Avinash Muddappa – The dreamer, the believer, the achiever – the self-taught actor

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There are only few of us who can carry that sweet but big childhood dream along to adulthood and turn it to reality. Avinash Muddappa has held his childhood dream of acting very close to his heart. Watching movies frame by frame, ads and interviews of actors, he picked up his acting materials; a self learner if you’d ever seen one would be Avinash, he does it all out of pure unadulterated passion and joy.

Avinash’s hobby of watching movies motivated him to learn what was happening behind the camera and that is what got him fascinated with acting. He says, “You need not take a professional course if you have the will to truly learn” but to fine tune your skills he agrees that it would be of great help to join certain classes. But as for himself, he learned it all by reading and learning materials, and watching movies. So driven is Avinash, that despite the language barrier in the Kannada film industry and his diction not being authentic enough even though he can speak Kannada, he started watching Kannada movies and read the regional paper to learn the language better. And now he throws in regional dialogues just for heck of it with his friends!

It was in 2013 when Avinash got his first big shot after a successful audition with Barking Dog Productions. And, this is where he scored his first show. And with this show he learned the ways of the big industry game. With good exposure he gained confidence about himself in the acting field. He also started doing theatre whenever he found the time.

Avinash says, “Time is gold and as a human being when you waste your time in trivial things you never get that time back. I have a checklist in the morning on what to do. I try not to waste time as much as possible because I have big plans and dreams for my future, which requires multitasking to get things done.”

Time is gold and as a human being when you waste your time in trivial things you never get that time back…”

But with big dreams come big fears, and Avinash did have those deep rooted thoughts of failure, but the conqueror in him straightened his back. He realised that he had the talent to reach his goal for a full-time acting career, and his hard work would overcome any of the obstacles on the way.

Keeping up with a big dream’s bill can be tough, which compelled him to take on a regular job in the media field. He feels that keeping the dream alive needs a contingent plan and a regular job makes that happen.

But before he finally took the leap into the film industry Avinash also wanted to be a fitness trainer. Avinash says he could not take that up professionally because of a shoulder injury. And, maintains his fitness like he maintains his goals for a full time acting job.

He believes that honing the craft is of essence rather than the show of fame and success. He believes that movies should leave an impact on the audience and would love to work on meaningful scripts rather than anything and everything. Avinash believes in method acting, he says, “I had to play a valet guy for a corporate video so I actually spent an entire evening being a valet guy to get used to the role.”

I had to play a valet guy for a corporate video so I actually spent an entire evening being a valet guy to get used to the role.”

Avinash is currently working on a print photo shoot and playing a minor role in a feature film which is set to release later this year.

“You must not focus on clothes or looks. Do it because you love it, if you don’t love it then just don’t do it. Focus on improving your skills as an actor. Money and fame will come and go, but always focus on your passion – it will stay forever”, says Avinash Muddappa keeping true to his word about keeping himself grounded and disciplined.

You must not focus on clothes or looks. Do it because you love it, if you don’t love it then just don’t do it. Focus on improving your skills as an actor. Money and fame will come and go, but always focus on your passion – it will stay forever.”

Avinash Muddappa could have taken the easy way out, like many of those who gave up on their dream careers. But he stood up and fought for his dream. He was brave and loyal to his passion and is bent on making a reality of it.

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