8 Steps To Prevent Quitting Acting And Fleeing From Mumbai

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8 steps to success of acting business



Are You Struggling For More Than 3 Years Without A Good Break In Films Or TV Serials?

Do You Find NOW Difficult To Meet Expenses To Live In Mumbai And Continue Struggle?

Are You Seriously Thinking To Quit Acting And Leave Mumbai?


Wait!

A Struggling Actor's Optimism
A Struggling Actor's Optimism


Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop fighting. There will be the sunshine after darkness~Your Acting Coach

Acting isn't all about portraying with excellence the character and being truthfully in a scene. If you can't get a  break, it's not uncommon and much at all. Acting is only possible if somebody's prepared to sit and watch you perform. Nothing can happen unless you are noticed among thousands.

Your Chances


The statistics are terrifying, with something like 92% of the actors are out of work at any one time. What the figure doesn't reveal is that some 8% get work continuously while the same 92% never get into a situation of working regularly. Unfortunately, this 8% success rate comprises of actors with-


  • Sheer luck like winning a lottery 
  • Close relative of top producers, directors or financiers in the industry
  • Actors who can invest to get a job
  • Actors willing to sell themselves (with any price) to get a break


However, the fact is all the above can never guarantee a regular acting assignment and earning the tag of "Market Actor" (know industry actor)
The trick, therefore, is to be in the top 8% minus ABCD as above.

How this could be achieved under current cut-throat competition in the industry?


The Truth

 Acting is a Business: Learn to Market Yourself

For anyone aspiring to be a professional actor, knowing your craft is only half the battle. You also need to know how to go out into the real world and find paid acting work. Understanding the business side of the acting industry is absolutely crucial if you want to make a living as an actor. If you can get to grips with these elements of the acting life, you will be well on your way to making a career for yourself as a professional actor.

The Begining


  • Set your acting and life goal-Long and short term and the plan of action
  • Follow-up



Promoting Your Name

No matter how good an actor you are, if nobody knows about you then you aren’t going to get any work. Making sure the right people are aware of you and what you can do is absolutely fundamental. So how do you do that?

Step 1


Promotional Package
The first step is to put together a proper promotional package to send to casting directors,  production houses, and artist coordinators. This should include your actor’s CV, a set of the professional-quality portfolio (head shots) and, ideally, a professional-quality acting showreel plus or video introduction

A  package containing all three of these elements will effectively demonstrate to industry gatekeepers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. It also allows them to judge the kind of roles you might be suitable for. That way they can start offering you appropriate auditions or recommend you to other industry professionals who may be able to offer you work.

Step 2


Website
In the modern digital age, it’s increasingly easy (and important) for actors to market themselves online. There are several ways you can this but the most popular and effective are creating a website with the same information found in your promotional package and making good use of social media.

Step 3


Build Connections
The old saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” isn’t entirely true, but it’s not completely false either. The truth is, success in the acting industry is about what you know AND who you know. Getting to know the right people means when opportunities arise, they can give you the chance to take advantage of them. You still need the skills to make the most of those opportunities, but the industry insiders definitely help.
To make the most of your time in networking, you need to know where to go and who to speak to. Do your research and find out which casting directors, agents, and other industry figures are involved with the kind of projects you would like to work on.
One you get in a room with someone you want to connect with, be brave, smile and go say hello. A large part of succeeding is simply having the courage and self-confidence to put yourself out there. Once you have introduced yourself, find common ground and make sure to ask plenty of questions about their work while also making sure you communicate your own career ambitions without directly asking them to help straight away.

