How To Become A TV Serial Actor And Earn Lakhs

Top paid Indian TV actors
From left to right-Kapil Sharma (Comedian) Rs 60-80 lakh per episode, Sunil Grover – Rs 10-12 lakh per episode, Mishal Raheja – Rs 1.6 lakh per episode, Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor – Rs 1.25 lakh per episode, Hina Khan, Karan Patel – Rs 1-1.25 lakh per episode, Divyanka Tripathi, Mohit Raina, Drashti Dhami – Rs 1 lakh per episode, Devoleena Bhattacharjee – Rs 90,000 per episode, Sakshi Tanwar – Rs 80,000 approx per episode, Shabbir Ahluwalia – Rs 75,000 per episode, Sriti Jha, Anita Hassanandani – Rs 60,000 per episode. Source


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TV Actors

Playing the part of one of the characters on a TV series is up to the TV actors. These (often) trained and talented people make the shows you watch possible and interesting. They transport you into a world of fiction and can be anyone. Leading actors in television earn huge actors salaries, while the smaller roles and TV commercial actors get less per day for the jobs they do.

The Job Description of TV actors

The TV show actors have the job of bringing a story to life. They are the characters and must be able to act out scenes convincingly while (most important) remembering their lines. As a television actress or actor, you may or may not have to attend rehearsals for the TV shows. In India, mostly they don't have to. However, you must learn on your own, certain skills that you need for the part. Many television actresses and actors learn fighting, dancing, swimming, martial arts, hold and shoot guns, how to do stunts, and more. The actor's salaries will also depend on the type of role they have, with TV actors doing their own stunts, getting paid more.

Is Training Essential?

To become one of the leading actors in television, you must have proper acting training from a good school or a private coach. Many TV show actors shift to film jobs, and many stays in TV their entire acting career, especially when it comes to long episodic TV serial with may be more than 100 episodes.

TV Commercial Ads

Training for TV commercial actors is not really acting training, but more about how to work with the camera and requires a lot of modeling. In fact, most TV commercials use models instead of actors.

Requirements To Become A TV Actor or TV Show Actor


  • To become a TV actor you must have a passion for acting and work in the TV industry.
  • You must have a talent for acting and you must also have a strong determination and be a hard nut to crack, as you will get rejected lots of times before you even get one TV show part or TV commercial. After training, television actress hopefuls, as well as TV actors usually join an agency. They are promoted through a database and sent to various castings and auditions. You must always follow the correct requirements and etiquettes for castings and auditions.
  • You must keep trying no matter how many times you audition because eventually you will be chosen for something. The trick is to keep busy and constantly meet people and make contacts.
  • And don't worry, soon you will get better auditions and land better roles.

TV Actors Salaries

As you can imagine actors salaries change all the time, and while some earn a few thousand (Rs. 5000 to 10,000) for new actors starting out, others can earn in the lakhs (millions) each month. The leading actors in television series in India can earn millions per episode

The names in "Million" category are ( as high as Rs 100 crore annually in 2016) 

  1. Kapil Sharma (Comedian) Rs 60-80 lakh per episode
  2. Sunil Grover – Rs 10-12 lakh per episode
  3. Mishal Raheja – Rs 1.6 lakh per episode 
  4. Ronit Roy, Ram Kapoor – Rs 1.25 lakh per episode
  5. Hina Khan, Karan Patel – Rs 1-1.25 lakh per episode
  6. Divyanka Tripathi, Mohit Raina, Drashti Dhami – Rs 1 lakh per episode
  7. Devoleena Bhattacharjee – Rs 90,000 per episode
  8. Sakshi Tanwar – Rs 80,000 approx per episode
  9. Shabbir Ahluwalia – Rs 75,000 per episode
  10. Sriti Jha, Anita Hassanandani – Rs 60,000 per episode


Change Your Acting Life In 5 Minutes | 9 Blows To Impress Film Folks

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Karan Johar-"Great film producers love actors who impress them instantly"!

