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5 Tips to Actually Be A Working Actor

I decided to get into film and TV later in life. I was more than ten years "behind," compared to the people who moved to L.A. at 18. Needless to say when I finally decided to become an actress, I had no credits on my resume. To get them, I needed to book jobs ASAP. I knew I couldn't book the things I wanted without a resume, so I dove in hard. I did research on every aspect of the business because that's my personality. However, you don't have to. To help you get booked, here are five ti…

Actors, Stop Giving So Much on Set. Less is Actually More.

If you’ve shot a film and either edited it yourself or watched an editor do it, than you know that editing different shots together can create a whole new meaning not already present in the original shots. It’s called the Kuleshov Effect, and when it was birthed in the early 1920’s by soviet filmmaker Lev Kuleshov, it changed the way filmmakers told their story. According to independent filmmaker Mark Duggan, actors can learn from this historic, cinematic effect, and a…

5 Reasons it Pays For Actors To Get into Voice Acting

If you caught the blog post How to Break into Voice Acting, then you know what it takes to get in the game. In this second post by voice acting mentor and speaker Stephanie Ciccarelli, she dives deep into why voice acting is just as relevant as stage and screen acting, and a fantastic way to supplement your income. Have friends doing voice over jobs online who are able to work from wherever they are, whenever they want? It may drive you crazy to hear about auditioning from home in their…

Coffee & Content - 5 Worst Screenwriting Habits & Walking Into the Audition Room

Hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.  Let's amp it up further with a little Coffee & Content action. First up, a Film Courage video featuring one of our very own.  Mark Sanderson is not only very active in the Stage 32 community, but is constantly helping writers behind the scenes as well.  Here he discusses what he believes are the 5 worst habits screenwriters fall into. Next up, some quality advice from Emmy Award winning casting director, Holly Powell.&nbs…

The 20th Century Fox Merger: A New Beginning? Or a Tragic End?

Family feuds, bad blood, near bankruptcy, and stories that would shake the #metoo movement today, all aided in what author Leonard Maltin calls the Death of 20th Century Fox. His words come after the July 27th sale of Fox to Disney. Maltin recollects the massive movies made on today's Century City lot with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Movie attendance was at an all time high after the Second World War, but sank incredibly after the introduction of television. But is the acq…

How to make an Improv Short Film: When Rehearsal is Performance

If you are an actor working to build your reel or a filmmaker looking to hone your craft, working on improv based short films can be a great way to experiment with the short film form and begin building a body of work. I first got the opportunity to collaborate with improv actors about twoyears ago, and since then I’ve produced over a dozen improv based short films. When you are first starting out as a filmmaker, it can be difficult to pull together the resources needed to find a f…

Hollyshorts + Stage 32 Film Conference

Over the past few years, we've been honored to be recognized by many in the industry as the leaders in online education for content creators and film & television professionals. As the education partner for AT&T, Cannes and AFM (to name a few), we've been proud to program a variety of panels, talks and workshops which have been presented to creatives all over the world. Now, we're thrilled to announce we're extending our relationship with Hollyshorts. For the last 3 years, we've…

Why Age Is Simply a Number

To begin, My name is Mu-Shaka Benson. I’m an actor from Upstate New York and, like many others, I started my acting journey in my 30’s. When I began to pursue acting I heard an array of comments ranging from “don’t quit your day job” to “aren’t you too old for that?” It was a struggle to deal with in the beginning because a lot of those comments came from precisely the same people who you’d want to have your back. My family, my frien…

Coffee & Content - 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films & 5 Tips for Acting

Welcome to Sunday, everyone. And another edition of Coffee & Content. From our friends at IndyMogul, and for all those making or thinking about producing/filming a short film, it's the appropriately titled 7 Things to Know About Making Short Films! Next up, it's 5 Tips for Acting brought to you by the good peeps at Film Riot. There you have it...Short and sweet. A quick word of thanks to all who have taken the time in recent weeks to share and comment on this content.  While…

Look to The Stars

“The whole idea of creation is mysterious and wonderful, it’s a bottomless craft, which is why I love it so much.” -Uta Hagen It is important for actors to look up to other actors as a source of inspiration and hope. But more than hero worship, they can serve to challenge us to greatness. I urge actors to keep a running list of other actors they admire and to seek out similar qualities within themselves. When I was first starting out on the acting path my heroes were …

Coffee & Content - Why You Procrastinate (And How to Stop) & Creating Meaningful Relationships as a Creative

Happy Sunday, guys!  Hope you're having a great weekend.  It's been an inspiring one around these parts with another lively edition of Introduce Yourself weekend.  If you haven't posted or contributed, you're missing out on what's been a July record for new connections made here on Stage 32.  Join the biggest online networking party here. For Coffee and Content this week, I have two items I think you'll find inspiring and motivating.  First up, I often receive l…

Coffee & Content - The Magic Ingredient That Brings Pixar Movies to Life & Advice From Tom Hiddleston

Welcome to another edition to Coffee & Content.  Hope you're all enjoying your weekend! First up this week, it's no secret that Pixar has a knack for telling great stories.  But how does the magic happen time and again?  How about a TedTalk on the subject?  Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how …

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