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CLOCK­WORK An av­er­age day of a TV ac­tor: 10.30am: Wake up 6.30am: Gym/yoga/dub­bing 8.30am: Report for shoot­ing 1pm: Lunch break 2pm - 10pm: Shoot­ing con­tin­ues with a break around 6:30 pm

THE PAY­OFF “At the en­try level, a TV ac­tor can earn R15,000 to R20,000 per month, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of days of shoot­ing. The pay in­creases as per the job pro­file, ex­pe­ri­ence and the type of roles one gets. TV ac­tors with re­cur­ring roles of­ten make around R1.5 lakh to R2 lakh a month. This can in­crease sub­stan­tially once an ac­tor switches to a perepisode package,” says Salim Arif, HoD, Ac­tor’s Stu­dio, Whistling Woods In­ter­na­tional, Mum­bai Tele­vi­sion has be­come the most de­mand­ing medium for an ac­tor as there is much less time to re­hearse and you may not re­ceive your lines un­til just be­fore the shoot. “If you have the tal­ent, pas­sion, sin­cer­ity and are ready to work hard, TV can be the ideal show­case of your per­son­al­ity and a door­way to open­ings in all sorts of new cin­ema, in­clud­ing main­stream Hindi films,” says Yashraj Jad­hav, dean at Anu­pam Kher’s Ac­tor Pre­pares in­sti­tute in Mum­bai. This pro­fes­sion also re­quires knowl­edge of some as­pects of film­mak­ing and sound and light use. Act­ing is first and fore­most a craft, there­fore, you must con­stantly im­prove upon it. Act­ing not only al­lows one to play a char­ac­ter for a pe­riod of time, it also gives one the op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute ideas to scripts, learn new skills or re­search. In the ini­tial phase, act­ing of­ten does not of­fer peo­ple fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity, but you tend to grow as more years get added to your ex­pe­ri­ence. Some of the ma­jor pro­duc­tion houses in­clude Balaji Tele­films, UTV Pro­duc­tions, En­de­mol and Op­ti­mys­tix SKILLS/TRAITS Mas­tery over act­ing skills, dic­tion is im­por­tant Pres­ence of mind Should be able to take di­rec­tions well Ba­sic skills for ac­tion scenes One should be com­fort­able with dub­bing and speech vari­a­tion Abil­ity to stay calm and fo­cused in high-stress sit­u­a­tions

GET­TING THERE Though there is no spe­cific ed­u­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion that can help you be­come an ac­tor, there are sev­eral cour­ses that can help you pick up and re­fine act­ing skills, un­der­stand the pro­fes­sion and its tech­ni­cal­i­ties. An act­ing course from a renowned in­sti­tute will also help you gain a foothold in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. Stu­dents from any stream can opt for cour­ses at the un­der­grad­u­ate or post­grad­u­ate level IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia, Pune

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