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KNK ACTING INSTITUTE FAQs
1. The fee here is high. Other institutes are cheaper. Please explain?
There are two reasons for this:
1) We’ve never compared ourselves to other institutes since Kishore sir is a pioneer in his field. Other institutes appeared much later in an attempt to replicate his success. Here, at KNK Acting Institute, one receives four decades of his experience and expertise. So he may craft you, train you and unleash your star persona. It is important to note – Kishore sir has a unique process that nobody else has been able to replicate, which is in tune with the films being produced today. It is the same difference as going to a good surgeon vs an inexperienced surgeon. The impact is on one’s own health.
2) This is not “fees” alone. It is the student’s investment in herself/ himself. The program is designed to be holistic so one may benefit in manifold ways. Personality development to talent development, with a boost of motivation to face the industry with tools acquired at the institute is sure to set the student on the path of success. In the longer run, it is a drop in the ocean of material abundance this process unlocks.
2. Short term courses should exist?
Kishore sir believes that discovery takes time. Other institutes may offer a quicker, surface-level understanding of acting; true understanding for a form takes a long time, sometimes even years to develop. True mastery can even take a decade. Kishore Sir has been able to speed up the process of mastery to 9 months with his own brand of training – programs that he has developed over decades of practice using powerful emotional techniques and neuro linguistic programming (NLP). The idea is to take 9 whole months to experiment, make mistakes and ultimately master your primary skills so you may directly begin work in the industry. With other courses, one will spend additional time trying to acquire deeper understanding from alternative means but that wisdom is offered to the student directly here. So give yourself the time you need to bloom into a star. All transformations take time and effort.
3. You don’t promise work.
No institute can promise work. Not even being a star son or star daughter is a guarantee of a career. The industry thrives on individuals who are in an artistic upswing, creating with their talent. Having said that, since the industry finds KNK Acting institute very trustworthy, many casting directors directly reach out to us with various queries. We make sure we send the most deserving candidates forward, who demonstrate excellent skills and qualities. One also carries the brand of this institute as one steps out in the industry – a place which is always looking for markers of quality. It is the most recognised acting institute in the country, hands down.
4. We want to view the campus
We have an extensive campus, with many spaces around the primary campus. Including dance rooms, sets, rehearsal rooms, etc. However, we can offer you an electronic tour of the facility with a video.
5. Demo class?
Though Mr. Kapoor does not believe in his lectures being audited, we understand the query. We would redirect you to a few videos of the lectures that you can view online to see if you can follow the concepts being shared with you.
One must remember that it is our policy to not provide demo lectures as the beginner has no means of assessing a trainer as the beginner is (by definition)new to the field. We believe our brand value and track record speak for the good work being done here. One must be able to trust the process to truly discover oneself.
6. Does Kishore sir teach daily?
Kishore Sir comes to the institute daily and oversees every educational decision. He is in charge of all acting based workshops and gives you final word on your work after a lesson has been taught. Of course we have a great supporting staff of teachers trained by Mr. Kapoor himself who oversee preparations. Concepts are introduced by Mr. Kapoor himself. He also gives you final feedback, along with a number of classes he conducts many days a week.
7. Why is the fee for girls lower?
The industry may appear intimidating to many female
candidates. They enter with more uncertainty than male students. There is a need to encourage young women to take charge and showcase their talent. However, it is a discount that female students receive only based on merit and determination. Male students aren’t being charged more, female students are charged less to encourage their participation in the industry. And even when they are stars, female actors receive less pay (half on average) as compared to their male counterparts. This disparity of payment should be addressed. At the end of the day, this is an investment in yourself. It is up to the student to absorb as much as they can in this course.
8. Food should be provided?
During Covid, it is integral for everyone to be responsible for their own health and safety (along with the safety of others). Eating home-cooked meals, and eating separately is an important measure to maintain sanitation. So we encourage students to carry their own meals. Further, we believe lunch time is important for students to clear their heads and be by themselves. This helps them disconnect from work before returning to focus.
9. Can we meet Kishore sir?
As one may imagine, Kishore sir is busy with administrative tasks and has very little time for meetings. Having said that, Kishore sir grants meetings only once the registration process has been fully completed (30 minutes) only to put the candidate’s mind at ease.
