Acting Definitions

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…

What is the “Substitution Technique”?

What is the “Substitution Technique”? Using substitution, actors can justify, to themselves, their character’s actions in various moments, now that they have related those moments to truths in their own lives. (by Tonya…

What are the “Given Circumstances”?

What are the “Given Circumstances”? By analyzing the given circumstances, the actor can better understand who they are, where they are and understand the motivations of the character. (By Tonya Tannenbaum) ________________________________________________________________________________________________ The…

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  • What is “Affective Memory”?

      What is “Affective Memory”? The acting technique was abandoned by its originator, Konstantin Stanislavski, but lived on in one of his disciples, Lee Strasberg. (by Carmichael Philips) ________________________________________________________________________________ Affective memory is one…

    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…

    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…

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    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…