So That Was Pilot Season…

So That Was Pilot Season…

So That Was Pilot Season…

By Risa Bramon Garcia and Steve Braun

The most important three months in the history of the universe have come to an end. It was life and death. Studies suggest that one in five agents acquired more than two ulcers in the last three months. And that doesn’t include agents whose clients didn’t book a pilot. Heroes emerged, heads rolled, TV was made. It was everything.

But as time ticks on and the gap between the only three months that ever mattered and the present day continues to grow longer, we are offered perspective. Pilot season is over and the earth didn’t shatter as we expected it might. A few actors booked what will be career-changing work, others booked work that will pay their rent for a couple months, and most didn’t book anything at all. But no matter what was booked or not booked, life in Hollywood rolls on. Agents are still pitching clients for TV episodes, casting directors are trying to find guest stars and co-stars for their TV shows or films, and the wheel keeps endlessly turning.

7dde4d4dfaffd003fec347f97229536a

And then there’s you. You probably didn’t book a pilot this season. You probably weren’t the darling of season—testing in second position, having already booked a pilot in January. And yet you woke up this morning, post-Pilot Season, still whole. You took your lumps. You auditioned for this or that, or didn’t go out at all, and that stung. But you’re still here. You’re still an actor. And nothing the networks decide to do during any three-month period can ever take that away from you. No casting director’s biting feedback can change the fact that you feel deeply, have a fierce curiosity about the universe, and need to express a unique emotional truth that lives inside of you. Pilot Season 2017 is dead, but you are very much alive.

Truth is, most of the pilots that were shot won’t get picked up. And of all shows that get picked up by all the networks, maybe five or less will last a second season, most succumbing to the whim of the viewing public. A quick look at the numbers suggests that all the insanity, all the anxiety, and all the desperation of the last three months was invested in something that is as fleeting as a summer wind. The industry is fickle and fleeting, and the only way you attract it in a meaningful way over the course of a career is by immersing yourself in the work of an actor, in vital exploration and expression. 

You are an actor. So, the way to deal with post-Pilot Season (or anything about your career or craft that makes you anxious or sad or afraid) is to be an actor. That can mean that you put up a play, that you write and shoot a short, that you get into class, and anything else that feeds your artistic need. Don’t wait to be told to act. When they give you the opportunity, take it. But if they don’t give you the opportunity or they’re promising to give it you next Pilot Season, create the opportunity on your own.

Actors don’t float. Actors are active. Make post-Pilot Season your time to reclaim your creative identity.

Join us at the Studio for a class to reclaim your artistic identity! BGB 8 Week Spring Classes 

