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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…

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, …

I Simply Let My Work Speak For Itself

Stage 32 member and costume designer Rachael Kras is an artist with an extensive background in the professional performing arts. She’s worked on productions such as Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Sweeny Todd (among others) all stemming from her incredible training and pedigree in….(double take)…computer network operations? Huh? Don’t back track. You read that right. Rachael has been the resident Costume Designer for Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouve…

I Live For Independent Film

Today I welcome a Stage 32 member that really needs no introduction, producer, writer, director and the Founder of the Raindance Film Festival, Elliot Grove. Elliot has been around the industry for over 20 years through his festival and has helped debut many critically acclaimed independent films including What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Once, and even Christopher Nolan's first film The Following. It's Elliot's undying love for independent cinema and the independent filmmaker that has earne…

Part I: Finding Signs & Meanings on My Creative Journey to 'McFarland USA'

Today we welcome Stage 32 member and actor, Omar Leyva. Omar is a passionate actor and artist who can be seen in films such as McFarland, USA, The Gambler, Pineapple Express and Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and in TV shows such as Scorpion, Ray Donovan, Community, Heroes, 24, Entourage and dozens more. Omar is a passionate creative who thrives on challenges and connecting with the human experience. He believes that acting unleashes our creativity and shows us the limitless potential of thoug…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (February 13, 2015)

Welcome to the weekend, everyone. It’s been quite a week here at Stage 32. We’ve had thousands of new members join the site and our success stories have been accelerating at a staggering rate. We highlighted quite a few of them earlier this week on the blog. You can view them here. Our congratulations to all who have found success through Stage 32. Speaking of success, our dear friend David Rountree, premieres his film CUT! tonight in Hollywood. David used 30 Stage 32 membe…

'Lost': The Musical - Making Comedy Gold

4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42. For six seasons those of us who tuned into Lost week after week will never forget the journey we took with Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. Now, as Lost is celebrating it’s 10-year anniversary, two talented Stage 32 members have brought back all we loved and -- well – put up with about Lost. Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon independently wrote and produced Lost: The Musical, which has recently played to sold-out crowds in L…

Find Your Cause - Stella Adler and Me

Today's guest post comes from Stage 32 member, Sheana Ochoa.  Sheana received a Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California and has written for online outlets such as Salon and CNN. She is also a freelance editor and writer, regularly contributing to the award winning website TheNextFamily and The Levantine Review. In 2013 Sheana launched her arts blog, SLAM: News, Views and Musings. She also inaugurated the One-Act Play festival at th…

Making It

As Sinatra famously sang, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. Today's guest blogger, Kimberly Faye Greenberg, set out to conquer Big Apple stages twelve years ago and she's been working consistently ever since. She's a force of nature and a testament to the fact that when it comes to furthering your career, what you do offstage is as important as what you do onstage. In this guest post, and with true collaborative spirit, Kimberly generously shares so…

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