– This is the major role for the project (think; Batman and Joker or the Antagonist and Protagonist). You are the focal point of the project. This is a speaking role (obviously).
2. Supporting Lead – This is also typically a larger role in the project. You are supporting the lead character(s) in their story. You can be a major part of the story (Like Robin in Batman). This is a speaking role.
3. Supporting – You may have one line (The famous “Here is your coffee, Sir.” line) or maybe a few more but for the most part your character is not a memorable role in the story but instead just there to move the story forward.
4. Featured Extra – This is a background role. Your face will be recognizable on screen but you will not have any major impact on the story or any scripted lines.
5. Extra – These are the background actors that fill the area and give life to the scene to make it look realistic. No speaking line or recognizable faces.
– This one is pretty obvious. This role is the focal point of the show.
2. Series Regular – This character appears is all (or almost all) of the episodes. This is the equivalent of the supporting lead role in Film. This is the main character’s sidekick/boss/best friend. They are living in the main character’s story. Speaking role.
3. Recurring – The role will appear in multiple episodes throughout the season. They are the equivalent to the supporting roles for Film.
4. Guest Star – This is usually a major role for one episode. An easy example of this is the main criminal in any episode of Law & Order. They are a major part of the story for the one episode but usually gone by the end. This is a speaking role.
5. Co-Star – This is a speaking role. This is usually a character with a major role in a scene or two of an episode. This is the mechanic telling the star how he’s going to fix the star’s broken car or the forensic specialist that testifies for the defense in the courtroom drama type.
6. Featured Extra – You are recognizable but have no scripted lines. Example: You walk up and hand a file to the lawyer and then leave, but never say a word that is in the script. Even if you improv a line in, unless negotiated by your agent and added into the script you will not be bumped up in billing.
6. Extra – You are a background actor. No lines and mostly unrecognizable.
This one is quick and simple.
1. Principle – This is any speaking role in a commercial. Or at the very least the main actor while Voice Over explains your actions/ product/ service.
2. Feature – Everyone else. This is the background actor.
This section is the exception to the rules for billing. Here you can actually put your character’s name. This is because plays are usually played all across the world and their names become much more recognizable. Here your format will be: Project Name – Character Name – Production House.
The optional section of New Media is set-aside for Web Series or Online Content. You can create this if you’d like. If it is a short/feature length film you can just place that work under the film section. This section is only needed if it is an episodic web series, video game character acting, or music video.