Pilot Season is here again, and it's time to brush up on your acting skills and business savvy! Whether you’re just learning about Pilot Season, or you’ve been through its trenches dozens of times, it’s important to be prepared and in-the-know during these wonderfully tumultuous months! We’ve put together a cheat-sheet, so you’ll know the facts, do’s, and don’ts!
So, what is Pilot Season?! Pilot Season is the time between February and April when studios create samples of shows. Los Angeles is the most popular destination for Pilot Season, followed by New York City. Occasionally cities like Toronto, Vancouver, and Atlanta will also host auditions for Pilots as well. Many actors relocate to LA for the season; this move can bring on a whole new set of challenges, so it is best to secure good representation in LA before migrating. Over 100 Pilots are made each year and, unfortunately for actors, most of that footage ends up on the cutting room floor. Pilot season is not for the faint of heart, but it can be invaluable to an actor, and very rewarding.
-Secure representation in your city of choice. (Showcases, showcases, showcases!)
-Develop a thick skin. There will be rejection, and that’s ok!