Industry Terminology

Industry Terminology

  1. Picture Submissions: When the talent’s pictures are submitted to clients to be considered for a job.

  2. Headshot: A still photo of the talent showing only the head and shoulders.

  3. Casting Director: The producer’s representative which is responsible for choosing talent for consideration for a particular job.

  4. Go-See: When you present yourself to a client in-person to be considered for a modeling job. Model should bring composite cards; appointment takes approximately 15 minutes.

  5. Go-See Request: When you have been specifically pre-selected to be seen by a client.

  6. Audition/Casting Call: When you present yourself before a client to be considered for an acting job. The audition may consist of a simple introduction of yourself or reading sides.

  7. Sides: Scenes from a script or a few scripted lines.

  8. Slate: A small board or black clapper used to verbally identify the talent in a taped audition or used to mark and identify shots in a film for editing.

  9. Callback: When the client or casting director is interested in you, but hasn’t made a final decision. A follow-up to an audition or interview; second audition.

  10. Availability: When a client wants to know if the talent is available for certain dates and times. Please note that this does not mean you are hired for the job.

  11. Hold or Tentative: When a client is not sure about a booking, but has requested that the talent reserve a specific time until further notice. If you have not heard from the client or your manager a day prior to the shoot date, please contact your manager immediately.

  12. Released: When the talent on hold has been cancelled from the booking.

  13. Booking/Confirmed: When the talent is definitely “hired” for the job!

  14. Back-Up: When talent is hired to perform if the principal talent does not perform satisfactorily.

  15. Set: The location of the modeling or acting job.

  16. Tearsheet: A copy of the modeling print job, which is to be used for your composite card and/or portfolio. Tearsheets are proof to other clients that you are a working model.

  17. Composite Card: The talent’s business card, which will list your statistics and resume; used for self-promotion.

  18. Resume: List of credits, training, and skills on the back of the talent’s composite card.

  19. Voucher: A legal document that confirms the booking as negotiated. Vouchers are important for billing; they ensure that you will be paid correctly. All vouchers should be signed by the client and talent. You may be paid immediately on set or via mail within 30-90 days.

  20. Day Rate: A flat fee negotiated for a shoot day.

  21. Buy-out: When the client buys the rights to use the images in any and all media.