Step 4


Getting Good Artist Coordinators ( some may call themselves 'casting directors')
Every aspiring serious professional actor has to have few good career promoting guys. It’s their job to get you meetings and auditions with casting directors, directors, producers and anyone else who can offer you work. They can also chase up people for you after an audition and talk you up to increase your chances of landing a role. They’ll negotiate on your behalf when you are offered a role and a good agent will get you more money with better terms than you would be likely to achieve representing yourself. An experienced coordinator will know a lot more people in the business than you could ever hope to, so will hugely increase the opportunities available to you.
How do you find them? Again, you need to do your research. Find out online, on social media, co aspiring actors, industry people like crew members, from schools and acting coach

Step 5


Managing  Auditions
Of course, getting auditions doesn’t mean you’ve made it. You need to actually win the audition in order to progress to the bit where you’ll start getting paid. Obviously, a huge part of that comes down to how good you are as an actor, but there is also a whole load of audition etiquette that you need to know. Get this right and you’ll be judged purely on your acting. Get in a wrong and you’ll be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Some key points for audition are

  • Be on time. Never be late
  • Be a good listener first and then respond
  • Prepare your lines
  • A high level of confidence
  • Knowing how to behave
  • Be prepared for a rejection

Step 6


Manage Your Finances
Budget and simply live within your means. Save for the rainy days

Step 7


Continuing Developing Your Professional Acting
Although we are talking about the business of acting rather than the craft of acting, the two are obviously interconnected. The more you learn as an actor, the better you will be and the more opportunities you are likely to get. This can mean taking acting classes in schools or with your acting coach, workshops, but may also involve developing additional skills such as dancing, martial arts, horse riding etc. This will also look good to agents and casting directors as it demonstrates that you are a hard worker who takes their career seriously and is open to learning and developing.

Step 8


Learning Acting Business quickly
Learning how to negotiate the business side of the acting industry can take years, while many actors never get the hang of it at all. The sooner you get to grips with the business of acting, the sooner you can start supporting yourself as a professional actor. Therefore, the best is to learn from your teacher at a school (most don't teach this in detail) or from your acting coach


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15 Types Of Laugh For Camera You Must Learn | How To


How to laugh for camera and types
Learn The famous laughter style of Navjot Sidhu

If you are acting for the camera, there's good news and bad news. 


The good news: you can create many different takes and an editor/director can choose the one that works best.
The bad news: film crews are expensive, and time equals money. The director will grow impatient if you can't come up with a right realistic la. Depending on the scene and your fellow actors, off camera interaction, can often evoke genuine laughter. Also, surprise moments between actors can work wonders -- as long as the director appreciates!

Studying Laughter


  • The sounds of laughter are similar around the world. Most laughter consists of H-sounds: Ha, ho, hee. Other bursts of laughter might contain vowel sounds.
  • In fact, there's an entire field of science dedicated to the study of laughter. It's called gelotology
  • Learning about the mental and physical aspects of laughter can help actors become more adept at producing laughs on cue. 


Facts On Laughter


  1. Females laugh more often than men.
  2. Men are more likely to attempt to make others laugh.
  3. Speakers (joke tellers) laugh almost 50% more than their audience.
  4. Laughter often occurs at the end of a sentence.
  5. We laugh more when in the company of others than when we are alone.

What can motivate your character's Laughter?


If you can laugh spontaneously and sound believable, you're ready for your audition.
If the laugh sounded forced it might be because you have no idea why your character is laughing. The more you emotionally "Feel" with your character, the more you can feel like her and laugh like her.

How To Laugh


For some actors laughing on *cue can be just as difficult a task as to cry on *cue. Here are a few tips on how to laugh effectively:

  • First and foremost, keep your attention on the scene and on your partner. If you are truly engrossed in the moment of the scene, the laugh will come organically.
  • Think of the kind of laugh required for the moment. What size or type of laugh is an appropriate reaction to the situation? Sometimes a little chuckle is far more effective than a belly laugh. Although a seemingly inappropriate laugh may work as well, particularly if you are acting in a comedy.
  • Be aware of the what the mood of the scene is and decide how your character would honestly react. After that, forget about it. Let the moment carry you through.

