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commercial • auditioned • training
a gig • non-union
  1. I haven't had a ton of in this area specifically, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.
  2. More than 200 children for that role.
  3. My favorite summer job was when I got as a DJ on a cruise boat.
  4. Most of the actors I work with here are .
  5. She started with work when she about about 5 years old.
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745 Big Break
Matt worked in Hollywood as an actor. He talks about how he got started at it.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

commercial work

I acted mainly in commercial work.

'Commercial work' refers to the work that an actor does on advertisements.

Notice the following:

  1. I make most of my money from commercial work.
  2. I think most actors start off with commercial work, and then they progress to TV and films.


I auditioned for commercials.

When you 'audition,' it means that go for an interview to see whether you are suitable for an acting role. You will be usually asked to act out a scene.

Notice the following:

  1. When I auditioned, they said that they really liked me.
  2. The theater company auditioned lots of people for the leading role.

ton of training

I didn't have a ton of training going into the acting world.

When you have 'training' to do something, it means that you have had formal classes that teach you how to do it. If you haven't had a 'ton of training,' it means that you haven't had many classes.

Notice the following:

  1. I have done a ton of training to get me ready for the marathon.
  2. I have not had a ton of training in advertising.

get a gig

How do you actually get a gig?

When you 'get a gig' it means that you are hired for a single, usually short, professional job.

Notice the following:

  1. I found it hard to get my first gig.
  2. It is hard to get a gig at first, but then it start to become easier to get regular work.

union actors and non-union

There's union actors and non-union.

Some actors belong to an acting union and others don't. These are referred to 'union and non-union actors.'

Notice the following:

  1. There is a bit is animosity between union and non-union actors.
  2. They said they were not bothered whether they hired union or non-union actors.