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How to Get Paid Like a Pro in the Entertainment Industry (with money, not lunches)

Getting paid for being a filmmaker is an art form and rarely taken to heart, so artists starve for their craft. This image of the "starving artist" must not and should not be perpetuated. Most people believe that the work of a writer, a producer, a filmmaker is based on passion alone, and as a result it is assumed that all artists are meant to work for free, or to get paid later, because their passion for the craft will make them accept work under any condition, including the freebies or…

The Power of Silence: Learning to Trust Yourself Amidst the Noise of Others Opinions

“Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs We all crave feedback. We want it from our partners, parents, co-workers, and teachers. Need I even mention social media. We want our parents to be proud of us, our bosses to appreciate us, and our partners to love us. We pay…

Cannes 2022 Roll Call: Announcing The Official Stage 32 Schedule - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

The Cannes Film Festival in France is next week! As you all know Stage 32 has has worked directly with and have had an official presence at the Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film for the last 5 years. From education initiatives, partnerships and parties, Stage 32 always has our finger on the pulse of the world's biggest film festival and market.  Also, for the last 5 years Stage 32 is an official education partner of the Cannes Marche du Film. This year, our role has expanded eve…

Tune in for Cannes Film Festival Updates - Live Behind the Scenes

  And...we're off! The 2022 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and Stage 32 is all over the Croisette! For those of you who weren't able to make it to France this year we want to make sure that you, too, are part of the action.  Stop what you're doing right now, pick up your phone and go follow our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto, and Managing Director Amanda Toney: @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32   @rbwalksintoabar and @stage32     https://www…

Ask Me Anything" with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto: State of the Industry, Where We Are Headed - Now Available On-Demand

Happy Wednesday Stage 32 Community!   Since 2011, the Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Recently, our fearless leader and CEO Richard "RB" Botto hosted an "Ask Me Anything": State …

Branding Yourself Without Breaking Yourself

Because every blog is someone’s first blog, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Tennyson E. Stead, and I’m a regular contributor here on Stage 32. I’m a screenwriter with more than 50 screenplays under my belt, I’m a director, I’m a producer, I’m an old-school theater guy and I’m a cutting edge transmedia creator. My biggest credit to date is for writing a dark future gladiator tentpole called Atlas: Uprising for Emagine Content, and I&rsquo…

Coffee & Content: How to Write a Marvel Movie & Should You Move to Atlanta for Acting?

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Bonus! If you are attending Cannes this week, Stage 32 is …

Spiral Upward: The Cycle of Improvement for Professional Creatives

Following up from my previous blogs, “Finding Your Creative Tribe” and “Building Safe Spaces”, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the very individual process a professional creative must go through in order to be present for their “tribe” or be strong enough to lead a team. Especially since doing the work for yourself, BY yourself is essential. It is the foundation of everything else we create. Consider for a moment when you visit a doctor. It is…

5 Ways Research Your Way to the Top with IMDb Pro - Part 2

Months ago, I wrote a piece for the Stage 32 blog called “5 Ways to Use IMDb to Research Your Way to the Top”. That is still the foundation of getting the most out of IMDb. However, since then, IMDb has added more resources to its Pro element or things we didn’t cover before. 1. TRAILERS If you are one of those people that get to the movie theater early to catch the latest trailers, and it's one of your favorite things about the movie going experience- I’m rig…

Feedback: Friend or Foe?

At one of my many day jobs, I worked in communications for one of the world’s largest banks. Not my dream job, but I had an office, so that was cool. When I wasn’t pasting press clippings into photo albums with solid gold covers for a former chairman (a real thing that happened), I got to work a fair bit with the CEO. It’s de rigueur to demonize bankers, but this guy was actually very decent. I was with him on one occasion when he gave a speech to employees. He told a …

Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally

Today's blog comes from our fearless leader Richard "RB" Botto. Over on his Medium he has put together Three Things in the Entertainment Industry You Shouldn’t Take Personally and he is sharing them exclusively to you, the Stage 32 community. He has posted this exclusive information over on his Medium account, and we've provided an excerpt below... Enjoy Creative Army!

How I Got a Hollywood A-lister Interview

Keeping in mind the old expression that “it takes ten years to become an overnight success,” as much as we all would love a shortcut, a golden ticket, a Fast Pass, the truth is that you DO have to put in the time and get the reps. BUT, the good news is that along the way you’re starting to build the foundation to eventually make a successful pitch from, to whoever it is that you’re trying to get in front of. I’m not only talking the talk, but walking the wa…

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