Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Stage 32?
- Who Created Stage 32?
- Is there a Stage 32 App?
- What is Stage 32's policy on self-promotion and SPAM?
- What Professions Are Permitted on Stage 32?
- Can I choose more than one profession?
- Can I refer people?
- Are Companies Allowed On Stage 32?
- I have a personal website - Can I link to Stage 32?
- What about my blog? Can I blog about Stage 32?
- I Hate My Face - Do I Need To Upload a Headshot?
- How do I upload a head shot?
- What is Build My Network?
- How do I ask someone to join My Network?
- How do I "talk" with another Stage 32 member?
- What is network activity?
- What is the Stage 32 Lounge?
- What is the difference between a Wall Post and a Lounge Post?
- How do I use the "Search" function?
- What are Projects?
- How many private messages can I store and how long do they stay stored?
- What information can I "share" with others?
- How do I upload a project?
- What is the Tip of the Week
- How can I change my email notification settings?
- What's that number in the corner of my profile?
- What are Karma Points?
- What are Desert Island Movies?
- How do I report abuse or inappropriate content?
- What is the Stage 32 Marketplace?
- Who do I contact with a press inquiry?
- Who should I contact for marketing, strategic partnerships, or sponsorships?
- I still have a technical question. Who can I contact?
- How can I access and manage my private messages?
- How can I format text and add links?
- How do I link directly to a Lounge or wall post?
- How can I "unfollow" a Lounge discussion or wall post?
What is Stage 32?
Stage 32 is a GLOBAL network for film, television and theater creatives. Launched in September of 2011, the community is now 110,000+ members strong spanning 180+ countries. Simply put, Stage 32 is the online community uniquely populated by the most creative people on Earth.
For more on Stage 32, please read our mission statement.
Who Created Stage 32?
Stage 32 is the brainchild of Richard Botto (CEO). A creative himself, Botto knows first-hand the challenges all creatives face finding work or attracting attention to their projects.
The mastermind behind the design and development of the site is CTO and Lead Developer, Derrick Ontiveros.
They are both firm believers that networking is equally important as perfecting one's craft. Their intent with 32 is to make networking easier and to make the world a little smaller.
Is there a Stage 32 App?
Yes! Click here for more info.
What is Stage 32's policy on self-promotion and SPAM?
We have a zero tolerance for spam at Stage 32. And while we realize that many of our members have a company to promote, a crowdfunding project they'd like to get exposure for, or even perhaps a reel they'd like to get more eyes on, we ask that you do so in an organic way.
The following are not permitted:
- Spamming multiple member walls or multiple Lounge topics with the same message or promotion.
- Sending canned private messages to multiple accounts.
- Soliciting payment for a product or service via wall posts, Lounge posts, private message, project posting, etc. Crowdfunding promotion for your own projects is allowed in the appropriate sections of the Stage 32 Lounge.
Violation of any of these spam policies will result in an automatic account suspension and removal of the offending content.
We ask all of our members to be active in the community. To not only self promote, but to participate in conversations and offer assistance and guidance to other members where possible.
For information about advertising on Stage 32, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Professions Are Permitted on Stage 32?
Stage 32 is a community for film, television, and theater creatives. If you work in any of these fields - be it as a actor, producer, director, writer, composer, crew, etc - you are invited to join. If by chance you feel your profession is missing from our comprehensive list, please feel free to drop us a line.
Can I choose more than one profession?
Yes! We accept all multihyphenates! If you are an actor who also directs or a producer that also writes, you have the ability to choose more than one profession by editing your profile.
Can I refer people?
Yes! A network is only as strong as its members. That's why we ask all new members to invite 5 fellow creatives. You can do this right through the site by using the Invite friends to Stage 32 section directly below your profile picture. We also ask our members to spread the word through other social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.
Are Companies Allowed On Stage 32?
Yes, however we prefer that you associate a name with the company however, such as - John Doe - Planet X Productions. Many Stage 32 members are reluctant to accept network requests from profiles that do not have a proper name attached.
I have a personal website - Can I link to Stage 32?