When To Stop Laughing



  • You cannot continue laughing until eternity unless of course, your character is a maniac. This would depend on the character you are playing. If the role is comedic then an abrupt end and remaining still may work.
  • For example, you are playing a character of a subordinate and your boss slips while sitting or mispronounced a word or drops something, which has evoked a laughter in you (natural). You have to stop suddenly and froze realizing that your laughter may be insulting to your boss.
  • In a second situation, you are sitting with friends and enjoying jokes. Here laughing belly out may be okay


Watch How Others Laugh


As an actor, you are probably a people watcher already, and if you haven't taken up the pastime of carefully watching others, it's time to begin. Spend the next five days observing different categories of people how others laugh.

  • Do they giggle in a high pitched spurt?
  • Do they do a courtesy laugh just to please others?
  • Are they intoxicated?
  • Maniacal? Childish?
  • Are they laughing sarcastically? Uncontrollably?
  • Are they trying (but failing) to hold it in?
  • Take notes if you can.
Here are some of the contemporary laughing style for actors to learn. Few of them are never taught in any acting school and are great to surprise a casting director or a Bollywood director. You can find these laughs in the live video attached below:



 Learn These 15 Types Of Laugh

  1. Wheezer Laugh:  The wheezer laugh is the high-pitched whining laugh that sounds like an exploding steam engine.  The person affected tends to have trouble breathing for minutes.  this type of laugh is usually sparked by an unexpected occurrence, like a nun swearing or me telling a funny joke that everyone gets.
  2. Chuckle laugh:  The chuckle is the I-really-don't-want-to-laugh-but-think-that-it-is-funny laugh.  Usually, this laugh occurs when someone (like a teacher) in authority finds an underling's statement and/or body reaction to being funny, but also thinks that it would be inappropriate to laugh.  An example would be the time a guy farted in class and a girl asked what funny thing did he say when everyone started to giggle.  Needless to say, it was a struggle not to laugh my ass (or other bodily appendages) off.
  3. Mime laugh:  This is the totally silent laugh that only dogs can hear.  the person appears to be laughing heartily, but no sound is heard.
  4. Machine gun laughs: when someone laughs like a machine gun. A laugh that is very choppy- for example, the boy had a machine gun laugh. it sounded like a machine gun.
  5. Cackle laugh: To laugh or talk in a shrill manner. For example a witch laughter
  6. Tee-Hee laugh: a giggle, a cute laugh as in case of a school girl
  7. Repeater laugh: when one laughs in the same way as the other
  8. High Society laugh: A high profile lady or gentleman laughings in a subdued manner, may be with no or small sound 
  9. Lost control or crazy laugh: Laughing wild or in a bizarre way without exercising any control
  10. No smile laugh: Laughing within, may be producing sound but without smile
  11. All nostrils laugh: Laughing with expanded nostrils
  12. Contagious laugh: A kind of laugh which makes others laugh. You continue to laugh and people around you continue to laugh hearing your laugh (http://youtu.be/W59znLRtokk)
  13. Doesn't get it laugh: A person laughs though he/she doesn't understand what is the issue
  14. Thrower laugh: As a response, a person laughs throwing out whatever the person is drinking
  15. Dancer Laugh: Laughing making dancing poses

*cue: a thing said or done that serves as a signal to an actor or other performers to enter or to begin their speech or performance.

I'm A Beginner And Want To Be An Actor | How To start?


Becoming an actor: A beginner asking a question
Becoming an actor: A beginner asking a question


Here is the answer to a beginner on how can you be an actor in Bollywood and TV


My simple advice is "Get professionally trained in acting craft, acting for camera and marketing and promotion of your career. Or forget about acting and actor. There are more than 2.5 Lakhs aspiring actors better than each other roaming on the roads of Mumbai and struggling, some even for 10 years!

If You Are A Beginner, Initially Better Join An Acting Coach For Personal "One On One" focused Coaching. Later, You May Join a Good School for scene practices with co-actors, networking and as a source of industry information.


Read this carefully and decide:

I wish you a good luck to be an actor, for sure!
Join me. This step today will make you a Top Actor tomorrow! 

