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How Do You Stay Motivated as a Writer?

At one point or another, every writer has struggled with finding motivation - whether it is their character's motivation in a scene or their own personal motivation to actually write at all.  Fortunately, you are not alone in this feeling. Writers of all levels struggle with this issue. In this week's episode our FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything", Stage 32 Founder and CEO Richard "RB" Botto and Stage 32's Director of Script Services Jason Mirch answer the question, "How do you stay mo…

A Guide to Successful Self Promotion for Screenwriters

It’s not uncommon to dream about becoming a screenwriter. You see your words and ideas come to life on TV and movie screens worldwide. That’s fascinating. Have fun with it and never let go! However, Hollywood has changed in the past years, so screenwriters have to know how to promote themselves. If you don’t have an agent or a manager to help you out, then it might be difficult to establish yourself as a successful professional. You’ll have to do everything on you…

"I am Pretty Pumped for this Next Phase": The Thing All Creatives Must Do Before Leaving this Decade

Good Morning Stage 32 Family! Welcome to December and the month of this decade! Can you believe it?! I have seen so many posts and photos floating around the Socials recently, “Me in 2009 vs Me in 2019.” I find it so interesting that we take great effort to consider how our physical appearance has changed, but don’t really consider how other aspects of our lives - especially our creative endeavors - have evolved over the course of the last 10 years. Granted, it doesn&rs…

Coffee & Content - Hollywood Actors Share their Success Stories, plus How to Direct a Short Film

Happy Sunday Creative Army! The temperature is dropping outside, so I hope your coffee is extra hot today! We have some more great content to share with you on this fine December Sunday. Are you ready? First up, we have an epic video for all of you actors out there - Hollywood Actors Share their Secrets to Success, from Film Courage. This amazing piece of content features dozens of interviews with actors such as James Franco, Miles Teller, Mandy Moore, and Aaron Paul to name a few.&nb…

The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time

If laughter is the best medicine, then somebody write me a prescription for a good comedy! If you are in need of a little pick-me-up, or just want to spend an hour and a half with some of your favorite characters, look no further than your favorite comedic film.  Need some funny film suggestions? The BBC asked over 250 film critics what their top ten picks for best comedy of all time were - and the folks over at BBC compiled their answers to bring you the Top 100 Comedies of All Ti…

How to Keep Sane and Healthy During a Busy Festival Season

Rob Margolies, the director of my last film ‘Yes’, likes to tease me by saying that I “hibernate” on my days off. He isn’t wrong. There are so few days off in my life right now that I guess you can call what I do “hibernation.” We started our festival journey in Los Angeles. We premiered the film ‘Yes’ (which I wrote, starred in, and co-produced) for the very first time on June 22nd, 2019 at the world-famous Chinese Theatre in Hollywo…

How My Spiritual Journey Led Me to a New Way of Seeing Three Act Structure

It’s amazing that when the universe wants you to know about something, you will end up learning about it if you take heed of the signs. For years, I had just wanted to be happy, and the universe, or God, as some people prefer, was finally answering my prayer. But first, before I get into all that, I have to start at the beginning. The Beginning of My Spiritual Journey I had been born into a Jehovah’s Witness family, but by the time I was a senior in college, I began to have…

Two New Yorkers in Hollywood: How Do You Approach Someone You'd Like to Work With, but Don't Know (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

We all know the age-old-adage about show business: "It's not what you know, it's who you know.  So how do you get to know these magical gatekeepers of Hollywood? Do you bombard their office with postcards with your face on it? (No.) Do you Google sleuth to find out their home address and send them homemade cookies? (Definitely not, don't be creepy.) Do you find common ground (alma mater, hometown, etc) and compose a clever, short, personalized message to them? (Bingo.)  In t…

How to Have Successful Q & A’s at Film Festivals

It is thrilling after all your work on a film, to have the exhilarating experience of a dynamic and successful Q & A at a film festival with a packed audience. Conversely, most of us have experienced the shock of seeing a Q &A where no questions were asked. Worse, is having your short screened with others and ending up the only one not having a questioned asked after hearing, “Well, guys, that’s all we have time for as the next film is coming in”. You Can Pack …

Coffee & Content - Directing Tips from Sundance Directors & A Career Retrospective with Eddie Murphy

Happy December Creative Army! I've got my coffee brewing and some white-hot content coming your way. First up, The Take speaks with some Sundance-official directors about the craft of directing films. They answer questions like: What's your process for working with actors? What are some visual techniques you've used? and more! Next, for all you comedy fans out there, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation recently sat down with the legendary Eddie Murphy to talk about his amazing career over…

Read Some 2020 Oscar Contender Screenplays

With 2020 just around the corner, we are all speculating potential Oscar contenders. We all have our guesses, but the folks over at Entertainment Weekly have already put together their 2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions.  This list details everything from "Top 5" to "longshots" in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay.  Read More: Enter…

16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever

We shared a table full of food, family, and friendship yesterday - but there is still more of Thanksgiving left to love. Instead of battling the Black Friday madness at the mall, feast on leftovers at home and soak up the last bit of Thanksgiving spirit with the 16 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes and Specials Ever brought to you by The Wrap.  From unforgettable Friends episodes (...Turkey on Monica's head - iconic) to Turkey-day episodes of Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Bob's Burg…

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