Related Posts
THE CAREER COACH
Not a series regular yet? Listen to our Audio Series that guides you every step of the way.
THE PILOT SEASON
PLAYBOOK
You need a revolutionary approach to PILOT SEASON. Get the Insider’s Playbook.
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE
This is the path to life-changing, creative power. Seriously.
THE 10 DAY
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE:
LETTING GO!
This is the path to life-changing, creative power.
The Secret to
Audition Success.
It will change the way you audition forever.
Get the Free Audio Download
 from Risa and Steve.
The Secret to
Audition Success.
It will change the way you audition forever.
Get the Free Audio Download
 from Risa and Steve.
The Secret to
Audition Success.
It will change the way you audition forever.
Get the Free Audio Download
 from Risa and Steve.
THE PILOT SEASON
PLAYBOOK
You need a revolutionary approach to PILOT SEASON. Get the Insider’s Playbook.
THE PILOT SEASON
PLAYBOOK
You need a revolutionary approach to PILOT SEASON. Get the Insider’s Playbook.
THE CAREER COACH
Not a series regular yet? Listen to our Audio Series that guides you every step of the way.
THE CAREER COACH
Not a series regular yet? Listen to our Audio Series that guides you every step of the way.
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE
This is the path to life-changing, creative power. Seriously.
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE
This is the path to life-changing, creative power. Seriously.
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE:
LETTING GO!
This is the path to life-changing, creative power. And it’s FREE. Seriously.
THE 10 DAY
ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE:
LETTING GO!
This is the path to life-changing, creative power.
GET MORE BGB.
ADVICE, INSPIRATION, & INDUSTRY INSIGHT.
Subscribe to our private mailing list today!
ACTOR'S CHALLENGE:
THE 10 DAY
LETTING GO.
Sign up to start The Challenge today!
Audition Revolution
Weekend
Forget Everything You Think You Know About Auditions
THE AUDITION
REVOLUTION WEEKEND
Forget Everything You Think You Know About Auditions
BGB Summer of
Acting Fun
BGB Summer of
Acting Fun
Train
Online
AUDIOS, WEBINARS & ONLINE SKYPE TRAINING.
Train
Online
AUDIOS, WEBINARS & ONLINE SKYPE TRAINING.
Classes
Spring & Summer
2016
Get Your Class Now!
Your BGB
HERE
Class is
SCENE
SCREEN
to
Take control of your career. Create your own content.
WRITE! DIRECT! SHOOT!
8 Weeks
BGB Summer of
Acting Fun
SCENE
SCREEN
to
Take control of your career. Create your own content.
WRITE! DIRECT! SHOOT!
8 Weeks
CELEBRATE
LGBT+ Pride Month
BGB Pride
CELEBRATE
LGBT+ Pride Month
BGB Pride
Join a BGB Ongoing Class for July!
Declare Your
Artistic
Independence
Join a BGB Ongoing Class for July!
Declare Your
Artistic
Independence
for LGBT+ actors of color
The Jeffrey
Bowyer-Chapman Scholarship
APPLY NOW
for LGBT+ actors of color
APPLY NOW
The Jeffrey
Bowyer-Chapman Scholarship
SECURE YOUR FALL CLASS TODAY!
Come Back
To Your
Talent
SECURE YOUR FALL CLASS TODAY!
Come Back
To Your
Talent
Tune into their
Video Stories
Actors Declare their Artistic Independence
Tune into their
Video Stories
Actors Declare their Artistic Independence
Enter for a chance to win 10% off class & career coaching with Risa
Opt-in To Win
Enter for a chance to win 10% off class & career coaching with Risa
Opt-in To Win
THE BGB 10 DAY ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE:
FINDING YOUR POWER!
Give us your email and we can send these blogs straight to your inbox so you don't have to keep coming back here.
OPT IN
OPT IN
Give us your email and we can send these blogs straight to your inbox so you don't have to keep coming back here.
Plus! Get a Free Audio Download from Risa and Steve.
THE BGB 10 DAY ACTOR'S
CHALLENGE:
FINDING
YOUR
POWER!
Toronto Audition Intensives
Nov 4 - 6
You deserve to audition with power!
Toronto Audition Intensives
Nov 4 - 6
You deserve to audition with power!
podcast
Free Podcast
Please provide your contact info to access our podcast.

