Acting Definitions

What is a “Callback Ratio”?

What is a “Callback Ratio”? (by Darryl Green) A “Callback Ratio” is a two-number combination that represents the number of callbacks an actor receives, relative to the number of auditions the actor went…

What is a “Breakdown”?

What is a “Breakdown”? (By AM Staff) A “breakdown” is a brief description of a forthcoming production, along with the characters and roles featured in that production. It is created and released to…

What is a “Casting Director”

  What is a “Casting Director” (by AM Staff) A casting director is the person responsible for finding the talent to fill available acting roles in a film, television show, commercial or play….

  • What are “Sides”?

      What are “Sides”? (by AM staff)   The term “sides” usually refers to a small section of a larger script, used by casting directors to audition actors for a role that must…

    What is a “Callback”?

      What is a “Callback”? (By AM Staff) A callback is an invitation an actor receives to, for a second time, meet with or perform for a casting director in consideration for an…

    What is an “Audition”?

    What is an “Audition” (By AM Staff) An audition is a brief performance meant to demonstrate an actor’s suitability for an acting role that must be cast. Breaking it down: To fill an…

    Acting Definition: Financial Core or Fi-Core.

    Acting Definition: Financial Core or Fi-Core. Financial core, or Fi-Core, is a designation or status that allows actors to work in both union projects and non-union projects. Union members are only allowed to…

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    The Types of Actor Headshots

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    Acting Definition: Audition Notes.

    Acting Definition: Audition Notes. After you perform a scene at an audition, a casting director might ask you to do it again. Only this time, they might give you notes. Notes are the…

    Acting Definition – Self-Taped Audition.

    Acting Definition – Self-Taped Audition. A self-taped audition is an audition that is conducted and filmed by the actor, at the request of a casting director. Rather than the traditional audition, where the…

    Acting Definition: Proof Sheet

    Acting Definition: Proof Sheet. After an actor has completed a photo session with a headshot photographer, the photographer makes the resulting photos available for the actor in what are sometimes referred to as…