Sunday, 5 July 2015

Do You Need Artist Card? Authentic and Bogus | Check Here

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Artist card issued by Roddey Film Productions, Mumbai
One of the Artist card issued. Is this faked? 

Do You Need An Artist Card?


Personally, NO!

90% are Fake, with an objective to make money from ignorant aspiring actors 

I don't think that an artist card is necessary for aspiring actors. My logic behind being skeptical is as follows:

  1.  Artist card may be useful for junior artists, who is not professionally trained to play big and have NO ambitions to become a "Star" in the future. A junior artist is required to play a presence in a crowd eg wedding party, as a member of a crowd in any scene. Either they have no speaking lines or may be one or two, only. They may or may not be well educated and are usually from a community of actors which require just a "job" and a "living" rather than to be a successful "actor" and a "Star" 
  2. The casting directors may not consider you for a role if you are a registered junior artist with an artist card due to an apprehension of your refusing to work overtime or in case of any dispute of payments or other issues, may go to the union for  Redressal of your complaints, and may create problem during a shoot.
  3. An educated aspiring actor, who is professionally trained, without union affiliation or with an artist card, therefore, may stand a better chance and may get a better role compared to a union artist card holder.
  4. Many industry people may not agree with my opinion as this could be a source of livelihood for many. My apology to them

However, this is NOT  a rule. There are examples of junior artists who climbed the ladder of success and have become a good actor.

The best is to decide what are your priorities and then decide.

Many of the visitors of this blog have requested me to provide information on Artist Card, I'm mentioning the details below:

Artists' & Actors Unions in India who issues Artist Cards:



Caution


Though I have selected few with the best of my knowledge out of hundreds, you are advised to check the credentials, before you pay.
Especially, DON'T PAY anything if after applying online with the portfolio you get a mail confirming your selection without your audition and then if they ask you to pay Rs. 3000 or more. They may be fraudsters and cheats.





Required documents:


  • 5 Passport size Photographs
  • Copy of any one out of  PAN CARD, RATION CARD, PASS PORT, DRIVING LICENCE, RESIDENTIAL PROOF, VOTER I CARD etc.


Mumbai

1. CINTAA **

One of the main artists’ and actors' unions in India is the Federation of Western India Cine Employees. The FWICE is a film industry worker’s union based in Mumbai, India.

* However, their requirements for an artist registration are a bit tough, like experience in films and serials. Call them to find out the details or visit their website.
Contact
Address: 113, 1st Floor, Kartik Complex New Link Road, Andheri (W) 400053 Mumbai                  
Phone: 91-22-26302552, 91-22-26730510, 26730511, 26730513
http://www.cintaa.net/home


I would recommend and prefer artist card issued by Strong Political Unions in Mumbai, which in my opinion, cannot be refused by any casting director/ production house, due to backlash by that union.


2 SHIV SENA CHTRAPAD SHAKHA

Fees: Rs. 2000 (However, check the current rate)
Contact:
G 9, Nootan Nagar Primises CHS,
Gurunanak Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai
Phone: 26557001; 26404712


3. MAHARASTRA NAVNIRMAN CHITRAPAT KARMCHARI SENA

Contact:
102, 1st Floor, Umesh Chambers, Telligali
Besides Chatwani Hall,
Andheri (East), Mumbai 400069
Phone: 65147999; 26848631
Fees: * About Rs. 5000 to Rs. 7000 (Check)

4. BJP KAMGAR MORCH CHITRAPAT UNION


Opened in 2014. The office is in Dadar (East) near Ranjeet Studio.
BJP office of in Dadar. Contact No. 24183290; 24183141; 24150462
Check with BJP Office, the address of Chitrapat Union.
BJP Website: www.mumbaibjp.org 


2. IFAA Delhi

IFAA Delhi is known in the film and entertainment industry.
They claim, the association is not interested in the larger profile, but in the best profile. The association profile is purely its member's profile and every member is directly or indirectly connected to its activities. IFAA is a leading voice for Indian culture. IFAA is a tireless advocate for Indian culture and the development of India’s audio visual industries. Our union and members lobby for regulation and government policies that protect our culture and encourage audio visual production in all genres, expanding work opportunities for Indian performers.
http://www.ifaaassociation.com/


Doubtful


Please Check. I'm not sure. Conflicting reports!

