Acting Jobs: How To Become An Actress In Bollywood

Being recognised everywhere you go, having the trappings of luxury, working with superstars on screen and being part of the

world’s largest film industry

– these are the benefits of an acting career in Bollywood.

More Indian women are interested in pursuing an acting career nowadays because they believe it’s their gateway to fame and fortune. However, getting acting jobs in Bollywood is much more than its glittering veneer.

It’s sweat and toil, wrapped up in the alluring package of fame and wealth, and presented to aspiring actors to lure them to Bollywood’s mesmerizing capital, Mumbai.


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Famous Bollywood Actresses and How They Started Out

Vidya Balan

Kangana Ranaut

Anushka Sharma

Priyanka Chopra

Deepika Padukone

Katrina Kaif

How The Concept Of Beauty Is Changing

How Roles For Female Actors Have Changed

How Much Are Female Actors In Bollywood Paid?

How to Become a Bollywood Actress In India: 11 Steps To Success

1. Join an Acting School

2. Take an Online MasterClass

Helen Mirren

Natalie Portman

Jodie Foster

Mira Nair

Shonda Rhimes

Aaron Sorkin

3. Create a Portfolio, Website and Social Media Presence

Get your actor portfolio made

Build a website on your own domain name

Grow a large social media presence

4. Learn Hindi or Try Regional Films

5. Network with Influential Bollywood Insiders

6. Approach a Casting Agency

7. Use Social Media to Find Acting Auditions in Mumbai

8. Attend every Hindi Movie Audition you get called to

9. Join CINTAA

10. Set Goals and Constantly Improve Yourself

Take care of your appearance

Make health and fitness a priority

Cultivate a sense of style

Learn how to speak English

Learn how to communicate with confidence

11. Have Faith and Patience

Bollywood Acting Career Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can you be an actor with no experience?

2. How to audition for upcoming Bollywood movies?

3. How to become a TV serial actress in India?

4. How to find Bollywood jobs for freshers in the Mumbai film industry?

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So, you want to be an actress? It is not at all an impossible dream, but you have to be ready to work harder than most people of your age.

The truth is, most celebrities started out playing small roles on television and in the movies before they get their big break.

So if you plan on starting an acting career in Bollywood, chances are you’ll have to endure the same ordeals until a director or executive producer sees that you’re ready for a major role.

If you think it only takes beauty or a Miss India title to get into Bollywood, think again! Just look at the rising stars nowadays and you’ll see that most of them are not what you would call classic beauties.

Their popularity has turned their looks into a non-issue. Even with a not-so-covetous body, a talented actress like Smriti Irani can go head to head with the best on the small screen and even win the race.

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When it comes to an acting career, beauty is not the only yardstick, although it helps if you’re a photogenic actress and good look on screen. The most beautiful actresses may rise to superstardom, but without the talent to back them up, they’ll end up fading into the sunset.

Only those who really have talent will endure and go on to make more movies. In fact, even if you’re not as beautiful or as sexy as other actresses, your talent can help you excel and outshine them.

It’s not even necessary to be “fair-complexioned” anymore, as the success of stars like Deepika Padukone and Bipasha Basu show.

Besides acting talent, you also need the virtues of persistence and patience for a successful acting career. Some people may discount it, but luck plays an important role too.

Just look at Frieda Pinto, a small-time model, who is today enjoying working with some of the best actors and directors in


(and giving the rest of the Bollywood beauties heartburn).

She was not even a star when she was chosen to play the role of Latika in

Slumdog Millionaire

. Her lucky break has given hope to millions of girls who are considered nobodies in show-biz.

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The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether or not you want to be a professional actor. This simply means you have to be committed to it. This may mean giving up your expectations and doing some things along the way that take you out of your comfort zone.

If you’ve decided to learn how to become an actress in Bollywood, remember one thing – you’ll have to do whatever it takes to create a brand of your own.

