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How I Produced a 17-actor SAG-AFTRA Web Series During a Pandemic

What are 17 actors (average age 62) supposed to do during a worldwide pandemic when staying at home is required or advised and film/TV production shuts down and then only partially resumes? Create their own content. Several years ago, Sandy Gulliver established a Facebook group for members to support each other and arrange social get-togethers by sharing information about their shows/films/events or those they wanted to attend. In the summer of 2020, Sandy arranged Zoom meetings so peo…

Albany joins NY & LA in Offering the Biggest Paychecks for Acting Jobs

Creatives are one group of people that make cities interesting. It’s their work output that generates interest and emotions and makes a place stand out from the rest. But which are the best locations for them? There are currently more than 4 million creative workers in the US, from artists, musicians and actors to architects, writers, and marketers, according to data from the US Census. A recent study from STORAGECafé, looked at the country’s top 100 biggest metros to…

How to Create a Home Voice Over Studio on a Budget

How to Create a Home VO Studio on a Budget - Sound like a professional in your first audition! In 2021 you Need a Voiceover Studio in Your Home Many voice actors I work with have been working from their homes for most if not their entire careers. However, there are a large number of actors in the major markets who didn’t need to take that step due to the nature of their work or their locations. Thanks to a pandemic that’s forced us all to stay home, a new normal is for…

Designing Your Creative Year: Plotting vs. Pantsing

It must be the storyteller in me, but I love endings and beginnings. December and January are my two favorite months of the year, in part because of the way they invite us to pause and reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. I’m a planner and a goal-setter by nature and by practice, and I thought I’d share with you how I design my creative year by approaching it like a story. As I’m sure you’ve all discovered, there’s a long-standing…

Stage 32 Never Stops Working for our Screenwriters: Comedy Contest Winner Lands More Meetings Through Stage 32

Good morning Stage 32 Creative Crew! We're back for the first Monday Motivation post of 2021 - and it's a good one. One thing I constantly emphasize to the community is that the Stage 32 team never stops pushing and working on our members' behalf. We are constantly looking for new opportunities for our members and ways in which we can kick down the doors of the industry and achieve professional success. And in that spirit, when a screenwriter wins one of our contests, the support do…

Coffee & Content: Creating The Queen's Gambit & Director's Roundtable with Oliver Stone & Barry Jenkins

Happy Sunday Creative Army! Have you had a creative weekend so far? I have some content here for you that is sure to get the creative juices flowing, so grab your coffee and let's dive in. First up, Netflix recently released a video about the making of The Queen's Gambit. Since its release, The Queen's Gambit has been viewed by over 62 million people. Chess set sales have gone up 90% in the US with chess books sales rising a staggering 600% according to Variety since The Queen's Gambit…

Top 10 Lounge Posts: 2021 Begins with Learning by Doing

Happiest of New Years, Stage 32-ers! I hope you all are taking it easy after the holiday excitement, but I also hope you’ve set your sights on conquering your creative journey! Crawling. Striding. Dancing. However you find yourself in the New Year, I hope you’ve had quality time with loved ones, time to reflect on the past year, and found inspiration for how to move forward this year. Wait… how DO we move forward? The creative journey and the professional journey a…

2020 Entertainment Business Overview & What to Expect in 2021

Long-time Stage 32 member, blog contributor, webinar teacher, and international film & distribution aficionado, David Zannoni has series of exclusive Stage 32 blogs and vlogs to keep you up-to-date on the business of film across the globe. Today, David gives an overview of the entertainment business in 2020, and lets you know what you expect in 2021 in his exclusive Stage 32 vlog. You will learn about: How theaters and studios are dealing with pandemic movie theater clo…

Paying Rent With the Power of Screenwriting

Happy New Year, Stage 32! Each in our own way, I suspect this new year brings us all our share of hard-won conclusions, new beginnings, and fresh perspectives. To invite you into my own New Year’s celebrations, I’m going to reveal some personal details: NEVER A DULL MOMENT Back in 2013, as many of you will recall, I was struck in the head with a sword on the set of a sci-fi webseries. My crippling brain injury lasted the better part of a decade. In many ways, it changed the…

Don't Hesitate - How to Conquer Your Entertainment Career in 2021

Hesitation is the death of progression.  Twelve years ago, I was walking through the halls at Lawrence Technological University when I came upon a flyer for a student group that put on play productions. With no experience and a lot of curiosity, I quietly stepped into their Thursday night meeting nervous as hell. In fact, nervousness is an understatement as I was scared shitless. Thinking back, this small and simple decision would set the foundation and help shape my life for the …

8 Tips to Kick Start Your Acting Career in 2021

I have been a full-time actor for 34 + years. When I first started in the industry, I knew nothing and had no connections. It was very difficult breaking in. I did things by trial and error and spent money on things that were not helpful. It took me years to finally understand what both actors and models need to do in order to give themselves their best chance for success. So far, I have been booked 1,275 times in acting and commercial print projects. I was cast in a recurring role on H…

"Ask Me Anything" F@#$ 2020 EDITION with Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto Now Available On-Demand!

Over the last year, the entire Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home.   2020 was not without its faults, but there has never been a better time to take stock of your career and get re…

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