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Aside From Crowdsourcing, What Gives Me a Competitive Advantage in the Film Industry?

We’ve learned in the Crowdsourcing video series that in order to get ahead with any creative project, you need to have a competitive advantage. Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, an undeniably powerful book that delves into one of the film industry's best kept secrets: CrowdSOURCING. And the more you discover about crowdsourcing, the more you understand that it truly gives yo…

My Time At Hollyshorts: Making the Transition From Writer to Filmmaker

As a writer, your mind runs a million miles an hour fueled by high octane dreams, inspirations, and real-life memories. Your grey-matter cylinders are pumping away as your fingers bludgeon a keyboard, so much so to the point you probably should apologize to it afterwards. It’s because there’s always something missing. Some gaping hole within you that you need to fill, and you believe that creating some sort of literary art will help fill that, if only for the moment. That hun…

How Your Favorite Coming of Age Novel Shaped You

Off the top of your head, without thinking, what was your favorite coming of age novel? Mine was, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I had to read it because all of the junior high school girls were reading it and talking about the "sex scene" it in. And of course, I had to read that sex scene. It would be my first book that dove into sex and I was very excited about learning more. It wasn't that great. But the book was. I remember that. Which is why I felt compelled to share th…

What Kinds of Things Can You Crowdsource for Your Creative Project?

In the next video of our Crowdsourcing series, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd and Stage 32’s CEO, shares things you can crowdsource for your creative project. If you’ve been following the series, you know that building an audience first can help enhance your crowdfunding campaign because you’ve already taken the time to seek out dedicated followers. But what if you could crow…

Stage 32 Members Creating Opportunities & Working Together to Produce Projects!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! It's Monday morning and we are buzzing at Stage 32!  We have so much to be excited about from the last few weeks that it is hard to know where to begin. As you know, Stage 32's Founder and CEO Rich "RB" Botto and Managing Director, Amanda Toney just returned after incredible trips to the Raindance Film Festival in the UK, where Stage 32 screened our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and Hamburg FilmFest in Germany! In addition, we also just an…

What Fish Can Teach Us About [Not] Giving Up

I have a secret to tell you. About two weeks after my pilot shoot, I wanted to give up. And not just for that day. For about 45 days after that. And then forever, really. I was tired, burned out, frustrated with a crew member, and suddenly completely unsure of why I had just invested thousands of dollars to do what I did. I wanted to give up. My other half told me what I was experiencing was natural and that before long, I would be back in the saddle. Turns out what he said is true. B…

Another Stage 32 Partnership Announcement - Joining Forces With the Austin Film Festival!

Fresh off the heels of our expanding partnerships with Cannes, Raindance, Hollyshorts, and AFM (more on that shortly) and our new partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission and the Hamburg Film Festival, we're proud to announce that we have now joined forces with the prestigious Austin Film Festival. For starters, we'll be screening our 4th Annual Short Film Program during the festival.  So far this program has screened at Hollyshorts, Raindance and now we're excited…

You Are the CEO of Your Creative Career - Take Control!

Greetings from London where we just finished our sold-out screening of our 4th Annual Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival.  It was fantastic to see so many of our educators and executives in attendance, at our afterparty, and during our meetings throughout the week.  We'll be sharing more here on the blog soon. Those of you who know me have heard me stress that too many creatives focus nearly exclusively on their craft.  They don't take the time to keep on top of …

Screenwriters! Let's Finish the Year Strong Together!

Good morning Stage 32 family! Welcome to another Monday of what I hope will be a creative and productive week for everyone. We’ve come to the end of September which means that Fall is officially upon us and we are in the last quarter of the year! So far, it has been an amazing year with so many successes for us all to celebrate. And we’ve had an awesome summer capped off by a fantastic month of September. In the first week of September, I was fortunate to host a Stage 32 me…

Mistakes, Learning & Love: Why I Share My Experiences in Blog Posts

There are lots of things I think about. But what I think most about, is WHY. More specifically, why people do the things they do. "Why" is the primary question I ask any potential client. And it’s something regularly ask myself, too. Why have I worked as a talent manager for almost three decades? Because I have a passion for making people feel something they’ve never felt before. And representing great talent is the best way for me to achieve that. Why do I write these b…

We're Not Boring! The "Reality" Side of a Writer's Life

Growing up I had a love for books and movies. When Stranger Than Fiction came out I fell in love with the writing. But more importantly, I fell in love with the value of two forms of entertainment rolled into the ticket price of one movie. It was value I enjoyed so much, that I wanted to be more than an author; I wanted my books to be optioned for movies. When the first real literary success came across my life path I went headlong into daydreams of the silver screen. These flights of …

The Art of Showing Up: 7 Things Creatives Must Practice to Succeed

  The most important thing in life is showing up. I am blown away by your ability to show up. (Keanu Reeves, Hard Ball)   Prologue Primarily being a writer, and one who does a lot of historical research, I spend a lot of time alone. So, when I’m hired as an actor, director, storyteller, or teacher, it gives me an opportunity to test my philosophies of keeping motivated and inspired and doing the same for others. For three weeks in June I toured as Marxist revolutiona…

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