A person acting for Television is reffered to as TV Actor. Being a TV Actor one can work for TV Soaps, reality shows and game shows. One needs to acquire acting skills in order to become an actor for television.
What do they do?
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.
Television actors do their job on recorded episodes of television series. Typically, an actor can be the principal cast of the show/ series or could be a supporting cast. Supporting cast actors need not necessarily be on every episode of the series. They may also make a guest appearance for a single or limited number of episodes. A principal cast will also enjoy being featured or listed during the opening credits of a TV show to be recognized as one key element of the show.
A supporting cast may or may be featured in the opening credits but with time, he/ she can start featuring; especially if the character played becomes popular amongst viewers or writers of the show. A supporting actor might have to struggle to begin with, but with time and variety of roles, the scope of growth increases manifold.
- 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
How do I get 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.
Typical day in the life of a TV Actor
The role of a TV actor can be quite streneous. You will have to adjust to stringent working hours, which could range from early mornings to late nights. If you are shooting with a huge cast, you will have to adjust to the other crew's timings and act according to the time slots allocated for your scenes. Normally, there are no fixed timings. But if it is a running TV series, and you have a major role to play, then, by and large, your timings may be fixed.