The Policy Times (https://thepolicytimes.com/), New Delhi in association with The Adamas University, Kolkata organized an hour-long webinar on Career Guidance Workshop on Media & Film Making on Friday, June 26, 2020. The main purpose of the Career Guidance Student Webinar was to aware of students who are interested in the field of the Film industry and would benefit from this initiative and many similar ones will be taken up based on the response from actual beneficiaries. Experts discussed careers in Media & Film Making to guide the students in choosing their right career path in the future.
The Workshop moderated by Mr Akram Hoque, the Founder- Editor of The Policy Times, with three more eminent speakers namely, Cyrus Dastur, a Film Producer and Owner of Shamiana, Vedieka Dutt, an Actress and a Model, and Professor Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Adamas University and Mr Sandip K Banerjee, Group President, Education Counselling & Communication of Rice Group, Professor Mrityunjoy Chatterjee, Dean of School of Liberal Arts and Cultural Studies at Adamas University.
Mr Akram Hoque, the Founder- Editor of The Policy Times, started the session by introducing the speakers and by giving an overview of the session. In his introductory speech, he said, “There are many other streams except engineering, medical and being a teacher for students”. He requested the eminent speakers to throw light on what students can do except for direct-acting and direction in the Film Industry.
Cyrus Dastur, a Film Producer and Owner of Shamiana, started the session by focusing in the clear path on the career one can pursue in film, it’s not only about becoming an actor in the film, but one can also be an editor, a writer, a cinematographer, and even a producer. He mentioned, “Producing is the proper job in films; the producer is not the person who puts money in the film.”
He suggested the students who want to pursue a career in films or web shows, at first they should get trained from a proper place, to work in theatre groups and then get in contact with the casting directors who cast for web shows or films. He also suggested students improve their skills in communication, writing because there are jobs like spoken word artists and even for dialogue writing, screenplay writing. He also requested the students to get their internships done, by assisting someone so that they can learn which will gradually help them in the long run.
Vedieka Dutt, Actress, and a Model started the session by thanking everyone. She started her career at the age of 16 and has been living in Mumbai for 3 years. She said and suggested the students be very much upright and be ready for rejection as there is a lot of competition. She also said, “There is no saturation point in this profession, but one needs to be very patient.” She also suggested our students’ complete education at least minimum graduation because that will help in the long run, and to be focused on one path. If one can face the fear in the mind then one can overcome everything, one has to be very good in body language, the right attitude, good personality, way of talking, and way of performing as looks doesn’t matter it comes at the end nowadays and for all these one can pursue doing theatres because theatres improvise your skills as that allows one to act on a different personality.
Mr Sandip K Banerjee, Group President, Education Counseling & Communication of Rice Group also joined the session and he stated, “When Covid-19 has hit every one of us so badly; we all have taken up the challenge to fight, so everyone is actor, but becoming an actor is an opportunity where one shines up your inherited skill, but one has to be very clear if that person is passionate enough to take up that as a career, one has to have the passion in his or her work.”He also said to the students that if one is not passionate about what he or she is doing one will not be able to face the hardships.
Professor Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Adamas University, added some important remarks on Media and Film, he said, “I believe the field of humanity is and more particularly communications media has a huge value now because people’s experiences are changing now and it’s becoming digital-driven. Whether it’s commerce whether it’s an entertainment, health and even in legal services”.
He also added, “Physical distancing is creating demand or need of reaching out more, there will be a need for long entertainment content and the difference will be the blockbuster culture will not be so important now. The huge amount of entertainment will be digital, these digital entertainment the story will be the hero and not the stars. Even the IT industry which is a huge industry will be looking for a large number of content developers, and content developers will come from the humanities background, literature and media background. So the content as a whole is the king. People from that background can get a huge score”.
Professor Mrityunjoy Chatterjee, Dean of School of Liberal Arts and Cultural Studies at Adamas University, throws light by saying media encompasses all kinds of streams, but you need your heart and most importantly commitment towards your work, except for being a good orator, or good writer or be it anything and liberal arts encompasses media. He also said that “The new world will have a very small shelf life for specialization, because technology is improving and growing day by day, similarly a person should also learn team skills, attitudinal skills, communication skills, body language, leadership and all other attributes along with specialization, thus a person who is a specialized engineer can also be a thought leader of Plato ideas, and this is what the world needs today.”
Mr Akram Hoque concluded the session and requested Ms Vedieka Dutt to provide some guidance for the students who want to see his/her future in modelling or acting. Ms Vedieka mentioned, “The future of acting is very bright and you can do it if you want to do it, and if you have the passion to carry on with your dreams in this particular career and never give up and one should be more communicative if you want work approaches them and create a rapport.”
The Founder-Editor of the Policy Times, Mr Akram Hoque gave a closing remark by thanking all the speakers for participating in the session. He stated that in the future, The Policy Times will reach out to the dropout students to guide them to find the right career. The career guidance workshop will be held for them to give them a bright future and will allow them to connect to such eminent speakers.
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The Policy Times has been organizing innumerable Webinars and virtual conferences globally on perhaps all kinds of issues that are needed especially in this COVID- 19 situations, starting from the Students Career guidance, as students now are the future of the world to even discussing the Post COVID- 19 devastations.
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