“There’s theatre in life, obviously, and there’s life in theatre.” – Charlie Kaufman
The highest purpose of art is to inspire and theatre is the greatest of all art forms. The real purpose of “Theatre” is to put its audience in a better position to understand the world around.
The world is a stage and the spotlight awaits you! The flair for acting in you calls for nurturing and perfection! Recognition is all that your passion demands. Let’s scrutinise the nuts and bolts of performing arts and theatre acting.
The fact holds true that the written words are expressed better with theatre; acting gives life to the words of great writers. There are always ways to mould your passion into profession. Some are born actors while others perfect their skills with practice. However, both have a hidden perfectionist actor in them alike.
People even after having the talent and passion are not willing or enthusiastic about exploring or pursuing as profession due to unsteadiness and fear of rejection involved. You need to believe in your abilities and give way to the profession open heartedly. Reality and statistics of the profession often terrify, but bold decision needs to be taken on your part. You ought to earn a reputation, living and perfectionism along with nourishing your besieged self-esteem. The sad fact is that this is among the most unexplored professions in the country as people are apprehensive about the end results. The profession however allows you to explore your creative abilities and makes you happy in a world away from the real one. It allows you to welcome your wild imagination and create something worth applause.
It is interesting to note that Theatre is as closely linked to the real one as it is removed from it. Life is a theatre and the skills, traits or qualities that theatre inculcates within you are perhaps more extensive and far-reaching than you recognise. These include oral communication skills, motivation and commitment, not merely doing things but doing them correctly, cooperation and coordination, time budgeting skills, taking initiatives and being a ‘self-starter’, promptness, quick learning, adaptability and flexibility, ability to work under pressure, develop a healthy self-image, self-confidence, leadership skills, enjoying while working, concentration, etc.
There is no limit to how you can explore the paradise of Theatre. One can start with joining the Theatre clubs or Drama societies in college, which gives them adequate exposure into the acting world. You could further hone your skills by joining a drama or acting school to learn the intricacies of the art like the National School of Drama, New Delhi; Film & Television Institute of India, Pune; Barry John Acting Studio, Mumbai; Actor Prepares, Mumbai; Asian Academy of Film & Television, (New Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata); Whistling Woods International, Mumbai; Zee Institute of Media Arts, Mumbai.
You could kick-start a professional career in this majestic field of acting the moment you wish to, be it the ‘all happy’ and productive college days or later in life. Moreover, almost all colleges of art/ humanities and schools have a Drama society, which may act as foundation stone of a full-fledged career in it.
Don’t kid yourself by ignoring the call of your soul and of that set of skills that deserve recognition. Squandering the precious talent is utter injustice. The dwindling desire to take up this career is a gloomy fact. Give a big break to your interests and skills as ‘Theatre’ calls out for you aloud!