For those of you interested in working in Television, I wanted to give you some insight as to how to take advantage of Pilot Season.
Pilot Season rolls around every year, starting in January/February. Studios and networks put up tons of money to produce several pilots (around 10 per network), and they usually take 2 months or so to film (14 days for actual filming and another month or more for pre- and post- production).
In May, we have the upfronts, where the networks announce which pilots are picked up for a full season (usually 13-22 episodes). They will also announce which current shows will be returning for another season.
This is the best part because it provides a ton of job opportunities! Every show that is picked up will need staff, crew, and talent. So i like to take advantage of these new opportunities to find work.
- Here is a basic breakdown of how I do this:
- Visit this website (Deadline is my favorite, but you can check out many others), and click a network logo.
- Here you will find a list of every pilot that network has filmed. Read about each show that was picked up to series.
- Research each show using IMDb and other internet sources to find out which shows will be filmed in Los Angeles, and who is already attached to the project (such as crew members, producers, etc.)
- If you're looking for a crew position, contact those people, or anyone else you know who may be connected to those people, to inquire about a job opening. If you're an actor, talk to your agent about each show for which you may be a good fit.
This is what I like to call "being proactive in your career".
Give it a try! You have nothing to lose.
I hope you find this tip helpful! These are actions that I take every year.