podcast
Free Podcast
Please provide your contact info to access our podcast.
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
PGEgY2xhc3M9InBvcEhlYWQiIGhyZWY9Imh0dHBzOi8vdmltZW8uY29tLzIxMzI1Mjg3NCI+Q2hlY2sgb3V0IHRoaXMgdmlkZW8uIFRoaXMgSXMgV2hvIFdlIEFyZS48L2E+DQo8aWZyYW1lIHNyYz0iaHR0cHM6Ly9wbGF5ZXIudmltZW8uY29tL3ZpZGVvLzIxMzI1Mjg3NCIgd2lkdGg9IjY0MCIgaGVpZ2h0PSIzNjAiIGZyYW1lYm9yZGVyPSIwIiB3ZWJraXRhbGxvd2Z1bGxzY3JlZW4gbW96YWxsb3dmdWxsc2NyZWVuIGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbj48L2lmcmFtZT4=
Free Podcast:
"Why A Bad Reader Is A Gift"
Finally. The answer is here.
Just sign up below and we'll send you your free audio content!
PGlmcmFtZSBpZD0iSm90Rm9ybUlGcmFtZS03MTU5NjQ2Njg5OTk4NiIgb25sb2FkPSJ3aW5kb3cucGFyZW50LnNjcm9sbFRvKDAsMCkiIGFsbG93dHJhbnNwYXJlbmN5PSJ0cnVlIiBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZm9ybS5qb3Rmb3JtcHJvLmNvbS83MTU5NjQ2Njg5OTk4NiIgZnJhbWVib3JkZXI9IjAiIHN0eWxlPSJ3aWR0aDoxMDAlOyBoZWlnaHQ6MHB4OyBib3JkZXI6bm9uZTsiIHNjcm9sbGluZz0ibm8iPiA8L2lmcmFtZT4gPHNjcmlwdCB0eXBlPSJ0ZXh0L2phdmFzY3JpcHQiPiB2YXIgaWZyID0gZG9jdW1lbnQuZ2V0RWxlbWVudEJ5SWQoIkpvdEZvcm1JRnJhbWUtNzE1OTY0NjY4OTk5ODYiKTsgaWYod2luZG93LmxvY2F0aW9uLmhyZWYgJiYgd2luZG93LmxvY2F0aW9uLmhyZWYuaW5kZXhPZigiPyIpID4gLTEpIHsgdmFyIGdldCA9IHdpbmRvdy5sb2NhdGlvbi5ocmVmLnN1YnN0cih3aW5kb3cubG9jYXRpb24uaHJlZi5pbmRleE9mKCI/IikgKyAxKTsgaWYoaWZyICYmIGdldC5sZW5ndGggPiAwKSB7IHZhciBzcmMgPSBpZnIuc3JjOyBzcmMgPSBzcmMuaW5kZXhPZigiPyIpID4gLTEgPyBzcmMgKyAiJiIgKyBnZXQgOiBzcmMgKyAiPyIgKyBnZXQ7IGlmci5zcmMgPSBzcmM7IH0gfSB3aW5kb3cuaGFuZGxlSUZyYW1lTWVzc2FnZSA9IGZ1bmN0aW9uKGUpIHsgdmFyIGFyZ3MgPSBlLmRhdGEuc3BsaXQoIjoiKTsgaWYgKGFyZ3MubGVuZ3RoID4gMikgeyBpZnJhbWUgPSBkb2N1bWVudC5nZXRFbGVtZW50QnlJZCgiSm90Rm9ybUlGcmFtZS0iICsgYXJnc1syXSk7IH0gZWxzZSB7IGlmcmFtZSA9IGRvY3VtZW50LmdldEVsZW1lbnRCeUlkKCJKb3RGb3JtSUZyYW1lIik7IH0gaWYgKCFpZnJhbWUpIHJldHVybjsgc3dpdGNoIChhcmdzWzBdKSB7IGNhc2UgInNjcm9sbEludG9WaWV3IjogaWZyYW1lLnNjcm9sbEludG9WaWV3KCk7IGJyZWFrOyBjYXNlICJzZXRIZWlnaHQiOiBpZnJhbWUuc3R5bGUuaGVpZ2h0ID0gYXJnc1sxXSArICJweCI7IGJyZWFrOyBjYXNlICJjb2xsYXBzZUVycm9yUGFnZSI6IGlmIChpZnJhbWUuY2xpZW50SGVpZ2h0ID4gd2luZG93LmlubmVySGVpZ2h0KSB7IGlmcmFtZS5zdHlsZS5oZWlnaHQgPSB3aW5kb3cuaW5uZXJIZWlnaHQgKyAicHgiOyB9IGJyZWFrOyBjYXNlICJyZWxvYWRQYWdlIjogd2luZG93LmxvY2F0aW9uLnJlbG9hZCgpOyBicmVhazsgfSB2YXIgaXNKb3RGb3JtID0gKGUub3JpZ2luLmluZGV4T2YoImpvdGZvcm0iKSA+IC0xKSA/IHRydWUgOiBmYWxzZTsgaWYoaXNKb3RGb3JtICYmICJjb250ZW50V2luZG93IiBpbiBpZnJhbWUgJiYgInBvc3RNZXNzYWdlIiBpbiBpZnJhbWUuY29udGVudFdpbmRvdykgeyB2YXIgdXJscyA9IHsiZG9jdXJsIjplbmNvZGVVUklDb21wb25lbnQoZG9jdW1lbnQuVVJMKSwicmVmZXJyZXIiOmVuY29kZVVSSUNvbXBvbmVudChkb2N1bWVudC5yZWZlcnJlcil9OyBpZnJhbWUuY29udGVudFdpbmRvdy5wb3N0TWVzc2FnZShKU09OLnN0cmluZ2lmeSh7InR5cGUiOiJ1cmxzIiwidmFsdWUiOnVybHN9KSwgIioiKTsgfSB9OyBpZiAod2luZG93LmFkZEV2ZW50TGlzdGVuZXIpIHsgd2luZG93LmFkZEV2ZW50TGlzdGVuZXIoIm1lc3NhZ2UiLCBoYW5kbGVJRnJhbWVNZXNzYWdlLCBmYWxzZSk7IH0gZWxzZSBpZiAod2luZG93LmF0dGFjaEV2ZW50KSB7IHdpbmRvdy5hdHRhY2hFdmVudCgib25tZXNzYWdlIiwgaGFuZGxlSUZyYW1lTWVzc2FnZSk7IH0gPC9zY3JpcHQ+