January 4, 2011

PILOT SEASON!!!!!

OMG OMG OMG!!! I'm so excited about pilot season! Can't you tell I'm excited!! Oh yeah, Happy New Year! But enough about that, back to pilot season....

Why am I so excited about pilot season? Well for one, on Dec 21st I signed with Clear Talent Group. This means that I have started 2011 with a full roster of representation including: a manager, 3 print agents, a commercial agent, and a legit agent. Reason number 2: IT'S PILOT SEASON!!

For those of you who don't know what pilot season is, it's the 3-4 month period between January and April where the bulk of brand new TV show pilots (the first episode of a TV series) are cast and shot for the network executives to view. They purchase the pilots that they like (it's called "picking up" a pilot) and then those TV series go into full production for the fall lineup. Booking a pilot is like the holy grail of acting. The most coveted roles on pilots are the series regular roles, also known as the leads or stars. These are the main characters that you love or love to hate. If a pilot gets picked up, goes to series and becomes successful, you now have steady work and income as an actor for the next 5-6 years.

Depending on the success of the show, you can make from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars per episode. Hour long dramas have around 12 episodes per season, whereas sit-coms have around 22. Imagine making $100,000 per episode on an hour long drama....that's $1.2 million per year. The more successful the show, the more money you make...now can you see why pilots are the holy grail?

I got to audition for a couple of series regular roles on a couple of pilots last year when I was freelancing with Talent House. It's a very scary/overwhelming experience to walk into the CW offices and read for a part that could launch you into super stardom and a whole new tax bracket. Keeping it real, I wasn't ready. I was nervous, insecure, and I know that I didn't give my best. This year, I'm ready.

I've spent the last year doing everything that I can to make sure that when I go into the room, they see their next series regular. I've improved my look (I'll be blogging about that soon), gotten back into class, worked on my auditioning, and pursued legit representation. Now that I'm signed to a legit agency and I have an agent and manager that believe in me and will fight for me, I know that I'm going to be getting some amazing opportunities in the next few months.

5 comments:

  1. Happy New Year from the west coast Andrea! Just wanted you to know I've added your blog to my actor blog listing: http://adventuresofanactress.blogspot.com/p/actor-blogs.html

    Take a look when you get a chance and hopefully you'll be inspired by some of the journeys other actors are sharing just as others {myself included} have been inspired by yours.

    Oh and break a leg during pilot season!

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  2. Looks like you put the work in. Hope you get ur big break soon.

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  3. Thank you both! Brandi, I'll definitely take a look, thank you!

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  4. Congrats Andrea! Happy New Year, and I look forward to your new opportunities.

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  5. GOODLUCK! Hope to catch up with you soon!

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