Another Screenwriter Options a Project through Stage 32!

Another Screenwriter Options a Project through Stage 32!

Another Screenwriter Options a Project through Stage 32!

Danika Maia
Danika Maia
a year ago

My name is Danika Maia (Perman, but who uses last names these days?) and I'm originally from the Bay Area in Northern California. I have always been interested in writing and storytelling, since I was a small child. I studied digital media and marketing in college, but wanted to pursue a career in media and journalism afterwards, which I started to do with VICE in 2013 while I was still studying.

As the digital media industry began to feel more and more like a job in advertising, I lost my passion for what I was doing and really wanted to develop my own talent as a writer, creator and actress - but didn't know where I would find the time. I moved to another media company after VICE and was living in Los Angeles in 2018 when I decided to finally make the jump and quit my good salaried job to focus on myself.

Another Screenwriter Options a Project through Stage 32

I took screenwriting classes, sketch writing, acting, dance classes and more. The first time I actually wrote a script was just two years ago and things have moved very quickly since then! I learned about Stage 32 as I was pitching a TV Pilot, Easy Money, earlier this year, and Kristen Lucas, a producer with Goldilocks Productions, was the first person I pitched a script to - like ever in my life. We had such a great rapport and she really seemed to get me, and I was excited actually a woman who I didn't know was interested in my story.

Everyone who had offered to help me before was a man and people never really respect when I get help from men because they think it's about my looks and not the story. So Kristen's respect and interest really has meant so much to me as a new woman in the entertainment industry. After she read the TV Pilot we decided that the story would be better told as a feature length film, so after speaking together about once every two weeks for 4 months and getting some development calls with Kristen and other writers she works with, I had a new outline for a feature length film and that's when we made the agreement official.

Another Screenwriter Options a Project through Stage 32

I'm so happy that I found Stage 32 and my advice for other writers would just be that what really matters I think is your story, not necessarily how well you can format or how long you've studied or anything like that.

People believe in other people - not grammar. So believe in yourself no matter how much or how little experience you have, if you know you have a good story there is always someone who will be interested.

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Danika Maia

Danika Maia

Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter

I am a writer and actress from Los Angeles, currently living in Copenhagen.

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