Monday, 8 August 2016

Only Dream And Screw Life | 30 Steps To Actor's Victory And Joy

An actor's steps to success and happiness

Can You Climb These Simple Steps to The Heaven of Success and Happiness?

We as an actor have desires, needs and wants. Most importantly, we pursue to be happy. Yet what is so important to us can be beyond reach for many. However, chasing happiness as an actor should come from the decisions and choices we make. 
Focus on the little things, though overlooked, which are necessary, rather than the mighty actions you have to reach happiness. At the end of the day, happiness is never a destination, but a journey and every step should be one where you welcome the excitement and joys life has to offer. 

Here is a list of 30 small things you can do to your victory and Joy for a  happier life 

  1. Be thankful and express sincerely to people and God, irrespective of the situation. It is not about what you don’t have but about the things you currently have. 
  2. You have decided to be an actor. It's your career. Pursue it. The best is to do something that combines work and fun in your life.
  3. Stop trying to be a perfect actor. No one is.
  4. Learn to tolerate others. Just as you are not perfect, people around you also cannot be perfect.
  5. Don’t compare yourself with others. Rather always try to be a better “YOU” of yourself.
  6. Start each day with a smile. It's a MUST  in an actor to be likable and improving and impressing not only film and TV people but the entire world around you
  7. Dream, work for it and always hope for the best. There are no gains or successes in worrying after all.
  8. Forgive yourself and learn to forgive others.
  9. Give social media like Facebook a break and learn to experience some life
  10.  Meditate. (Join us to learn)
  11. Give to someone in need. It doesn’t have to be money, but it could be your time or energy.
  12. You will always make mistakes, don’t ever take yourself too seriously.
  13. Listen or participate in interesting and in stimulating discussions.
  14. Be reasonable. Not everyone will accept your opinion or beliefs.
  15. Don’t try to win every argument.
  16. Set goals, they could be short term or long term. Just have something that you look forward to accomplishing.
  17. Exercise and try to keep fit looking good and full of energy. Being Bollywood's one of the major requirements for an actor, your body is your vehicle to success.
  18. Celebrate your wins, even small ones like giving a good audition performance and hug your rejections and losses in the same manner.
  19. Stop using negative words like “I can’t.” “I won’t.” “It can’t.” Always be positive and know that the world is a place of amazing possibilities.
  20. Write something. Maybe, a daily activity log for your Facebook page, your plans for the future or what you have observed in a day: people, animals, nature, weather, trees etc. It will improve your power of  observation, concentration and most importantly imagination. Or it could be a thank you note.
  21. Stop spending time with negative or people who gossip.
  22. Take risks. Learn to accept your fears and face your challenges with bravado.
  23. Learn to brush off the things beyond your control. Life will always be unfair and will not be the way we want it to. So value what you have and stop trying to hold on to the things that you cannot do anything about.
  24. Know your strengths and your weaknesses. At the end, there is so much we can do or take. Know what applies to you and stop pushing yourself too hard to where you are frustrated, unhappy and where it violates your values and desires.
  25. Accept change. You should be flexible and be adaptable. Things will never stay the same. Time has a way of healing, building and reforming. So understand that things will pass. Rather than be a victim of change, be a master of it.
  26. Stop complaining and making excuses. Rather, take on more responsibility and do more of what you can do to better a situation or the things that surround you.
  27. Eat right and sleep as much as you can. Sleep rejuvenates your body and mind. It's vital to your success as an actor.
  28. Prioritise. You cannot chase everything at once. Rather pick those pursuits that matter to you and prioritise your goals.
  29. Stop being busy. Rather, focus on being productive and appreciating the moments you have.
  30. 30. Travel and gain new experiences of the world. It will help you as an actor to “Create”  anything.

Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Monday, 1 August 2016

5 Great Ways on Learning Acting at Home and Save Money

Bollywood Star Kareena practicing at home
Bollywood Star Kareena practicing at temporary home

"Practice makes perfect"

Practice is an exercise, practice is a mantra, it simply tunes both our physical and mental entities to the required frequency that helps us to lead towards perfection.

Well, why not practice Acting from the comfort of your own home?

