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Success Isn't About Money (It Never Was)

I have spent all of my life (and I mean all of it), striving for success. Even as I write this, I just wrapped a 5-day shoot of an original pilot I wrote, and am wading through the throes of post production, including a crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash I exhausted shooting it. So basically, I'm broke. Yet I feel so damn successful. High level executives don't know about the project yet.Yet I feel so damn successful.My name isn't on the screen yet boasting - Written and Created b…

Following Flaubert's Advice: Survival Skills for the Writer

Some time ago, an acquaintance at my local coffee house made the following comment about a writer’s life, quoting Gustave Flaubert: “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” I had been living this way for some time. As I worked and put myself through graduate school, I made time to write. Writing had been part of my life for over a decade. So what does it mean to be “steady and well-ordered in life so that you…

Dear Bradley: What Does it Take to Break into Acting? [ & Other Filmmaking Questions]

Hi, Everyone! Welcome back to the Dear Bradley Vlog. Every month I'm going to be answering your most burning filmmaking questions. If you have one, please submit your questions in the comments below or via Instagram @Bradley_Gallo. Be very specific and I will personally answer your question the best I can. Some answers will come in long form and others in a lightening round (multiple questions with 15 second answers). Some of you will have the same question and so we will combine those.…

Vulnerability, Strength, and Resilience in the Life of the Artist

As an artist, you live in a very unique world. You get to express the fullness of who you are. You have the opportunity to leave something meaningful behind that will impact generations. It’s a privilege to bring value to the world simply by expressing and living your passion. At the same time, you take on unique challenges. Your artistic life is filled with pressure, rejection, competition, and unknowns. You have to have courage, show up, and take risks... You also have to know …

Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest Leads to a Huge Meeting for Screenwriter

Happy Monday Stage 32 Creative Family! I hope those of you in the States who celebrated the July 4th holiday had an amazing long weekend! And for our friends abroad, I hope you enjoyed you regular sized weekend just as much! It's Monday and I am excited to bring you another success story from one of Stage 32's original members. I am a big fan of Sarah J. Eagen for a number of reasons, but I am most impressed by her entrepreneurial spirit and ability to pivot in her career. That takes tal…

Creatives and Depression: Are They Linked?

When the book Van Gogh Blues was brought to my attention, I read it with fervor. I was still in my 30's and struggling to understand why creating, writing, and being artistic made me so damn sad sometimes. Not when I was in it, but when it seemed to reach an "endpoint." I allowed myself to accept that creativity and depression were linked, and carried on through my creative endeavors with as much positivity and freshness as possible. Of course, there are times I still struggle. Perha…

Celebrating our Regular Contributors [Posts that Are Upleveling Careers]

The fireworks are over and it's a brand new day, but we still have lots to celebrate here at Stage 32, not the least of which are our regular blog post guest contributors. We are, in fact, grateful for every single post that has ever come our way, regular contributor or not. All of our contributors selflessly offer their time and expertise to all of you, so that our community can grow with inspiration and education. Without these posts, so many of us would still be browsing other sites…

How Identifying with Criticism Can Destroy Us

I had an uncomfortable experience recently with a writer friend who experienced a failed pitch to a significant producer. He spent weeks honing the pitch, hiring pitch-stars to coach him, practicing in front of his mirror, his cat, and me. And then, the morning of the big meeting and the dog-and-pony show began. Twelve minutes after he started, he was standing at the elevators waiting to get in his car, and cry. The next day we spoke. “Twelve minutes!” He moaned to me.&ldqu…

"Night at the Museum" AD on How to Become an Assistant Director in Hollywood

Marty Eli Schwartz is an Assistant Director on films like Night at the Museum and The Leisure Seeker. Stage 32 caught up with him at Film Con in Hollywood where he shared advice on how to become an assistant director in Hollywood.   Click Here For Marty's Advice!       Remember, if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube page, make sure you do so you don't miss any of our announcements. Let's hear your thoughts in the comments below! Got an idea for a post? …

Bullshit Lies My Film Professor Taught Me About Hollywood

I had a professor who worked on the show Prison Break and I went to visit him on the set one year. I was on the call sheet! Intern. First day of the shoot, my professor, the director of the episode that week, asked for me to get him a “coffee.” All right. Coffee. Um...I don’t drink coffee. Nor did I at the time. My past experience with coffee was nil. Perhaps if I had thrown it down my gullet in high school, I could have elevated to a loftier university than Arizona S…

How To Successfully Pitch to a Hollywood Gatekeeper: Advice from a Fellow Stage 32 Writer

Happy Monday, Stage 32 Creatives! We're not only kicking off a new week, we're kicking off a new month! Welcome to July! I hope you are all taking creative momentum into the heart of summer. Now is the time to write something, pitch something, get outside and shoot something! Your creative destiny is in your hands, so do the work and make it count! And in that spirit, I want to introduce the author of our Monday Motivation story.  I have just recently had the pleasure of meeting Sta…

Exploring Death in Dark Comedy

As writer's we continually search for fresh perspectives and angles when we put pen to paper. It goes without saying that "everything" has been written about, but what makes a serial drama worth watching is a unique angle with colorful characters who are willing to go places that we haven't been to in a long time, if at all. Like death. Some would argue that Dead to Me an Russian Doll do just that. On a personal note, I think Dead to Me speaks to death in a way that we haven't seen b…

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