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6 Tips To Crush Your Interview At A Hollywood Talent Agency

Want to write, act, direct, negotiate, produce, walk a celebrity’s dog? Whatever your dream gig is, if you’re trying to break into Hollywood, there’s no better place to start than a talent agency. Everything you could ever need to launch a successful career is behind those spotless, heavy glass doors in Beverly Hills — or Culver City, you know who you are. The best (and worst) scripts to read. Contacts who will put your resume in the right hands and lie about how …

When You Want It You Do It!

Once, back in Russia, I parked my car overnight near my house instead of parking it in the garage. The next morning, I was preparing to take my little daughter to the swimming pool when my next-door neighbor suddenly grabbed my attention. He was so agitated! He spoke very, very fast, pointing to the back of my vehicle. I couldn't understand what he was saying, so I went to him and to my huge surprise, I realized that the back tires were gone. Neat, accurate rectangular red brick structur…

It’s Not Hard to Take Charge: A Woman’s POV on Directing Films

As a woman, I'm sometimes asked why I picked a male dominated business to be in. My response is always the same, “Besides nursing and teaching (with the exception of university, then the workplace mostly consists of males), most professions are already male dominated.” They stop and think about it and then say, “You’re right.” Any woman that wants to have a professional career of her own must always compete among the men. So I have had to learn to adjust mys…

Stage32.com Party At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Meet our Members

 Meet Stage 32 members from all over the world who have had success using Stage32.com!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)

Greetings from the Cannes Film Festival! Deep in the planning for our panels, parties and meetups, not to mention a full slate of meetings on the agenda, so no big opening this week. But, fear not! I’ve still collected a wide and varied list of news and information for you to enjoy this weekend. As always, I welcome discussion and debate on any of the content below in the Comments section! Bonjour! RB

From 'Real to Reel': The Three E’s of an Independent Filmmaker

If I ever told my mother that I was homeless when I stayed in Savannah, GA for film school, she would have killed me.  I remember the day I graduated from Virginia State University and thinking to myself… 'What the hell am I going to do now that I graduated school?' I just received my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, but I knew that was not what I wanted to do. My heart wasn’t in it at all. I knew what I wanted to do, what I wanted to be, but I just d…

To Edit Or Not To Edit - That Is The Question

I believe that no matter whether a piece of work is a full length epic novel, a screenplay or short article, if you're planning to present your work to a publisher, producer or any other form of media, your work should be presented at the highest standard possible.     I get asked by a lot of writers, "does presentation really matter, as long as the content is great?" YES, it does matter, because if someone is reading your work and all they can see are glaring spelling, g…

4 Tips for Building a Novel Writing Career Right Now (no waiting!)

I wrote my first book when I was five years old. Ok, 'book' may be a bit strong. What I wrote was five pages of a story, on notebook paper, front and back. I stapled this along the left-hand side and finished it with a nice masking tape binding. I even did a custom illustrated cover and a hand-lettered synopsis on the back. The finest in artisanal publishing. Of course, when I brought it to school the next day, my teacher and my fellow students laughed. “Real books aren’t …

On the Page Podcast - 5 Things to Avoid When Pitching a Screenplay

Last week, President of the Stage 32 Happy Writers, was a guest on Pilar Alessandra's top ranked screenwriting podcast, On the Page. In this enjoyable 45 minute interview, Joey discussed: - The President he's related to - The origins and history of the Stage 32 Happy Writers - The number of Stage 32 Happy Writers Success Stories - 5 Things EVERY writer should avoid when pitching This is one informative and entertaining podcast. Our thanks to Pilar for having Joey as a guest and f…

Creatives: We're In a League of Our Own

Today I welcome back to the Stage 32 Blog longtime Stage 32 member, Ron Greenfield. Ron spent the early part of his career in New York City as a film graphic art director, designing and producing trailers for Star Trek, Escape from Alcatraz, Reds and Raiders of the Lost Ark before joining CBS/FOX as a creative executive. While at CBS/FOX, Ron conceived the first home video campaigns for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as many of Woody Allen's early films. In Los Angeles, …

Advice on Receiving Script Coverage

There are a lot of things that go into being a successful writer and having an outside person review your material for coverage is inevitably part of the process. If you are a writer yourself, or if you are working on a project with a writer, you will come to learn that often times writers can be precious of their material. Today, Stage 32 Founder & CEO, RB, discusses how that mindset isn't always the best tactic for the business.  In this 8-minute clip RB goes over all the emo…

Finding and Pursuing your Passion

Today I welcome long time Stage 32 member Justin Sloan to the Stage 32 Blog. Justin is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter and currently writes full time for Telltale Games on such titles as Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones. Justin studied his craft at the Johns Hopkins University MA writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting. Additionally, he has published short fiction and poetry. As if all th…

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