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Don't Cheat Casting Directors | Know Your Type And Apply Bang Right

Which role suits your type as an actor?
Which role suits your type as an actor?

What is Typecasting? Why and How to Know Your Type as an Actor and Apply For Appropriate Auditions

How Casting  Directors Select Actors For Auditions?

Typecasting (acting) In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes identified with a specific character; one or more particular roles; or, characters having the same traits or coming from the same particular social or ethnic groups eg. South Indian, Hariyanavi, Nepali, Bhojpuri, young, old, short, tall, villager, urban executive and so on.
An actor who knows his/her type and apply to meeting a character description always stand a better chance of selection among hundreds who apply randomly without considering a character's description.

How to Know Your Type as an Actor

There are a lot of acting jobs out there in Bollywood and in TV serials, and as an actor trying to get roles as much as possible, you need to spend your time efficiently instead of wasting it on the parts you simply do not fit.

Actors are virtually running their own business in this chaotic Indian Bollywood and TV industry. One of the very first rules of your business is to find your customers. The success of the business will depend on your ability to find a circle of consumers interested in the product (Casting directors, producers who will understand you as an actor with a distinct "Type"- a brand).

For decades, actors have been fighting typecasting, and rightfully so: nobody wants to do the same role the rest of their lives. That’s one of the reasons many of you decide to become actors: it’s the variety of jobs and things you get to do on a regular basis.

An exception to typecasting

However, it’s one thing to go against typecasting when you’re an established name within the industry, and a whole different story when you’re trying to get your feet wet in this huge showbiz pool. When you’re just starting out as an actor, in fact, you DO want to get typecasted and be known for certain things in the film industry.

Finding out your type as an actor has always been overlooked by actors, but this knowledge is extremely helpful in the beginning of your acting career, and here’s why.

Benefits of Typecasting

When you know your actor type:

  • You can market yourself more effectively because you know who’s going to be interested;
  • You will know how to shoot and sell your headshots;
  • You can present yourself more accurately during online submissions;
  • You will know exactly what parts to go for and raise your chance of booking them;
  • You will not waste your and others’ time by auditioning for something you aren’t fit for.

Benefits of figuring out what type of actor you are applying for any market: stage, film, TV, commercials, corporate and anything else.

Knowing your brand as an actor in the beginning of your acting career will not only get you cast more often, but it will also help you in fighting typecasting later in your career (something that almost every working actor has to go through).

Your looks

Understand how to look at your physical appearance objectively and learn everything about yourself; be aware of it. Can you honestly pull off a leading man’s or leading woman’s role, or would you suit better a part of his/her geeky friend?


Judging from the side, do you see yourself a lot in comedy skits or in serious drama? I know you can do both, but for now, you need to pick. Think about any minor detail and what makes you stand out, what makes you that type of a character.

Your age

This should probably go with figuring out your looks and exterior, but I just want to stress how important this part is. In this industry obsessed with looks and age, knowing what you appear like is vital.

First of all, remember that you are as old as you look. If you’re 30, but you can pull off a teenager – good for you! In the acting business, that is how old you are; it’s not about your legal age. So learn how old you look and go for parts that are asking for that particular playing age.

Your Traits

Your character, charisma, personality, emotions, individuality, temper and anything else that makes you, you. As we have previously talked in Tips for a Successful Audition, it is very important for actors to be themselves and bring their own personality.

Learn what kind of a person are you

  • Are you funny and witty?
  • Are you quirky and awkward?
  • Are you very serious and straight?
  • Are you shy, silent, neurotic, energetic?
  • The list goes on and on. Write your own and start working at it.

Typecasting and Actor 1. Look. 2. Personality and just 3. Type- these three aspects mentioned above are major factors in determining your actor type. That’s what the industry cares most about. But figuring out the answers to those questions is a thousand dollar question.

It’s always easier to start figuring your actor type in the beginning of your career when you’re still fresh.

The Camera

The camera never lies, and therefore you must apply for the right role or you will be revealed as a wrong choice for the role in the camera auditions.

Who can help you to identify your type?

  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • fellow actors
  • Acting classmates 
  • Your acting coach
  • However, important is your own sincere assessment of self.  Your actor type could be the complete opposite of what you really are in person, or what you have initially expected it to be. Get enough answers to draw a more concrete conclusion, and embrace your type – whatever it is.

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You Are Bad Actor With Bad Habits | Then Not For You

Actor's bad habits
Too much of beer and whiskey?

Actor's bad habits. How to remove them

Good acting school, good auditions, running around but struggling for 5 years. No success. Why?

