Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Why Actors should Pray Goddess Saraswati for Success

Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan Praying
Actor Hrithik Roshan prays


Start with a prayer for knowledge and art from your religion or simply pray
" God, give me the knowledge and skills to be a great actor". 
Repeat this 11 times.

Those who believe

Why actors should pray Goddess Saraswati?

Because Maa Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and arts, represents the free flow of wisdom and consciousness. She is the mother of the Vedas, and chants to her, called the 'Saraswati Vandana'  (Details below), often begin and end the Vedic lessons.

It is believed that goddess Saraswati endows human beings with the powers of excellence in art, speech, wisdom and learning. She has four hands representing four aspects of human personality in learning: mind, intellect, alertness and ego. She has sacred scriptures in one hand and a lotus – the symbol of true knowledge – in the second.

With her other two hands, she plays the music of love and life on a string instrument called the Veena. She is dressed in white – the symbol of purity – and rides on a white swan – symbolizing Sattwa Guna or purity and discrimination
The learned and especially actors, singers and dancers should attach greater importance to the worship of goddess Saraswati. 

So, if you believe, then the best is to worship and pray to Goddess Saraswati, a source of art and knowledge  Sit on the floor or on a chair, keep your hands stretched on above your knees, touching your first finger with thumbs and palms up towards you. Try to recollect the illuminating face of the Goddess  with your eyes closed. Repeat the following Mantra 11 times:
Goddess of Art

ॐ श्री सरस्वत्यै नमः 
Om Shri Saraswati-ya Namaha 
Repeat this Mantra  108 times once a day with any "mala" or at least 11 times

What is Saraswati Vandana?

Saraswati Vandana Shloka by Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar

The goddess Saraswati is the authority on academics and the arts. Everybody from musicians to scientists following Hinduism pray to her for guidance and knowledge. The Saraswati Vandana Mantra is recited by her devotees every morning for good luck. Everyone has a different version for the vandana which just means holy song. So as an acting student or as an actor, you ask for knowledge as a performing artist.


Yaa Kundendu tushaara haara-dhavalaa, Yaa shubhra-vastra'avritaa

Yaa veena-vara-danda-manditakara, Yaa shweta padma'asana

Yaa brahma'achyuta shankara prabhritibhir, Devai-sadaa vandita

Saa Maam Paatu Saraswati Bhagavatee Nihshesha jaadya'apahaa.

Shuklaam Brahmavichaara Saara paramaam Aadhyaam Jagadvyapinim,

Veena Pustaka Dhaarineem Abhayadaam Jaadya'andhakaara'apahaam

Haste Sphaatika Maalikam Vidadhateem Padmasane Sansthitaam

Vande taam Parmeshwareem Bhagavateem Buddhipradaam Shardam.----

Sanskrit / संस्कृत:

या कुंदेंदु तुषारहार धवला, या शुभ्र वस्त्रावृता |

या वीणावर दण्डमंडितकरा, या श्वेतपद्मासना ||

या ब्रह्माच्युतशंकरप्रभ्रृतिभिर्देवै: सदा वन्दिता |

सा मां पातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेष जाड्यापहा ||

शुक्लां ब्रह्मविचार सार परमां आद्यां जगद्व्यापिनीं

वीणा पुस्तक धारिणीं अभयदां जाड्यान्धकारापाहां|

हस्ते स्फाटिक मालीकां विदधतीं पद्मासने संस्थितां

वन्दे तां परमेश्वरीं भगवतीं बुद्धि प्रदां शारदां||

Hindi / हिंदी अनुवाद:

जो कुंद फूल, चंद्रमा और वर्फ के हार के समान श्वेत हैं, जो शुभ्र वस्त्र धारण करती हैं|

जिनके हाथ, श्रेष्ठ वीणा से सुशोभित हैं, जो श्वेत कमल पर आसन ग्रहण करती हैं||

ब्रह्मा, विष्णु और महेश आदिदेव, जिनकी सदैव स्तुति करते हैं|

हे माँ भगवती सरस्वती, आप मेरी सारी (मानसिक) जड़ता को हरें||

English Translation

She, who is as fair as the Kunda flower, white as the moon, and a garland of Tushar flowers;and who is covered in white clothes

She, whose hands are adorned by the excellent veena, and whose seat is the pure white lotus;

She, who is praised by Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh; and prayed to by the Devas

O Mother Goddess, remove my mental dullness!

Updated Post 04-03-2015
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Monday, 2 March 2015

7 Questions to Test if you can be Star Actor or Need Help

Good actor or a bad one
Can you be a good actor or has mental problems?

