the acting It is one of the most sought after jobs nowadays. But few people have the necessary ability and drive to succeed in this field of work. Many people want the job because of the fame and money, while some want to perform.
One spends a lot of time thinking about the day when they can finally walk on set as an actor seeking to break into the world of television or film. But what’s really going on out there, and how do you handle yourself properly on and off camera?
theSun recently spoke with aspiring actor Sharmendran Raghunathan about his experience as a newcomer to the industry. Sharmendran recently appeared on the small screen as Parath in the local Tamil-language series Veera. The 30-year-old professional karate fighter competed in the Naval Games three times and took home two Asian medals.
However, he has always wanted to aspire to do something outside of his comfort zone. So, as soon as he heard about this acting opportunity, he grabbed it without delay.
He explained, “I thought it was wise to try something outside of my comfort zone.”
As an athlete, he said that the series’ attractive plot of martial arts and its various fight sequences made him more excited about the whole project. Charmendran said that the transition from athlete to actor was not as simple as it seemed, as it required a lot of hard work and dedication. However, he felt as if this was a great opportunity for him to explore what he really wanted in life. In fact, he stated that this could be the beginning of a new career path.
He said: “I was blown away by this, as it is new to me, but I definitely want to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.
“Honestly, I simply wanted to give it a try, but now I’m really excited to pursue acting and see what more this field has in store for me.”
He was fortunate to have a few assistant directors to help him develop his acting abilities when he initially accepted the offer. With the support of the thoughtful people around him, Charmendran found it possible to complete this project.
Of course, Charmendran’s journey was particularly difficult, because, as he said: “Lacking experience and acting experience, I faced many obstacles.” But being a quick learner, Charmendran quickly assessed the situation and made necessary adjustments to ensure a successful shoot. He said that he did not want to prolong filming due to his mistakes.
For Charmendran, having to perform fight sequences repeatedly while constantly rehearsing them in order to improve was perhaps the most challenging aspect.
In Veera, Charmendran plays Parath, the younger brother of the eponymous Veera, played by fellow senior artist-turned-actor Thepan Ji (Paskal, Special Force: Anarchy). He said he greatly admired Thiban and was glad to have Thiban to guide him and give him advice along the way as he is experienced in the field.
Sharmendran also made sure to consult his friends who work in the field to get their ideas. “I was careful to heed their advice and took it seriously when I was acting.” Since this is his first TV series, I asked him how he would respond to any negative feedback about his acting.
He said, “I have no power over negative reviews. So I simply ignore them. I like to focus on the things I can control.”
Sharmindram also took the opportunity to express his gratitude towards his mother for always setting high standards to live up to.
He said “I have gained knowledge based on what I perceive, feel and experience”.
In the future, he intends to appear in feature film projects after gaining more experience as an actor, and would like to participate in a variety of stunts.
He also thanked his fans for standing by him no matter what.
He said, “Countless words of support have been sent to us, and we greatly appreciate it. Veera needs your continued support. I also want my fans to continue to support local content.”