My first association with stage acting was when I was in the fifth standard, at the annual school concert, my class was putting up the play - 'The Pied Piper of Hamlin' , where i was casted as 'The Pied Piper' himself, it was a matter of great pride for me, being selected as the lead actor among 150 others willing to take my place. Well, I was immature then, time passed I acted in another few plays, it was untill the 9th standard, i wasnt very serious about acting. In the 9th standard I took a more serious approach to acting and dramatics, I auditioned for the street plays, which were to be held at national peace festival, I was choosen as one of the seven actors who took part. I leant a lot working with the other actors, with the talented director and the other crew members. we put up a play named 'Safai' and performed it in various places, without a stage, any microphones or special effects, catering to the street crowd. That was truly an enriching experience.
that point on there was no looking back, soon I was choosen as the captain for the school drama team and earlier this year, I directed, Scripted and acted in the Inter-House Dramatics Competition. Directing this play wasn't as simple as I had expected it to be. I learnt the true importance of team work, i learnt how to work with people, I learnt to manage issues in a much more pragmatic manner.
Today when I stand infront of the mirror I see an individual, who is mature, emphatic, versatile, creative and eager to improve, i see me.
Everyone can act, so can I. A five year old acts to get a toy, a high school student to get his way onto the student council, an employee to get a day off. I do...