Sunday, 30 August 2015

7 Things to Do to Be a Super-Star Which Most Don’t Do


Super Star Ranbir Kapoor with award
Super Star Ranbir Kapoor with award

The super-star and achievers amaze the normal actors and people in every way possible. They have the same 24 hours per day that an average actor has, but they manage to use those hours much more effectively.
Oftentimes, they not only are successful in one particular genre (like comedy, action, drama, love and conflict) but develop incredibly well in most of the types of a genre. Also, be it mental and physical health, relationships and social life or career, these individuals manage them all in an exceptionally good way.
Now, to avoid creating a picture of a perfect human in your mind, these people tend to fail as well. In reality, they fail a lot. However, what separates them from the actor crowd is embracing the learning process and taking notes from every failure.
I have identified after a thorough research and biography eight things they regularly do, which all have a tremendous impact on their stardom

1. They work out daily (yes, daily).


They have a top body and an excellent fitness level.
Don’t get me wrong, they don’t complete a hardcore physical or mental training session every single day. It can just as well be stretching, low-impact cardio or yoga. The key message to you here is not the way of exercising, but the fact that top stars and performers realize the importance of treating their bodies like a temple.
Whereas typical people tend to take care of their physical health intermittently, Super-Stars set it as one of their highest priorities.

2. They schedule their days wisely and strategically.


I’m sure you already know that “to-do lists” are unbelievably helpful. If this strategy would work well, the majority of actors would achieve their dreams. In reality, however, almost 60% never make it and remain actors with a tag of “Strugglers”.
One of the most crucial lessons to stardom is to find out and to ask you a very important question; namely, what’s the one thing I can do well, focus on that and everything else will be either easier or unnecessary?
Once you determine that very thing, you’ll already be ahead of the majority of wannabe Bollywood Actor freaks.
What you need to do is realize and then apply the difference between being effective and being efficient. Whereas plenty of actors want to be more efficient, which means doing things the right way (for example-proper training, good portfolio, monologues, memorizing technique, visiting production houses, registering with good coordinators, audition techniques, running around 10 hours a day, etc.),  intelligent “would be Super-Stars”  focus on being effective, also known as doing what is the right thing for them which they can do better than many.

3. They plan a daily session for learning.


The process of becoming a Super-Star  is a long journey. Some people claim it to be “luck”, but in reality, it’s earned through constant attempts of getting better after each failure. You can’t just sit down and expect to experience a sudden stroke of genius.
What you can do, however, is learning something new every single day.
Just ask to you every morning, “What's new I’m going to learn today?”
When asked about their habits like reading and inquisitiveness habits, almost 90% of successful actors said they read on a daily basis research on the internet for their answers. Reading and researching on the internet is one of the simplest ways to improve.


4. They separate themselves from the negative energy.


If you surround yourself with negative people who waste their time and complain and criticizing everything a lot, there’s no way you’ll ever become a  Super-Star
When your goal is to become a Bollywood or TV serial Super-Star, the best source of inspiration and motivation to keep a company of like-minded individuals who also believe in the journey of self-improvement.

5. They leave their comfort zone, day after day.


If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that successful actors aren’t afraid of being uncomfortable in order to achieve long-term success. Instead of choosing shortcuts and an instant success, they believe and are ready to difficult things like different roles, genre, odd timings, action, singing, dancing, rejections and criticism, financial instability etc.
The reason is simple that amazing things happen like more opportunities if step out of your comfort zone
Great things never come from day dreaming or laying on the bed in your room and drinking beer with favorite snack. They happen once you decide to take action and challenge yourself on a daily basis.

