale School of Drama United States www.drama.yale.edu
Tisch School of the Arts New York www.tisch.nyu.edu
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburg www.cmu.edu
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts London www.lamda.org.uk
National Institute of Dramatic Art Australia www.nida.edu.au

Acting/Dramatics Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Barry John Acting Studio November session begins Admission on the basis of first come first basis www.bjas.in/admission-form-all
Whisling Woods International Selection Process- Dec, April, May, June (Entrance around Dec 14) - Tentative dates General Aptitude Test, Monologue, SOP- State of purpose www.whistlingwoods.net/admission-detail?course=ba-acting
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) August Written test + Interview www.ftiindia.com/admission.html
National School of Drama (NSD) Mid July
  • Preliminary Round: Audition/Practical Test
  • Final Round- 4-5 day of workshop
www.nsd.gov.in/delhi/index.php/new-admission
AAFT School of Mass Communication
  • Online Aptitude Test
  • Personal Interview
www.aaft.com/schoolofmasscommunication/ http

Work Description

  • Portray different roles and characters for entertainment purposes
  • Work as a part of a film, television, theatre or drama
  • Direct and produce drama for the live audience
  • Understand the mood, feeling and emotion of the character before acting
  • Captivate the viewers by generating diverse emotions such as humour, anger, love, etc.
  • Understand the storyline and the script to form a contextual basis for the character
  • Provide voice-over in advertisements, animated movies, radio, etc
  • Gain popularity by developing skills of dancing and singing
  • Look attractive through good health and personality
  • Practice and rehearse for several hours for a refined performance

Pros & Cons of a Career in Acting/Dramatics

Pros
  • You get to live different characters.
  • You get to travel different destination as a part of your job.
  • This is a field wherein you earn well from the begning itself.
  • The fame you get in this industry can not be matched with any other industry.
Cons
  • Being a part of this field, your life will be scrutanised all the time.
  • As there is a lot of competition in this path, you need to have a lot of resilience and perseverance.
  • You have to follow a very hectic schedule.
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