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Salman Khan: Screen Acting-Inviting Camera
Observe how Bollywood star inviting the camera to look at him- the character

Do You Know In An Audition There Are 100 Aspirants for Each role?

Do You Know Each Actor In An Audition Is Better Than Other-In Contacts, In Looks, Body, Language, And Techniques?

Are You Aware Of Requirements To Be A Successful Actor And How To Meet them?

Do You Know How To Beat Hundreds Of Rival Actors To Grab A Role In Audition?


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Learn Theater And Film Acting Both

How to Be a Good Stage Actor



Great actors spend their entire careers learning to relax the muscles in their face and body at will. Tension is very obvious when you are on stage. Your voice will sound thin and wavering, and your movements will be jerky and unattractive. To avoid these stiff and nervous displays when you're acting, it is essential to remain as relaxed as possible, This is possible by learning and practicing "Shav Asana", Self-Hypnotism and Auto-Suggestion (contact us)


Focus your attention 

It could be another actor, a prop, etc. Keep yourself in the moment on a scene and never stare off into space or at the audience. It is obvious to the audience if you are spacing out, and it is very distracting. Keeping your focus on an object in the scene enables you to remain in character.  and enhances the believability of the role and the play itself. Look at the eyes of the people we're speaking with or listening to, as we do in real life, so doing that on stage will appear quite natural.


Immerse yourself in the role

Forget that you are pretending, and try to become the character you are playing. Envision how that person reacts to life, how that person dresses, walks, thinks and converses with others. Don't be afraid to act like someone else.


Everything should be more clear and  a bit exaggerated on stage

While acting, you need to speak your words carefully and clearly. Project your voice farther than normal (which is not the same thing as shouting), because there are people a good distance away who are trying to understand what you're saying. All the emotions on your face should be formed in a more intense and exaggerated manner.


Warm up your vocal cords

Breathe deeply. Do numerous vocal warm ups to ensure that you do not strain your vocal cords. Practice voice-techniques.


Concentrate on your expressions

Facial expressions should be combined with simultaneous vocal modulations. For example say a simple "Oh!" or "Aaray, Ramesh!" (Hindi) in front of a mirror. Notice both your face and your voice. Alternately portray sadness, awe, anger, fear, shock, excitement, and any other emotion you can think of.


Read, analyze, feel and practice your lines repeatedly


How to kill stage fright

Use the stage lights to kill stage fright. If you're less than comfortable performing before a live audience, trick yourself. When the lights in the theater hall go out and the stage lights go on, you won't be able to see the audience, except for the first row or two. Just pretend you're acting for a few friends.


Make audience disappear by creating a wall

Whether it be a live audience, a camera, pretend there's a wall between you and the audience. They call this "the fourth wall." You're no longer on a stage or a set, you're in your private world, and the audience doesn't exist. For example, imagine this as a blank wall or is of your bedroom, study room, bus stop etc.
10. Finally, just remember never to turn your back on the audience.

Screen Acting-The 6 Key Factors



Learn the requirements of how to be a film actor and how to meet them
Look and read relevant post in this blog


Find A Good Acting Coach or a school


LearnActing Craft Professionally

A special focus should on  developing confidence, the power of imagination, acting for camera, audition techniques apart from how to market and promote your career


Find Opportunities to practice acting craft

  • Join local theater groups
  • Act in local communities plays
  • Creating your own self-written short film. Use Mobile Camera
  • Practice in front of mirror or with friends
  • Present monologs, jokes in parties. Be a party anchor

If financially tight...

Find a part time job in the film industry like production, direction, film or acting institutes


Acting for films is a "Cut Throat Business"

Learn how to market and promote your career as a "Business"


* Learning at home

One of the finest resources for learning at home is this blog itself which has more than 250+ posts. There are many aspiring actors who could not afford expensive acting schools have practiced at home from 280+ Posts and now are in Films and in TV serials. However, learning and mastering the acting craft from this blog requires serious reading, patience and regular practice with either your friends or in front of mirror


Don't Be A Mentally Bankrupt |10 Tip-Offs To Be Crazy Actor

An actor and a character
Excellence in Acting: The actor and Character 

This post has a bit higher level, a psychological platform and is for those who want to achieve a true excellence in the acting craft. If you have any questions, please Email me~Author

1. You Are A Freaking Dreamer!

Unlike a common person, you’re always trying to move yourself to some imaginary level—otherwise, why would you choose acting? Why would you choose to spend your days transforming into other lives (playing different characters)?

2. You Are Insane!

  • There must be something about yourself that you’re not quite comfortable with. 
  • Psychotic?
  • A weird life goal? 
  • Some absurd behavior?
  • Lack of money in achieving your goal? 
  • In Love or a failed love?

3. How To Become An Actor

  • You must empty yourself. 
  • Forget what and how you do and live. 
  • Turn yourself into a blank, a clean slate. 
  • Allowing yourself to escape will connect you with that troubled character you have created from the script. 
  • Perhaps entering into another life gives you some hidden pleasure.