Yes! And we encourage you to do so. Many of our members have had great success in directing interested parties from their personal website to their Stage 32 profile.
We've made it easy to post a Stage 32 icon linking your personal website to your profile - Click here for more: http://www.stage32.com/button
What about my blog? Can I blog about Stage 32?
Yes! Many members of Stage 32 have blogged about their experiences with the site. To schedule an interview with CEO Richard Botto, please email email@example.com
I Hate My Face - Do I Need To Upload a Headshot?
Don't be shy! Profiles without a headshot will have limited access to the site, not be featured in certain sections ("People Near You", for example), and will rank lower in search results. Also, many Stage 32 members are reluctant to accept a network request or communicate with those who do not post a headshot.
Simply put, adding a profile picture will allow you to experience everything Stage 32 has to offer. Put a face to the name!
How do I upload a head shot?
You can upload a head shot when you're registering for the first time. or conversely, you can add one at any time from your Profile page. You can also change up your head shot. From the navigation bar on the top right, there is a drop-down menu below your name. Choose "Update head shot" for a new look to your profile. There is also an "Update my head shot" link conveniently linked under your profile photo. You can update your head shot as often as you like.
What is Build My Network?
There are two ways to build your network and expand your area of influence on Stage 32. Remember, who you know is as important as what you know, so start reaching out to as many people in the industry as possible.
Expand your network -- Will list individuals who have projects that may be of interest to you. Check out their projects in progress and see if there is a good fit. For example, a director may be looking for actors/actresses, a playwright may be looking for a producer, or a producer may be looking for a director.
People you may know -- This is a list of individuals who have something in common with you -- whether a mutual friend or contact, film school attended, or city that you live in.
How do I ask someone to join My Network?
Once you find someone you'd like to add to your network, go to their profile page, and look for the "Add John Doe to your network" link under their profile ID. Alternatively, you can find people suggested under "People near you," "Expand your network," or "People you may know," in which case there will be a small "Add" button next to their profile picture.
How do I "talk" with another Stage 32 member?
There are several ways to communicate with another member of Stage 32. You can post on another member's wall, which is open for all members to see. You can start a discussion or participate in an existing conversation on the Discussion Board. You can post a topic or reply to a post in the Stage 32 Lounge. You can send them a private message, which is located just under the other party's profile ID. You can check to see "Who's Online," and do an instant private chat session. Explore the site, find people and topics that interest you and then NETWORK!
What is network activity?
The Network activity section shows you the most recent wall posts, Lounge discussions, and content uploads from your Stage 32 network. Click here for more information.
What is the Stage 32 Lounge?
The Stage 32 Lounge is the coolest hangout on the web. You can add a lounge topic to any post - there is a drop down menu beneath every posting bar - or you can just enter the Lounge (top menu button) and join any conversation in any topic.
Further, you can subscribe to Lounge topics or simply just follow a Lounge discussion.
The Introduce Yourself section is a great place to quickly make yourself available to the entire network.
What is the difference between a Wall Post and a Lounge Post?
When you post on your wall without a Lounge topic, your post is ONLY visible to those in your network. This is a great way to communicate directly with those in your inner circle.
When you post with a Lounge Topic attached, you are posting to EVERYONE who subscribes to the topic, wanders into the topic, and those already in your network.
How do I use the "Search" function?
You can use the quick Search bar in the upper right to search members by name. For more advanced searches, under Browse, select People or Projects.
People can be searched by Name, City, College/University, Film school, or Profession.
Projects can be searched by Title, Location, Project Status, Project Type or Genre.
What are Projects?
Projects are any creative venture that you're working on, whether its a feature film, short film, documentary, commercial, TV pilot or screenplay -- at any stage of its development. Basically, if you want the community to know about your Projects, tout it on Stage 32. You can also specify whether your Project needs funding or is seeking (hiring) talent.
How many private messages can I store and how long do they stay stored?
Currently, we have no limit on the number of private messages a member can store. As long as your account is active, all private messages will be stored until the recipient deletes them.
What information can I "share" with others?
