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Sides, Self-Tape, CD... what do all these things mean??

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

When you start out in the entertainment industry some of the language can seem a bit alien. Here's a quick handy guide to help with some of the terminology used.




CASTING

In the performing arts industry such as theatre, film, or television, a casting is a pre-production process for selecting a certain type of actor, dancer, singer, or extra for a particular role or part in a script, screenplay, or teleplay.


CASTING DIRECTORS Casting Directors organise and facilitate the casting of actors for all the roles in a film. This involves working closely with the director and producer to understand their requirements, and suggesting ideal artists for each role, as well as arranging and conducting interviews and auditions.


CD

CD is the abbreviation used for Casting Directors


CASTING DIRECTORS

Casting Directors organise and facilitate the casting of actors for all the roles in a film. This involves working closely with the director and producer to understand their requirements, and suggesting ideal artists for each role, as well as arranging and conducting interviews and auditions.


SELF-TAPES

A self-tape is an audition the actor films on their own. It is requested by a casting director, and then is submitted to the agent or casting director electronically. The casting director provides the sides, instructions, and deadline, and then it is up to you to film, edit, and return it to them on time.


SIDES

“sides” mean the part of a script provided to actors for use in an audition. Typically sides are sent to you before an audition or to use for self-tapes


SLATE

A "slate" is essentially an introduction at the beginning of your self tape. In theory, the actor slate should be very simple, however, your slate is the first (and sometimes only) impression that you give to a casting director so it is just as important as the rest of the audition


PENCILED-IN

A provisional booking, yet to be confirmed. Usually this means they have the actor they want but would like to keep you on stand by. Sometimes you may be given a heavy pencil. This is more likely to happen but still not confirmed. Its great news if you have been penciled-in as it means your audition must have gone well and they liked you. Always save the date and be prepared to go last minute. If another job comes up that you have been confirmed for do let the company know that had you penciled in!


I will be adding to this blog regularly with more industry terms so please subscribe to keep updated.


If there are other words you have heard and are unsure of just ask in the comments, if i don't see if straight away I am sure there are plenty of actors who would be happy to help decipher the language of the entertainment industry!