The holidays are over and as an actor, perhaps the busiest and most important season of the year is just about to happen.
Yep, you guessed it. It’s Pilot Season.
Whether you’re just starting out as an actor or you’re a veteran of the pilot season, when it comes to being at the top of your game, pilot season truly is crunch time for actors. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need to be at your best when it matters most.
2,000 ACTORS BEING SUBMITTED FOR EACH ROLE
In an industry that is known almost as much for its head-scratching ironies as it is for its life-altering inspiration, pilot season seems to be a bit of both. I say this because pilot season provides a unique space for actors to shine and inspire through their craft. But the opportunities to secure coveted acting jobs are not what they used to be.
Although the distribution outlets for entertainment content has expanded exponentially in recent years, there are fewer pilots being made. Where there used to be over 300 pilots made in one season, now there may be only 30.
Studios are not making as many films either which means more movie stars go to television, not just to star in series, but to do three-or-four-episode guest roles. Remember there are over 2000 actors being submitted for every role. You have to be at your very best when that audition comes in.
TIME FOR PILOT INVENTORY
There are a number of ways and means to ensure you’re fully prepared for pilot season. One of the more important ways to be prepared, which is often overlooked, is taking an inventory.
An honest inventory is necessary or it really doesn’t work. And it is crucial that you have your coach or teacher give you feedback so that you ensure you’re on the right track.
Here are six questions to help with your pilot inventory.
1. Are you breaking down a script and making the strongest choice?
2. Are you owning the room when you walk into the audition?
3. Do you adjust quickly if you’re not in the mood or something happens in the waiting room to throw you off?
4. Are you really adjusting to the direction the CD gave you or are you giving them the same thing twice?
5. Are your headshots working for you? Looking like you? Resume up to date?
6. Are you in class? Professional actors, like professional athletes – Practice.
This is your Pre-Season for Pilot-Season. So be sure to take your inventory, practice and go get that role! If not you, than who?
If you’re an actor or know someone who has a working knowledge of preparing for pilot season please feel free to share this article with those you believe could benefit from it. Thank you.
And be sure to share your experience as an actor with inventory results below. Who knows, your input just might make the difference in preparing and inspiring someone to land a role of a lifetime.
LIVE THE DREAM YOU WERE BORN TO
Acting should be simple. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. If you’re an actor or you know someone who is, there is no better moment than now to make the intention to take full control of your acting career and live the dream you were born to.
Call 818-325-5752 or email me at Loren@IntentionalActing.com to interview and sign up for the next Intentional Acting class today.