Acting Career Information: Becoming an Actor or Actress

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Many aspiring actors dream of having a career in Bollywood or Hollywood. With proper training, dedication, time, passion and patience, the dream of becoming an actor can eventually become a reality. If you want to be a successful television or film actor, there are some things you need to know to kick start your way down that path. So, let's dig into the article to get an in-depth knowledge about this exciting career.

Eligibility Criteria and Higher Studies

Aspiring candidates can become an actor with no formal education, but a bachelor's degree in theater arts, drama, acting and performing, may help learn technical skills. Experience is of great importance in the career that you will choose, as knowledge and experience lead to bigger and higher-paying roles.

Curriculum and Core Subjects

If you are pursuing a degree in Bachelor's of Performing Arts, then these are the subjects you will need to study:

BPA Course Curriculum

Raga Studies Tala Studies
Fundamental Study of Hindustani Music Fundamental Study of Tala
Western Music Elementary study of Hindustani Music
Elementary Study of Tala Analytical Study of Indian Classical Music
Analytical Study of Tala and Shastra Intensive Study of Raga
Intensive Study of Tala Folk Music
Rabindra Sangeet World Music

BPA Course Curriculum

History of Dance Technique of Dance
Choreography Movement Techniques
New Media & Performance Practice Dance on Camera
Indian Culture -

BPA Course Curriculum

Acting Basic Computer Skills
Basics of Vocal Practice Body Movement and Dance
Communication Skills Introduction to Indian Theatre
Yoga History of Indian Theatre
Practical Knowledge Of Basic Ragas Stage Craft and Design
Environmental Studies Folk Theatre Forms of India
Direction History of Western Theatre
Indian Culture and Art Basic Concepts of Film Making
Event Management Mixed Martial Arts
Theory of Direction and Stagecraft Basics of Camera Light and Sound
Script Writing Theatre Production
Basics of TV Production Project on Short Film
Sound Editing Sound Recording
TV Production Lab Film Theories
Project on Commercial Advertisement TV Production

Careers Related to the Field are:

Some of the career opportunities are:

  1. Model
  2. Drama Coach 
  3. Community Arts Worker
  4. Dancer
  5. Music Therapist
  6. Theatre Therapist
  7. Drama Therapist


An actor/actress can earn a salary ranging from Rs. 2 Crores to Rs. 5 Crores per film. 

Top Universities

Some of the top universities in India are:

  1. Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepared, Mumbai
  2. Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
  3. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata
  4. Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai
  5. National School of Drama, New Delhi
  6. Asian Academy of Film and Television- Mumbai, Noida, New Delhi and Kolkata
  7. Whistling Woods International, Mumbai
  8. Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment, Mumbai
  9. Zee Institute of Media and Arts, Mumbai
  10. Centre for Research in Arts, Film and Television (Delhi)


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