6. They use proper technology and systems.


Instead of relying purely on their motivation and determination levels, successful actors depend on the right technology and systems, which help to self-regularizing their daily routines.
The vast majority of aspiring actors  can’t or don’t use the technology in their favor. Wrong activities on social media like chatting, posting photos for getting “likes”, mobile games or pointless news apps distract them day after day. On the opposite side, though, are intelligent actors who use technology to make their lives easier.
Applications and software help them to manage their time, cut off distractions, get more done and have a better overview of their progress.
Here are some of the examples of useful apps:  Evernote, Todoist, Sunrise, BufferApp, Clean Master (Web, Android) to name a few
The above list will help you to get started (remember, the key isn’t to get them all, but to adopt the ones that work for you).

7. They say no consistently.


Being able to say no at the right moment is a skill which can guarantee your success and happiness. It’s not easy to learn, but it’s absolutely possible. Saying no to one thing is actually saying yes to the other.
Say yes to exercise and diet and you will say no to bad body and health. This rule applies to every area of your life. Saying yes to being a successful actor means saying no to a lot of things, such as distractions and needless commitments.
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Don't Quit on Repeated Failures | Mistakes and 6 Top Fix


Hrithik Roshan who corrected his mistakes to be a star
Hrithik Roshan committed many mistakes during struggling days, but
killed them and learned  to be a SUPER STAR 



An actor must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them!

Why the majority of aspiring actors fails to fulfill their dream to be successful and earn name, fame and desired money?


I bet everybody knows about the saying nobody is perfect.  Well, it’s true.  One way or the other at one time in your life you are bound to make minor and major mistakes.  As we get older in our pursuit to become a Bollywood or TV Serial and do not succeed, we find so many things in our past that we tend to regret. These actions tend to make us develop a sense of anger for certain people and worse, for ourselves. A mistake may seem to be a negative thing for you now. But it all depends on how you see things.  A mistake can be something you will regret for the rest of your life. A haunting memory you cannot erase.  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.

Perhaps, you made a mistake of:



  • Arguing unnecessary with a casting director or with a director while on a set
  • You are egoistic or an angry young man / woman who fights on smallest pretext
  • Not learning your character and lines properly for an audition or for a shoot
  • Getting carried away and paying large money to fraudsters promising you a break in the film/ TV serial
  • Not doing a proper research and joining an acting school paying 1 or 2 Lakhs
  • Give excuses for your failures
  • Giving loans to Co-actors and others without checking the credentials
  • Poor patience
  • Get depressed easily with rejections
  •  And many more….


It's time to realize, just kill mistakes and learn to correct!

1. Nobody is perfect


Again, this line comes up, because it’s true. The fact of life 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.

2. Past can’t be undone


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.

3. Why not 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 chose for it to happen.


4. Be smart


Learn the laws of cause and effect. That is why you did something and for what reason? There is something that caused that mistake to happen. Be smart enough to recognize it and avoid it. Know that although you are happy with whom you are and what you’ve become as a person, there is always room for improvement. A mistake makes you realize your weaknesses. Therefore you will know which skills and talents you will need to work on to improve so the mistake will not happen again.

5. Forgive


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.

6. The  attitude game


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 and successful actor and person in the future.
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An actor must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Home Exercises for Actors to Look Hot and Win Auditions



Bollywood actress Bipasa Basu-a fitness freak
Bollywood actress Bipasa Basu-a fitness freak!



Wanna have a body like Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan or hot like Katrina Kaif?


In an audition room, you need the foundation of a steady mind and a strong, flexible body, to support you and your performance every moment that you’re in the room.
Not everyone can afford to join a gym or afford to purchase multiple machines in a home gym or 100 kg of dumbbells! Many of you can’t invest thousands of Rupees to build their body’

So how do you get in a good workout without the fancy equipment?
Here is good news! You can get in a great workout right in the comfort of your own home by using your body weight or with affordable few light dumbbells.
Here are my workout plan which is almost FREE and if you follow seriously with a daily schedule of about 1 to 2 hours either in the early morning or in the evening whether you are staying alone or in sharing place with 3 or 4 partners


Great Home Work Outs


PUSH UP 1



PUSH UP 1

1. Lie on the floor face down and place your hands about 36 inches apart while holding your torso up at arm’s length.
2. Next, lower yourself downward until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
3. Now breathe out and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest.
4. After a brief pause at the top contracted position, you can begin to lower yourself downward again for as many repetitions as needed.