3. Roddey Film Productions

D3/73, Four Bungalows, MHADA, Andheri (w), Mumbai - 400053
Phone: 022-26303215, Mobile: 9870432013 - 9022164200 (Email: roddeyfilm@gmail.com)
http://www.roddeyfilms.com/

Be Aware  of Bogus Artist Cards!


An Aspiring Actor's Unfortunate Experience:



"Anonymous22 June 2015 at 00:04
Sir I was offered a role in one tv serial by a person whose ad I saw on quicker. I sent my pics and vids via whatsapp and He said that now u send me your address proof and artist card. I sent him my combined artist association artist card but he said that the card is not valid as i have got a character role and I have to make a fcf card the cost of which is 3000 rs. Please tell me what should I do.
ReplyDelete


from: Sajal Agarwal <sagarwal175@gmail.com>
to: kiran.aged@gmail.com
date: Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Dear Sir,
I posted a query on http://bestactoracademy.blogspot.in/2014/08/how-aspiring-actors-can-find-greedy-and.html  yesterday night as anonymous.
You asked me to send the copy of my artist card. I have attached the pics of my artist card. I transferred the money(rs 1,600) to the account of Bharat. S. Sadhwani on 2nd June 2015. I got the pics of the artist card that day itself on whatsapp but I have not received it via post although he is saying that he has sent the post. Please check whether the artist card is authentic or not.

Thanking You
Shalabh Agarwal.


Bogus Artist card?

Author: Is this a bogus artist card or the casting man wants to issue a card through him and therefore he is declaring this as an invalid artist card?
Well, I'm checking the authenticity 
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

I'm Nervous in Audition. What to do? Here's 7 Steps Cure

Audition nervousness
"My experience of first audition  was for an advertisement which turned out to be bad. I was very nervous, I mugged up all dialogues and I repeated each line as it was without any expression on my face"-actress Sonia Bilani: source

Auditions make people nervous. That’s understandable. It’s the question of your career and fulfilling your dreams. Obviously, you will be a concerned, anxious about how to give your best and flawless performance.
You can’t let the nerves take away your this opportunity to win a role. For your next audition try these steps and see if you have a stronger, more relaxed, more focused audition.

1. Sleep


Experts say eight hours is what we need. That may be wishful thinking, but on a night before the audition day and to do your absolute best, get as much sleep as you can. Being tired will hinder your ability to listen, to quickly take direction, and draw from your much needed creative energy.

2. Eat Well


Go for your energy food, like proteins. Avoid oily, spicy and acidic food

3. No Alcohol  / Smoking


Avoid alcohol (even beer and wine) the night before and refrain from smoking the day before and especially on the audition day. Smoking affects breathing and results in poor dialog delivery

In Audition Waiting Room

4. Some Warm-Ups. 

  • While sitting stretch your muscles. Start with the head and go all the way to the toes. Loosen your entire body. Massage your upper and lower jaw and wake your face up. Walk up and down briskly in the audition room
  • For your vocal warm-up, do some tongue twisters. Getting this done on the words before an audition can make a big difference between constrained and an impressive dialog delivery.


5. Stay Hydrated


Drink water. You’ve heard it for years. Your body needs water to keep everything flowing. You’ll feel better, be more alert, and have more energy.

