Actor Waleed Zaidi Motivates Theater Students at LUMS
Actor Waleed Zaidi recently spoke about theater to students at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on the occasion of their Drama Society orientation. The society, called Dramaline, invited Waleed to share his personal experience as a theater actor and give pointers on how to successfully stage a production.
Waleed spoke extensively to students at LUMS on how theater helps in real life in areas such as team building, improvisation, confidence and the like. He also encouraged students of acting to know their audience and shared the ways in which to accomplish this effectively through noting the audience one is performing to and unfortunately stereotyping to some extent.
He touched upon the obstacles faced by actors performing in Lahore specifically which includes AlHamra as an example, where he feels funds are not re-invested to improve the arts council in any way. There is a 60% tax imposed on selling tickets at AlHamra to be paid in advance via a pay order, which is then supposed to be “reimbursed” at a later date. This of course makes it very difficult for anyone wanting to hold a performance of any kind at AlHamra.
Waleed highlighted the importance of wit in actors which can do wonders for a successful performance and explained how theater can really help build the skill. He spoke about being confident in front of a tough audience and learning quickly how to know one’s audience and improvise accordingly. Coexistence is of utmost importance, according to Waleed, as the theater play is the end product that the team has to collectively strive to make a success; it is never about individual egos.
Waleed enjoyed the interaction with students immensely his aim being to motivate and encourage them to pursue acting as a career and also give them a true insight into the world of an actor.
Waleed can currently be seen appearing in ARY drama Visaal, playing a character called Doodhpatti who is a street thief that the main character, Akku, takes under his wing and they end up forming a duo.