Few days back, I met a psychologist in Bandra west in Mumbai who had some Bollywood actor clients with some personality problems and their career had taken a downhill course. Therefore, he knew the inner working of an artistic mind and was kind enough to give me a short quiz to give to actors under my coaching.
Of course I made minor changes, keeping in view the type of aspiring actors coming to me, however, the principals remain the same

  • Based on what you feel about you and how would you respond, just tick one out of A B or C
  • Be honest to yourself.
  • The scoring grid is at the bottom of the page.

Good luck!

1) A good friend tells you he just purchased a new motorbike. You respond:

A. I haven’t had an audition in two weeks.
B. That reminds me, I need to buy a bike, too.
C. Congratulations. What kind of bike did you buy?

2) You audition for a role in a comedic short film. After a few days you call your coordinator who tells you that casting director didn’t think you were funny. You respond:

A. Ok, can you get me another audition?
B. I my good in comedic roles. The casting director doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
C. Sorry to hear that. Can you recommend a good coach?

3) Your coordinator calls to explain she won’t be available for a month because her mother passed away and she has to leave town. You respond:

A. I think I should change my coordinator. What do you think?
B. But who will look out for my career while you’re gone?
C. I am so sorry for your loss. Is there anything I can do?

4) During rehearsals for a short film, the director wants to know if you have any questions about the character. You respond:

A. Do you think other directors and producers will see this film?
B. I feel like my character should have more lines.
C. No, because your notes have been very helpful.

5) You arrive 20 minutes late for an audition. The casting director frowns when you walk in. You respond:

A. Do you mind if I change the lines?
B. It’s not my fault. There was an accident and some idiot got killed on the road. I got held up in traffic.
C. I’m sorry. I promise it won’t happen again.

6) You missed a great audition because you left your town. Your coordinator is upset. When you come back and call her. He yells at you. You respond:

A. Can you get me in on audition of that new commercial ad you were talking about?
B. They should just offer me the part. I’m so right for it.
C. I’m sorry. I promise it won’t happen again.

7) Which of the following words best describe you? Selfish, self-centered, arrogant, or none of the above.

A. I’m what I’m. Just real.
B. I can play all those characters.
C. None of the above.

Now it’s time to analyze your score. Give yourself one point for
Every A, two points for every B, and three points for every C.

  • If you scored between 7 and 10, you have a serious personality problem and you should seek help from a good acting coach who knows psychology as well, or from a psychologist immediately.
  • If you scored between 11 and 18, you have too much of self-centered tendencies who is boastful and seeks self-admiration. You need to learn there are other people in this world besides you.
  • If you scored between 19 and 21, you’re a well-adjusted person and your chances of success as an actor is excellent.

Now that you’ve got some insight into yourself, please adjust or work on yourself accordingly.
Rewritten based on

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Monday, 23 February 2015

6 Sure Steps | How to Overcome Actor's Career Deadly Mistakes

Real Mistake
Let's learn from mistakes

The Deadly Mistakes!

  • Just a dream to be an actor and jumped into the sea of "Actors" without knowing how to swim
  • No research done on the requirements of how to be a Bollywood or TV serial actor and have never analyzed whether or not you meet those requirement criteria- 
For example, your Physical and mental expertise, Financial support for a long period, Expenses in Mumbai, Proficiency in Hindi and English, Quality of voice, Contacts in the industry, Excellence in acting ability, Marketing competence and business sense, etc.
  • Joining an acting school on the basis of big names, glitter of the establishment, without proper survey, paying hefty sums of 2 to 3 Lakhs with no post training support.
  • Exhibiting impatience in becoming an actor and falling prey to cheats and fraudsters
  • Facing rejections leading to frustrations and depression

Final Result is 

A. Quitting the race
B. Taking petty jobs for survival
C. Drowning oneself in alcohol and drugs

Have you made any of the above mistakes?

Don’t worry.

I bet everybody knows about the saying nobody is perfect.  Well, it’s true.  One way or the other at one time in your actor’s life you are bound to make minor and major mistakes.   A mistake may seem to be a negative thing for you now. But it all depends on how you see things.  But if we turn the tables around, you may find that some mistakes in your life can make you stronger and wiser.  There are lessons to be learned if you just allow these mistakes to teach them to you.

Step 1

Forgive Yourself

Again, I would like to repeat the line “nobody is perfect”  because it’s true. Remember saying in the case of an unfaithful woman who was to be punished by an angry crowd. The God passed the stone to any person who has no sin and throw it at the accused. He said “He who has no sin may cast the first stone.”  No one dared to do so.  This comes to show that no one is infallible.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Knowing this you have to learn to forgive yourself. That is the first step.