10. Who are the other teachers?
The teachers at the institute have been handpicked by Mr Kapoor himself. From Action directors and dance teachers to language experts and filmmaking teachers, all trainers have a decade plus experience in training students (some with on-field experience in the industry). We offer several dance videos, action videos and short films on our channel to share with you our teachers’ skills.
11. Portfolio or showreel?
We provide images and videos of many classroom exercises that can be shared for casting purposes. Outside of this, the institute has an inhouse production facility to create and edit videos and images. That engine is always running. But selection for certain extra benefits depends on the determination and discipline of a student. If the student shows ability, we immediately create work with them that reflects their strongest side.
12. Will we get videos?
Yes, we provide images and videos of many classroom exercises that can be shared for casting purposes. Though they may be classroom exercise, they can be extremely helpful in illustrating one’s abilities.
13. Non Bollywood background actors doing well in the industry?
Here are some names you may rec ognise:
…just to name a few. There are many people thriving in
the film, tv and music industry who are students of the institute that come from non bollywood backgrounds, some have gone on to even become excellent directors and music composers.
14. What subjects will be taught?
Our course is layered with many different workshops to shape and cultivate the candidate’s personality. Everything will be covered – From getting in touch with emotions, memory techniques, practicing the basic skills of acting through monologue and dialogue to dance, action, filmmaking basics.
15. Short film?
It is entirely based on the qualities of the student. If they demonstrate great determination and focus, they will surely feature in one of our productions. Having said that, there is a good chance you will feature on our youtube channel with 60,000 plus subscribers. Some of our films also make it to large OTT platforms like Hotstar.
Auditions and Casting Directors regularly send out several open calls to actors (for walk-in introductions at their offices). KNK Acting institute enjoys the respect of many casting directors and production houses, where the name carries a certain value. One is immediately looked at as a serious performer simply because they’ve been trained at a premiere institute. It is then upto the actor to form network relations that give them regular updates to projects. Also: We enjoy the trust of the industry. For this reason, many directors, producers and casting agents reach out to us. The openings appear in different places, hindi film industry + regional cinema + national TV and even admakers. Based on the brief we receive, we send out our actors for screen tests and auditions.
17. What sorts of auditions will a fresher get?
Nowadays, with the rise of OTT, opportunities are abundant. OTT shows are always being made and the search for great actors is always on. Talent shines everywhere – whether its ad films (high monetary returns, quicker productions) to OTT (long form commitment, high returns). TV is always great to set the base for your career, increase visibility and create an online presence. Film auditions occur frequently but having experience in OTT, AD and TV really helps in booking a movie role.
18. What about Theatre?
Yes, we do plays at the institute. Different types of plays from street plays/ small skits to lavish productions shot at film studios, theatre is all about discipline and conviction. Film and TV are more technical as they are shot in smaller clips or shots. So we start with a base of plays and then build toward a technical understanding of performance (more in tune to film and TV).
Here are some links to plays created at and by the institute:
19. Which method of acting are we taught?
Kishore sir has created his own approach to cinema and TV acting, which is in touch with the times. Though methods like Chekhov and Stanislavski are introduced as concepts, our students learn a holistic, zen approach to acting, where one connects with and disconnects from emotions in the snap of a finger. This technique is in tune with the cinema of our times and requires understanding, approach and feedback. We invite you to trust the process – in light of our track record of creating super successful stars (who win both commercial film awards and international critic awards). This unique technique is what one pays for.
20. How many hours of acting a day?
We have a full day’s program, with many hours of performance oriented work. Even after hours, students are encouraged to stay back and use the rehearsal space provided to them to keep working on their monologues and scenes. Even dance and action is approached with acting in mind as these forms are within the world of expression and acting (on beats). Though it would be hard to put a number on it, we pursue a full day of performance work with 3-4 hours of acting oriented work.
21. Daily class schedule?
Our schedule is flexible and always changing. Typically, we start out with simple exercises with less homework in the beginning progressing toward more and more complex work and homework as the course progresses. Everyday, the students have a full day of classes, with dance, action, music, mime, filmmaking lectures and of course monologue and dialogue scenes. Since the program is ever evolving and tailor made for each batch, it would be hard to answer the question as the process is modular in nature. However, one can expect different exercises, from mental and emotional processes to performance workshops. We don’t waste a moment.
We hope to have answered all your questions.
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