Pilot Season in Los Angeles
Pilot season is going on right now in Los Angeles (sort of — keep reading for some caveats). With the economy down and other changes that have occurred in the television industry, pilot season is not quite the same as it used to be, though.
Pilot Season LA — Traffic
During pilot season in Los Angeles, the freeways are more crowded and crazy. This is primarily due to the huge number of people who flock to L.A. to try to launch their acting careers at this time of the year, many of whom are not used to navigating the L.A. freeways.
I can vouch for the fact that the L.A. freeways can be particularly frightening, especially when you are not familiar with them. Refer to my previous posts on that topic (L.A. Traffic) for more information.
The extra traffic during pilot season in Los Angeles is probably also partially due to the increase in auditions and jobs for actors and jobs for other industry professionals involved in the casting and filming of the pilots.
Pilot Season LA — Helps Businesses in the Area
Hotels and motels have more visitors during this time of year. Apartments that allow short-term leases, including places like The Oakwood, are often filled to capacity during pilot season, even with the high prices being charged for rents.
Many other businesses (restaurants, grocery stores, theme parks) are booming as well at this time of year as a result of the increased population, bringing in extra revenue in the Los Angeles area.
So, “When Is Pilot Season in Los Angeles?”
The truth about Pilot Season in Los Angeles is that it no longer exists as it did a few years ago. Pilot Season in L.A. has traditionally occurred during the months of January, February, March, and April, with the most activity from mid-January to early April.
For more information about Pilot Season in LA, refer to “What Is Pilot Season? (Showbiz Term of the Day)“.
Pilots are not just filmed during “Pilot Season” anymore, though. Pilots are now cast and filmed throughout the year. It just depends on who/what network is actually doing the pilot as to when the casting and filming occur. So it is a little more difficult to call a particular time of the year “pilot season.”
While it may continue to be busier in L.A. from January through April than during the rest of the year for pilots, it is certainly not the way it used to be. A large number of actors still come to Los Angeles during this time of year, but for many, it may not be worth the trip.
If you are thinking of coming to Los Angeles for pilot season, do some research first to decide if this is really the right thing to do.
So will the mass migration to Los Angeles starting in January for pilot season continue with these changing trends? It will be an interesting situation to watch. What do you think? Please comment here with your views on Pilot Season in LA!
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