How To Become A Successful Actor In 5 Minutes With 9 Punches

“I’ve never told in my school"~ Marlon Brando ( Hollywood Legend)

As for communication is concerned, we’re taught the basics of communication early in the classroom. To be able to read, write, and speak effectively, we had to learn vocabulary, grammar, spelling, handwriting, and pronunciation.
Today, especially in cine industry, how to deal and talk goes much further than school education of the written or spoken word. The purpose of communication is to build and grow connections with others at better than just contacting and talking. It is at an emotional level.
Therefore if you want to build up contacts with casting director, coordinators, producers, directors, TV channels and film production houses, the earlier you master communication skills, the better for you.
So, are you really serious to fulfill your dreams of becoming a successful actor, better read and practice  the cheat-sheet to the 9 essential communication skills your school and parents missed:

1. Showing warmth | sympathy

People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Empathy makes us human. You connect with others much better when you show understanding, appreciation, sympathy, and compassion in your communication.
How-to do it:
Be present with the person and feel what he feels. When someone opens up with his problems, see it from his point of view. Suspend your own judgment of what’s right or wrong. Listen to his emotions. Reflect back his susceptibility by sharing yours. Ask questions to go deeper into his world. Give encouragement. Offer to help if possible. Show the kindness and compassion you would hope to receive from someone else when in a similar situation.

2. Resolving conflict

This is the "how to defuse a bomb" under top communication skills. Left unchecked, conflict can leave contacts, communication, relationships constantly turbulent and painful. Avoiding conflict altogether isn’t a solution either, as you’ll often be simmering with restrained frustration and resentment. Conflict often happens as a result of poor communication. To resolve such conflict, you’d need better communication skills.
How-to do it:
Respond, but never react. When you react to a conflict situation, you allow emotions to lead your words and actions. Responding to the situation means you keep emotions in check and focus on the problem, not the person. Let the other party know your intention to work out a mutually acceptable solution. Clearly and calmly communicate what you want from the situation and listen to the other party’s views. Understand what counts as a ‘win’? winning the argument or winning the other person over?. The two are very different.

3. Asking great questions

To be a better communicator, don’t try to be the person with all the right answers. Instead, be the one who asks all the right questions, but not one to embarrass anyone. When you ask great questions, you show that you’re eager to engage and open to exploring more into the topic. They encourage the other party to share more of his opinions, stimulate discussion, and even create new ideas. He won’t forget you in a hurry.
How-to do it:
Ask questions that could lead to interesting answers. To do that, keep your questions open-ended, that is, they cannot be answered with a simple “yes” or “no”. Let your questions come from a place of genuine curiosity. Consider how others can benefit from the answers. When you practice good listening skills, thoughtful questions will suggest themselves to you.

4. Being an intelligent and a good listener

This is the most underrated skill that can instantly make you a better communicator. Ever notice that when someone is a good talker, there is a possibility of something doubtful or untrustworthy about him? But when a person is a good listener, we see him as someone who is patient, trusted, and generous.
Why be a good listener?
When a person speaks, he believes he has something of value to share and wants to be heard. If he is not listened to, his self-esteem or ego takes a hit. By listening to him intently, you immediately build a bond by validating his importance as a person or professional.
How-to do it: 
Listen to the other party like he’s the most important person in the world at that moment. Be fully engaged and present with her. Block off your all judgment of what she says or what that says about him. Keep your mind from thinking of what you’re going to say. Listen to not just her words, but also his emotions. The tone of voice, pace of speech, and shift in energy can tell you much more about her. This makes it easier for you to respond in the most appropriate way.

5. Using body language

You should know that almost 97% of all human communication is non-verbal (without words). It’s not about what you say, but the overall experience people take away from their meeting with you. The message you send out without even saying a word is the impression others have of you. As humans, we are conditioned to "observe" people and make snap decisions if a person is a friend, foe, or lover.
How-to do it:
Work on the three basics of good body language

  1. Smile
  2. Eye contact
  3. The handshake

Smile at someone from the heart when you meet them. Look the person in the eye when you speak to them, or when they speak to you. Combine smiling and eye contact with a good, firm handshake. Always keep your body relaxed and posture confident. Observe the body language of others to gather important information. Is he engaged? Impatient? Defensive? You can tailor your response for a the outcome you want.