Once you have psyched yourself up, it is time to pack your bags and move to India’s movie mecca, Mumbai, since most Bollywood movie auditions take place here.

Many wannabe actors from small towns, as well as other metros, come to Mumbai every single day with stars in their eyes and starry dreams of becoming the next big Hindi movie heroine.

While there are plenty of acting opportunities in India, there’s also cutthroat competition, so the chances of becoming an actress in Bollywood are not very promising.

On top of that, if you’re a woman, you can’t ever let your guard down to protect yourself from exploitation when you attend a Hindi film audition.

Even more in Bollywood, WHO you know is even more important than WHAT you know. The best way to get into acting is to network with influential people who can endorse you for your acting skills.

This means you’ll need to build a network of Mumbai film industry contacts, friends and supporters before you can plunge into mainstream cinema.

Before we delve into the details of how to begin an acting career in India, let us inspire you with some stories of self-made

Bollywood actresses

, who reached the apex without any ‘Godfather’ in the industry.


Mumbai film industry contacts are so important that dreams of acting careers are built or crushed on the basis of who you know. This is why nepotism has always been a relevant issue for people outside the film industry, with little or no contact in Bollywood.

Many of these wannabe actors have come from all over India, and even the UK and other countries to attend acting auditions in Mumbai, only to find to their dismay that a star kid has been chosen for the role and they’ve landed the role of a Bollywood side actor.

However, some actresses have still managed to make it to the top on their own steam, through sheer talent and grit, and these are the people you should look to as role models. Here are some of them:


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Vidya Balan

has seen the best and worst times in her Bollywood career. Being an outsider, she had to struggle throughout her initial days and started out with TV commercials and music videos.

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She was offered a South Indian movie, in which she was paired against Mohanlal. When the movie did not do well as expected, she was even considered a jinx and cast out of other South Indian films.

Her journey of struggle ended, however, when she was paired opposite Saif Ali Khan in her debut Bollywood movie,


. We all know how it worked out for her after that.

This strong, talented actress from the hills has, no doubt, made a huge impact in the industry, in spite of being an outsider.

Her amazing talent did not go unnoticed by Bollywood casting directors


and she started her journey with her debut film,


, in 2006.

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Today, she already has

three National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards

in her kitty and aspires to win more.

Kangana is not only known in the industry for her acting skills, but also her ability to be vocal about pressing issues in the industry like sexual harassment and



She doesn’t wait around for Bollywood acting opportunities to fall in her lap but creates her own opportunities by directing her own movies like

Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi


She is also regarded as a youth influencer and a motivational speaker by the millennials.

Another influential person who has made it big in her acting career in the Bollywood industry, is the model-turned-actress, Anushka Sharma. She gave an audition for

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

, without knowing that belonged to the Yash Raj Films stable.

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Although her debut film with King Khan, was not recognized for her performance, her next film,

Band Baja Baraat

, opposite Ranveer Singh, turned out to be a blockbuster, and there’s been no looking back for Anushka since then.

Besides being a good actor, Anushka is also known for being vocal about social issues, being an animal lover, and for her no-nonsense attitude. Her marriage to Indian cricket captain, Virat Kohli, only helped elevate her brand.

When it comes to Bollywood female actors, Priyanka Chopra’s name invariably tops the list. By

winning the Miss World title in 2000

, she negated the racist Indian mentality by flaunting her dusky complexion and a million-dollar smile.

She did not stop at that, however, and began her work in Bollywood through numerous films, not all of which did well at the box office. However, she never lost hope and gradually joined the circle of top actresses in the Hindi film industry.

Being a versatile actor, Priyanka Chopra did not bind her dreams to Bollywood and flew to Hollywood to take on that industry, and succeed she did. She was bullied and trolled, but she never stepped back from doing what she wanted to do.

The daughter of famous badminton player, Prakash Padukone, Deepika made her Bollywood debut in

Om Shanti Om

opposite none other than Shah Rukh Khan in 2007.