1. Website page for fees, courses, duration, syllabus, registration rules etc 

2. Main page

3. Emails for communication

Salient Features of My Personal and Professional Coaching

 1. The coaching is NOT based on a typical school system where students are taught in a bunch of 20 or 30 with a common syllabus for all. A school may not be in certain situations, concerned about whether a student who completes a course gets a break in films or serial or in commercial ads.
 An actor is an artist who masters a highly sensitive craft based on an individual's emotional and attitude built up and therefore there cannot be a common syllabus. As per the survey, the failure percentage of actors passing out of schools in India is 82% (CAA survey).
 2. I design a career plan and syllabus based on an individual after weighing the strengths and weaknesses by auditions and by interviews before a candidate joins me.
 3. The learning journey of a candidate starts with understanding the "Game" of acting and how can you become a star in Bollywood and TV serials. It continues with types of actors, mastering techniques, camera acting, how to win auditions etc.. Finally leading to the most needed strategy development of how to market and promote yourself to get sure entry into Films, TV serials, commercial ads and print media.
4. A hand-picked list of casting directors and coordinators is provided
5. Suitable candidates get a break in our own short films. 
6. The coaching sessions are taken 2 to 3 days a  week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 2 PM to 5 PM for 5 weeks. 
7. We can train you on Bollywood conversational Hindi and Urdu

Registration

 1. You can be registered for a particular course only if you apply ONE MONTH in advance
2. Selection is based on an audition to assess whether you have any inborn talent or not
3. Full amount for a selected course has to be paid at the time of registration. Regret, there is no advance,  installment or EMI system
4. No phone calls or a direct visit to my residence. Communication is ONLY THROUGH Email
 Consultation
5. However, you can visit me without registration, with a prior appointment only for a consultation to assess your chances to be a successful actor, my courses, syllabus and for answers to any of your other queries. The consultation charges are Rs. 1500 to be paid to my bank account (will be sent to you by email once you agree) before taking an appointment for the consultation.
Good News- If you decide to register yourself for any of my courses, this Rs. 1500 will be adjusted in the registration fee for a course

Courses and fees

 1. *'The 'Elite Course' +

(Recommended to those who want to be the best actor, an International and Bollywood Star. Nothing else!)
⦁ Do you have an ambitious dream?
⦁ Want to be sure to be an expert in the acting craft?
⦁ And need all the notes and "an excellence certificate from 'A Master Coach'? 
⦁ Then go...Go...Go for this course!

 Key features:
1. A SWOT analysis of you to assess your capabilities and chances of success
2. An exhaustive and personalized syllabus designed especially for you
3. A practice of all the techniques, emotions, attitudes, acting for camera and other aspects till you are perfect
4. Creation of your website and its online promotion
5. Creating and filming a monolog for you and promoting online OR creating and filming a video interview and promoting
6. Goal setting 
7. Long Term Support
Absolutely on individual and personal 'on one on one'  basis for a total of about 25 hours spread over 5 to 7 weeks, 2 to 3 times a week in the afternoon. 
 This includes:
A. Learning International, acting techniques like Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, and Alexander techniques
B. Focused acting instrument development like finer aspects of  body and mental health
C. Elaborate camera scene acting 
D. Personal S.W.O.T. Analysis (your strength, weaknesses, opportunity analysis)
E. Writing, rehearsing a monolog suited to your profile, making a video film of monolog and its International promotion through the internet
F. Goal Setting-Career and life 
G. A detailed marketing and promotional plan
H. Long-term support

 2. The Fast Track 'Focused Group Course' 

Either one on one or in a group of 1 or 3 aspiring actors for a total of 30 hours spread over 4 to 5 weeks, 2 to 3 days in a week in the afternoon. 
Fees
Rs 20,000 

3. Chance in a Film

* To give you a chance in a film, we can make a short film of 10 to 15 minutes, at a reasonable cost to you. This will be promoted online Internationally on YouTube and on our websites and blog 

Venue
C 12, New Natraj, Pestom Sagar, Road # 6, 
Ghatkopar East, Mumbai 400089, INDIA

NOTE: Outstation candidates will have to make their own arrangements for a stay.
 So, are you ready to be a great actor?


