Acting Definitions

What is “Affective Memory”?

  What is “Affective Memory”? The acting technique was abandoned by its originator, but lived on in one of his disciples. (by Carmichael Philips) Affective memory is one of the original techniques in…

What is an “Objective”?

What is an “Objective”? Objectives help actors make strong character choices and deliver more interesting performances. (by Tonya Taylor) An “Objective”, in acting, refers to something (or some things) a character wants and…

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…

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  • 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…

    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…

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    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…

    What is “Financial Core (Fi-Core)”?

    What is “Financial Core (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 work…

    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…