Get on a New Show
The Disney Channel and Disney XD create new shows all the time and the way many of them start is with a pilot episode. When production companies have an ides for a new show, they need to film a pilot for the show so that they can show the show to potential buyers and networks like the Disney Chanel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon and all the other major networks like CBS and ABC.
Most networks receive hundreds of pitches for new shows every year and those networks go through the pitches and ideas and pick some to film pilot episodes. With so many networks around these days because of cable and satellite, there are always pilots being shot, not just during pilot season which has traditionally been the summer, but all year long.
The production company usually gets a casting director to cast the pilot and often times the actors cast stay on for the series if the show gets picked up. Pilots are created to showcase and sell not just the writing for the new show, but also the cast and most of the actors cast will remain on the new show if it gets sold. Pilots are a big deal in Hollywood and many actors come from all over to audition for them.
Many child stars became famous because they auditioned for the right pilot, got the job and the pilot was picked up by the network to become a series. The more pilots you audition for the greater your chances of getting onto a Disney Channel TV show.
If you want to have your own Disney show, you need to start auditioning for pilots and the way to do that is by having an agent and usually being where filming is like Los Angeles. To get into a new Disney show it is very important to have an agent since new shows normally are not cast through open calls. Production companies already have a script and have the type of characters in mind that they want. They communicate their needs to agents and the agents then send the appropriate actors to them for auditions.
Without having a good agent or living in Los Angeles it would be very difficult to get cast onto a new Disney Channel show because you would not know where to go to audition or even have an appointment to do so.
However, Disney does have open casting calls a few times a year in various cities. These casting calls are usually not for any series or production but more to try to spot new young talent. When the Disney Channel announces and open call, they usually get 1000’s of hopeful young actors coming from across the country to meet with the casting directors. If at that time the casting directors like you and believe you have great potential, they may call you back to audition when a new show is ordered. The last Disney Channel open call was in June of last year in Austin Texas. Disney announced the open call a few weeks prior to its scheduled date and thousands of kids showed up with their families. The event was held to find potential child actors to be cast in Disney original movies as well as new shows going into production by Disney XD and the Disney Channel. Specific show or movies were never announced but the age range they were searching for was 10 to 18 years old.
We can expect another open call event or maybe 2 this year in 2012. So keep your eyes and ears open for the next event and maybe you too can become the next child acting sensation.
You can check out last years notice to the left, hopefully another one like that for 2012 will go out very soon and maybe you too will have a chance to star in a new Disney channel show!