She had a smooth sail as compared to other actresses, because of her dimpled smile, her heart-stealing looks and her incredible acting skills. She was appreciated by critics and viewers alike, as she gave one hit after another.

Like Priyanka Chopra, she too acted in a Hollywood film,

XXX – The Return of Xander Cage

, where she was appreciated widely. Today, Deepika is one of the

highest-paid actresses in Bollywood

and also a well-known name in Hollywood.

This model/actress has been modelling since the age of 14 for

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modelling agency and has been the face of campaigns for the fashion brand,

La Senza

, and even walked the catwalk for London Fashion Week.

Two years after her arrival in Mumbai, the actress landed her first breakthrough role with a cameo as Abhishek Bachan’s girlfriend in Ram Gopal Verma’s “


” in 2005.

That same year, she landed her first major role opposite Bollywood heart-throb Salman Khan in “

Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya

”. She has received high praise and acclaim for the roles she has portrayed.

Her impressive list of awards and nominations include a nomination for best actress in the prestigious Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards for Entertainer of the Year and Best Actress (Popular Choice), a ZeeCine Award and two nominations, one IIFA award and two nominations as well as two Stardust Awards and three nominations.

Until a few years ago, traditional beauty in India meant fair-skinned, and light-eyed, with a curvy body and long hair.

If you’re fair-skinned, you get the successful groom, the big bungalow, the great life, and Heaven help you if you happened to be a shade browner than Kareena Kapoor.

Perhaps Aishwarya Rai Bachhan was one of the last few “traditional beauties” that the world saw in Indian cinema.

In the last decade, there has been a huge shift in the attitude of Indians towards appreciating true beauty in women, that is not based on skin colour alone.


Sushmita Sen

won the Miss Universe in 1994 despite not being the conventional fair beauty, the Indian mindset was shaken. Perhaps beautiful didn’t mean only fair, we began to think.

When you see Freida Pinto at Hollywood do’s and models like Carol Gracias and Monikangana Dutta being the most sought after to walk the ramp, it is truly heartening.

Bollywood actresses like Kangana Ranaut have turned down lucrative ad offers for fairness creams, because of the harmful signals sent out to the public.

Today, women in India are making more of an effort than ever before to “look good”. This includes starving themselves (sometimes to death!), nose jobs, lip jobs and various other jobs going under the knife as if it were as regular as eating a slice of toast.

When Kareena Kapoor went from being the Punjabi “


” with a curvaceous body and a twinkle in her eye in “

Jab We Met

” to a barely recognizable anorexic shadow of herself in “


”, it had a huge impact on how young women in India perceive beauty today.

Size Zero became the new “beautiful” and it has been a classic example of how Bollywood affects our thought process. There is a lot of pressure all around when it comes to beauty. Everyone wants to look good, and it is no longer a thing of “occasion”.

However, with the shift in attitude towards dark-skinned girls or girls from different races, one thing has become clear – you need to wear your individual persona to look good.

Attitude is what counts more than traditional good looks. Confidence, the ability to hold a conversation, and carry oneself gracefully, are all a part of being beautiful today.

The role of female protagonists in Indian cinema has evolved with the times and today a typical Bollywood flick would have you meet leads who break taboos and play parts that today’s audience can relate to. Both Bollywood and regional Indian cinema has been to some extent, male-centric.

Male actors have more often than not, held the responsibility of the entire movie on their shoulders with the female actors providing a refreshing break with a sultry song and dance sequence or merely playing the supporting actor in the production.

The 1950’s, 60’s and early 70’s saw heroines being cast in roles that were of the “

Sati Savitri

” mould. They played society’s perception of what women should be like, ideally good wives and mothers.

Lead actresses shied away from these roles and those who did end up playing the “bad” role of the other woman, i.e.: a raunchy secretary or a woman with loose morals who had no inhibitions in shedding off her clothes and morals.

It was, however, always the “good” woman who triumphed sending out an unconscious message to the impressionable society on how women should behave. Movies such as “

Mother India

”, “


” and

“Kagaaz ka Phool

” illustrate this point.

