Posted by Karen "Kay" Ross

Sometimes it can feel as if we cannot make a difference. This industry is so big, the wealth of content is vast, but what can any of us do? We spend our time looking for work, doing the work, shaking hands, making memories, and of course, taking time away before going back to the grind. I’m here to tell you - hell, the whole Stage 32 community is here to help remind you - that whether you are in full stride or in hibernation mode, you can enact change.

Don’t worry, this isn’t a road map on how to enact change. The great freedom of media is being a vehicle for your own story, your own voice. But what of your message? What of your approach? No need to determine this on your own! Dip a toe. Take a poll. Make a reflection. If all the stories in the universe have been told, then the real story is how we make them and why we make them. What better place to unpack such meaningful topics than in the most encouraging and uplifting online community for film, television, and digital media creatives!


Top 10 Lounge Posts The Drop That Starts The Ripple


Today’s collection of Stage 32’s Top 10 Lounge Posts highlights the strength of having a positive community in your corner that is equal parts fan base and professionals. We love talking shop just as much as geeking out, so don’t be shy! While you mull over your next post, check out the splendid range of topics below:

1. Sideways Influences 

  • Creative inspiration can keep you going or gum up the works, but this is a fantastic reflection on the indirect sources of inspiration

2. #StuntsAttheOscars 

  • As constant as the Oscars seem, they have changed over the years, and discussions like these could be the starting point

3. How to talk about Music for Directors and Producers

  • Why not take a poll or survey from the community in order to improve your workflow?

4. Digital Cinema Package

  • Being totally unfamiliar with a “Digital Cinema Package”, this is utterly fascinating and totally worth a peek! Oh, and if you know, please share!

5. What’s Your Budget? Who Cares! 

  • Another gem from Shane Stanley to read, reflect, and motivate

6. How Are You Depicting Gender Roles

  • A reflection and a question about our approach as writers - and perhaps of interest to filmmakers and producers as well!

7. Is There a Market for Sketches? 

  • What a fantastic topic that applies to writers, actors, and producers!

8. Potential of Anime Films

  • A proper geek out in the Animation Lounge, and not just for Anime fans!

9. Is it worth it to produce a short film

  • As the landscape of the industry shifts, this is a fantastic example of reaching out to the community for insight.

10. This Is How It Started

  • A little hint at the story behind the story - how cool!


Honorable Mentions:

Production Sound Mixer Boom Operator 

  • Good sound mixers are hard to find, so this is a fantastic connection! Jump in and introduce yourself!

Hello (Monologue Opportunity for Actors) 

  • Sometimes the best way to make connections is to offer something, and this is a fantastic offer for actors!


Don’t forget - you can bookmark any “evergreen” posts, whether by topic or by opportunity. You can also get the link to the post to share by clicking the “share” button on the bottom, right-hand corner of the post. Not sure which lounges you are subscribed to? You can confirm your subscriptions here.

No matter where you are in your process, you are always welcome to start the conversation in the Stage32 Lounges! Not sure where to start? You can DM me or email me at 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!



About Karen "Kay" Ross

Stay Connected Inspired and Creative with the Stage 32 Lounges
K. Ross is a graduate of Colorado Film School and Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She’s a screenwriter, actor/director, and producer based out of Los Angeles. Originally from the DC area, she’s written and produced several short films, hosts "The Pre-Pro Podcast" aimed at teenagers interested in media, and is currently developing a slate of new material, including a coming-of-age TV Pilot set at the Renaissance Festival and a feature film about how "compassion fatigue" affects everyday people. She enjoys acting, directing, and being interviewed, just like her fun-loving mentor, Kevin Smith. She loves opportunities to work with inclusive, diverse, and driven professionals.

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