Acting Definitions

What are “Actions”?

  What are “Actions”? Simply put, actors act. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) Once the actor understands their character’s objective in the scene, or in the moment, the actor takes actions. Actions are the various…

What is a “Cold Read”?

What is a “Cold Read”? (By Tonya Tannenbaum) A “cold read” refers to a type of audition where the actor is expected to perform with little-to-no preparation. Usually, the actor is given the…

What is a “Background Actor”?

What is a “Background Actor”? (By Tonya Tannenbaum) A “background actor” is an actor who performs in view of, but usually away from, the foreground, in a non-speaking or non-singing capacity. Commonly referred…

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  • What is an “Obstacle”?

      What is an “Obstacle”? (By Tonya Tannenbaum) In acting, an obstacle is a person or object that stands in the way of the character achieving his or her objective. Obstacles can also…

    Being-in-the-moment

    Being-in-the-moment “Being-in-the-moment”, usually refers to the abstract event when an actor feels genuinely connected to their character. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) ____________________________________________________________________________ “Being-in-the-moment”, usually refers to the abstract event when an actor feels genuinely…

    The Super-Objective

    The Super-Objective Unlike short-term or moment-to-moment objectives, the super-objective influences and guides the character’s actions throughout the entire course of the story. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) ____________________________________________________________________________ The “Super-Objective” is the primary goal that…

    What is the “Unbroken Line”?

    What is the “Unbroken Line”? When this line is broken, Stanislavski believed, the actor gets “lost” in the role, the life of the character “stops” and the actor loses the overall thrust of…

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    What is “Continuity”?

    What is “Continuity”? (by Tonya Tannenbaum) Successful application of the principal of continuity can make the difference between a professional, well-done piece of filmmaking and an amateurish one. Continuity, as it relates to…

    What is a “Backstory”?

    What is a “Backstory”? Every role is two-dimensional. The actor must make it three-dimensional. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) In acting, creating a “backstory” generally refers to the process of inventing details about the history…

    What is the “Magic If”?

    What is the “Magic If”? The “Magic If” is an acting technique that seeks to put the actor in their character’s shoes by asking a basic question, or series of questions, centered around…