How to Become an Actor?
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How to Become an Actor?

How to Become an Actor?

In India, many young men and women worldwide dream of becoming an actor, but due to a lack of knowledge of acting and not knowing the right path, their plan does not come true.

If you also wish to become an actor, then here, through this article, you will be made aware of the process and requirements of becoming an actor in India.

The primary purpose of this article is to remove your lack of knowledge to become an actor. So here you will be given complete information related to becoming an actor. So let’s know how to become an actor.

What is an actor?

An actor is a person (male/female) who plays a real or imaginary character other than himself to see that character as accurate. Therefore, an actor or actor portrays other characters and their ideas in their own words for film, television, theater, etc.

Like any other career option, pursuing a career in acting is no joke and requires a fair amount of training, a lot of hard work, and specialized skills. Along with this, it is also necessary to get into that character afresh and practice afresh to play each new character.

What to do to become an actor?

To become a successful actor, it is essential first to become a good actor or do good acting. Some people have an innate quality of drama, and others have to acquire this quality through proper training to become an actor.

Before getting an adequate course or training in the field of acting, candidates who aspire to become an actor should work on the following subjects at their level:-  

  • Make your body fit.
  • Learn to dance
  • Pay attention to your appearance.
  • Learn to control your facial expressions.
  • Learn to speak long dialogues effectively.
  • Improve your presentation skills.
  • Participate in plays in your school/college, etc.

The aspirants who aspire to become an actor need to keep the above things in mind before starting any acting training. Doing this can prove to be highly beneficial in two places-

(1). During admission to an acting training institute of an excellent or high order; and

(2). During an audition to get an acting role on a big stage.

But candidates should also keep in mind that an acting course from a prominent acting training institute and improving your acting talent gives you more and better performance opportunities than other competitors.

Therefore, if you have the talent to become an actor, then you must try to get admission to a good acting institute to do the acting course. Further in this article, we will tell you about the various acting courses and best institutes available in India.

Ability to be an actor

Before taking admission or applying for any course of any acting educational institute, you must know that to become an actor, there is no requirement of any degree or diploma or any other system and if you have the skills then you one can become a good and successful actor without any education and training.

Apart from this, there is no age limit to make a career in acting, and you can start your acting career at any stage of age.

But if you take admission in an acting course of a good and high-quality training institute of acting, it increases your chances of getting work or any role in the drama. So let us know about the various acting courses and acting schools/institutions present in India.

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Acting courses in India

Students wishing to make a career in the field of acting can do any of the following acting courses according to their qualifications and preferences:-  

  • Diploma / Certificate course of 3 / 6 months.
  • 3 Year B.A. (acting)
  • 2/3 Years Post-Graduate Diploma Course in Acting/ Dramatic Art etc.; etc.

Acting institutes in India

Following are some of the best institutes present in the field of acting in India:-

  • Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune

“Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)” or “Film and Television Institute of India” is an institute under the Government of India, where various types of courses related to film and television are offered.

A 2-year Post-Graduate (Post-Graduate) Diploma Course in “Screen Acting” is provided in the Film Wing of this Institute in which Graduate (Graduate) candidates from any discipline can apply for admission.

Admission to FTII Screen Acting Course is based on a competitive examination called Joint Entrance Test (JET), Audition, Orientation, and Interview.

The acting course of this institute has only ten seats. Hence, getting admission to one of the best acting institutes of India, FTII’s Post-Graduate Diploma in Acting course, is not an easy task.

But if you become successful in getting admission in FTII, then your chances of getting work in films or T.V. serials in acting increases tremendously.

In the JET exam, multiple-choice and descriptive questions of 100 marks are asked related to general knowledge and cinema. Some well-known artists at FTII include Danny Dinzongpa, Jaya Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Om Puri, Smita Patil, and Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, etc.

National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi

The “National School of Drama (NSD)” is one of the world’s leading theater training institutes fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Candidates who wish to make a career in acting can also do a 3-year diploma course in “Dramatic Arts” from NSD.

To take admission in the 3-year Dramatic Arts Diploma Course of National School of Drama, Delhi, candidates must possess the following qualifications:-  

  • Graduate in any discipline from any recognized University in India;
  • Experience of participation in at least six different theater productions with attached document proof of theatre;
  • Knowledge of Hindi or English language; And
  • Recommendation letter from at least one theater expert.
  • Some well-known artists from NSD include Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Raj Babbar, Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta, Ashutosh Rana, etc.

Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, Mumbai

An acting school named “Anupam Khers Actor Prepares” was opened in Mumbai in 2005 by the famous actor of the film world, Anupam Kher. Some short-acting certificates and diploma courses of up to 3 months are offered in this acting institute.

To get admission in the acting diploma course of this institute, candidates have to submit an interim video CD and the application form, after which some selected candidates are called for an audition. Successful candidates in the audition are admitted to the respective acting training course.

Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Manish Paul, Hrithik Roshan, etc., are big names in acting trained by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares.

Whistling Woods International (WWI), Mumbai

Whistling Woods International (WWI), Mumbai, is a premier institute in film and fashion run by renowned film director Subhash Ghai. And, Whistling Woods International is established in Film City, Mumbai.

From WWI, you can do a 3-year B.A. (Acting) course after the 12th standard. A 2-year advanced diploma course is also offered in this institute in the field of acting.

Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA), Kolkata

Zee Institute of Media Arts (ZIMA) is one of the best institutes for you to do a short duration certificate course in acting after class 12th. Certificate course in the acting of 6 months duration is conducted in ZIMA after class 12th.

Career Options for Actors in India

After successfully passing any of the above courses in India, you can try your luck through auditions in the following areas of acting:-  

  • Bollywood movies
  • regional language films
  • V. serial
  • television commercial
  • Your personal YouTube channel; etc

Although it is the dream of any actor to work in Bollywood films, if you cannot get any acting role in Bollywood films initially, you can start with a small screen or commercials. Many big screen (Bollywood films) actors of India began their acting career with small screens, i.e., television serials.

The most prominent example in this category is Shahrukh Khan, who started his acting career with the T.V. serial Circus.

Other important things to become an actor

In the field of acting, until you get a suitable role according to your goal or you do not get proper recognition, then you may also need to take care of the following things:-  

  • Participate in television reality shows etc.
  • Act regularly in stage plays like theater etc.

Don’t turn down any small acting offer. You get on the big stage in the beginning. A small acting role can bring you into the eyes of established producer-directors.  

Give more auditions. As we have repeatedly mentioned in the above article, the most significant advantage of taking an acting course from a top-notch acting training institute is that you can get relatively easy access to auditions for the big stage of the acting field.  

Build and grow your acquaintance with people from the film, television, and theater worlds.

Don’t give up on the rejections you’ve had a few times in the field of acting, etc.

Actor’s salary

No actor gets any fixed salary or salary in acting, and it depends on your stage, experience, name, and fame. But some film actors in India charge fees or compensation up to several crore rupees for a film and some television actors up to several lakh rupees for an episode of a related serial.


Through this article, you got information about becoming an actor, various courses and institutes of acting, and other important things related to theater.

 Therefore, if you want to become an actor, you can take advantage of this information and make a career in acting.

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