Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Cold reading is a term used by actors and other performers in theatre, television, film, and performance fields. A cold reading is a reading aloud from a script or other text without any rehearsal, practice or study in advance. It is also sometimes referred to as sight-reading. Cold readings are employed frequently in actor auditions, to allow the employer or playwright to get a general idea of the actors' performing capabilities. They are also used for performance classes and by playwrights who need to hear their play read aloud by actors. Many actors and other performers and public speakers take classes and practice at length to improve the quality of their cold readings.