So pilot season is over and you didn’t get discovered or land that incredible role. So what. Worried that another year has gone by yet again, and you’re still not famous or landed your “big break” in TV? We as actors tend to have our mood, future success, and personal failures all synched to the all mighty pilot season. There are a plethora of reasons why you might not have gotten cast on a show this season, some of which could be trivial or just plain out of your control. I have heard casting friends say people didn’t get cast for reasons such as; “you haven’t met the right people”, or “the perfect role has not been presented”, “you look like someone the director used to love”, “you look like someone the producer used to hate”, and the list goes on and on. There are a lot of aspects of this industry that we cannot control. But have faith, because for every aspect that we can’t control there is one that we can.
Looking ahead, there are a lot of opportunities to get cast in a film or series in the upcoming months. Instead of focusing on what didn’t happen, take this time to be smart and make a game plan going forward. If you are finding that your network of friends and contacts in the industry is seriously low, why not make it a goal to attend more networking events? It just so happens, that in LA there are quite a few film festivals happening this month and the next few that you can attend and get to know some movers and shakers.
Another option, is attending a new class where you can meet new Casting Directors, Directors and Actors. Not only are you learning about your craft, but you are making great contacts in the industry. Or, if neither of those seem appealing, you could attend an already established networking event by your union. There are usually weekly events and all it takes is an email RSVP to sign up. Best part, most of the time they are free! But just in case this isn’t making you feel better about your pilot season blues, take a look at the list below. Every actor on this list did not land their, “big break” or leading roles until after they turned 40yrs old.
1. Samual L. Jackson: Even though Sam Jackson was seen in other minor roles, it wasn’t until his role in “Pulp Fiction” (age 44), where he became a true star and started getting offer leading man roles.
2. Kathryn Joosten: Not only did she start acting later than most (at age 42) but she didn’t land her first major role until she was 60 (The West Wing)!
3. Jane Lynch: Even though Jane Lynch has been a working actor for over a decade, she pretty much always played the supporting character. It wasn’t until she landed the TV role of Sue Sylvester at age 49 that she became a household name and sought after actor.
4. Steve Carrell: While Steve Carrell got some supporting roles as an actor, it wasn’t until he starred in the comedy hit “ The 40 Year Old Virgin” at age 43 that he became a well known actor.
5. Lucille Ball: Even though this comedy icon was known for some films, she didn’t become the superstar and sitcom Godmother that we know today until she was 40!
There you have it lady and gents! A full list of some great well known award winning actors that didn’t “make it” in their 20’s or even their 30’s. So don’t get lost in the past, or spending too much time on the “why”, and start enjoying the journey towards your dreams!
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney
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