4.  Acting

Acting is being very close to like an addiction of some kind. Like drug addiction, alcohol, sex or work.

5. A Good Actor

Be a warrior.
As actors, we all battle with our own evil self inside and we all use "our own way" of whatever it is to numb the pain of not being a normal human being in some way. 

6. What An Audience Expects And A Good Actor Should Give?

What happens is the audience expects a character’s set behavioral pattern (based on their life experiences) as the story moves rather than a "change" to show them who this character is. The question is should an actor show what an audience expects or an opposite and weird? In my opinion, "both" studying the script deeply. Starting from expected turning into unexpected may hold the audience with their jaw dropped and terrified. The question of “what unexpected will I do in such a situation?” probably can be a  creative answer.

7. An Actor Is An Imagination Power House

Imagine someone is asking you one after another question, and you answer them in the voice of the character.  As you speak, you are creating the scene, a story and also,  connecting with the character, developing and playing with character’s mannerisms, his/her voice, physicality. Over time, the character emerges.

8. Fall In Love With The Character

To play the character, you have to fall in love with them. You have to sympathize, have a complete understanding and a deep concern for their personal life-story in the script. Again all this is a game of your imagination, the power of dreaming. After all, it's you as an actor who is creating the character.

9.  The Actor And The Director

The original dreamer of the story is a writer but for an actor, it's the director, the true lunatic who right or wrong, decides the course of a story telling. Therefore, irrespective of how good you are, the options once created by you should be discussed with the director.

10. My Final Opinion

To be a good actor, you have to be very smart. But to be a great actor, you also have to have a streak of, 'I'm an idiot, a complete lunatic'.
The journey as an actor is always fractured, never smooth. There are interim periods, experiencing a lull in work. There will be times when you could be “totally broke,” sitting at home, and thinking I’m never, ever going to make it as an actor. But regular training, preparedness, strong determination and a readiness of “come what may” attitude will get you to where you wanted to be. To be in demand with Hollywood or Bollywood’s top filmmakers. 
Inspired by 

Author Kiran Pande

Acting Coach
Ph.D. B.F.A fine arts (USA)

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3 Ways To Learn Acting | Without Money | With Money | Privately

Learning Acting | Which Is The Best Way?
A confused aspiring actor

Acting is a specialized type of performing arts, and it generally requires a great amount of skill. Although some actors are naturally talented, a formal training to get the most out of these talents is a MUST. Because of this, many aspiring actors choose to attend performing arts or acting schools or hire an acting coach or a mentor.

Which one, especially a beginner should choose? A school or an acting coach?

There are 3 options

A. Without Money

Then you can learn acting FREE at Home and become a good actor

  1. Read all 280+ posts of this blog and practice either 
  2. With friends
  3. In front of a full-size mirror
  4. By this method, it may take few months to become a good actor (I give guidance by email to visitors of my blog)
  5. Once your are moderately confident, visit film institutes like Digital Academy Andheri East or at Zee Institute at Lokhandwala. Andheri west. There are direction courses for aspiring directors and to get a diploma, they must make a short film. They need actors free or to whom they may have to pay a small amount. Meet such aspirant directors after a training session with your photographs and introduce self. Advantage: You learn acting for the camera, making a film and develop your network. 

B. With Money-How To Select An Acting School

Selection criteria

  • Which suits you after a thorough research
  • Rather than the name, enrolling a large group (20 or more), the man behind the school ( a Bollywood celebrity), fame etc.
  • Many a time the above credentials of a school are carefully created to attract students by clever marketing and promotional tactics

So be careful!

Before deciding on a school

  • Visit personally and check syllabus, faculty (important) eg actor-teacher or senior retired actors, ex-directors or casting directors, teachers from production or cinematography. Verify credentials of faculty online and also from co-actors or artist coordinators/ friend casting director/ production houses.
  • Number of classes on a designed day and the time allotted for each session
  • Do teachers spend extra time to individual students if they can't learn for example a particular and sensitive emotion, attitude of a human life or learning improvisation, remembering lines, monologs etc
  • Meet students from the school after the class and seek their opinion
  • How many ex- students got a break in films, theater, TV serials or in commercial ads. Check online the validity of such information
  • What's the fee structure? Schools which have big names like Berry John or whistling woods (Subhash Ghai) may charge fees in Lakhs
  • Then decide after this thorough research 
  • C.  Private 'One On One' acting coach
  • For beginners, I strongly suggest starting with an acting coach to have an undivided and focused personal attention to master acting craft.
  • Acting is not like studying a subject like physics, history or maths with a large group of students. Acting is observing, feeling and transformation- into a new life thus making it a fine delicate form of art and for beginners, it should be learned individually. 