Stage 32 gives members the ability to share Projects, Photo Galleries, Screenplays, Videos and Resumes. Just choose from the drop-down menu under "Share" in the top navigation bar, and start letting the world know how amazing your talents are.
How do I upload a project?
From the top navigation bar, select Share, then select "Add a Project." You then fill in basic information about your project, including Name, Status, Description, Funding, Location, and the roles you're seeking (hiring) to assist you with the project. In this area, please be as thorough as possible.
You can also specify if you want to Announce this Project" to the rest of the community.
After you have completed the basic information, please click on the "Project details & images" tab, to add genre, project type, IMDB link, other links, video and images (like a poster or logo).
What is the Tip of the Week
The Tip of the Week is our way of helping Stage 32 members get the most out of their networking experience. All tips can be found under the Browse menu on the top bar.
How can I change my email notification settings?
To change your email notification settings, click "Notifications" on the menu that appears when you hover over your headshot in the upper right-hand corner of the screen (next to the search bar). Here you can choose what types of notifications you'd like to receive.
What's that number in the corner of my profile?
Those are Karma Points.
What are Karma Points?
Karma Points is a measurement of a member's activity level on Stage 32. You build "good karma" by creating content, adding members to your network and interacting with the community. Good things come to people with good karma.
What are Desert Island Movies?
As the title suggests, these are the 10 movies that you would want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (assuming you had a working DVD player). Use the list as an expression of who you really are.
How do I report abuse or inappropriate content?
If you believe you are the victim of an unfriendly Stage 32 user or you find content you believe to be inappropriate, please report it by clicking on the "Report Abuse" link at the bottom right of your profile page. All reports are taken seriously and we have zero tolerance for abusive members.
What is the Stage 32 Marketplace?
The Marketplace features exclusive special deals for Stage 32 Members.
To become a strategic partner with Stage 32 and offer your services or products in the Marketplace, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do I contact with a press inquiry?
Please direct all press requests to - Press@stage32.com
Who should I contact for marketing, strategic partnerships, or sponsorships?
For any marketing, strategic partnership, or sponsorship inquiries, please contact - email@example.com
I still have a technical question. Who can I contact?
Please review the FAQ one last time. If you are still having technical difficulties, please contact our CTO Derrick Ontiveros.
How can I access and manage my private messages?
To get started, click the Messages link from your profile sidebar.
On the left side of the Messages page, you'll see buttons to allow you to select Unread, All, or Sent messages. Unread messages will be shown by default. You'll also be able to see the number of messages in each of these groups.
Below the buttons, you'll see a list of messages in the group you've selected.
Click a message in the list to read it.
Replying to messages
To reply to a message, just type your reply below the last message and click Send.
A "replied" icon will show you which messages you've replied to.
The message group counts will also be updated automatically.
Marking messages as unread
To mark a message as unread, click the eye icon.
To delete a conversation, click the trash can icon and confirm that you want the conversation to be deleted.
How can I format text and add links?
You can add special formatting and custom links to Lounge posts, wall posts, and messages on Stage 32.
Here's a quick reference:
Wrap your text with a single asterisk (*) like this: *italic*
Wrap your text with two asterisks (**) like this: **bold**
italic and bold
Wrap your text with three asterisks (***) like this: ***italic and bold***
Place the link text in [brackets] and the link URL in (parenthesis) immediately after. Don't put a space between the link text and the URL. Here's an example:
[Link Text](http://www.example.com) will turn into Link Text
How do I link directly to a Lounge or wall post?
Click the blue bookmark icon under any Lounge or wall post (directly above the comment section).
This will take you directly to this post's permanent page. To share a link to this page, just copy the URL from your browser's address bar and paste it in an email or share it with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks.
How can I "unfollow" a Lounge discussion or wall post?
When someone posts on your Stage 32 wall or comments on a post that involves you, you'll receive an email notification. If you'd like to stop following a conversation and no longer receive email notifications about updates, you can unfollow specific Lounge discussions and wall posts.
First, find the post that you'd like to unfollow. In the comments section of that post, you'll see " Following".
When you hover over "Following", a link to Unfollow this post will appear. Just click this link to unfollow that post.