You learn on the job, but basic skills must

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2014 09:43 IST

In the film and TV industry, artists are required to be on their toes constantly. I have worked extensively as an assistant director, and I feel the real learning starts once the camera rolls. Breaking down the shots and maintaining continuity is where an assistant learns the most. You may get your first entry through a contact, but your hard work and talent take you further. A unit consists of hundreds of people from the industry itself, but the hardworking ones will eventually get noticed. Then, opportunities are abundant. I completed my post-graduation in mass communication from Panjab University and then entered the industry; that helped me in gaining some maturity in thought. Practical knowledge can be gained on the field, but basic education is also a must to really set yourself on a solid pedestal of professional success. It is also important to be humble and keep an open mind.

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