Showbiz Glossary

ACTOR
A person whose profession is acting on the stage, in films, or on television.

AGENT
A person who finds jobs for actors, authors, film directors, musicians, models, professional athletes, writers, screenwriters, broadcast journalists, and other people in various entertainment or broadcast businesses.

CALLBACK
A follow-up interview or audition

CASTING
Employing actors to play parts in a film, play or other production. Also the act of doing same.

CLIENT
An actor, specifically in the context of the actor’s relationship with their agent or manager Internally at Spotlight we have both internal and external clients/customers

CLIENT PROFILE
An actor’s professional CV, as it appears on their agent’s’ website or in various kinds of casting software and directories

DOUBLE
A performer who appears in place of another performer, i.e., as in a stunt.

MIRROR
An optical device that helps a performer check they’ve applied their makeup correctly

PRINCIPAL
A performer with lines.

PRODUCTION
A film, TV or stage show, such as a professional actor might list on their acting CV.

REST
What actors do between jobs.

SCRIPT
The written dialogue and directions for a play, film or show

“SEQUEL”
A published, broadcast, or recorded work that continues the story or develops the theme of an earlier one.

SERVER
Someone working as waiting staff in a restaurant. Who is quite possibly an actor moonlighting as a server to pay the bills between acting jobs.

SPOTLIGHT
www.spotlight.com,  “The Home of Casting” – and the directories and services.

STAGING
The method of presenting a play or dramatic performance; also used to refer to the stage structure itself in theatre and live performance.