6. Perfecting your introduction

In the busy world, it is important to be concise (short)"some thi yet memorable in the begining of our communication. An introduction is a very short presentation of yourself or your proposal to someone who has no more than 30 seconds. Whether you’re presenting a slating at audition, video introductio or just calling on people, this is one communication skill that will set you apart from the competiton.
How-to do it:
Prepare and cut your thoughts in one to three sentences. It’s not always easy, but put come up with something simple and memorable. For example to a casting director, Sir, I'm a versatile and an imaginative acror. Give the other person a reason to consider you and care. Show him how you can benefit him in a way nothing else can. Then end with a clear call-to-action, this is what you want him to do after your interoduction, isn't it?
Remember, be confident.  When you’re confident, they will so be too.

7. Accepting others and acknowledging what they talk

Acknowledging someone is the act of letting the person know you agree and know something great about him or her. It is different from complimenting or flattering. The difference lies in projecting your intent about the person.
How-to do it:
Look for the good in someone, and tell her how great it is. When we compliment someone, we can be indirectly flattering ourselves. For example, when you say, “I really like your script” or when a director is correcting you in a shot or rehearsals " Aaah! this is better than the way I said the lines". This way in few words and in a subtle way, you are acknowledging the person self which definitely be appreciated

8. Confidence while performing

Performance phobia for actors is one of the biggest all-time fears people have. Be audition or on camera or on a stage.
Yet with its ability to influence the audition, a scene and inspire many individuals at once, it’s one of the most powerful forms of communication.
How-to do it:
Prepare well
Think and give 4 auto-suggestions repeatedly to self

  1. I'm good
  2. I'm better
  3. I will do good
  4. I'm gonna have fun

Then focus on a single object or a person

9. Truthfulness

While there are many best practices in communication, here is one rule above all: Be True To Yourself. People will only trust you if they feel you’re a real person who stands for something worthwhile. Without trust, there can be no quality communication and connection.
How-to do it:
Keep it real. Never try to be someone you’re not. Don’t “fake it” if you haven’t made it, work on getting better until “it” becomes you. You’ll earn people’s respect that way. Be honest with your shortcomings, share inspiring personal experiences, hold yourself accountable to your words, and speak with conviction. Communicating with others will come naturally to you.

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A stunning performance of an actor as a Sadhu
A stunning example of  'Acting For The camera' (look at eye). An actor as a Sadhu in a movie-'Mahashivratri'

Salman Khan: Screen Acting-Inviting Camera
Observe how Bollywood star inviting the camera to look at him- the character

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How to Be a Good Stage Actor



Great actors spend their entire careers learning to relax the muscles in their face and body at will. Tension is very obvious when you are on stage. Your voice will sound thin and wavering, and your movements will be jerky and unattractive. To avoid these stiff and nervous displays when you're acting, it is essential to remain as relaxed as possible, This is possible by learning and practicing "Shav Asana", Self-Hypnotism and Auto-Suggestion (contact us)


Focus your attention 

It could be another actor, a prop, etc. Keep yourself in the moment on a scene and never stare off into space or at the audience. It is obvious to the audience if you are spacing out, and it is very distracting. Keeping your focus on an object in the scene enables you to remain in character.  and enhances the believability of the role and the play itself. Look at the eyes of the people we're speaking with or listening to, as we do in real life, so doing that on stage will appear quite natural.


Immerse yourself in the role

Forget that you are pretending, and try to become the character you are playing. Envision how that person reacts to life, how that person dresses, walks, thinks and converses with others. Don't be afraid to act like someone else.


Everything should be more clear and  a bit exaggerated on stage

While acting, you need to speak your words carefully and clearly. Project your voice farther than normal (which is not the same thing as shouting), because there are people a good distance away who are trying to understand what you're saying. All the emotions on your face should be formed in a more intense and exaggerated manner.


Warm up your vocal cords

Breathe deeply. Do numerous vocal warm ups to ensure that you do not strain your vocal cords. Practice voice-techniques.


Concentrate on your expressions

Facial expressions should be combined with simultaneous vocal modulations. For example say a simple "Oh!" or "Aaray, Ramesh!" (Hindi) in front of a mirror. Notice both your face and your voice. Alternately portray sadness, awe, anger, fear, shock, excitement, and any other emotion you can think of.


Read, analyze, feel and practice your lines repeatedly


How to kill stage fright

Use the stage lights to kill stage fright. If you're less than comfortable performing before a live audience, trick yourself. When the lights in the theater hall go out and the stage lights go on, you won't be able to see the audience, except for the first row or two. Just pretend you're acting for a few friends.


