Want to make it big in the creative/ film making world? Here is where you should get your training from

Hi my loves!

Welcome back x

I get asked these queries a lot:

  • Do you need a degree/ training to be in the creative field?

  • How to be successful when it comes to this field?

  • Do you know any good institutes?


The answer to them all is this- in order to be successful in the creative field, the first step is to learn the craft. Just like corporate jobs that require years of hardwork and studying, one needs the right push and guidance for bettering ( if you’re a natural at it) or learning the craft in the first place.


I am a fashion blogger and even though I did not take up any professional course, now a days there are institutes that offer extensive courses on blogging, social media, digital photography, editing etc that in retrospect, would have totally benefitted me.


Similarly, if you aspire to be an actor, director, photographer, model, makeup artist, film maker and play a part behind the scenes of what you see on the screens, then you need to know the right institutes that offer at least the following:

1)    Great faculty that can help you learn and improvise the craft

2)    Good alumni that are out there in the real world to make you believe if they could, so can you

3)    Guest lectures from renowned people in the same industry to offer insights ans exposure

4)    Placement to help you out in the real world


ICE (The Institute of Creative Excellence) is an initiative by Ekta Kapoor from Balaji Telefilms’ aimed at creating and harnessing new talent in the field of Media & Entertainment.

Conceptualised and realised by industry mavens, ICE kick-started the filming and performing arts courses and programs back in 2010. Since then, the institute has become the home of the finest faculties and learning resources in the industry.


Well-equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Institute offers courses in a thick spread of specializations across five academies, namely The Performing Arts Academy, The Filmmaking Academy, The Acting Academy, The Young Stars Academy and The Supporting Arts Academy.

ICE is the only institute in the country which offers every possible specialisation in the visual storytelling domain under one roof, so let me quickly tell you more about the courses offered.


Acting academy:

Foundation course includes:

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Advanced course includes:

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Supporting Arts Academy:

This includes a lot of courses from makeup, modelling to celebrity management. You should check out their website for more details: Click here for link

Make up course includes:

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Modelling course includes:

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The film making academy:

This course includes programs for everybody and if you want to do anything in the creative field, there will be atleast one program of your interest.

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I went to their centre in Janakpuri, New Delhi to speak to the students and faculty to get an idea about their experience, see who the alumni are, the guest speakers are and here is what I found:


Sugandha Garg, Film making batch shared her experience of studying at ICE as “too good” because she thinks her professor is extremely talented and teaches them something new every day. “I thought I knew acting before I joined ICE and now I feel there are so many aspects I had no clue about!”


I also spoke the Sugandha’s professor to get an idea about the faculty at ICE.

Ankush Varma, a post graduate from Film & Television Institute Of India, Pune has worked as a casting associate with Red Chillies and Yash Raj Films. He is trained under renowned names like Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Nana Patekar etc.

He is also an actor in a feature film that is going on floors soon.


Speaking of placements and successful alumni, ICE Launchpad makes available to students visibility of opportunities in the industry through their 220+ partners comprising of production houses, editing studios, casting directors, and broadcasting networks. The access to ICE Launchpad is lifetime access for all students, so no matter at what stage of their career they are they can stay abreast with opportunities in the industry and make good of those that fit their profile (really cool, isn’t it?)


Some of their placements include those at:

 Here is a link to their website if you want to check it out: ICE Website link



Hope you found this useful