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Pilot Season Secrets: Are You Ready?

How to make the most out of Pilot Season?

Every year actors gear up for Pilot season but many of us fail to take advantage of the opportunities that stem from it. Yes, we all know Pilot season means new shows but how does it truly create opportunities for emerging actors?


Pilot Season:

Over the summer, writers have created fresh content and begin preparation to shop their scripts to various networks. In the fall, networks begin the selection process of which scripts they would like to see more of. “The Pilot itself is a stand-alone episode of a series that is used to sell the show and will usually run as the first episode of the series, if picked up”

Pilot Presentation: Non-union or SAG

Sometimes a writer will decide to create a teaser and or the first episode of their script. Pilot presentations are usually low in budget meaning, “well-known” actors will not be used allowing emerging actors to fill leading roles.

Network Pilot Test: Non-Union or SAG

This option means there is a 90% chance the pilot will be aired or at least seen by network executives or as I like to call them “the suits”. Although these pilots tend to have a larger budget there is still a plethora of opportunities for emerging Actors to be cast.

Pilot straight to series: SAG 90% of the time

Now, this is the “gold”! However, even if you book a pilot that is guaranteed to air as a series it does not mean you will be cast as a series regular or recurring role. After the pilot, producers have the option to re-cast as they see fit. However, it is still a FANTASTIC opportunity and a GREAT resume builder.


As writers are working on pitching their scripts actors should be brushing up on a few things:

Are your ready to audition?

Find time to stretch your acting muscles because the competition is stiff and if you get called in you better be ready to bring it:-)

Are your marketing materials up to date?

Post-cards, e-mail list, head-shots, resume, social-media, branding letters, reels, portfolios etc.

Do you have a Hurricane Agent (best agent for you)?

Having representation during pilot season is not a must but it certainly is helpful. Even if you have representation make your life easier for your agent by securing honest connections with the right people in order to make yourself “known” when a role comes in for you.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Breathe. Do your research. Make a plan.

Be Your Craft is here to help:

Book a Free consultation to learn more and receive tips&tricks to increase your audition opportunities and Bookings!


Until Next Time!

Stay Motivated & Creative


Natalia Averills

BYC Main Crafter



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  • Phill Daniels
    Posted at 22:17h, 26 July Reply

    Thank you for this this information, it was so insightful. I will be booking a free phone session with you tomorrow. I have so many questions.

  • Stacy Lopez
    Posted at 19:31h, 27 July Reply

    Natalia I want to thank you for your consultation yesterday, I’ve never had a coach reveal to me my weaknesses that I was unaware of. I’ll definitely be apart of BYC and I feel so renewed and ready for the journey ahead, I’m very confident now, knowing you will be there for me. Thank You!

  • james
    Posted at 22:20h, 27 July Reply

    WOW great info, i added the facebook group, thanks for the free castings notice on the facebook group.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 22:38h, 27 July Reply

    I was so worried about bringing my daughter into this crazy industry. After talking with you I am excited and feel prepared! Keep these blogs coming and thanks again for answering all 100 of my questions lol! Tracy has her first agent meeting this week and that would not have been possible with Natalia at BYC! I am a a BYC SUPER FAN :).

  • Shunra K
    Posted at 01:12h, 17 August Reply

    So happy you are teaching the business of acting, actor development and acting class in nj New Jersey. Close to where i live.

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