What is Pilot Season?

Pilot season is a time in our industry when all professionals from networks, producers, writers, directors, casting directors, agents, managers and you guessed it, ACTORS; prepare for the industry's most opportune season for securing work. Check out the intro video below for a one minute exciting explanation.

Industry insight for working actors

This series focuses primarily on the actor. What you, the actor, need to know about pilot season and what you can do to position yourself for auditioning for new television shows. What happens with a pilot episode and how does it fit into the bigger picture. 

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Pilot Season Prep : Chp 1

    • Pilot Season Prep Series Video 1

  • 2

    Pilot Season Prep : Chp 2

    • (4) Pilot Season Prep Series Video 2

  • 3

    Pilot Season Prep : Chp 3

    • (6) Pilot Season Prep Series Video 3

  • 4

    Pilot Season Prep : Chp 4

    • (9) Pilot Season Prep Series Video 4

    • Character Breakdown Sheet

    • Character Breakdown sheet advanced

    • Pyramid of C's

  • 5

    Pilot Season Prep : Chp 5

    • Pilot Season Prep Series Video 5

What You Will Walk Away With

  • Industry Knowledge

    We’ll be covering the traps and mistakes that actors can make and how to prevent them from happening. Conducting the business of the business properly and understanding the people and positions.

  • Auditioning Confidence

    All about auditioning for television from entrance to exit - zoom to in the room - audition reels and self tapes.

  • Serious Gameplan

    Use an icon and text to communicate the value proposition and share the specific benefits of your offering. What makes it unique in your market?

Get insights to help give you the competitive edge.

You’ll be informed on how you can participate in pilot season when you don’t have representation. Who to contact and what will be expected of you. Overall, this series will better prepare you as it will give you insights and information that will strengthen your confidence. This series will help you take action! To jump off of the sidelines and get into the game! And, like anything else, if you don’t do it, you’ll never know what might have happened if you had done it! You may even wind up as cast member of a new series!

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Clay Banks


Coach Clay Banks is a twenty-eight-year member of SAG-AFTRA, a Field Expert for Backstage magazine, teaches acting courses at the esteemed American Academy of Dramatic Arts, conducts new member seminars and workshops at SAG-AFTRA headquarters in Hollywood and founder of Clay Banks Studio International (CBSI). To date, Coach Banks has trained thousands of aspiring and working actors from around the world, has hundreds of alumni and has helped two actors win their Emmy’s. CBSI is one of LA’s more established and well respected on-camera studios in LA, with an outstanding reputation for producing skilled and disciplined actors. Head coach Clay Banks is an award-winning veteran coach and filmmaker with over three decades of experience in front of as well as behind the camera.

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