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How I Partnered with Producers of The King's Speech & What I Learned Along the Way - Part 1

Part 1: A Simple, Powerful Insight Are you a writer, creative, producer, director, actor, or filmmaker?Have you struggled to find your "voice?" Is it speaking to you? If it isn't speaking to you, how can you find it? What is it and what good does it do? If you've struggled with this, my personal experience may help you. There was a time when I couldn't find the voice within. Once I discovered it, it quickly led me from obscurity to a partnership with the producers of The King's Speech…

On Set Production - How to Overcome Obstacles: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 3)

Another week, another entry in the WHAT LIES AHEAD journey. Once again, I would like to thank all of you who have dropped notes or made posts on Twitter and IG expressing your support. I've shared your messages with the team and we're all most grateful.   In part 3 of our series we move into physical production. Short preparation time and filming in 90 degree weather in Kentucky presented some massive challenges and had the crew searching for quick, logical and non-costly solution…

Monday Motivation: Another Stage 32 Writer Lands Representation

Hello Stage 32 fam! This is an especially exciting week to be in the film industry! With the Oscars on Sunday, Hollywood has a lot to be celebrating. At Stage 32, we are proud of our 11 instructors and mentors who worked on Oscar nominated projects this year! (As a side note, there’s still time to get your predictions in for our Stage 32 Academy Award 2019 Contest. It’s a lot of fun and there are some awesome prizes up for grabs. And best of all, it’s totally free!) …

Coffee & Content - Dan Harmon Writing Advice/Avoiding Procrastination & Editing in Storytelling

Good morning, Creative Army. Welcome to Sunday and another edition of Coffee & Content. First up this week, writer/showrunner Dan Harmon has never been shy about expressing his opinion or documenting his struggles as a creative. Here, he provides some writing advice and how to avoid procrastination. There are some great nuggets in here - "It doesn't have to be good - it just has to exist." - is one that stuck with me. Be sure to grab something to write on as you listen! Next, …

How a 'No' Led Me to My Own 'Yes' [A Success Story in the Making]

Since I was 12-years-old, I have always wanted to be in the entertainment business. I wanted to launch the next great entertainment company and have been pursing this ambition at great personal cost. To date, I haven't yet achieved my vision. But that's okay. Today I want to share my journey, as I suspect many of you can relate and substitute your own name for mine. A Let Down Disguised as an Encouraging Gift 2018 was a particularly hard and painful year. Once again, I found myself wi…

After the Plunge: A New Life as a Freelance Actor & Writer

Frankly, most of my life has been spent telling myself that I could never quit a survival job to become a working actor. I knew the statistics. I’ve read the data on how many aspiring actors there are. I knew it was not possible for me to be one of the lucky few who could make a living off of the craft. So, I decided long ago that I would find satisfaction in doing what I love after survival job hours. And for many years I did just that. But recently, I found momentum. I discovere…

The 7th Annual Oscars Contest Is Now Live!

It's that time of year again! Time for you to decide who will take a golden statuette home at this years Oscars. Every year we host a contest where you, our loyal Stage 32 members, get to chime in on who you think the winners will be. And you can start choosing your picks right now, as the 7th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest is now live!| Oscar winners from 2016 - 2018 Whomever has the most right answers wins. So if you think you've got what it takes, join the party and submit your choi…

Pre-Production Tips - From Budget to Locations: The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 2)

On behalf of the entire WHAT LIES AHEAD team, thank you.   The outpouring of good wishes and support from our community regarding the film (and this blog series) has humbled, inspired, and motivated us all. To feel that groundswell of support, it's as if you're taking this journey with us. We couldn't be more grateful.   Part 2 of our ongoing series detailing how the film came together focuses on the budget, in particular how we were able to keep it down utilizing limited…

Coffee & Content - Introverts & Egotists: Winning Social Media as a Creative & THR's Director Roundtable

Happy Sunday, Creative Army.  Fired up this week to bring you another edition of Coffee & Content. Let's get right after it. Every week, without exception, I receive a few dozen direct messages here on Stage 32 as well as on my Twitter & Instagram accounts from creatives looking for social media advice. Many of the curious identify themselves as introverts.  Also, without exception, I receive dozens of DM's from creatives who have no relationship with me (and man…

The PreSCRIPTion to Writer’s Block (A Fresh Look at a Common Problem)

  *Inhales* Ah yes, the smell of ammonia mixed with a hint of latex. It’s time for your regular doctor’s visit. Don’t worry, no one is going to ask you to turn your head and cough. Instead, we’re going to examine one of the major setbacks in the writing process. Often times, this drawback will be accompanied by those all too familiar warning signs: Symptoms Irritability/Mood swings Sobbing uncontrollably into your coffee mug Lack of focus An insatia…

Auditioning: This Was Supposed to Be Fun, Remember?

This is a true story. I was waiting to audition for a commercial. The door to the room opens, and the casting person has his arm around the guy who was auditioning before me. The actor was a big, bald guy, all muscle. The casting person was patting him on the back, telling him how great he was, and making sure they had his contact info. When I was called, I wanted to say, “Look, if you love that guy so much, I don’t even have to read for you.” Despite that feeling, in …

The Power of Finding Your Creative Tribe - The Making of WHAT LIES AHEAD (Part 1)

I first met William Viglione right here on Stage 32 back in early 2015.  At the time, and in the manner in which most relationships begin, we engaged in mostly small talk - writing, our goals, our strategies toward success, and so forth.  Eventually, William mentioned a script he had written called What Lies Ahead. Over the next few months, he took advantage of a Stage 32 webinar about distribution, worked with the Stage 32 Script Services and, eventually, we con…

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