Written by Sarah Siadat
If you’re an actor interested in working in television, you probably know how important it is to do your research and stay up to date with current TV shows. Know what’s on, what shoots in your city, and have a general sense of the tone and content of each show.
Television is Changing Very Quickly
It used to be that TV actors worked on TV, theater actors worked on stage, and film actors worked in the movies.
Well, that’s just not true anymore. There are many actors who cross over into all three mediums, and there are also many directors who work in multiple mediums as well (just look at Glee or Smash for lots of Broadway-television crossover).
It’s amazing how many outlets there are for content right now. Suddenly Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have presented a new market for material and cable channels like A&E, AMC, TLC and the CW are filling their own niches. I think it’s safe to say that we’re in the middle of a free-for-all!
It’s impossible to know where this is all leading, now that the Internet has so widely influenced the way people watch TV. We’re not dealing with a traditional industry structure anymore, so more than ever we have to be prepared.
Stay Informed & Stay Focused
It’s time to expand your thinking as far as what’s going on in the business. I recommend watching as many TV shows (new and old) as you possibly can.
Now, that can be a challenge when there are five seasons of The Good Wife on Amazon and all you want to do is binge watch them!
But remember, the point is to have your finger on the pulse of the television world so you have a general sense of everything that’s current. When you’re sitting down to do TV research, stay focused and don’t let yourself get sucked into the episode.
Here are some tips to keep you on point:
This week, your homework is to research 3 shows. How did it go for you? Report back in the comments below.
Sarah is the founder of Mentoring For Actors one-on-one actor career business coaching. She is a Los Angeles based actor, animal lover, and social media connoisseur. Sarah’s passion is to help actors bridge the gap between wanting to be an actor, and making that dream a reality. Connect with her @sarahsiadat, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a FREE intro call.