What is a Portfolio and why it is required
What is a Portfolio ?
Your portfolio is a collection of your 15-20 best pictures that highlight your strengths and physical attributes.
What is the importance of a portfolio for an actor?
Actors actually don’t really need portfolios.
Main marketing tools for actors are:
– Headshot- shows what one look like.
– Longshot – your head to toe full pic.
Your photos should be of good quality, without glare and hat/cap.
One can click photos with good quality camera/phone and pic should be in bright light.
It should be your solo photo and no hi-fi objects (like – cars, bike etc) next to you and pics should be in combination of Western and Traditional wear.
Never send your photos with other Co actor because the chances are that he/she will be casted instead of you. ( Ha ha ha…)
Keep aside the joke, but it’s not professional to send your pics with others especially if you have clicked your photo with celebrities.
If you got any working stills (pics clicked during performance) with stars then as an additional photo you can send but it’s better to upload your such photo on any social site than to make part of your portfolio.
Some times casting guys asks for candid pics because portfolio photos are shot with heavy make up, special lighting and they are often edited in window shop with the result that the person in reality looks very much different than they look in hi fi portfolios.
Above all, one should be really a good actor because ultimately what counts is your skill and versatility.
Generally, for television serials and TVC ads no one asks for portfolio, so no need to spend money for portfolio.
There are few agencies in Mumbai (whom I know personally) who first sends audition message and when some one contacts them they call you to meet and persuade you to make port folio.
Be ware from such agencies.
If you got good money and if you think that you have hero/heroien looks and wants to have a very very professional portfolio then read ahead.
Are you aspiring to become an actor ? So do you have a portfolio?
Well, understand that before getting a break in the bollywood and the glamour industry, it is very imperative to have a proper bollywood portfolio.
Before hitting the industry one must have at least a basic portfolio.
It is just like you need a resume to get a good corporate job. Before applying for a job you forward your resume to the manager who judge your capabilities through your resume. Your resume says it all on behalf of you and eventually lands you in a job interview.
Similarly, you need a portfolio to apply for any audition or casting call.
A convincing and well-done Bollywood portfolio can land you in any audition of your choice for a film or television serial.
Glamour industry is very huge and there are many opportunities for any deserving talent.
But for someone young and new to this industry, it can be a very tough job to land up in a movie role without proper guidance and training.
In an industry where casting couch is not a very unfamiliar word, usually people with godfathers in industry and high level links grab the meaty roles.
And there have been many incidents where fresh models were cheated for unfair favours and money.
Experts always suggest young actors that a proper breakthrough in the industry is not at all a cakewalk and one needs to have a strong Bollywood portfolio in order to get a break in the industry.
Is Portfolio necessary ?
Portfolio is essential if you want to be only a Model who walks on the ramp
A Bollywood portfolio is essential because for an actor it is the portfolio that speaks for him or her.
Your portfolio should convince casting directors that you can essay the required role with full comfort.
Popular photographers and agencies charge heavy fees for a portfolio and that is a problem for many youngsters trying to enter the industry.
While having a good portfolio can be somewhat expensive, understand that without having one it’s literally impossible to get good assignments.
Keeping a good portfolio and that too absolute much up to date is pretty essential for any aspirant actor.
A good portfolio acts as a tool to get a break in Bollywood and TV industry.
If you are looking for very good assignments, then do not expect to get them if you do not have a proper portfolio.
Understand that a Bollywood portfolio is the best tool through which you can promote yourself in the industry.
Always remember to include your very best shots in the portfolio.
And if you are wondering how to go about it, then do not worry.
There are ample photography and talent management agencies scattered all over who can shoot great portfolios for you.
You can approach any good and reliable agency and they will do the needful for you.
*How much it will cost ?*
As far as the charges are concerned, that depends from agency to agency.
It is not essential that you spend heavy amount to get a good portfolio but it is more important to get it done in a proper way that brings out the best out of you.
Do remember to coordinate properly and make sure that you are able to explain your requirements properly so that you get a good portfolio done.
Once you have a great portfolio, you are good to go.
One should be also careful by some agencies who indirectly forces you to make portfolio.