What else is required to become a successful actor apart from a good training?

Why am I failing as an actor?


What about your habits?

Actors! Get Rid Of These 7 Bad Habits NOW If You Want Success 

I sympathize with you and myself. It's not a sin to have a bad habit. Everybody has but quietly can start destroying your career and happiness. So, let's kick them out

Do You have These Bad Habits?

  1. Dominating a conversation. Everyone wants to be heard but some just go on speaking
  2. Overthinking and brooding on any subject. Most of the times it makes you sad, drags you and wastes time.
  3. Over-attachment with people. Rule No. 1-Focus on yourself
  4. The habit of delaying (procrastination). You will never do it if you don’t do it now
  5. Lying and cheating yourself because you dare not face the truth
  6. Finding excuses for yourself and other people
  7. Spending too much time on social media like FaceBook

4 Steps on How to Break a Bad Habit

1 Be aware. Consciously focusing on everything, even small you do and identify THAT bad habit

2 Write down -This is my bad habit I WILL through it out before the new year

3. Substitute it with a good habit. For example, instead of biting nail or smoking , try chewing gum or some other mouth freshener.

4. Finally, I strongly recommend Meditation, self-hypnotism and auto-suggestion techniques. This definitely helps. Learn from us

A few of our TV Serial actors talk about their habits which they want to get rid off and what does the New Year mean to them.

Sneha Wagh-I wants to give up taking people at face value and sweets. New Year means fresh perspective on your priorities and goals and finding happiness.

Piyush Sahdev-I wants to give up nail biting and also want to learn to forgive easily and also want to try to sleep early. A new year means a new beginning for me, new hopes and aspirations. I also plan on buying assets as the new year begins so the new year is big for me.

Gaurav S. Bajaj- I will not give up but I'll reduce the no. of cups of tea in a day. I drink 5-7 cups of tea in a day usually. Late night eating habit. When I watch films at home. I grab so much unwanted stuff from the fridge and hog like a dog ice creams, Namkeens, and chips etc.

Shivin Narang - I would like to take a control on fattening food and second habit is I would more focus on my fitness.  New Year arrival means new chapter for me

Rishina Kandhari - Life is a book and every year is a new chapter full new challenges and opportunities and I would like to score my 100% in it. Two things I would like to change will be A-under estimating my abilities towards myself andB- spending money like a spendthrift.  I will save as much as I can.

Gunjan Utreja - I want to sleep early. It's been long I have not slept before 4 am. And that's a bad habit  because  I wake up early as well.  I want to give up my fetish for sweets. I cannot resist chocolates and Gulab jamun. Change of date doesn't mean anything to me. It's just another milestone and gives you an opportunity to measure the distance you have come in your life. I believe life is to be lived not measured.

Shashank Vyas -Pray  to God and mom on 1st of January that makes me a better person and asks for good health.
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You Are A Bad Performer | 6 Sure Ways To Be A Great Actor

The actor's paradox
An actor's confusion

Why Actors Fail In Giving An Authentic And Believable Performance?

1. The Puzzle

You’re reading a book when there is a knock on the door. You get up and walk to see who it is. You turn the deadbolt and put your hand on the doorknob. You open the door. On the other side, standing across the threshold is your long-lost brother. You have not seen him in years. You both stand there for a moment, looking at each other. He opens his arms to give you a hug. You hesitate before opening your arms to hug him back. You embrace. It has been ten years since you’ve seen each other and seeing his face is such a surprise.

Except, NO! It isn’t. Not really. It is just a scene in a play and you are only acting. You saw each other last night. And the night before and the night before that. Last weekend it happened, too. You rehearsed this moment every day in the three or four weeks before you opened the show. The last thing this moment it is a surprise. And yet it must be. It must be as if you have never gone through it before. This is the actor’s paradox.

Actors have a uniquely difficult challenge among artists. For our work to be good, we must possess the ability to both know and not know simultaneously. We have to live in this paradox, this human quantum state. There really isn’t another art form with such a requirement. It is unique to what we do.

2. What We Do?


Most of us just fake it. We pretend. We look at our friend, that actor playing our brother and we just put on the physical trappings of surprise. We open our mouth in pretend shock. We let out an audible gasp, just enough for the audience to hear it, because we want to show the audience how surprised we are. We need them to get it. For the story to be told, we telegraph the cliche of a shock to the audience. We try to trick them away from seeing it isn’t really happening.

