How to prepare for pilot season

How to prepare for pilot season

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The words are whispered with such reverence. But is it really such a big deal? How to get ready for pilot season? Where to be for pilot season?

“Pilot Season” refers to the period of time, usually between late January and April, when networks would cast the lead roles for their major TV pilots for the upcoming television season out of LA. It was THE time for actors to make it in Hollywood.

That has changed somewhat.

While there are still lots of pilots being cast in this time, with the advent of VOD services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, there are pilots being cast year round. Self tapes are also increasingly a common way to audition for a role so actors don’t absolutely have to physically be in Hollywood to audition.

That said, pilot season is still a big deal and Hollywood is still the place to be for it. So, what do you need??

How to get ready for Pilot Season.

Do you have the resume for it?

To get into the room you need to be talented, but you also need enough credits on your resume for the Casting Directors to want to take a change on you. Do you have those credits? Casting is a business and with so many actors to see the CDs only have a limited amount of spots to give to completely fresh faces. Have a look at your resume, chat with your agent, and realistically discuss whether you will see benefit from relocating to LA for this time, or if its better to build up your credits back home.

Are you legally able to audition in the US?

If you are American you have nothing to worry about, but if you’re traveling from another country you need to make sure you are legally able to work in the States. You need an 0-1 VISA or a Green Card or you might find yourself a bit limited in what you can go out for.

Do you have solid representation?
You are almost certainly not going to go in for pilot without representation. Does your agent have the connections and clout to get you in the room? More importantly, do they believe in you? It is very important to have that conversation with you agent and get a realistic sense of what to expect. Not sure if you have the right agent? We wrote a blog HERE on how to find the right agent for you.

Are you ready?

Pilot season can be pretty busy with lots and lots of last minute auditions. You want to make sure your skills are sharp and you have your network of acting teachers, coaches, and self tape places ready to back you up.

Do you have great acting headshots? A good showreel?

If your agent is ready to submit you but you don’t have a great photo and/or reel it makes their job much harder. Obviously we’re a bit biased here, but we think getting a great new headshot that shows off your current look ahead of pilot season is always a smart move. We are offering a hugely discounted rate for headshots and reels this pilot season. Almost $100 off our usual rate. If you’re looking for a great headshot photographer in Los Angeles we have you covered 🙂