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As an actor, you have a sound exposure to acting lingo. At your learning stage or in your acting job search, you might have heard terms like action, intention, and objective. You may have a rough idea about all acting lingo or you would be trying to know the maximum of them. You are at the right place, as the post will disclose everything that you should know about an objective in acting. 

What is an objective in acting?     

In the English language, the term objective has several different interpretations. However, it is different in the film, television and entertainment industry. 

Actors, casting agents, coaches, teachers, etc. talk about the importance of having an objective for a character. In the early days of your learning on how to act or acting, no one states a clear or actual meaning of an objective in acting. You can google the term or ask your instructor about it. In simple language – an objective is what your character wants in a scene. 

Sometimes it is clear from the writing and sometimes it’s not clear. When it is not clear, you need to make a choice. It is the one you select to play and facilitate the story. In order to make their performance funnier or comedic, actors sometimes act something opposite to the objective. Acting opposite to the objective makes the story terrible or lets actors be unemployed/have no acting role.       

How to find objectives in acting?

As an actor, you may have a query on how to find objectives in acting in your early days in the film, television, and entertainment industry. The best method to find objectives in acting is the identification of goals of a project. Aims or goals are the long-term results of a project and show off what a production house or director wants to attain. And objectives are a short-term and practical way to attain those goals. 

How can you achieve your objectives in acting? 

Actioning is the best way to attain your acting objectives. It relates to the addition of a transitive verb to every line to make it specific and associate it with your objective. 

For example – An actor playing a role of Jenny should use action words such as to reveal, to extinguish, to confess, and to crush.  

On the other hand, the actor playing the role of Dave with opposite objectives should use the action words like to threaten, to beg, to divulge, and to plead. 

Based on scenes or story demands, actors can use different strategies and tactics to use other terms for actions. 

Why should you have clear objectives in acting?

Having a clear objective is crucial for you. By having a look at the following points, you can easily comprehend it:

  • To know the contrast between the objectives of a character 
  • Safeguard you from making intense commitments in your character
  • To highlight the scene’s stakes