While the late ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s saw Bollywood actresses breaking away from this mould and taking on more daring roles, they, unfortunately, fell into another bracket.

Playing the damsel in distress became the trend with heroines performing dance sequences around trees with the heroes and dress up as glamour dolls.

While this trend brought about the “feel good” factor that Hindi movies are famous for, it reduced the role of the female protagonist from an actor to that of a heroine.

Nevertheless, these films brought about a change to Bollywood movies, transforming them from solemn films to entertaining movies.

The 21st century saw Bollywood movies undergo a new transformation. The new breeds of actresses were ready to pave their own paths in cinema like never before.

They understood that being an actress was just a job and the characters they played did not define them as individuals.

This realization gave filmmakers the chance to experiment with roles and subjects they did not dare to venture into before. Even the actresses of previous generations were inspired to take on new roles.

Take, for example, Tabu in the Amitabh Bachan starrer “

Cheeni Kum

”, plays the role of a 34-year old woman in love with a man 30 years her senior in an unconventional love story.

In another movie, “

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” set against the glamorous backdrop of media and celebrity life, Konkona Sen Sharma plays a journalist reporting on the glitzy world of celebrities only to get disillusioned by it in the end. These movies touch on topics that are relevant to today’s audience.

The role of women in Bollywood has undergone an awe-inspiring journey over the past five decades. Women have evolved in their roles and have seen several transformations from playing the ideal wife/mother to glamour doll to a serious actress.

They have continued to break conventions and set the bar higher for their male counterparts. Most importantly, they continue to make cinema that touches their audiences, both in India and worldwide.

Many actresses look for jobs in the Bollywood industry to earn loads of money and enhance their living standards. If you’re one of them, and money is your first priority, you should know how much female actors in Bollywood are paid in general.

According to an

article by Forbes in 2017

, India’s gender pay gap extends to the Bollywood industry, to no one’s surprise. Women are believed to earn 25% less than their male counterparts, according to the Monster Salary Index 2016.

Actresses like Aditi Rao Hydari, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut, have raised awareness of this pay gap in the Bollywood actress’ salary and against gender inequality prevalent in the industry.

Here are some stats to give you an idea of

how much these actresses are paid

on average:

Kangana Ranaut

: She charges about INR 10 to 11 crores per film.

Deepika Padukone

: With a net worth of about $7.5 million, she charges INR 10 to 12 crores per film.

Kareena Kapoor Khan

: The self-proclaimed queen of Bollywood, Bebo charges INR 9 to 10 crores per movie.

Priyanka Chopra

: Her net worth is $8 million, and she charges INR 8 to 9 crores per film.

Katrina Kaif:

She has a net worth of $18.3 million, and charges INR 6 to 7 crores for every film.

So, if you can make it to the position that these actresses are in, you could end up living lavishly in the lap of luxury, if that’s what you desire.

Now that you’re inspired by the stories of these amazing actresses and know how much they earn, here’s what to do if you want to be an actress in the Indian film industry.


Before you step into your acting shoes, you should be aware that Indian cinema is not synonymous with just Bollywood. In fact,

more than 2000 feature films in 40 regional languages

are released every year in the country.

However, Bollywood is still regarded as the face of Indian cinema because of the widespread use of the Hindi language, and the influence it has across the country.

So if you crave recognition, fame and luxury, you would do well to find jobs in Bollywood films and establish your career through your acting talent.

The following steps to becoming an actress will show you what you need to become an actress and how to join the Bollywood film industry.

So, you’re passionate about acting from an early age, right? But just passion is not going to take you anywhere if you don’t have the skills to match.

Learning how to be a Bollywood actress takes more than just good looks and personality. You need to learn how to emote, and for Bollywood movies, how to dance and stay fit as well.

But, how to learn Bollywood acting, you ask? The fastest route to an acting career in Bollywood is to join an acting school to hone your talents and turn your hobby of acting into your profession.