Step 2

Past is Past

What was done in the past cannot be undone. We cannot change our past.  But we can mold the future today.  There’s no point in crying over spilled milk.  Besides, what good would that do, right?  Stop thinking about it with regret. Instead, start listing down the things that led you to make that mistake.

Step 3

Change your Path

Now that you’ve evaluated the problem and you’ve listed down the paths that led you to making that mistake, change your path. Don’t make the same mistake again.  The first time you made the mistake was unintentional, but if it happens again, you decided for it to happen.

Step 4

Be Smart

Do you know the laws of “cause and effect”?  There is something that caused that mistake to happen. Be smart enough to recognize it and avoid it in future. You must understand that although you are happy with who you are as an actor or a struggler, there is always room for improvement. Remember, a mistake makes you realize your weaknesses. Therefore you will know which skills and talents you will need to work on to improve your acting craft or marketing efforts so the mistake will not happen again.

Step 5

Forgive Yourself and Others

Hating yourself and others will not help you as a person.  It will only make you distrusting and paranoid.  If someone hurt you before, that doesn’t mean that everybody else will do the same thing.  Forgive the one who hurt you and trust that he or she will get what is due to them in time. Also, it is most important for you to forgive yourself. Everything happens for a reason.

Step 6

Be Positive- The Only Option

Keep a positive attitude.  Again, remember that everything happens for a reason.  Even though a mistake seems catastrophic to you now, some good will come out of it someday.  Just be sure to learn from your mistakes and you will find that the things you learn from them will make you a stronger and better person in the future.
Inspired by Sheila Noreen Gamo

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Monday, 16 February 2015

No Break Yet in Bollywood or TV Serials? Salute Yourself

Now a Bollywood actor: Ayushman Khurana
Never gave up! Now a Bollywood actor: Ayushman Khurana 

... when we used to travel from Chandigarh to Mumbai we would travel by second-class sleeper to take 40-odd hours to reach our destination. Inside the bogies we would perform and collect money for our lunch....I have got rejected so many times  that I’d become numb. I would be told I don’t look like a conventional hero or come across as an  actor or have it in me to become a star."- Ayushman Khurana, who donated sperms to be part of  reality show called "Roadies": Source

Salute Yourself!

There may be days when as a struggling actor you feel that you don’t belong to this actor’s world-Bollywood or TV serials. Though you may feel so, don’t worry, you are not alone in this.
No matter where you are in life now, in relation to your dreams to be a Bollywood star, no matter how you feel right now, you deserve to applaud and praise yourself.

Here are reasons why you deserve to applaud yourself no matter what:

1. Failures are as delightful as your successes

Failures should not be taken against ourselves. Your failures have shaped you into who you are today. Though failures sometimes can leave us feeling really down, they do teach us lessons that we can never learn from any other way. You fail because you tried. It is in the trying that we are truly living. When you succeed, there is this sweetness that you feel. Failures must not be taken as the bad part of our decision to aspire to be an actor and our lives. They are as beautiful as our successes. Failures make us modest and realistic; they, too, make us wiser and stronger. Remind yourself that each struggler out there also experiences, their own failures. It is unavoidable. Give yourself the well-deserved applaud for being able to take in each failure, each success with calmness, pride, and open-mindedness.

2. You are unique You. There is no second You

There is no one else like you in the world, in the universe. This is why you better stop comparing yourself with someone else (if you are still busy doing that). Stop self-criticism!  We all may do this sometimes. This is because we constantly move in an environment (cine and TV industry) that seems to create pseudo standards. Your life will tremendously change when you realize that I better stop comparing and pitying myself. There are no reasons why you have to dwell on comparing yourself to others. Each of us deals with different types of life tussles and fights. What works for A does not totally work for B or C. You have a unique vision. Follow your own beat, and do not be scared of where your dance leads you.

3. Yes, you are remarkable

When you feel so alone, remember that you are significant. As you walk outside, you are different than all those who you see.  When you go for auditions and observe others who in your mistaken opinion are seemingly better than you, look yourself in that small mirror you keep with you. Oh, yes, you are really different and remarkable in this difference, and that’s what a casting director is looking for. Isn’t he? Next, you got a small role in a short film after a long period. Well, that’s because you are remarkable. Even other industry people, your friends do not recognize your awesome personality and talents at present the loss is theirs, not yours! Continue your journey to stardom and soon you will reach your destination soon

4. Your way of life is the message to the world

There are actually no rules on how to live the most meaningful life. Your view of what a great life is may be different from someone else’s, but it does not mean that you are a failure. The more you get too pressured about the expectations of others, the more you become so hard on yourself. When you hear your soul calling for dreaming more and just living the way you want, does not mean that you are a notch lower to those who choose to work 9-5 and who stay in one place all their lives. They have their own message to the world. You have yours, too. Applaud yourself for allowing your voice be heard.