Variations:
If you are new at this exercise and do not have the strength to perform it, you can either bend your legs at the knees to take off resistance or perform the exercise against the wall instead of the floor.
For the most advanced lifters, you can place your feet at a high surface such as a bench in order to increase the resistance and to target the upper chest more.

PUSH UP 2



PUSH UP 2

1. Lie on the floor face down and body straight with your toes on the floor and the hands wider than shoulder width for a wide hand position and closer than shoulder width for a close hand position. Make sure you are holding your torso up at arm’s length.
2. Lower yourself until your chest almost touches the floor as you inhale.
3. Using your pectoral muscles, press your upper body back up to the starting position and squeeze your chest. Breathe out as you perform this step.
4. After a second pause at the contracted position, repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.





Variations:
1. If you are new at this exercise and do not have the strength to perform it, you can either bend your legs at the knees to take off resistance or perform the exercise against the wall instead of the floor.
2. For the most advanced lifters, you can place your feet on a high surface such as a bench in order to increase the resistance and to target the upper chest more.

BENCH LEG RAISING



BENCH LEG RAISING

1. Lie with your back flat on a bench and your legs extended in front of you off the end.
2. Place your hands either under your glutes (buttocks) with your palms down or by the sides holding onto the bench. This will be your starting position.
3. As you keep your legs extended, straight as possible with your knees slightly bent, but locked, raise your legs until they make a 90-degree angle with the floor. Exhale (breath out)  as you perform this portion of the movement and hold the contraction at the top for a second.
4. Now, as you inhale (breath in), slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position.




Variations: 
You can also perform this exercise on the floor on top of an exercise mat. You can also add weight by holding a dumbbell in between your feet as you get more advanced.

FROG SIT UP



FROG SIT UPFROG SIT UP


1. Lie with your back flat on the floor (or exercise mat) and your legs extended in front of you.
2. Now bend at the knees and place your outer thighs by the floor (or mat) as you make the soles of your feet touch each other.
3. Now try pushing both soles and bringing them up as near you as possible while you keep the outer thighs on the floor (or at least almost touching it). Tip: In this position your legs should create a diamond shape.
4. Now, cross your arms in front of you by touching the opposite shoulders. This will be your starting position.
5. As you exhale flatten your lower back to the floor while curling the torso upwards. Tip: This will be like performing the first 1/4 movement of a sit up. Hold at the top position for a second.
6. As you inhale, slowly lower back to the starting position.
7. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.


SCISSOR’S KICK



SCISSOR’S KICK

1. To begin, lie down with your back pressed against the floor or on an exercise mat (optional). Your arms should be fully extended to the sides with your palms facing down. Note: The arms should be stationary the entire time.
2. With a slight bend at the knees, lift your legs up so that your heels are about 6 inches off the ground. This is the starting position.
3. Now lift your left leg up to about a 45 degree angle while your right leg is lowered until the heel is about 2-3 inches from the ground.
4. Switch movements by raising your right leg up and lowering your left leg. Remember to breathe while performing this exercise.
5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.





SKIPPING



Bollywood actor skipping
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar skips for "Bhag Milkha Bhag"


This is a great cardio exercise and involves a great combination of the mind and body working together. You definitely won't be thinking of the day's frustrations once you start skipping. Ensure that your rope stands suitable for your height; on the rope's center and bring up each side of your shoulders. The right size would be if the rope handles come up till your underarms.
Start with half skips and graduate to double skips. Your target should be to complete at least 500 revolutions in 5 minutes. This will prime you for a great workout.





A must read related posts on building a HOT body and get selected in auditions


1. Top exercises
2. Physical Warm Ups
3. Tips on building great physique




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