A number of successful film actors and actresses have made it big in the industry after they were trained in professional acting schools and colleges.

If you seek a career in the film industry after 12


, enrol in a renowned acting school to enhance your existing skills and develop new ones. You’ll get acting tips here that you won’t get elsewhere.

By enrolling in an acting school, you’ll not only find the answer to the question, “Do I have what it takes to be an actress?” but can learn Bollywood acting from veteran actors and actresses of the Indian film industry.

This is also one of the best ways to get auditions and casting calls for Bollywood movies and nab the best roles for new actors, as these veteran actors are well connected and will gladly put you in touch with their influential connections.

Here are some of the most renowned acting schools in India:

The Film and Television Institute (FTII)

in Pune

Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares

in Mumbai

Barry John Acting Studio

in Mumbai

Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI)

in Kolkata

The National School of Drama

in New Delhi

Asian Academy of Film and Television

in New Delhi, Noida, Kolkata and Mumbai

Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment

in Mumbai

Zee Institute of Media Arts


Center for Research in Art of Film and Television (CRAFT)

in New Delhi

CREO Valley

in Bengaluru

Livewires Institutes

Whistling Woods International

Get into one of these institutes and turn your dream of acting into a reality.


A number of movie and television actors and professionals have started offering online classes through the


website. Here are some of the award-winning actresses, writers and directors you can learn from.

Academy Award-winning actress,

Helen Mirren

, whose powerful and versatile performances have earned her numerous awards, including the Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in

The Queen,

a Tony Award in 2015 for her performance in

The Audience

, and four Emmy Awards, teaches her process for acting on the stage and screen.

Oscar-winning actor,

Natalie Portman

, star of

The Black Swan

and Marvel’s


shares the techniques at the heart of her acting process — and teaches you how to tackle your next role.

Go behind the scenes with two-time Oscar-winner,

Jodie Foster

, star of

Silence of the Lambs

and director of

Little Man Tate

. Jodie discusses her experience on both sides of the camera to guide you through every step of the filmmaking process, from storyboarding to casting and camera coverage.

Oscar-nominated filmmaker,

Mira Nair

, approaches directing with the “heart of a poet and the skin of an elephant,” spurred by rejection and fighting to bring uncompromising stories to film.

In the Golden Lion-winning director’s MasterClass, learn to make a big impact on a small budget in film production, evoke the best from actors and nonactors, and protect your creative vision so you tell the story that can only come from you.


Shonda Rhimes


Grey’s Anatomy

she got so nervous she had to start over. Twice. Since then, she has created and produced TV’s biggest hits.

In her screenwriting class, Shonda teaches you how to create compelling characters, write a pilot, pitch your idea, and stand out in the writers’ room. You’ll also get original pilot scripts, pitch notes, and series bibles from her shows.

In this class, Aaron Sorkin teaches you the craft of film and television screenwriting in 35 exclusive video lessons. You’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell. By the end, you’ll write screenplays that capture your audience’s attention.


If you’re already a model, you should have a portfolio that you created for your modelling career. However, an acting portfolio is a bit different.

Unlike a modelling portfolio where all you have to do is look good, your acting portfolio needs to showcase different expressions and roles that you’re capable of.

You can hire a professional photographer to create an impressive portfolio with headshots for every kind of role that you think suitable for your talent.

For example, if you wish to apply for a comic role, make sure your facial expressions in the headshots match the casting directors’ expectations. If you want to apply for action movies, your headshots, moods and expressions should match the look you’re going for.

You may also be asked to make Bollywood actor’s auditions tapes and send them in for a role, especially if you’re an NRI or foreign actor who wants to apply for a Bollywood movie job from abroad.

Mail your portfolio to a Bollywood acting agency or casting agencies and if possible, to big production houses in the movie or television industry.

You should also buy your own domain name and create your own actor website so that you can easily send the link to anyone on Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger. This website is one way of creating a

powerful personal brand


All big actors and celebrities have a large social media following. If you want to become a famous Bollywood actress, you need to be present on social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Twitter.