5. You are a gift

Can you recall that moment when someone thanked you for something you did or just being who you are? You are a gift. Sometimes, the failures may overshadow how you see yourself through inside who you are, but your inner light will surely illuminate even when the years have gone by. How you make someone feel will never be forgotten. You may reach a point when you feel that you’ve taken a path so different from the rest and you feel guilty about it. On the other hand, you do know that there is someone out there who is inspired by your bold choices.
These are just five of the many why you deserve to praise yourself. You are reading this now because you are artistic, appealing and smashing!
You deserve more than a simple burger and Pepsi at McDonald’s.

You are a celebration!

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

11 Simple Steps You Can Take Today to be a Bollywood Star

Get noticed by Bollywood
How to get noticed by Bollywood

How to Get Noticed by Bollywood to Get a Role

11 steps of an action plan to be in Bollywood

1. Start taking training and don't stop no matter how good you think you are or how good others tell you are, so that when you do put yourself up in front of the right people, you will be ready! Join a good school or preferably, hire an acting coach in the beginning who will focus on you alone.

2. Study Bollywood and TV serial or TV commercial production industry. Find out how it works. Find out who is responsible for casting actors and  what casting directors, coordinators look for in an actor, what the unions do, what the current trends and competition are in the industry, etc.

3. Figure out what your type is (See footnote). Don't jump for any audition whether or not you meet the requirement of a "character" auditioners are looking for. It may lead to your being rejected. This is a concept you need to be familiar with! It will help you direction in  your marketing efforts.

4. Get into your head once for all that acting is a business like any other. Therefore, learn the basic business, networking and self-promotional skills. So important! You need to make sure you stand out from everyone else. You need to be extremely persistent as well!

5. Learn how to audition. Auditioning and acting on set are two different beasts. Auditioning is like getting an entry ticket. It's completely different from the rest of the game.

6. Surround yourself with people who are already doing what you want and NOT with people who are trying to get what you want. You are more likely to learn from people who are already doing what you want to do. So go find them and learn from them!

7. Talk to both working actors, A-who is making a living from acting as well as B- to aspiring actors who have been talking a lot over the past couple of years and really haven't done very much. You can learn from both groups! From one you learn what to do. From the other, you will learn how NOT to be.

8. Stay curious and never ever think you know it all. Be good and humble. You can always get better, whether in your acting technique, auditioning, sharpening your monologue delivery, on-camera technique, learning about the industry or whatever. Never, never stop learning! Continue getting retrained from your acting coach

9. Once you start to achieve some success, help others who are in the same position you were once. You'll see that it will pay off.

10. At some point during all this you should ask yourself (and be honest) if you really, honestly and truly have the passion for acting to DO WHAT IS NECESSARY to succeed. Without that passion much will be lost and it will be difficult for you to achieve the success you desire. And what's more, you probably won't be very happy.

11. Finally, in your journey, there will be periods of considerable financial instability. Have you planned finances for the sufficient period of time? If not, then this could be a bottleneck to your long struggle.

Once you do those things regularly, you are bound to be noticed by Bollywood Industry!

What Type are you?

1. Age 
You don't have to necessarily look at your real age, but instead of the age range you can authentically play.
2. Physical Appearance
 For which character are you physically appropriate? A young leading woman? A young leading man? Irrespective of age, a leading woman? A leading man? A character actor/ comedian? Then there is more specific typing, such as a villager, urban, college student,  army/ police, dirty, divine looking (priest), regional (south Indian, Bengali, Oriental) and so on.
3. Personality depicting your particular attitude
Are you energetic, funny, serious, silly, playful, shy, emotional, quirky, cool, nerdy, friendly, expressive, spontaneous, introverted or extroverted, suspicious, negative, sad, dejected? The list goes on.
4. Inherent inborn nature
Are you strong, powerful, delicate, arrogant, humble, sophisticated, earthy, vulnerable, fragile, offbeat, contemporary, classic, lower class, middle class, upper class, city, suburban, country, executive class, working class, intelligent, intense, competent, independent, soft, hard, winner or loser? Again, the list goes on.

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