Entertainment but what efforts – TV

A College student in Mumbai is an aspiring artist who has acted in a few television serials and also worked as an assistant director for one. Actors with talent will definitely make a mark, but you need to remember to work hard and be flexible about matters, keeping yourself ready to take up new challenges at all times.


A director brings ideas to life whether it’s decisions related to set designs, costumes, auditions, or other creative aspects of television shows a director must be adept at all these tasks. However, to be a director one must possess the requisite skills and be passionate about creating something. JB began as an apprentice cameraman and has steadily risen to the profile of a reality show producer for a dance. Though there are a few aspirants who are genuinely talented, and these often find success, there are many others who do not possess that talent and come to reality shows attracted by their scope for stardom.


Cameramen or cinematographers are responsible for capturing scenes on camera. They need a certain degree of imagination in order visualize frames and shooting angles. Sebastian Anthony assistant cinematographer for movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam and Aks, and now an independent director of Photography offers a part of the system, and not the system in itself. A cameraman should only advise or lend support to his director. Initially, one would need to assist a professional cameraman on the sets to learn the tricks of the trade.

Earlier most aspirants pursued training at FTII but many more institutes have come up of late. With respect to skills, handling the equipment and camera are foremost. Also, playing with the light and post production work, such as digital analysis Photoshop etc play very important role in making a better cameraman.


Editors decide what stays in the final cut, and gets canned. An editor needs to rely on his own resources – good judgment, creativity and observation skills. An editor, who has worked with leading production houses, shares, Editing is easy, rewarding and creatively satisfying, provided your concepts and skills are in sync with the scripts.

Both editing and camera work are very technical fields, and it is best that anyone aspiring to pursue a career in these areas comes armed with a degree in the subject. Most film and TV institutes have cinematography and editing course available.

The television industry has more opportunities to offer, including scriptwriter, storyboarding artist, pre-production / line manager (dealing with budgets, scheduling , location etc) artist coordinator, studio director, studio floor manager, soundman, production assistant , lighting man, console operator, online / offline editor, visual effects artist (for opening sequences, VFX in shows, etc) music director, props manager and many more.

Aspirants can opt to work to production houses, TV stations, product design and R&D companies, the Internet, broadcast companies, companies that set up TV studios and stations and need the technical expertise or animation studios working for TV shows.

The television industry certainly does not send you home empty handed. The pay / wages are earned daily, and not monthly. To begin with, if you are an actor/ actress playing a small character role, your pay starts from Rs 1000 and goes up to Rs 3000 per day. As you progress in your career and your character is shaped onto a long term character you start earning Rs 3000 to Rs 5000 a day. Cameo roles for better known actors can fetch about the same amount. However, once the audience starts to recognize you, and begin appreciating your role, your daily income may go up to between Rs 5000 and Rs 150,000. That’s not the end of it. Once you establish yourself and can command your time, you can adjust two or three assignments in a single day, which means you can earn in the range of Rs 450,000 in one day.

For directors, the pay structure is entirely different. A director may earn a salary some minimum guarantee, or may even engage in profit sharing. Sometimes a well known director can be paid simply for lending his name.

Although television is one of the most lucrative industries, the instant fame and accolades that follow are remarkable as well. For most people, television brings lasting recognition and a place in the hearts and minds of millions of viewers.

Institute Indicator:

1) Film and Television Institute of India, Pune
2) Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute of India.
3) Asian Academy of Film and Television
4) Mass Communication Research Center at Jamai Millia Islamia.