3 Questions By A Star To Struggling Actors And His Advice

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Acting workshop in Mumbai addressed by a top Bollywood Star
Acting workshop in Mumbai addressed by a top Bollywood Star



Do You Know What's Your Job As An actor?
Does It Solely Happen In Front Of Camera Or On stage?
Or Is Acting Job is All-Around, Varied, And Fulltime?



The above  3 questions asked by a Bollywood star, invited to address to the group of aspiring actors in a workshop (Name is kept confidential, as requested).
This post is based on  the advice he gave to the group

As an actor, you have to realize your job doesn’t depend and happen solely in front of the camera or onstage. Your job is all-around, varied and full-time. You’ve got to give as much attention to personal acting coaching or school, auditions, exercises at home or the gym, portfolio, marketing and career promotion, meeting people, rehearsals, and wardrobe as you do to your actual on-set performance. That means showing up on time. When you’re late or unprepared, it communicates that your time is more important than the other person’s time, and shows a great lack of respect for others.

Time Management is one of the important areas usually neglected by actors
Why Time Management is Important To Become A Successful Actor?

Solutions


Time is limited

Everyone gets the same amount of time each day, and it's limited, therefore it's important to make the most of your time if you ever want to be more than average at highly competitive acting business where thousands aspiring actors (Maybe better than you) are desperately trying for the same break in Bollywood |TV as you.

You can get more with less effort

When you learn to take control of your time, you improve your ability to focus. And with increased focus comes enhanced efficiency, because your mind doesn't get distracted and wander. You’ll start to complete your tasks more quickly

Can make better decisions

There are many choices in acting life and oftentimes we're faced with many choices to choose from at the same time. When you practice good time management, you have more time to breathe and think more objectively; this allows you to determine which choices are the best to make.

You become a disciplined actor

When you practice good time management in your life, you are less likely to delay or postpone things. Time management leads to your higher work output and leads to a disciplined life.

Defeat competition and become more successful
Time management is the key to success; it allows you to take a better control of your acting life rather than follow the others. You accomplish more, you make better decisions, and you work more efficiently; this leads to a success.

You learn more. Become important

When you control your time and work more efficiently, you have time to plan and spend it on learning and learning regularly. More, you can spend time in like industry networking, acting workshops, follow ups with artist coordinators, help production, direction etc.  There's a reason some aspiring actors learn earlier, better and cash opportunities better than competitors, so easily plan to implement time management throughout their entire career. You'll not only stand out from the rest, but you'll gain experience much faster and be able to move up to be a Bollywood actor a lot sooner.

You reduce an actor's anxiety and stress

The phrase "I have so much to do and so little time to do it" is generally spoken of frustration which leads to anxiety and stress. Another reason of stress is due to people feeling pushed and rushed! With good time management, you know how much time you have, how long it will take to get your tasks done, you accomplish more, and have more free time. This gives you more breathing room, which reduces the feeling of being rushed, which in turn leads to less frustration and stress.

Leads you to attain a true Happiness

We all need some free time to relax, have happy moments with friends, love mate, well-wishers and unwind but, unfortunately, many of us don't get much free time because we're too busy trying to desperately meet with our daily activities and workload. By implementing time management skills, you are able to get more done in a shorter period of time leading to more free time to lead a truly happy life.

My conclusion

That said, I know shit happens as we’re all human. But often this behavior is the tip of the “deeper issues” inside an actor.
Would you even think of being
A. late to set
B. not knowing your lines?


  • Your behavior in these areas is indicative of how you value yourself and those around you.
  • Don’t give casting directors at meetings and auditions and directors on the set an excuse to have second thoughts about you.


If you want to succeed as an actor in this chaotic and ruthless competitive world of acting, learn how to be "Professional" in all the departments of "Success Requirements For An Actor".
If you do not know, read here. This is absolutely essential if you want to create opportunities for "Your Success" and not for "A Failure"

Ref:
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/9-reasons-why-time-management-important-mark-ryan
https://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/casting-director-note/3-email-exchanges-between-actors-and-cd-which-you-can-learn/



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