23 Words That Mean Something Very Different If You Work In Entertainment

“He was in a meeting, so we left word.”

1. “Rolling”

What it normally means: Moving by turning over and over on an axis.

What it means in Hollywood: You’re literally never going to get off the phone ever again. Hope you don’t have to pee.

2. “Vacation”

What it normally means: An extended period of recreation, especially one spent away from home or in traveling.

What it means in Hollywood: You can leave your computer, but you better still be available.

3. “A friend”

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What it normally means: A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.

What it means in Hollywood: This person that I met once at an industry party.

4. “Amicable split”

What it normally means: A separation on friendly terms.

What it means in Hollywood: One of us cheated on the other one. It’s awkward. Please don’t ask us about it again even though you will.

5. “Scheduling conflict”

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What it normally means: Another commitment or event that prevents one from doing something.

What it means in Hollywood: Yeah, there was a scheduling conflict all right. My fist hit their face because they were too busy to duck.

6. “No comment”

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What it normally means: Used in refusing to answer a question, especially in a sensitive situation.

What it means in Hollywood: I mean, kinda…basically…yes.

7. “Mute”

What it normally means: Refraining from speech or temporarily speechless.

What it means in Hollywood: A magical button that makes it OK to have someone eavesdrop on your call.

8. “Floater”

What it normally means: A person or thing that floats. (But let’s be real: It usually refers to poop.)

What it means in Hollywood: Someone who sits at an agent’s desk while his or her assistant is crying or using the bathroom or drinking at lunch — aka being thrown to the sharks.

9. “Saturday”

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What it normally means: The day of the week before Sunday and following Friday, and (together with Sunday) forming part of the weekend.

What it means in Hollywood: Just another weekday.

10. “Development”

What it normally means: The process of developing or being developed.

What it means in Hollywood: No one has any idea what is actually going on with it, but it’ll maybe get made at some point. Or maybe not.

11. “Greenlight”

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What it normally means: Permission to go ahead with a project.

What it means in Hollywood: Everybody makin’ that $$$.

12. “Treatment”

What it normally means: Action or behavior toward a person, animal, etc.

What it means in Hollywood: Whittling down a work that someone has loved and been slaving over for years to a one-page “yes or no” — aka killing the dream.

13. “Assistant” or “asst”

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What it normally means: A person who professionally supports another.

What it means in Hollywood: Literally the most important people in Hollywood. They do everything. No seriously, EVERYTHING.

14. “Source”

What it normally means: A place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.

What it means in Hollywood: A publicist who pretends that he or she isn’t actually a publicist.

15. “Creative differences”

What it normally means: OK, so this is something that basically only exists in Hollywood, BUT what you’re supposed to believe it means is a disagreement about certain decisions in regards to the direction in which the project is going — about the script, a character, a design decisions, etc.

What it means in Hollywood: They’re fucking insane and I couldn’t take it.

16. “In a meeting”

What it normally means: Otherwise engaged in a professional gathering.

What it means in Hollywood: Totally available, just hate you.

17. “Pilot”

What it normally means: A person who operates the flying controls of an aircraft.

What it means in Hollywood: The first episode of a television show, which will look different from every other episode and will likely be the only thing that you see (if anything) because it will probably never get picked up.

18. “In talks”

What it normally means: Is talking with someone about the possibility of doing something.

What is means in Hollywood: They met once. They were probably both drunk.

19. “My office will handle”

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What it normally means: I will take care of it.

What it means in Hollywood: My assistant will figure it out while I forget about it and go to SoulCycle.

20. “Coverage”

What it normally means: The extent to which something deals with or applies to something else.

What it means in Hollywood: Reading a shit script as a favor to your boss’ weed dealer.

21. “Exhaustion”

What it normally means: A state of extreme physical or mental fatigue.

What it means in Hollywood: Drug addiction.

22. “Mailroom”

What it normally means: A room in which incoming and outgoing correspondence is processed and sorted.

What it means in Hollywood: The beginning of the end.

23. “Work-life balance”

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What it normally means: Having enough time for one’s job and everything outside of one’s job.

What it means in Hollywood: LOL, never heard of it.

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