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How Working as a Cook Prepared Me For Meetings With Producers

Who knew fine dining and the film industry were so similar? I’ve worked as a cook for just about three years now. Working in this capacity has taught me a lot of wonderful things about cooking, design, film, and music. So, what lessons did I learn as I prepped meals? Let’s take a look:   1) Prep - Do The Grunt Work if You Want to Move Up Prep work is such an important job to have. Some see it as grunt work, but I see it as the foundation of the kitchen.You have to…

I Lost My Passion, Now What? (A Word of Encouragement and Realization)

It happened. You lost it. Your passion and motivation are gone. We've all been there. Whether you have writer's block or are in an acting slump, it seems hard to get through it. I've been there too and I want to share the lessons I've learned because of it. Creators create and when that fire withers away, it can be life changing and painful. For me, it was devastating and debilitating. I couldn't cope. It took me ten years to find my footing, after losing everything. I left a great Unive…

4 Networking Tips From an Introvert (and 2 More For Good Measure!)

Getting yourself out there can be hard to do, especially if you are new to the industry. When I first started creating and working in my field, I kept a lot of my work to myself and only showed it when asked. I unfortunately adopted the 'only speak when you are spoken to' mentality. I was very introverted. Networking, to me, was a monster I wasn't quite ready to face and that showed to my potential clients. I wasn't closing deals or getting placements. I knew I had skill and that my mus…

How Stage 32 Helped Me Find Shelter When I Lost My Home

Music has always been a part of me. When I was kid, I used to get in trouble at school for banging beats on the desk, or playing rudiments with my pencil instead of taking notes. I recited every line from Nas' Illmatic and soaked in all the RPG scores/themes. My love for writing came from Soap Operas, oddly enough. I would sit in my 7th grade Literature class and writing write scripts to improve different storylines and scenes. However, despite my love for music and screenwriting, it was…

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