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Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts - Stepping Back, Regrouping, & Reaching Out Again

Hello, fellow creatives! Whether you are looking for your next gig or in the middle of a shoot, enjoying some extended time outdoors or staying in to crank out that next script, I hope you are continuing confidently forward on your creative journey! But what if you don’t feel the forward momentum? What if you’re feeling the heavy, messy trudge like Atreyu through the mud in The NeverEnding Story? First, don’t stop! Stepping back to reassess how best to progress, however…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Stephen Foster, Actor & Writer

Looking back at the highs and lows of your journey in the industry, what was your turning point? Can you pinpoint when you made the decision to change your life? What small choice cascaded into a waterfall of "Universal Greenlights"? Today's guest credits Stage 32, the book The Artist's Way, and his tenacity to get his film into festivals as what resurrected his career. While acting and writing are certainly his talents, today we dig deep into the work required to make it a profession. W…

Grab a Networking Buddy and Make It “Introduce Your FRIEND Weekend”!

Imagine your shyest friend. The one who talks with you, and not many others. This person is probably really good at what they do – writing, directing, editing - but is terrible at putting themselves out there and meeting new people. Now imagine that friend finally working up the courage to type up a paragraph about themselves and post it for this community to see. Imagine that person discovering other creatives and striking up conversations with them, all because you took the time …

Top 10 Stage 32 Lounge Posts - From Script to Panel to Screen

Hey, Stage 32-ers! It’s been a minute since our last recount of the lounges’ Top 10 Posts, and understandably so! If you haven’t yet watched the FREE Netflix Pitch Workshop, stop everything, register, and schedule an afternoon to watch it (and take notes - copious notes!). If you weren’t attending live, you may not know that there were a couple of posts started just for the attendees to introduce and chat amongst themselves. Don’t worry! I’ve got you, …

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Johnny K. Wu, Indie Filmmaker

Happy Lunar New Year, Stage32-ers! What are you doing to celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox? We’re celebrating by highlighting one particularly stellar Asian-American indie filmmaker who not only weathered the beating of last year’s Year of the Metal Rat, but truly benefited. While we could all do with calmer waters this year, forecasts say to focus on diligence, hard work, and patience. I can’t think of a better example of persistence than today’s Stage32 membe…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Bob Harper, Animation Veteran

With a New Year comes a reinvigorated sense of purpose. The purpose of Stage 32? To connect, to educate, to elevate. The purpose of the Stage 32 Lounges? To provide a safe and encouraging environment for creatives and professionals to connect, educate, and elevate each other. The purpose of the Member Spotlight series? To show that your Stage 32 connections start with a post, a comment, or a direct message, but they can lead to a meeting, even a creative partnership. It all starts with a…

Top 10 Lounge Posts - Meeting People is a Chance to Be Authentically You

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. Wh…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: 2021 Begins with Learning by Doing

Happiest of New Years, Stage 32-ers! I hope you all are taking it easy after the holiday excitement, but I also hope you’ve set your sights on conquering your creative journey! Crawling. Striding. Dancing. However you find yourself in the New Year, I hope you’ve had quality time with loved ones, time to reflect on the past year, and found inspiration for how to move forward this year. Wait… how DO we move forward? The creative journey and the professional journey a…

Top 10 Posts - Let’s Get Excited for 2021

As the season of giving winds down, we are temporarily offered a reflective reprieve before launching into the agendas of the next year. There are so many hopeful opportunities on the horizon! Book adaptations, scripts in development, scripts going into production, new technology for making films, and of course a virtual workflow that has changed the industry. Where is one to start? Since the name of the resolution game is focus, today’s posts come directly from the Introduce You…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: The Gift of Giving

Gather round and let me tell you about the year I fell in love with gift-giving again. About five years ago, my family decided we would save money by only buying gifts for the kids and we would do something “homemade” for the adults. We tried compiling a family cookbook, we assembled DIY food and baking mixes, and then we landed on a goldmine - the annual Family Film Festival. No, the films we screened were not all a family genre, but rather that the only ones who could parti…

Stage 32 Member Spotlight: Louisa Kendrick - Writer, Director, Actor, & Producer

As the tumultuous year of 2020 draws to a close, it's inspiring to see the hard work and energy generated from Stage 32's 6th Annual November Write Club. So many people from around the world jumped in, set goals, checked in throughout, gave and received encouragement from fellow members, and a few even won some prizes for their efforts! While traction on a project is its own reward, it is also so fun to see those who put in the time be recognized! Do you know what else is fun? Taking tha…

Top 10 Lounge Posts - Merry Happy! Prepare to Let Go

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 i…

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