How To Be A Star ?

Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Till now we have discussed many aspects of a life in the film industry, including the kind of attitude one should have towards one’s work, the kind of skills one should possess in terms of being able to dance or fight and the pitfalls of the glamour industry one should avoid. But we haven’t touched upon the most important aspect of an actor’s life-the ability to act!
There is an old saying- some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them! The same could be said about acting. Many acting greats did not come from a film background. Neither did they really receive formal training in acting; yet the stamped their class upon whatever acting assignments that came their ways. You could say that these were actors who were born great.
Then there are so many others, who slowly but surely made people sit up and recognize their talent. Some started their careers on television and from there graduated to performing lead roles in movies. Yet others started off their acting careers playing the villain. They managed to so impress the audiences with their raw talent that producers took a gamble with these actors and cast them as heroes and this moved paid off handsomely for these gentlemen who became major stars. They consistently gave one decent performance after the other until they found their own specific niches. These are examples are of actors who achieved greatness by the sheer dint of their hard work.
The last category is of actors who had greatness thrust upon them, by virtue of their being born into leading film families. These lucky people would have acting imprinted in their DNA and it was always expected that they would all become great stars.
There may be different roads to achieving success, but the one common factor in the success of all of these stalwarts has been the fact that they all put in an uncommon amount of hard work. It is not as if these people just walked on to the movie sets and everything fell into place. They had to learn the ropes as they went along.
Some became early practitioner of what is known as the method school of acting in which the actor makes a deliberate attempt to understand the thought process of the character that they are portraying. Those who came from a theatre background had an advantage over the others in the sense that they had a firm grounding in the art of acting.
Many of the star sons started their careers as movie assistants doing odd jobs on the sets. Then there was a whole band of extremely talented actors who passed out from the two premier acting institutions of the country- The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and the National School of Drama, New Delhi. The former gave the country many thespians and stalwarts who dominated the Indian film industry for decades to come and continue to do so.
These institutions of acting came up because it was realized that acting is an art form which can be studied and acquired. This is an international phenomenon and there are excellent acting schools to be found all over the world. Names like New York Film Academy, London School of Dramatic Art and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute are renowned as institutions of the highest pedigree where one can learn acting.
So for an aspiring actor, it is absolutely essential that they get some formal training in acting. These schools expose one to the best of international cinema, the latest techniques of film making and the finer nuances of the craft of acting. One can also interact with legendary actors, film makers and technicians and get invaluable insights into the film making business.
Luckily there is a host of top class acting schools in India including FTII and NSD helmed by the doyens of the industry where one can fully understand the business of acting. The Roshan Taneja School of Acting, Mumbai headed by founder of the Film and Television School of India Mr. Roshan Taneja himself, Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, founded by the showman Subhash Ghai, actor Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares Mumbai and The Barry John Acting School in Delhi and Mumbai are just a few of the many excellent acting schools that have come up in many parts of the country.
Going to an acting school is like getting an MBA degree before taking up a job or joining a business. It gives you the skills and confidence to tackle the task at hand with a firm footing. While it is true that you don’t compulsorily need to study at an acting school to become an actor, doing so will certainly give you a head-start and in a field as competitive as the film line that counts for a lot.