Then you should already be a name. With several series under your belt. Or a movie star.
Here's an article passed on from my friend Carolina. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the networks are courting several high profile stars for their pilots, including Christina Applegate, Tim Allen, Ellen Barkin, Zooey DesChanel, and Rachel Bilson to name a few.
There used to be an understanding back in the day, that once you "graduated" from being a television actor to doing films, you were never, ever going back down. It was suddenly beneath you. And it allowed a whole new crop of actors to audition for series regulars on pilots. To allow actors who put their time in to finally be able to quit their day job. For that lower-middle class actor to finally become upper-middle class.
Does that happen anymore? I'm not sure.
But I have to believe.
I have to believe.