C.  Top Private Acting Coach

Key Advantages

  • Best For Beginners
  • Economical
  • Personal attention

For beginners, I strongly suggest starting with an acting coach to have an undivided and focused personal attention to master acting craft.
Acting is not like studying a subject like physics, history or maths with a large group of students. Acting is observing, feeling and transformation- into a new life thus making it a fine delicate form of art and for beginners should be learned individually.

Pros and Cons an acting coach


  1. Sympathetic to the actor 
  2. Understand the objectives for the individual being coached
  3. Creates a syllabus which suits to a particular student
  4. Adapts course of study and training methods to meet student's need and ability.
  5. Writes, produces and directs monologs and show-reels for students for auditions.
  6. Audition practice.
  7. Acting for camera techniques
  8. Ideal portfolio, making
  9. How to market and promote (social media, online and personal)
  10. Life and acting goal setting, how to achieve success and action plan
  11. Many other tasks needed by a student to excel in an acting career 
  12. Long term follow up and help  


  1. The coaching sessions may not enable you to see the other actors work, which in itself is invaluable!
  2. You can not see how other actors overcome some of their own issues while acting and interpreting their roles.
  3. Learning acting by a coach may not give you a sense of colleagues, and may feel alone in your quest to become an actor.
  4. In private coaching session, you may not find a group of people with whom you can exchange ideas and to whom you can ask questions and share. The absence of this group of your co-learners may deprive  you  to develop networks and information about the film industry like auditions, directors, and casting directors 
  5. Note: However, as a coach is your long time guide, on request he/she can organize such group for interaction and scene practice

The fees

It would depend on courses you chose. It could be the short and fast track for a month or more or a supreme course ( which may include all top international acting techniques+ creating a Monolog Film + Video introduction+ Website etc. Thd fees may range from Rs 20,000 to 1.5 Lacks (with additional 1 year free workshops, support, and guidance)

How To Fix 14 Slip-Ups By Most Actors In Auditions

Screwing up an Audition- Fix it NOW!
Screwing up an Audition- Fix it NOW!

This Is My Pick Which May Screw Up Your Chances in Auditions

  • Don't do anything that isn't about the audition. 
  • To arrive at an audition without thoroughly preparing the requested material. 
  • Being late is another common mistake
  • Shaking hands: Don’t do it unless they approach you and offer their hand
  • Apologizing before or after your audition.

Whether you are attending auditions, barging in their offices or visiting production houses, you meet casting directors or directors or producers or may be their clients who are sitting with them. They expect a certain behavior and etiquette from you, which sadly they don't get from some of you.

 So here is 14 Screw Ups and how to correct them

1. Behavior

Don't embarrass them in front of their producers / clients (occasionally they be present in an audition or a meeting) or other direction or production colleagues when you show up and still do not have  a perfect preparation or the material memorized.

2. Clothes On And The Perfume Off

Keep your clothes on and the perfume off. If the role calls for exhibiting six packs or a nude scene, it will be done on set. Not in their office or in an audition room.

3. Don't Loiter

When your audition is over, please leave. They are not best friends and I don't want you hanging out in the waiting room or even chatting with their juniors or receptionists if you are calling them in their offices.

 4. Meet Them Through The Proper Channels

If you have registered with coordinators or with an agent, they will submit. I suggest not to phone or email (only once) or tweet repeatedly.

5. No Unnecessary Questions

Don't question whether you are right for a project. If they call you after scrutinizing your portfolio and resume, they might have discussed you with other concerned people and think that you have a chance at the role. They won't call you in to waste your time or theirs. Go and be prepared.

6. Irrespective Of Consequences "Smile"

Be respectful. Even if you are having a bad day, put a smile on your face and be pleasant to them.
7. Thank them irrespective of an outcome. They appreciate that

7. Be Professional

Be professional. If you are called and likely to be out of town, inform them with regret while  still thanking them for the invitation

8.  Be Truthful In Replies

Don't say that you can do something you can't. For example, don't say Yes to 5 nights continuous shoot if can't. Or nude scenes or horse riding  or bike stunts if you can't

9. Don't Mention Age

Never tell anyone your age if you're an adult . If you're an adult, it only matters how old you play in the room or on camera.  You could look far younger than your years or you could look far older than your years. At the most, you can mention only in resume “Screen look range”

10. Strictly Avoid comments, criticism, change in script

Never comment, criticize or change the script or your lines in front of the writer or director or producer of the project or tell anybody else in their office, audition waiting room or while auditioning. However, you are free to have your choices in performance options.

11.  Questions

Ask questions about the material if you are unsure about something. Only ask questions if you need clarity.

12. Request Should Be Appropriate

If you need more time with the material, it's OK to ask for a re-schedule or for another  opportunity if it's a rush call. Better to do your best and be prepared than to go in and try to waste their time and your chances.

13. Be Flexible

Be flexible and be prepared for a change in your lines or performance.

14.  Learn Relaxation Techniques

Invest in researching relaxation techniques so that you can overcome any nervousness previous to your entering the meeting or audition room.
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Updated on 13 07 2017

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