Neha Dhupia and Ranvir Shorey have both been in the industry for close to 15 years surviving the feast and famine that is often part of an actor’s life. During a Facebook live with Film Companion the actors let us in on the do’s and don’ts of surviving showbiz.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Ranvir: The biggest tip I can give anyone looking to survive here is to never compare yourself with someone else. It is the shortest road to hell in this business.
Don’t ever be insecure
Neha: If you have to be insecure about anything let it be about your own work so that you can get better at it.
Don’t chase money
Ranvir: The biggest drawback of being so fringe in my approach to cinema is that you end up being poor. Sometimes I have no work, therefore I have no money.
Work to better your craft
Ranvir: It isn’t easy to water down your sensibilities. I cannot get myself to run around trees and romance chiffon-clad women. I don’t want to artistically head in that direction, because that is the hunt for more money and not for excellence in acting or your craft.
Be sure of your talent
Neha: You just have to be so sure of your talent and your worth, only then will people realise it. You just have to keep at it.
You can catch the full conversation with Neha Dhupia & Ranvir Shorey here.