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The Art of Showing Up: 7 Things Creatives Must Practice to Succeed

  The most important thing in life is showing up. I am blown away by your ability to show up. (Keanu Reeves, Hard Ball)   Prologue Primarily being a writer, and one who does a lot of historical research, I spend a lot of time alone. So, when I’m hired as an actor, director, storyteller, or teacher, it gives me an opportunity to test my philosophies of keeping motivated and inspired and doing the same for others. For three weeks in June I toured as Marxist revolutiona…

"The Last OG" Actor Talks About What Actors Can Learn Working With A-Listers

If you're an actor, you may be wondering what it's like working alongside A-list actors. What's more, what can you learn from them? Let's find out from a true pro. Allen Maldonado, an actor who stars with Tracy Morgan in The Last OG (created by Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele) talked to Stage 32 at Film Con Hollywood about what it's like working along side the likes of Denzel Washington and Jennifer Aniston. Allen discovered the value he gleaned from these long-time actors wasn't just tuc…

Coffee & Content - Actor Learns a Boston Accent in 6 Hours & Learn the Cockney accent with Jason Statham

Good Morning, Creatives! This morning's post is inspired by those of you prepping for auditions that require an accent or regionalism. It also comes on the heels of one of our more unique blog posts from Idit Tekeli, How Not to Mess Up Your Auditions When You Have an Accent. In Idit's case, she's not American and needs to learn to be. But no matter where you're from or what your accent or regionalism is, help is always just a Stage 32 blog post away. First up, Vanity Fair shows us an a…

Stage 32 Joins Forces With Raindance Film Festival in London. All Are Invited!

For the 3rd time, we've partnered with the Raindance Film Festival to bring an impressive lineup of Stage 32 creative talent to London. After debuting our 4th Annual Short Film Program to a packed house at Hollyshorts, we're now taking the films to the UK where they'll be screened for international executives and Raindance festival attendees.   The program screens on September 27, 2019 with a Q&A to follow. Afterward, we'll be hosting another Stage 32 London meetup directly fo…

Coffee & Content - Playwriting Tips from Dennis Kelly & Adventures Backstage: What is a Stage Manager?

Good Morning, all! This week I wanted to take a left turn inside Stage 32 and share some content that caters to our members who are playwrights or work in the theatre. If this is you, please give us a shout in the comments below. Let us know your role in the industry! We're starting this morning with a brew of Kicking Horse coffee. (If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend it.) That, coupled with our first video, Playwriting Tips from Dennis Kelly, ought to get our juices flowi…

Reclaim Your Worth as an Artist

Reclaim Your Worth. Reclaim Your Art. As an artist, you need a powerful, resilient, yet flexible and fluid sense of self-worth. Self-worth keeps you connected to your creative energy. When you feel in touch with your self-worth, you can make art that you believe in. You trust the value of what you create - its message, meaning, power, and purpose. A real trust in your creativity begins with accepting yourself and all that you are. Connected to yourself, you’re able to maintain…

Is There a Permanent Fix for Vocal Burnout?

Julie Andrews. Lionel Richie. Michael Bublé. Keith Urban. Meghan Trainor. Celine Dion. Adele. What do these artists have in common? Each and every one has had vocal cord microsurgery, a procedure that attempts to fix vocal burnout and other serious vocal chord injuries. This kind of vocal damage isn't unusual. As a matter of fact, it's said to be an epidemic in the performing arts. Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images   But is there a cure that doesn't require surgery? Som…

How NOT To Mess Up Auditions When You Have an Accent

Have you heard the story about the girl who lived in a very small town across America and had dreams so big that she decided to pack her bags and move to the Big Apple to build a career as a working actress, just like the other thousands of people who make the same decision every year? Yeah, you got it. I am "that" girl. Except I didn't move from another state. I moved all the way from Turkey, Istanbul, and was undoubtedly determined to make it as a foreign actress. Living in New Yo…

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 …

How Harnessing Energy, Feeding Livestock, & Chopping Wood Prepped Me For Hollywood

It all started at a prep school. Yes, I attended one, and while I could have gone to a number of different schools that were considered prestigious, my mind was sent on one that many considered a joke: Midland. Learning this sometimes surprises people. While others were packing their children off to Thatcher, Tate, Ojai, Villanova, Laguna Blanca, or Robert Louis Stevenson, I was drawn to something completely out of the ordinary.  Midland is fairly unordinary in that it is nea…

The Long and Short of It: How a Short FilmĀ Can Produce Big Results

Many people at Stage 32 often dream of getting their first real writing, acting, or directing credit in a big studio feature, but this can result in overlooking a truly valuable platform: The short film. A short film can help build your resume, get your work seen, or lead to even bigger and better opportunities. And while I never dreamt it could lead to so much, these ideas were the impetus behind my desire to make Crybaby, a 16-minute short film that I wrote, starred in, and co-direct…

How Do I Shorten My Path as a Writer and Actor? (by Richard Botto & Jason Mirch)

During his free Ask Me Anything webinar, Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto and Director of Script Services Jason Mirch fielded a question regarding the fast track to becoming a successful writer and actor. Basically, is there a way to shorten the path as a writer or actor? Hear what the duo has to say by clicking the video link below!   Click Here For RB's and Jason's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so yo…

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