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When Things Don't Go as Planned. Again.

We interrupt our previously scheduled blog post for this month to share with you the gut-wrenching experience I am having that does have a silver lining and pays dividends emotionally, spiritually, and with character-building opportunities and a definite shift in both the trajectory and perception of my life...again. Oh, we are getting the gifts of growth now. A funny thing happened to me on the way to this post. I was fired from what I thought was going to be a great opportunity. Perh…

Ten Things I Learned [Slowly] in The Movie Business

Last month in my post, When Your Dreams [In the Filmmaking World] Fade, I left you hanging with me barely keeping control of my bowels, frozen in panic as my short life flashed before my eyes upon hearing my homeroom teachers voice on the phone. "Put your mother on the phone now," she barked a second time. I dropped the phone on my bed and ran downstairs to my parents screaming, "Mrs. Rankin is on the phone!!!" No matter how punk rock I try to be, I often have this reaction interior…

When Your Dreams [in the Filmmaking World] Fade

My last post took us off the timeline a bit. (Thank you, Quentin Tarantino and Malcolm Gladwell for teaching us it's ok to meander in our stories and recollections.) So allow me to redirect to my humble beginnings: My friend Brian gave up an opportunity of a lifetime two hours into the first day of shooting. I was neurotic; concerned I would unwittingly reveal this fact to my mother every night as I recounted with her my days on the set. Every time the phone would ring at night I was …

Hollywood Is A Small Town, Even When You’re Not There

Welcome back! When we last parted, my friend Brian gave up two hours into the day. I made sure not to tell my mother that he ditched me for fear she would not let me go back to the set alone. I am not sure I actually lied about it. Well,l I guess there are lies of omission, so maybe I did lie. But I did tell her I saw people using things I considered to be toys as equipment on the set, and I was obsessed with these man-children and their toy box. Boys and Their Toys How many of yo…

Answering The Call [Your First Shot On Set]

There are those who answer the call of duty by joining the military, becoming a doctor, or pastor or something else noble. Like me, there are those insane enough to work in the entertainment business. Even crazier, some actually thrive in it and enjoy it. Well, mostly. But once you are in it and experiencing the reality of the challenge of making a consistent living, one can’t help but think, “What in the world am I doing?” I am not exactly sure when I heard the call …

So, You Want to Be in Pictures?

Here at Stage 32, we are beyond humbled and so very fortunate to have those "in the trenches" offer their time and experiences with us. Korey Pollard is a Hollywood Producer and Assistant Director with television credits like: The Orville (Seth MacFarlane), 9-1-1, American Crime Story, and Nashville, just to name a select few.He has chosen to share his 30-year-career in a series of blog posts with us. With some memorable highs and lows, Korey will take us into the thick of his career to …

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