How to Become a Television Actress in Mumbai

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Mumbai is home to India’s television industry. Television serials (or soap operas) are a particularly popular form of television entertainment in India. However, unless you have industry connections, it can be difficult to break into television acting in India. Either way, the process can take time and perseverance.

  • Learn the language. Hindi is the official language of India. You will be expected to speak and maybe even sing in Hindi. Take classes or learn Hindi via a computer program. Rosetta Stone is a popular language program.

  • Take acting classes. In particular, take acting classes to learn how to act in front of a camera. Acting schools also teach grooming and social etiquette for actresses in Mumbai. You will learn how best to present yourself as an actress. The Film and Television Institute of India and Asian Academy of Film and Television are two popular acting schools in Mumbai.

  • Take dance classes in classical Indian and Hindi dance. Dance roles can come up in television commercials, reality shows and sometimes in television roles in India so it is helpful to be familiar with some type of Indian Dance. If you are taking dance classes at an acting school, you may also be taught how to lip-synch while dancing.

  • Network. The industry in Mumbai relies heavily on networking. If you do not have relatives in the industry you must find other ways to make connections.

  • Work as an extra. Working as an extra on a television set will teach you both how to behave on a set and about the long hours involved in filming. It allows you to build credits for your resume. It is also a great way for actresses to network with other actresses. Scouts regularly are found in the Juhu district of Mumbai, looking for background artists.

  • Get a talent agent in Mumbai. A talent agent will have lots of contacts within the industry. A good agent will guide an actress to roles that match her type, whether that is a young woman who can portray the ingénue who falls in love, or an older actress who might play the female matriarch of a family. Anupam Kher’s Talent Company is one popular agency.

Tips & Warnings

  • Talk to other actresses before you sign with a talent agent. A good agent will send you on lots of auditions and give feedback.
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