1. Analyze: Look at and know yourself

This does not mean to just stand there and look in the mirror. Look at yourself and examine how you behave and act normally, what do you do when you are speaking? What about your facial expressions? Your gestures? Is your dialog delivery? Do you use your hands, eyes, eyebrows, mouth,  lips properly? What's your style of speaking? Is it like a good public speaker, a politician or what? Is your voice, diction and language clear and impressive? How do you walk around the house when you are joyful, upset, sad or frustrated? When you are excited, how do you answer the phone? How do you get ready for bed?
For acting in front of the camera, everything you do is captured and magnified. So, it is the little things that you do on camera to express emotions, and feelings that demonstrate the best acting abilities. Remember, the camera (viewer) loves subtle expressions and a degree of stillness. So by paying attention and understanding of how you normally do daily tasks you can improve your acting abilities
(Author and an acting coach): “Many so called acting experts in schools disapprove using a  mirror. I don't agree. As an experienced actor myself, using mirror has always helped me. The fear of becoming a typed actor by practicing in front of a mirror, in my opinion is incorrect. Everything depends on your power of imagination to transform yourself into a new life, that too instantly

From Hollywood and Broadway Stars

"It depends, but mirrors are usually more efficient to simply gauge how you look, than for helping you craft a monologue" 
~Mike DiGirolamo, actor with 15 years of experience

"Both. Mirror and recordings. Obviously, recordings are a much better way. My suggestion would be to experiment with some gestures, expressions & looks in front of the mirror, and then turning on your recording and begin your performance."
~Actor Kris Mavericko, Actor

"Sit in front of a mirror
Easier said than done, right? Regardless if you’re actually preparing for a specific audition, sit in front of a mirror and stare at that gorgeous reflection of yours. Play around with different facial expressions, run the gambit (happy, said, irked, etc). Pay particular attention to every little feature during each emotion – how the lines in your face crease, whether or not you have dimples, and how your eyes and brow react, to name a few. You may feel (and look) a little silly while doing this, but this is the quickest and most effective way to analyze your facial expressions."
~Kyle Dean Massey

2. Use Mobile Asking a friend to Record Your Performance

TV News reporters and good public speakers spend hours if not days, in front of the mirror so they can better understand their facial muscles and expressions. If you are able to record yourself with a mobile camera,  making different facial expressions, talking, crying, or yelling you will be able to see what looks the best in front of camera. Think about it, even Jennifer Lawerence (She is a renowned  American actress) said that after watching herself in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ that she had a really bad crying face. If you are able to see what you look like in different angles, and expressions you will be able to act even better in front of the camera.


3. Watch Yourself

More and more, it is becoming commonplace for actors to watch the playback of their scenes for performance and technical  purposes. So, being comfortable at home watching yourself on camera and understanding the technicalities of film acting are both important skills that can be practiced
Film A Monologue:
Read any monologue in English from  internet, translate in Hindi
Set-up a camera, cell phone, or webcam to capture your performance
Prepare as you would for an audition
Choose a point in the room to talk to, a chair, a speck on the wall, whatever
Imagine. Picture the other character in the room with you and play to them, observing their reactions as you act
Press Record, perform the monologue
Watch the playback and observe yourself. What worked? What didn’t?
This exercise will help you become more comfortable on camera and also help with the technical side of film acting. Do your eyes drift? Are you “over acting”? Experiment with your motivations and technique until you find what works for you. This simple and solitary exercise builds comfort and confidence in front of the camera that directly translates to the film set.
Remember that acting is an internal process (Imagination, observation, concentration and dreaming, creating a character)  that leads to an external performance. Do not focus on external results like your facial expressions or posture. Focus on the thoughts that led to them.

