Pilot Season Is Here!
Pilot Season is approaching and I like many actors are hoping for a chance to land a pilot. I have had the chance to learn the lay of the land being that I lived in LA for the last 4 years. I will tell you pilot season has it ups and downs! Last year for me it was really slow. I went out for a few of them but it was the slowest year for me. Usually, I am auditioning a lot more but I think since the writers strike and the economy things are a bit different.
Big Name Actors For Pilot Season
Now big name actors that work in Film are taking the roles for upcoming actors. Its a winning situation for lots of the producers of the shows during pilot season. They will get big name actors at the fraction of the cost. This means less and less roles available for upcoming actors. However, there are still roles available. It is defiantly a lotto but if you get the right break it can change your career in a heartbeat.
Pilot Season Tips To Book Your Dream Pilot
So I wanted to share some tips for those of you coming out for the first time during this madness. First of all please come to LA with representation of some sort. Be it a manager or agent that can send you into auditions. Look for representation that has good relationships with the casting community in LA.
If casting directors have not seen you during the fall season it makes your chances harder to be seen during pilot season. So please please please do not come here for your first time and expect to land one. That only happens to a select few but think it up there with getting struck by lighting.
If you are coming out here for the first time then you can get your feet wet by going a few auditions. This is your chance to shine and get seen. Perhaps you may not be right for the role but now you are on the casting directors radar.
For those of you with a bit more experience during plot season know to prepare for fierce competition. Eat well, get lots of rest when you can, and avoid partying too hard. The last thing you need is a Lindsey Lohan reputation following you around. Network TV is super conservative and are always looking to protect their shows. If you can afford coaching by all means treat yourself to this! It always helps to get a veteran pair of eyes to review your audition material.
When you get in the room be sure to stay relaxed. You may have to do the audition a few times if you get lucky to go to producers and test for the role. If you get this far remember its because you earned your right to be there. So have fun and do great work! I wish you the best and hope you make the best of every opportunity to grow as a stronger actor this pilot season.