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8th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest

The celebs are prepping with their glam squads and the Dolby Theatre is getting ready for one of Hollywood's biggest nights. That's right - the 92nd Oscars® are right around the corner on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020.  Here at Stage 32, we are thrilled to embark on our 8th Annual Oscars Contest. Every year, we give our community the chance to test their industry knowledge and submit their guesses for the top filmmakers in the industry. Who do you think will go home with the …

Coffee & Content - Comedy Actress Roundtable & The Art of Creativity with Taika Waititi

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I hope you are having an epic and productive 2020 so far. I've got my freshly brewed coffee and some great content for you today. Let's do this.  First off, let's check in with our friends at The Hollywood Reporter. As you are likely familiar, THR presents amazing roundtable discussions featuring industry titans from all fields in entertainment. Today, let's see what some of the leading ladies of television's biggest comedies have to say. You will hear …

3 Strategies to Help Build Creative Intimacy

Creativity requires you to stay present and connected with all that you are - your talents, skills, and vision, as well as your feelings, thoughts, and inspiration. Your most private experiences and aspects of your internal life all come together and, one creative moment at a time, they become your art. As an artist, you know what it’s like when you merge with your art. You and your art flow together and become one. It almost feels like magic. You enter into a state of creative b…

Why Every Filmmaker Should Do A 48 Hour Film Project

Seven years ago, the 48 Hour Film Project first crossed my radar. A friend told me about it and I thought the idea of making a movie in 48 hours was crazy. Five films later, I still think it’s crazy - but that’s not the point. What Is The 48 Hour Film Project? As stated above, the 48 Hour Film Project is an event where filmmakers make a film from start to finish in 48 hours. Different cities do them different weekends, so sometimes teams participate in several a year. Ther…

2020 Vision: Making New Years’ Resolutions Stick for your Creative Goals

Welcome to the new decade! The holidays are the perfect opportunity to take inventory of all the activities you have done this year and examine what has worked for you and what you need to improve on. A Resolution is only as good as the plan devised to execute it. And before the planning, comes the soul searching. Every activity we undertake in this life, be it professional, or personal, has an opportunity for growth at its core. I am offering below some questions you may want to ask…

Happy New Year - Let's Talk 2020 Goals!

Happy New Year, everyone. Hope you all had a terrific holiday season and are now ready to launch into 2020. Those of you who have been around the site for a while know that on New Year's Day we utilize the Stage 32 Blog to discuss and share our plans for the coming year. So, what are you looking to accomplish in 2020? What are your creative goals? What skills are you looking to learn? What fears are you looking to overcome? What strategies are you planning on implementing toward reachin…

Coffee & Content - Studios vs. Streaming Platforms & Actors on Actors with Tom Hanks & Renée Zellweger

Happy Sunday Creative Army! 2020 is just around the corner, and we could not be more excited for the New Year. 2019 was full of some amazing content and community here at Stage 32, and 2020 promises to be even better. Now, are you ready for the final edition of Coffee and Content 2019? Grab your coffee and get ready for some piping hot content.  Our first piece of content comes from the folks over at Variety. If you are unfamiliar, Variety curates an amazing series called Actors o…

How to Make Friends in the Film Business: Resetting the Intention of Networking

Last year, I had the devastating privilege of teaching television and film production to teenagers. Yes, oxymoron intended. Two things became clear early on: these students had no respect for the equipment because they were issued cameras like pacifiers, nor did they understand the value of their human resources due to the emphasis put squarely on technology above all. Guess what we did for the first week? We learned about networking. Man, were they mad. Then again, that could have been …

Breakthrough Film Performances of 2019

With the Oscar nominations coming in hot at the top of 2020 - we are all thinking back on our favorite performances of 2019. Naturally, it is easy to pick out some long-time beloved A-list actors. After all, there was some stellar talent displayed from our Hollywood favs this year.  However, what about some of the unexpected names, faces, and performances to come out of 2019 films? Our friends over at IndieWire put together a list of some of the most note-worthy breakthrough perfor…

To IMDb or Not To IMDb

To IMDb or Not to IMDb? Indeed, that is the question, lately… here on Stage 32. Many experienced players on this site – myself included – are surprised that this is even a debate. How can having your credits listed on the actual, “Internet Movie Data Base,” be harmful to your career? Moreover, if it even helps you a little bit, in such a competitive business, how can you resist doing so? Obviously, there is a little sarcasm in the above paragraph. IMDb …

Self-Tape Success: Seven Strategies for the Actor, Director, and Reader

Roll Tape… And… Action! There’s no doubt about it—self-tape auditions are all the rage and certainly here to stay. And, with pilot season fast upon us, the timing is perfect for talking about what makes a self-audition submission likely to succeed. A quick Internet search will yield an abundance of self-tape how-to articles and videos, which is great, and I encourage you to watch and read them. But they mostly focus on the technical aspects of the process (cam…

AMA with Stage 32's Richard Botto: I Have a Producer For My Project, Should I Get an Agent?

Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto offers a free webinar called 'Ask me Anything'. Quite often - a question that comes up, in one form or another, is "should I get an agent"? As entertainment professionals, our careers are built upon our teams. From agents and managers, to writing partners and cast mates - this industry is built on relationships.  In this week's episode of "Ask Me Anything", RB is going to answer a more specific version of this query. "If I have a producer for my proj…

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