Create an account for your name on all these websites. If you plan to use a stage name, create your account under that stage name. If your name is taken, you can add the prefix or suffix “Actor” or “Actress” or use a more creative profile name.

Try to keep the same name across all social media profiles to avoid confusion and establish your brand. Start sharing your portfolio images, selfies with famous personalities, and photos that you are allowed to share from shoots on your social profiles.

If you can afford it, hire an online branding consultant. Once you have a large number of followers, you can even tie up with brands as an influencer and charge money for a shoutout or promotional post.

As Instagram is one of the most important social channels for actors, you should spend some time learning how to grow your Instagram account.


The first step to becoming a Bollywood actress is to master the Hindi language and improve your diction with the help of a professional coach. In an audition, the first thing you will be criticised for is your appearance as well as your diction.

If you’re not from a Hindi-speaking background, it becomes all the more important for you to master speaking Hindi with a good accent. It is advisable to hire a language and voice coach before you appear for your audition.

Another option is to take a role in a regional film whose language is your native tongue. You’ll be in good company as Bollywood actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan, Deepika Padukone and Sharmila Tagore, all made their debut in regional films.

Do your research and find contacts in the industry to get insider information on Bollywood movie auditions and vacancies in the Bollywood industry.

Another must-have in Bollywood is a good agent, someone with the connections to provide you with the latest news and to connect you with influential Bollywood insiders. Having someone do the marketing for you helps a lot in opening up opportunities.

Your agent is also the person who will help you gain entry to the hottest parties so that you can get noticed or maybe secure a slot for you in an audition. This will also give you the opportunity to meet directors, producers and even the actors themselves.

Another must-have is a stylist who will help you look presentable at every function. Remember that getting a break in Bollywood is all about how you present yourself, and you need to be well-dressed in order to get noticed.

One thing you should be cautious about is scam artists that will tell you they can make you famous when all they will really do is steal your money or exploit you.

Don’t let your guard down at any cost, be observant of people, and trust your instincts without letting on that you know what they’re thinking or revealing your true feelings to them.

Network and make new friends. But don’t make the mistake of trusting every person you meet. This industry has more than its

fair share of sexual predators


Creating a personal brand in Bollywood is the toughest job there is. But, if you’re ambitious and clever enough to make your way, you’re very likely to succeed.


There are a number of struggling actors in Mumbai, who never miss a single audition to try and prove their worth. If you don’t want to join their ranks, you need to give yourself an edge by applying to a Bollywood casting agency.

Here are some Bollywood casting agencies that can help you get your foot in the door.

Shanoo Sharma at Yashraj Casting Office

Sameer Banerjee Talent & Casting Agency

Vicky Sidana Casting Director

Contact these casting agencies online on Facebook or email your portfolio to them and follow up with them. Also, get your manager to help you apply for such roles.

Beware of individuals who pretend to be talent agents and ask you to pay a certain amount upfront. Run from them because the authentic agents only get paid when they land you a job and not before.

Look for Bollywood auditions and vacancies in TV serials online. If required, move to a big city and make temporary living arrangements there so you can attend more auditions in less time.

The advent of social media has created an easy way to build a network online. So don’t hesitate to use social media in your search for Bollywood casting auditions.

You can join acting groups and online forums like

to get news and updates on acting auditions in Mumbai for serials.

You can also join Facebook groups, like the ones below, that advertise Bollywood auditions, casting calls, and actress jobs in Mumbai.

