Merry Happy, Stage32-ers! Yes, you read that correctly. There is a way to wish someone well without wishing anything at all. As we slip away from Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), and into the "holiday season", I wish you all the very merriest! Happy, that is. Not Kate Nash's "Merry Happy", although it is a "Kate" inspiring this preamble. As I listen to Kate Winslet sharing her acting secrets (THANK YOU, RB for this Sunday's Coffee & Content Blog!), I am reminded of the intricate balance of collaboration. "It's so important to let the preparation go because... you have to leave so many blank spaces for other people to fill" she advises, with her lovely British accent. Thanks, Kate! There is now a greeting that encompasses your wisdom of preparing for the best, but letting go so others can fill in the gaps.
So, wait... "Merry Happy" means... we perfect scripts only to break them down for production? We shoot the most epic footage only to chop it up in post-production? We hurry up only to wait? We prepare only to let go? YES! Yes, yes, and a most bittersweet yes. We creatives, especially in a collaborative process, are the strongest and most vulnerable. We must be well-versed in as much as possible, have enough integrity to push for our visions, yet remain flexible enough to receive worthy adjustments. How do we do it? How do we even start the collaborative dance to attempt the balance? We dip a toe into the unknown.
At Stage32, we push ourselves into those beautiful, uncomfortable, but nurturing situations that encourage growth. Our November Write Club is a great example of how we challenge ourselves, and in doing so together, make each other stronger. Even our script services team - Jason, Angela, and Nick - work hard to circulate a wide range of executives, both new and familiar, so you have top-level feedback. Amanda and Harrison of our Education division have reached out and snagged some amazing mentors to speak and teach. And our Director of Content, Taylor, is a mix and mingle master! We stretch ourselves for our own balance, but also to provide you guideposts along the journey. We've got our front and your back. And from your posts, I can see you have each others' as well. Can you think of a merrier happy?
Our top posts today embrace trying something new, asking a question from a new perspective, or simply inviting new people to join their project. It's so inspiring to see these little moments of bravery that can add up to big moments of creative production! It starts small - a post, a comment, a direct message, an email exchange - but it can lead to so much more! Just be sure to have your talent or crew deal memo handy. Here are the top 10 posts you should jump in on without delay!
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