So when is Pilot Season? Well, normally it takes place between January and April of every year, but that's actually in the process of changing due to online streaming platforms and their non-traditional casting calendars.
In this article, we'll talk about how you can make the most of Pilot Season for auditions, plus why Episodic Season might actually be better for certain actors than Pilot Season.
When is Pilot Season?
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Some Additional Q&A
Do You Need an Agent for Pilot Season?
You do not. Most websites recommend it, and it's absolutely helpful, but it's also not required. If you enjoy networking, you can create friendships with some casting directors directly and then get access to their auditions straight from them. I teach exactly how to do this, step by step, in my free Actor's Toolkit.
Will there be a pilot season in 2022 and 2023?
When is pilot season in 2022? Same as it was in 2021 – from January to April. Will it be the same in 2023? Yes. Pilot Season will likely continue until at least 2025 or even 2030. In-person Pilot Season shut down during 2021 due to COVID-19, but auditions were still being done virtually.
How do I Audition for Pilot Season Without an Agent?
The best way to access Pilot Season auditions without an agent is by networking with casting directors and using online websites to self-submit. To go deep on this, read my Ultimate Guide to Finding Auditions.
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