As we move away from the burst of energy and enthusiasm from the New Year, moving forward with creative projects can seem daunting. You can write the resolutions down, but will they remain words on a page? You can assemble the vision boards, but will you remain faithful to your priorities? You may even celebrate the victories, but will you be able to keep up the trend?
Each of our creative journeys is indirect, winding, and with a laundry list of poor choices waiting to be employed. What keeps us oriented? What helps us stay the course? It’s not the list or the plan. It’s not the poster board with scrap magazine cut-outs or the “receipts” of past successes. No, we are only able to keep going because of the people we meet along the way.
I will confess, I love meeting new people! Perhaps I enjoy the chance encounter even more so than keeping up with people I’ve recently met, but not everyone becomes energized by the prospect of social interaction. The hardest part of this industry is sincerely that it is not designed to be a solo art form. With the greatest script, the most dynamic storyboards, the most charismatic cast, and knowledgeable crew, your project can still crumble beneath your feet from poor care and attention to the people who ensure its success.
The best way to practice your social skills is in a safe space, like a community of other creatives! Our top lounge posts really delve into some of the best advice I’ve ever heeded when it comes to meeting new people:
No matter what your skill level is, no one wants to work with someone who is insincere nor a chore to be around. These posts are a great reminder that being authentically yourself is the best way to engage with those around you.
1. ACTING: Actors = Life Blood (Just saying…) by Greg Anderson
2. ANIMATION: Didn’t Make It to Semifinals by Hagop Kane Boughazian
3. INTRODUCE YOURSELF: Stage 32 Blogger, Screenwriter, Author and Show Host by Rashika Robers
4. INTRODUCE YOURSELF: Introducing Myself by Allison Lopez
No matter where you are on your creative journey, it is always worth it to ask.
5. ACTING: Getting Into Voice Acting by Tahachi Hardrick
6. FILMMAKING: What Do You Do by Lucas Millhouse
7. FILMMAKING: Ripomatic by Jacob Siciliano
It’s easy to think of the media industry as an ego trip, but when you recognize both the work and the other people involved in the making of it, then you actually give back by showing off.
8. ANIMATION: Concept Artists by Kay Ross
9. TRANSMEDIA: 2250ad - a transmedia project by Ian Buchanan
Every victory can feel like the beginning of a new challenge, but reaching out for advice can be the reassurance needed to bolster you. No need to wait for the panic attack!
10. SCREENWRITING: Question for the Optioned Writers by Nick Assunto
No matter the social atrophy you may be experiencing, you are always welcome to start the conversation in the Stage 32 Lounges! Not sure where to start? You can DM me or email me at K.Ross@stage32.com For now, why not start with the links above? Click, read, comment, and start a post of your own! I look forward to seeing each of you in the lounges!
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