4. Must Read Books!

There is a ton of books for sale that will allow you to learn from the greats such as Stanislavisky's Method Acting, the Meisner Method, Michael Chekhov and other acting techniques. Take up a book and learn unique ways to audition, to perform, and to get into character.
Where to find?
Go to the side bars of the home page of this blog, On the left sidebar find "acting classes too expensive...", Click arrow in the center, go to and buy books. Similarly, on the right sidebar and find "Learn Acting From These Amazing Books..." Click the same as the above and buy (Credit or debit card required)

5. Final Word

To Practice Acting from Home, may not guarantee a way to success in Bollywood and landing an audition. But, it will allow you to use your time at home efficiently. Talent is in you for sure, it is the those that are willing to put in the hard work and time that are able to achieve success.
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Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

What Bollywood Stars advise to Aspiring Actors | 18 Tips

Bollywood stars in a group
What Bollywood stars say to beginners

If you're trying to achieve stardom, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
~Kiran Pande, your acting coach

1. Your Life as an actor isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.

2. Your happiness is in being a successful actor. Therefore, the most important thing is to enjoy your acting life, to be happy - it's all that matters.

3. Life whether for a common man or for an actor is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

5. As an actor, we should not remember days, but should remember the moments. Remember, a good or a bad acting is very subjective and depends on an individual  viewer's taste

6. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

7. It does not matter how slowly you go towards being a great actor as long as you do not stop.

8. Actors may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

9. The greatest weakness of an actor lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

10. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

11. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

12. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

13. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a new door for it to knock.

14. Perfection in acting may not be within reach or  at hand, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

15. We know what we are, but know not our potential of what we may be.

16. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

17. A star actor has a good soul. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Help others and it will come to you with an additional bonus

18. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.


Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Monday, 25 July 2016

15-Game Plans of Bollywood Stars to Become Most Desirable

Some of the most desirable Bollywood stars
Some of the most desirable Bollywood stars

Top Bollywood Actors Intelligently Develop Game Plans to be Most Likable

Being likable has its benefits - you'll have an easier time making friends in the film / TV industry and achieving your dream to be a great actor  Recently, Some of the Bollywood stars shared some advice on how making yourself more appealing and achieve success.

Here Are Their 15 Strategies:

1. Their striking feature-a permanent smile

Seeing a smile makes other people happy, so if you're smiling when you're interacting with someone, he'll find you easy to like and friendly.

2. They ask questions about the people they are talking to

There's nothing people love more than to talk about themselves. They will find the conversation most memorable and positive if they spend time talking about themselves.

3. They pay attention

Listen more to other people than you speak, and people will feel valued. Even if you're asking questions, people won't warm up to that if it seems you're not listening to what they're saying.

4. They remember names

Names are such a core part of people's identity. Bringing their names up in the conversation will not only make them feel good, but they'll also appreciate the fact that you remember their names. For example- Mukesh Ji, Vandana Ji... and speaking frequently in a conversation.

5. They repeat and reinforce 

Repeating what someone said to you and strengthening it will help people feel recognized and approved. And that's all people want- acceptance!

6. They don't give uninvited advice

Give advice to people when they ask you for it. If you go around telling people your opinion, you can come across as being overbearing and bossy even if you're just trying to help.

7. They don't make everything in life a competition

Trying to compete with everyone and to be one-up on everything people say can quickly make you less likeable in their eyes.

8. They take responsibility

If you make a mistake, take responsibility for it. Acknowledge it, and don't point the blame at someone else.

9. They switch off their cell phones

People appreciate undivided attention, because it makes them feel like you're truly listening to them. It makes them feel that you value their presence and time.

10. They don't keep interrupting

You may get overexcited (For example, hearing: “You are short listed and have a good chance”)  and interrupt people while they are talking, which can annoy them. It makes them feel that what they have to say is not that important to you.

11. They make eye contact

Making the right amount of eye contact with someone can help them feel rapport with you. You'll also be considered as being more confident and trustworthy.

12. They accept that other people will disagree with them

Everyone has different opinions - learn to be OK with that. Your way may not always be the right way for others, so don't try to convince them that they're wrong. Accept your differences.

13. They don't constantly seek sympathy and attention

Likeable people don't need to constantly seek sympathy and attention to feel better about themselves.

14. They don't try too hard

Focus on making yourself happy first, and people will lean toward you. If you try too hard, people can see that and after some time may become disinterested in you.

15. They have good hygiene

Wear clean clothes, brush your teeth, and take baths.
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Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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