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Acting Terms You Need To Know

So you're planning to be the next Orlando Bloom or Cameron Diaz, but you have no idea what you're doing, huh? Do you want to walk into an audition with a basic knowledge of show biz lingo? Never fear - Kidzworld's here! Check out these definitions for need-to-know acting terms!

Actor: This would be you. If you get the part, you'll be able to play other people - and get paid. It's the best job in the world, next to being a rockstar.

Audition: This is what you go on in order to get the part. You prepare your scene, and try your best to be exactly what they want.

Headshot: This is an 8x10 picture of your mug - that's face, not coffee cup. Remember to keep your picture current and make sure your photo looks like you. If you change looks, be sure to change photos.

Resume: This is a written copy of any previous acting work you might have done. It's usually one page in length. It lists the roles you've played in movies, TV or plays, your training (if any) and all the special skills that make up your funky self. And yes, special skills include things like juggling and skateboarding. (Guess your parents were wrong when they said that kind of stuff would never amount to much!)

Callback: This is what happens after your first audition, if they decide that they'd like to see you again. You'll be invited to audition for the same part again, but this time the director and producer will most likely be present.

Director: This is the person who is in charge of what the actors do, who shapes the story that you end up seeing on the big screen. If a movie had a parent, the director would be the dad - the big kahuna.

Producer: This person (or people) acquires the cash, builds the crew and gets people together. The producer is a problem solver that gets things done. The producer is often the money behind the project, so it's really good if they like you. The producer would be the mom - the other big kahuna.

Agent: This is your representation, the person who acts as your contact with the film company, and they will most likely have gotten you your audition. They'll also negotiate how much money you'll make if you do get a part, and never, ever forget you and your agent work for each other.

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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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fitta
"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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SatanslilDemon
Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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SmartSunnyShadow
I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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