Television-Acting Definitions You
(by: AM Staff)
Are you an amateur or an
acting pro? The pros know what’s going on,
while amateurs are constantly asking, “What is that?” Look like a pro.
Before you audition for the commercial or television show, make sure
you’re up on some of the more important lingo.
A call time is the time that the actor or model is to have arrived and
be prepared for work.
Casting refers to the process of selecting an actor for a particular
role or assignment
A casting notice refers to the list of characteristics the actor should
likely have to fulfill the role
Refers to the about of money the actor receives for a day of work
Refers to a video clip containing samples of work the actor has
The frame refers to the entire area the camera’s lens will focus on.
For example, if your frame (focal area) comes to your shoulders, it is
not necessary to for the actor to move his or her hands, as only his
head and shoulders will be captured on film.
When an actor is “off-camera”, he or she is not on film and is away from
The principal is the person in a commercial or show who dominates the
action. The principal could also be referred to as the “lead”, as in
The props are the articles that are used to assist in the role or
action, such as chairs, cups, balls and virtually any object on the set
A residual is the money paid to the actor each time their commercial is
run, unless there is a separate agreement not to issue residuals.
The largest union for television, commercial and radio actors. It stands
for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
When the actor stands in front of the camera and states his or her name
and the agency they represent prior to auditioning in front of a camera.
A monitor that scrolls down the actor’s lines as the actor is
performing. This is similar to the monitors used by news and anchor
people. It helps actors with their lines.