HOLY SHIT IT'S ALMOST PILOT SEASON
with Jessica Blank and AGR Founder Jen Rudolph
Date: Tuesday, December 19th
Location: AGR, 15 West 28th Street, 9th Floor, NYC 10001
Limited to 40 students
Ages 18+ only
"Pilot season." It's one of the most mythologized times in our business for actors--the two months out of the year when supposedly those Series Regular roles are the most accessible, when there's ten times the TV work because networks are casting way more shows than will ever make it on the air, where audition volume is the highest and everything is up for grabs. Many actors center a year's worth of expectation and emotional energy on these two months, agonizing over whether to go to LA, how to communicate with their reps during this crazy time, whether they're getting enough volume, how to know if they're getting in for everything that's available, what to do if they're unrepresented, and whether it's possible to keep building with CDs during the busiest time of the year.
Knowledge is power, and the first thing to arm yourself with is an understanding of how pilot season actually works from the other side of the table. Do you know how a new pilot gets picked up, who's making the decisions, what the different roles of the network, the studio, and the producers are, what producers are looking for in casting, how offers work vs. auditions (hint: they're often happening all at the same time) and how the test process works? In this class, we'll break down what's really happening during pilot season, how the networks operate, who's making the decisions, how the relationships between LA and NY casting directors operate on pilots, the testing process, and more. The "rules" of the business during pilot season are different than at other times of year, and once you have an understanding of how the process really works, you'll understand why--and you'll be armed with the kind of knowledge that will make you a more attractive collaborator and help free you from your own anxieties and neuroses so your work can shine. This class will dispel the myths and mysteries around pilot season, answer all your questions about how the business operates during this time of year (from representatives to studios to CDs), address communication etiquette with agents, managers and casting directors, and help you design the pilot season strategy that works best for wherever you are currently at in the business.
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Jessica Blank is an actor, writer, director and producer. With her husband Erik Jensen, she is author of THE EXONERATED, a play based on interviews they conducted with over 40 wrongfully convicted death row inmates across the United States. THE EXONERATED won Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Ovation, Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards; it has also received awards from Amnesty International, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Death Penalty Focus, and Court TV, and was listed by the New York Times as "the number 1 play of the year." It was made into an award-winning movie adapted by Jessica and Erik, starring Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Delroy Lindo. Their documentary play AFTERMATH, directed by Jessica, opened New York Theater Workshop’s 2009-10 Off-Broadway season to rave reviews, was a New York Times Critics’ Pick, toured internationally for two years and was nominated for two Drama League Awards. Their new play, HOW TO BE A ROCK CRITIC (based on the writings of Lester Bangs), under commission at CTG, was workshopped at the Public Theater and the La Jolla Playhouse and recently completed a sold-out run at the Kirk Douglas Theater and South Coast Rep, with Erik starring and Jessica directing.