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Posted by admin, January 12, 2011 1:13 pm

Traditionally, Pilot Season runs from the beginning of January to about the first week of May. However, with the proliferation of cable television, there are pilots being shot all year long.

A Pilot is an sample episode that is presented to the Network. If the Network likes the show they will air it to see what the ratings and reactions are to the show. If the show gets good ratings, the Network order 7 to 13 more episodes to air at the start of their season.

When you audition for a Pilot, you never know if the Pilot will actually air on television. Regardless, being cast is an invaluable opportunity to work, meet Directors and Producers, and it’s a great resume booster.

So how do you prepare for Pilot Season?

1.Be in acting class! This is most important thing you can do to be at the top of your game.  Have a coach ready for last minute auditions.  The working actors you are competing with are in class and have  coach, so if you want to compete, so should you.   And when you get that callback make sure to schedule another coaching. I’ve seen so many great opportunities missed be an actor didn’t come in prepped to book the job.

2.Make sure your resume and pictures are up to date on casting websites, such as LA Casting and Now Casting and make sure your agent has what they need.

3. Do your research. Go on the internet and find out as much as you can about the show and if you don’t find anything, Google the network, Producers, and Directors.

4. For young actors, be sure your work permit is up to date.

5. Take it easy, this is also the time for colds and flu, so get plenty of rest.

And, as always, don’t forget – Have Fun!

Let us know your thoughts on this blog and be sure to share how you’ve prepared to leverage the opportunities of pilot season.

Remember, as an actor or the parent of a young actor,  you’re part of a community and your experience – which is your story – can serve as a valuable learning tool and inspiration for others.

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