6. Use Relaxation Techniques


The quick and simple steps while sitting on a chair:

A. Position:
-One hand on chest
-The other hand on stomach

B. Steps:

  • Exhale, fully emptying your lungs
  • Inhale deeply, pressing your stomach slightly. No pressing of your chest with the other hand
  • Hold your breath for 5 to 7 seconds and while you are holding your breath,
  • Auto suggest silently to you, like-“I‘ll be relaxed”, “I’ll feel good”, I’ll give a great audition”, “I’ll give good performance”…
  • Exhale very slowly in 7 to 10 seconds, releasing the pressure of your hand which is on the  stomach
  • Repeat this exercise 10 times or till you can continue, depending upon time available in an audition room or the set before the shoot.
  • Finally, auto suggest yourself- “I’m feeling relaxed, yes really good. Yes, I’m gonna create another life" (a character in audition other than yourself)
  • Listen to some music you love and forget about your lines. You have already spent time in memorizing them

7. Keep Focused


  • Find an object in the audition room, concentrate and remain focused. Go on thinking about the character in you. Do not try to see or hear anything else in the waiting room. If any person talks to you, reply briefly and again go back to your object of concentration.
  • Just before you go into your audition, take a deep breath. Fill your chest and then release. This will instantly let go of whatever anxiety has built up during your wait.

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Monday, 22 June 2015

How to Fight Audition Tension? Secret 5 Minutes Technique

Tension and breathing exercise


Many of the aspiring actors underplay and do not give due importance to auditions as they would give to acting craft, acting schools, list of casting directors and to people who promise them a break in the films and TV serials
It’s sad because this concept is directly responsible for failing to get a break in films, leading to shattering of their dream to be a Bollywood or TV serial star.
They fail to realize auditions are the gateways to grabbing a role and an entry pass to stardom
But why 95% actors appearing for auditions fail? One of the major reasons is a poor performance in an audition or in a shot is “Tension”.  No wonder the doyen of acting technique, a century ago termed “Tension” in actors as an occupational disease and an actor’s greatest enemy.
Tension breeds from fear and anxiety of unknown. It’s starts from the mind and manifests its symptoms in the body. The moment an actor enters the small audition room with people staring at him/her, every fear and insecurity is played out in subtle and not-so-subtle ways across their bodies. From the folded arms and tapping foot, to the unfocused, darting eyes, perspiration, dry mouth, trembling fingers, the auditioners see a zombie rather than an actor.

  • How an actor can fight tension before an audition or shoot, instantly?
  • The answer is substituting tension with the calmness with relaxation
  • How to achieve this? 

By Breathing!



Introduction


When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still... Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Breathing is something we do every day, every minute, every second. We have to do it, our lives depend on it. We take breathing often for granted. And the only time we are aware of our breath is when something goes wrong - we lose our breath, we get out of breath, we hyperventilate, we gasp for air.
As a beginning actor, the relationship between you and your breath might be exactly the same as in everyday life - you don’t notice it unless you’ve got a camera or stage fright, or you can’t say a line because you’re out of breath. But if you want to improve as an actor the best thing you could do is start paying attention to how you breathe.
When you control the breath as an actor, you control everything. You control your vocal technique, your body, your nerves. You’re in control - period. It seems like a simple thing to do - breathe - but it’s amazing how many of us forget to do it! If your breathing is tight and shallow you won’t be able to express (physically or vocally) to the best of your ability. It goes further than just the inhale and the exhale.
The breath has a direct effect on how an actor presents their work. Conquer this simple action and you’ll take your acting to the next level.

Simple steps


While sitting on a chair
1. Position:
-One hand on chest
-The other hand on stomach
2. Steps:
A. Exhale fully emptying your lungs
B. Inhale deeply, pressing your stomach slightly. No pressing of your chest with the other hand
C. Hold your breath for 5 to 7 seconds and while you are holding your breath,
Auto suggest silently to you, like-“I‘ll be relaxed”, “I’ll feel good”, I’ll give a great audition”, “I’ll give good performance”…
D. Exhale very slowly in 7 to 10 seconds, releasing the pressure of your hand, the one which is on the stomach
Repeat this exercise 10 times or till you can continue, depending upon time available with you in an audition room or the set before the shoot.
Finally, auto suggest yourself- “I’m feeling relaxed. Really good. Yes, I’m ready to go…”


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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

What Casting Directors Want? You in a Character, Not Acting

How to prepare for auditions


A Cardinal Question for Actors to Ponder Over if You are Failing in Auditions


Do You Know What Casting Directors are Looking in Auditions? 