Paid modelling/acting jobs

Mumbai Auditions

Models Casting & Events Mumbai

Acting Jobs For Freshers In Bollywood

Acting Jobs In Film & TV Industry India

Dance Jobs & Auditions – India

Delhi Models/Actors/Artists/Anchors/Emcee

Casting, Crew & Creative Jobs in India

Models Actors in NCR

Acting And Modeling Job Kolkata

Mumbai Casting & Auditions

Mumbai Jobs: Acting, Modeling, Junior Artistes

Mumbai Jobs: Modeling Acting Junior Artiste

The Actors Group

Casting Director for Actors

Talent Managers for Actors

Create a Facebook Business Page as a “Public Figure” and brand yourself on social media. Upload videos and photos from jobs you’ve done. Grab every opportunity that you get to showcase your talent online.

Engage with your followers and keep them updated on new roles you’ve done. Follow the handles of big stars’ on Twitter and Instagram and engage with them too.


In the early days of your career, you need to attend every Hindi movie audition that your manager or agent lines up for you. You can liken it to attending numerous job interviews when you’re looking for that

dream job


You may attend a number of auditions but can choose your roles only when you’re selected in most of them. So, make it a point to be a well-known face in every audition, whether it’s for a minor role or a major one.

As Woody Allen so famously said, “80 per cent of success is just showing up.”

If you’re wondering how to apply for auditions in Bollywood, consult your acting school or your manager. They are usually informed about upcoming auditions and will recommend the best Bollywood job vacancy for you.

Once you have been hired for or done any roles or advertisements, you should also

apply for membership of CINTAA

(Cine & TV Artistes’ Association), if you’re serious about becoming a Bollywood actress.

Indian nationals who “play a significant role in a feature film, TV serials, Telefilms, live performances, advertisement films shown on screen, digital or any new media” are eligible to join. NRIs and foreign nationals can obtain a work permit for a limited time.

When you’re ready to start your career in the Bollywood film industry, create a goal for every step on your journey to success. There’s no point waiting for an eternity for something to show up.

Decide where you want to be in a year, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years, and work towards it. If you’re always on the go and ambitious to boot, you will push yourself more, and your momentum will pave a path to success for you.

Many wannabe actresses use their beauty as a stepping stone to a career in Bollywood. It’s no coincidence that so many beauty queens and Miss India contestants, like Priyanka Chopra and Lara Dutta, also go on to act in Bollywood.

Your looks are very important to have a long and successful acting career, so you’ll need to master your skincare routine to a professional standard. Learn how to make life-altering changes so you can reverse ageing and

look 10 years younger naturally



You should also learn how to stay fit and healthy, as fitness is very much required in an acting career, not only on screen but also to be able to undertake strenuous acting schedules. Your health will affect your looks, body, and also your energy levels.

You can work towards becoming healthier and fitter with a personal trainer. However, you’re more likely to stick to a workout routine that doesn’t need any workout equipment, can be done in the comfort and privacy of your home, and on your own schedule.

Most great actresses are expected to have an impeccable sense of style and those who don’t are roundly criticised for it. What you wear and how you present yourself matters, especially when you’re famous and live your life in the public eye.

Learn about different necklines and jewellery that will complement your fashion, what is your fashion personality, how to undergo an entire closet makeover and get tips for shopping your style while saving money.

All actresses need to be able to speak fluent English, preferably with a native accent. If your English is not very good, take steps to improve it as it’s the language which dominates the entertainment and online worlds. These

easy hacks will help you learn spoken English


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) so you can communicate fluently.

You can also choose from a wide variety of

free online English courses on Glow & Lovely Careers

, where you can learn English for interviews and for various industries so you can communicate effectively. No previous English knowledge is required.

You’ll learn the English language so you can

start speaking real, grammatically correct English fluently

, effortlessly and confidently and build and develop your practical communication skills in English speaking, writing, reading, fluency, and grammatical accuracy.


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Work on your flaws and constantly improve yourself. Who knows, you may one day be called to do an acting role in Hollywood, where English is an absolute must.

Although you should never expect to become a star in your first movie, you should opt for bigger and more challenging roles once you’ve established a presence in the industry.

The life of junior actors in Bollywood is not one that most people wish for. So, start small, but make sure you move forward and don’t stay in the same position for long.

