Acting Definitions

What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”?

What are “Notes, Adjustments and Redirects”? Regardless of what one might call them, these changes are usually necessary for a thorough evaluation of the actor’s fitness for the role being cast (By Tonya…

What is “Slating”?

  What is “Slating”? (By Tonya Tannenbaum) The term, “slating”, for auditions, describes a standard industry practice whereby the actor briefly introduces themselves while facing the camera. This process usually happens right before,…

What are “Animal Exercises”?

What are “Animal Exercises”? An actor can study how an animal or animals move and, then, use some of those movements when preparing to capture the physicality of their character (By Tonya Tannenbaum)…

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  • 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”? A “cold read”, on the other hand, challenges the actor to perform without much preparation (By Tonya Tannenbaum) A “cold read” refers to a type of audition where…

    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…

    What is an “Obstacle”?

      What is an “Obstacle”? Obstacles are at the heart of dramatic tension. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) In acting, an obstacle is a person or object that stands in the way of your character…

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    What is “Being in the Moment”?

    What is “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…

    What is the “Super-Objective”?

    What is 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…

    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…