The process of auditioning is often neglected by actors and unfortunately seen as the poor uncreative cousin to acting; a necessary evil, the thing you have to learn so that you can get the role and enter into Bollywood or in TV serial industry.

This negative attitude towards audition is just plain wrong.
Auditioning is a dynamic creative process that can shine a light on your soul and test your skills and bravery like few other artistic disciplines can. It is an art form unto itself.

From my experience, here are just a few of the many qualities that make an audition a highly creative art.
Preparing an audition is an exciting, hopeful and sometimes lonely process.
Many a times we don’t know ourselves

1. Knowing your own self is its cornerstone 


A film/TV casting director while auditioning an actor is seeking an answer to a question, “Who are you and what do you have to add to the role?” It’s not about acting choices, but what you (your essence) personally have to add to the role. It requires a way of working that allows you to go deeply into your own personality and explore what qualities you have in physical, mental, cultural, behavioral and emotional peculiarities to make you a different and unique individual and how to select some of them to make your character you intend playing at an audition more colorful and dynamic.
You start analyzing and probing your own self.  “What are the most interesting and compelling qualities I have to offer this role?” “Which parts of me will bring in a character an interesting new unique dynamism to increase heartbeat and thrill viewers?
Self-exploration is an elating and necessary work for the actor and the fundamental requirement for the art of auditioning. Greatness can be achieved by the knowledge gained through these self-probing, identifying, selecting and then applying your relevant attributes to the character.

For example, who you are? What is your profile (Physical? Mental? Social? Cultural?) - Confident, happy, particular voice and accent or diction, with unique gesture, indecisive aggressive, rare mental and emotional makeup, religious or not, extrovert or introvert, of positive or doubtful, from lower or middle or upper class of background… well, there could be many attributes of your personalities which makes you a different human being.
Please remember, the art of the film/TV audition is discovering NOT how you can act the role, but who you are in the role.


2. It requires individual technique. 


The art of performance requires a method that allows you to disappear into a character. The art of audition requires a technique that allows you to create and define that character with the unique qualities that are yours and yours alone.
The audition technique you use, needs to increase your focus and concentration. If an audition requires listening to a co-actor or a reader, it needs you to really listen and react (as if you are listening for the first time) with more energy than you may normally listen within your real life. It needs to make the stillness of listening required in a film/TV audition look natural even if it’s an action scene!
Your own technique with your most compelling qualities that you have should be targeted towards the role. The greatest advantage of this technique is that you can be present in the room with confidence and ease, and be the actor directors want to work with and have to hire

3. It demands a true courage


Any art form that asks you to stand up in front of people and express yourself requires courage. Auditioning though, tests your courage, not just at the end, but every step of the way. It starts with the way you enter, greet, stand, your eyes and facial expressions, gestures all through audition. Also, it continues in the need for complete trust in yourself and your instincts, as well as the courage to commit to your decisions of portraying a character, having no idea how they will be received.
Yes, “auditioning” in itself is a distinct art form like singing, dancing, acting, painting to name a few having the courage to explore your heart and soul and to not stop until you find the your unique parts of yourself to incorporate into the role. Now, you have to stand in the room and let everybody see a particular and rare character as you! Just you.
And then you have to accept the responses to your audition. If you’re performing as an actor or singer on a stage, you can always assign some of the reaction to your performance to things outside of yourself: “they didn’t like the play, not their type of music, etc.” But in auditioning, it’s once again just you, and if you don’t the role, the “no” can have a much sharper sting. But, you must celebrate. Because you have done, perhaps very few actors can do- transformed into a rare character. A true and honest TV/film audition, demands complete exposure and full-frontal emotional nudity.
Audition is the art of telling the truth, naked, in extreme close-up.
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