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Guys, I have been hearing a ton of struggle here in Pilot Season.
Seriously, everybody on all sides of the industry is in the middle of the swamps of sadness. You actors are frustrated that you are not getting out enough/at all/for desirable roles. The reps are frustrated that they can’t get their clients in the rooms. Casting is frustrated that they are being limited to bringing in people from director/studio/network lists. Basically everybody feels like there is all of this wonderful opportunity around and you just can’t get a piece of it. I get it. I feel your frustration. This whole town does.
So what is a smart actor to do? There is so little that you have control over as an actor, but that drops even lower when we are talking about pilot season. Let’s use that frustrated energy for good. There is so much material right now, more than any other time of the year; take advantage of it! Read it. (There are a ton of pilots available to you on the website, just log in) Find roles that you dig and put them on tape. It honestly doesn’t matter if you can get them to see your tape, what matters is getting great stuff in your library of tapes. Stop getting attached to that one perfect job, instead, amass so much material of you acting in the perfect roles for you that you can submit for anything that is in your marketing. Look at the guest stars and co-stars. Put those on tape. Use the scenes you like as inspiration for scenes to update your reel. Work the material with some fellow frustrated friends just for the fun of it. Just keep going!
Keep your head up. Tupac was right about that. This business is hard and pilot season is the highest of the high as well as the lowest of the low in it. Keep slogging through. Plan a vacation for May and get the hell out of dodge where you can breathe air without hearing about any casting anything while you are relaxing. Just make sure you are living your life and finding some happiness. This is just a job. A great, fun job when it happens, but you have to love your life in the in between!
love you all,