Have faith and patience if you don’t get good roles at the beginning of your career. Prove your worth in the roles you do get, and you’ll soon get noticed by your audience as well as by casting agencies in Bollywood.

These requirements to become an actor in Bollywood may seem quite burdensome. But if you can sail through them successfully, you’ll increase your chances of reaching the top of the acting profession in India.


Here are a few frequently asked questions that wannabe actors ask when they start thinking of an acting career in Bollywood.

Are you thinking “I want to be an actress but have no experience”? If you’re wondering how to join Bollywood without any prior experience, then yes, it is definitely possible to do that.

Follow the steps above and join one of the acting schools listed above for Bollywood acting tips, and to learn the professional skill of acting in movies.

You can also read and research the qualifications needed to be an actress in Bollywood and work on yourself to tick all the boxes.

Some of these skills include being a good dancer, having a pleasant voice, being able to express your emotions and create the facial expressions necessary to emote on the big screen. And, of course, it never hurts to have good looks and charisma.

Getting into acting with no experience is not a cakewalk, but it is always possible if you have the talent and the determination to prove yourself, learn new skills and grow along the way.

The fastest way to get a Bollywood film audition is to hire a manager or agent. These people are very well-networked and have influential connections and an ear to the grapevine of the industry.

All Bollywood actresses have a manager who represents them for a percentage of their earnings. That means they are invested in getting you good roles for a good salary as their earnings depend on how much you are paid.

You can also use social media to find information about Bollywood auditions online. We have listed several Facebook groups above that circulate information on auditions for acting in Bollywood movies.

Keep track of these forums to get the latest updates about acting jobs in Mumbai. You can also find out if there are Whatsapp groups that announce auditions for upcoming Bollywood movies and join these groups for regular updates on auditions in Mumbai.

The internet has made it really easy for us to connect to people online and there’s nothing stopping you from connecting to production houses directly in your quest to become a Bollywood actress.


One alternative to an acting career in Bollywood is to find a TV serial job. The television industry has created a large number of Hindi serial jobs.

This has provided immense opportunities for fresh talent across the country, and you could even land a lead actress’ role if you can learn how to become a TV actress in India.

The issue of nepotism is not as widespread in the television industry, as it is a relatively new industry. Many famous TV actors and actresses have moved on to Bollywood after starting out on the small screen.

If you’re wondering how to become a TV actress, it’s very similar to the steps above for applying for any film industry jobs in Mumbai. You can even do a TV serial acting course with a local theatre group or with one of the acting schools listed above.

To get a Hindi serial job, you need to learn who is looking for an actress required for serials and how to get called for Hindi serial auditions, such as Disney channel auditions. From there, your acting skills and talent will pave the way to getting work in TV serials.

Finding acting jobs in the Bollywood film industry in Mumbai is not easy, and it has never been. Acting is like any other job, where you need a

professional resume

and a portfolio.

Being cast as part of a show is like applying for a job. Sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. If someone else is chosen, don’t feel bad because there will be other opportunities in the future.

You can seek out acting opportunities online on job search portals and LinkedIn – the biggest social media channel for professionals. But it might also be a good idea to try out other film industry jobs in India that don’t involve acting.

Actors like Parineeti Chopra and Bhumi Pednekar started their careers from behind the screen. Freshers can take on Bollywood jobs as assistant directors or casting agents before they finally step into their acting shoes and get acting jobs in India.

If you have a sonorous voice that sounds good on audio, you can also become a voice actor for advertising, presentations, movie trailers, product videos, video games and get voice-over jobs. Many Hollywood and Bollywood actors earn very good money as voice actors.

You can find voice-over jobs on gig websites where people from all over the world offer a variety of different tasks аnd ѕеrvісеѕ to customers. The best thing about providing voice-over jobs on gig websites is that you can earn a lot of money from gig extras.


The acting business is tough and your chances of making a full-time income are slim because, in real life, you need to be able to make money while you build your dream career. It’s one of the reasons why so many wannabe actors take up part-time or

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