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A professional actor may or may not be a professional. Some actors only sing or dance, while others only work on radio. Actresses are women, but the word "actor" is used for both men and women when referring to a group. Thespians are also known as actors because of the first known Greek actor, Thespis.


“Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life”.

- Bette Davis

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Who is an Actor?

Performers are people who entertain an audience by acting, singing, or dancing. The actors play characters on stage or screen and work with the creative team to bring a piece of theatre to life.

What are the basic Qualifications Needed for becoming an Actor?

Qualifications –

Degree Level - Not required; bachelor's degree helpful in learning the craft

Degree Field - There are no formal education requirements to become an actor but a bachelor's degree in theater arts, drama, acting/ and performing

Which Stream will be best/suitable/relevant for an Actor?

Acting is a performing art, but it does not mean that only arts students can pursue it. Students who are in the Science or Commerce stream in 12th grade can also take acting courses if they are really interested in it.

Which Course will be best for Actors?

  • Course name - Certificate in Acting / Body language

Eligibility - Completion of class 10 or 12 from a recognised board

Duration - 3 months to 1 year

  • Course name - Diploma in Acting / Diploma in Theatre, Acting and Film Production / Diploma in Acting for Film and TV

Eligibility - 10+2 from a recognised board

Duration -1-2 years

What are the top universities in India to become an Actor?

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

  • National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi.

  • Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai.

  • Institute of Creative Excellence, Mumbai.

  • Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares, Mumbai.

What are the top universities abroad to become an Actor?

  • Pace University.

  • University of Northampton.

  • California State University, Long Beach.

  • Trinity College Dublin.

  • Long Island University Post.

What are the entrance Exams to become an Actor?

  • NSD 2020-21: National School of Drama is the conducting body of this exam.

  • FTII 2020-21: FTII is conducted by Film and Television together.

  • AISF 2020-21: Annapurna International School of Film conducts this exam every year.

Are there any scholarships available to become an Actor?

Which skills are Required to be an Actor?

  • Ability to take direction.

  • Ability to work as a team and individually.

  • Good time keeping skills.

  • Reliability.

  • Ability to learn lines/directions.

  • Confidence in being in front of an audience.

  • Experience in improvisation/ad-libbing.

What are the best companies offering jobs as an Actor?

  • Film Acting.

  • TV Acting.

  • Theatre Acting.

  • Voice Over Acting.

  • Commercials Acting.

  • Extra/Background Acting.

What are the pros & cons / Advantage & disadvantage of working as an Actor?


  • Actors get to meet and socialize with famous people

  • Actors travel the world and explore new countries


  • Actors experience uncertainty in relationships

  • The lifestyle of an actor can lack depth or be pretentious


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