3. But The Trouble

The trouble is, if you’re anything like me, fakery and trickery make me immediately self-conscious. When I give in to pretending, it’s as if a giant blinking sign instantly manifests in front of my eyes, a sign that says in penetrating neon letters, “YOU LIAR!” My face gets hot and I fall into myself, ashamed and alone in my glaring dishonesty. I have let the audience down. I know that I have failed. And my work suffers. For the rest of the scene, I’m in my head thinking, “Did the audience just see me lying to them? Do they know?”

4. The  Truth

And the truth is, yes! The audience knows when we lie to them. Maybe not consciously, but, on some level, they always know! When actors fake it, even when they fake it well, the audience goes to sleep metaphorically and often literally. Sadder still, most audiences have grown accustomed to dishonesty and trickery. They’ll still clap and maybe even give a standing ovation at the end of untruthful performances. Out of politeness, they will settle for our lies. But they will leave with an aching suspicion that there could have been more in what they just watched, that there was something missing. And they are right.

We all know when we see truly great acting because it becomes invisible. Instead of a performance, we only see true life engendered before us. There is no pretending, there is only life itself. There is a knock on the door, it opens and the great actor actually is surprised.

5. The Secret

But how? Why can some actors both know what is about to happen and not know simultaneously? Because some have learned, deep in their bones, that no moment will ever occur twice. No knock will ever really be the same as any other knock, no matter how many times it gets rehearsed. No matter how long you live, you will never repeat a single second of your life, onstage or off. Not really. The great actor accepts this truth and trains their attention on the specific miracle of each fleeting moment with such dexterity that they can not only see it unfold but be fully in response to what is unfolding. They give up the futile, intellectual attempt to control and give over to the miracle of the temporary and all its potential.

6. The Solution

How To Use?

  • Developing Power Of Imagination
  • Learn Technique

For the above both training and a process is necessary, but it is possible. Because in the presence of truly great acting, we can remember that nothing is pre-ordained, that we can each change the world, that we are alive. Great acting reminds us that this moment is the only one we will ever truly have.

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From Middle Class? Practice This Proven "Acting Alone" Technique

The Technique of Learning Acting At Home
The Technique of Learning Acting At Home 

Why Not Learn Acting Alone At Home?

Most people consider talking to one’s self to be a symptom of a severe mental problem, but for an actor, the ability to converse while alone is a sign of a strong and vibrant imagination. actors can perform solo exercises to improve their craft. Monologues, imagination exercises, vocal exercises, and the simple act of reading scripts are all effective ways for actors to progress.

Watch Yourself

Film yourself on mobile or webcam.
More and more, it is becoming commonplace for actors to watch the playback of their scenes for directional purposes. So, being comfortable watching yourself on camera and understanding the technicalities of film acting are both important skills that can be practiced.

Film A Monologue

  • Set-up a camera, cell phone, or webcam to capture your performance
  • Prepare as you would for an audition
  • Choose a point in the room to talk to, a chair, a speck on the wall, whatever
  • Picture the other character in the room with you and play to them, observing their reactions as you act
  • Press Record, perform the monologue
  • Watch the playback and observe yourself. What worked? What didn’t?

This exercise will help you become more comfortable on camera and also help with the technical side of film acting. Do your eyes drift? Are you “overacting”? Experiment with your motivations and technique until you find what works for you. This simple and solitary exercise builds comfort and confidence in front of the camera that directly translates to the film set.

Remember that acting is an internal process that leads to an external performance. Do not focus on external results like your facial expressions or posture. Focus on the thoughts that led to them.

Watch Friends And Others

Technically, this exercise is not a solo exercise because it requires other people, but those people do not have to be willing participants. To begin with, The best is watching your friends and Relatives. Watching is an excellent way to hone character building skills by improving your observational skills and imagination.

Be A Spy And Watch Strangers

Go to a public place – coffee shop, mall, park, or anywhere else with foot traffic
Pick a person and observe them. Look at the way they walk, talk, laugh, wear their clothes, etc.
Allow natural questions to arise. What job do they have? Where do they live? What are their dreams and desires?
Answer these questions as honestly as you can, taking into consideration all that you have observed.
Repeat the process over and over for different people around you.
With this exercise, an actor works on their imagination, taking their surface observations and using them to fill in the details that make a person unique. These skills of observation and imagination directly translate to script analysis. The next time you break down a character, your decisions will be more specific – rooted in observation – and the result will be a well-rounded and unique performance. And to think, this was all accomplished by practicing alone.

Acting alone is a powerful way for an actor to strengthen their imagination and build confidence in a risk-free environment. However, acting alone is only worthwhile if it leads to better public performances in the future. Take these exercises and learn from them, but continue to pursue auditions and classes to further your acting career.

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