Make audience disappear by creating a wall

Whether it be a live audience, a camera, pretend there's a wall between you and the audience. They call this "the fourth wall." You're no longer on a stage or a set, you're in your private world, and the audience doesn't exist. For example, imagine this as a blank wall or is of your bedroom, study room, bus stop etc.
10. Finally, just remember never to turn your back on the audience.

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LearnActing Craft Professionally

A special focus should on  developing confidence, the power of imagination, acting for camera, audition techniques apart from how to market and promote your career


Find Opportunities to practice acting craft

  • Join local theater groups
  • Act in local communities plays
  • Creating your own self-written short film. Use Mobile Camera
  • Practice in front of mirror or with friends
  • Present monologs, jokes in parties. Be a party anchor

If financially tight...

Find a part time job in the film industry like production, direction, film or acting institutes


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* Learning at home

One of the finest resources for learning at home is this blog itself which has more than 250+ posts. There are many aspiring actors who could not afford expensive acting schools have practiced at home from 280+ Posts and now are in Films and in TV serials. However, learning and mastering the acting craft from this blog requires serious reading, patience and regular practice with either your friends or in front of mirror


Don't Be A Mentally Bankrupt |10 Tip-Offs To Be Crazy Actor

An actor and a character
Excellence in Acting: The actor and Character 

This post has a bit higher level, a psychological platform and is for those who want to achieve a true excellence in the acting craft. If you have any questions, please Email me~Author

1. You Are A Freaking Dreamer!

Unlike a common person, you’re always trying to move yourself to some imaginary level—otherwise, why would you choose acting? Why would you choose to spend your days transforming into other lives (playing different characters)?

2. You Are Insane!

  • There must be something about yourself that you’re not quite comfortable with. 
  • Psychotic?
  • A weird life goal? 
  • Some absurd behavior?
  • Lack of money in achieving your goal? 
  • In Love or a failed love?

3. How To Become An Actor

  • You must empty yourself. 
  • Forget what and how you do and live. 
  • Turn yourself into a blank, a clean slate. 
  • Allowing yourself to escape will connect you with that troubled character you have created from the script. 
  • Perhaps entering into another life gives you some hidden pleasure.

4.  Acting

Acting is being very close to like an addiction of some kind. Like drug addiction, alcohol, sex or work.

5. A Good Actor

Be a warrior.
As actors, we all battle with our own evil self inside and we all use "our own way" of whatever it is to numb the pain of not being a normal human being in some way. 

6. What An Audience Expects And A Good Actor Should Give?

What happens is the audience expects a character’s set behavioral pattern (based on their life experiences) as the story moves rather than a "change" to show them who this character is. The question is should an actor show what an audience expects or an opposite and weird? In my opinion, "both" studying the script deeply. Starting from expected turning into unexpected may hold the audience with their jaw dropped and terrified. The question of “what unexpected will I do in such a situation?” probably can be a  creative answer.

7. An Actor Is An Imagination Power House

Imagine someone is asking you one after another question, and you answer them in the voice of the character.  As you speak, you are creating the scene, a story and also,  connecting with the character, developing and playing with character’s mannerisms, his/her voice, physicality. Over time, the character emerges.

8. Fall In Love With The Character

To play the character, you have to fall in love with them. You have to sympathize, have a complete understanding and a deep concern for their personal life-story in the script. Again all this is a game of your imagination, the power of dreaming. After all, it's you as an actor who is creating the character.

9.  The Actor And The Director

The original dreamer of the story is a writer but for an actor, it's the director, the true lunatic who right or wrong, decides the course of a story telling. Therefore, irrespective of how good you are, the options once created by you should be discussed with the director.

10. My Final Opinion

To be a good actor, you have to be very smart. But to be a great actor, you also have to have a streak of, 'I'm an idiot, a complete lunatic'.
The journey as an actor is always fractured, never smooth. There are interim periods, experiencing a lull in work. There will be times when you could be “totally broke,” sitting at home, and thinking I’m never, ever going to make it as an actor. But regular training, preparedness, strong determination and a readiness of “come what may” attitude will get you to where you wanted to be. To be in demand with Hollywood or Bollywood’s top filmmakers. 
Inspired by 

Author Kiran Pande

Acting Coach
Ph.D. B.F.A fine arts (USA)

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