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Do You Need a Writing Coach? 5 Reasons To Help You Decide

If you read the title of this post and scoffed as you begin reading this very sentence thinking, “Pfft. A writing coach. DUMB. Why on earth would I waste my time with a writing coach?” I get it. I used to think the same thing. I mean, why, when there are so many resources out there (books, webinars, online classes, masterminds, workshops), would you need to fork over a couple grand for a writing coach? For the record, I’m not here to convince you that working with a…

May Is Member Appreciation Month

As our way of saying thank you for being a loyal member of the Stage 32 community, we have marked May as our Stage 32 Member Appreciation Month. What that means for you is that if you've had your eye on any of our on-demand webinars, for the entire month of May they will be only $39. Whether you're looking to expand your craft, or learn more about the business, there is a Stage 32 Next Level Webinar available for you. To take the next step to improving your skills. Here's just some of…

Casting Call for Stage 32 Short Film Contest Winner

Stage 32's partnership with the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Film Commission continues as we announce that we are beginning pre-production for the short film script selected as the winner of our Short Film Script Contest.    Screenwriter/director Tanya Carleton Lovrics from Niagara Falls, Canada has officially opened up the casting call for her screenplay DOLPHIN GIRL. Tanya is being mentored by Sundance alum writer/director, JT Mollner and will be flown to Florida thi…

Kickstart Your Creativity – 30 Tips!

A recent poll of creatives found that 37% experience the greatest dip in their creativity on Saturday. But not you, right? You’re going to use today to start, continue or shore up that creative project. Even if that’s not the case, or if you’ve lately found yourself in a creative lull, courtesy of our friends at lifehack.org, here are 30 inspiring and motivational tips to kickstart your creativity. Enjoy!   Surround yourself with creative people.Hang out wit…

Cannes Roll Call - Who's Going? Who Has Films?

Hey guys. The 70th Cannes Film Festival is right around the corner, so stay tuned for an update of Stage 32's happenings at Cannes.   In the meantime, we'd love to hear from all the Stage 32 members who are planning on attending the fest along with those who will have films playing in the festival. Last year we had an incredible 33 Stage 32 members who had films screen at Cannes - 2 of those films went on to compete for Oscars: Toni Erdmann and My Life as a Zucchini.…

Never Let Rejection Define You

If you've been around Stage 32 for any length of time, you know we believe that a positive mindset is paramount to finding success as a creative. We must draw inspiration and positivity from like-minded individuals who fully understand the challenges of the creative journey.   As you also know, we're big believers in paying it forward. Nothing is more rewarding than sharing our experiences and knowledge with others. To us, this is a major aspect of the collaborative process. &nbs…

I Wasn’t An Actor When This Thing Started - My Journey

Today's guest blogger, Dan Jablons, is proof positive that when you realize you are meant to be a creative, nothing stops you, not even a full time business executive job. Having jumped at the chance to audition for, shall we say, a "unique" national commercial, the acting bug bit Dan and he never looked back. Soon, he found himself on set with Larry David showcasing his improv chops. Below, Dan shares his hilarious journey and how he realized that, as an actor, you can never take yours…

Filmmakers: Your Payroll & Production Accountant Guide

What is payroll? Payroll is a list of a company’s employees and the amount of money they are to be paid. In the entertainment industry, most productions rely on the services of a payroll company. The payroll company is typically listed as the employer of record.  What are the responsibilities of a payroll company? Takes care of both above-the-line and below-the-line employee payments. Provides Workers’Compensation Insurance. Pay all appropriate payroll taxes and u…

Coffee & Content: Podcasts & Webcasts

To all celebrating, a very happy Easter to you. (And a very happy Sunday to everyone else!) I always believe the holidays are for sharing, so I wanted to take a minute to post some podcats, webcasts and interviews that I hope will provide some inspiration today and as you move along in your creative pursuits. There's something here for creatives of all disciplines and all those multi-hyphenates out there!   National Screenwriters Day with Spencer Robinson, Caytha Jentis, Rich…

Industry Spotlight: Lit. Manager Spencer Robinson on TV Comedy Writing

We were honored to have literary manager Spencer Robinson from Art/Work Entertainment join Stage 32 for a 60 minute webcast to talk about the current state of the comedy writing industry! Spencer represents writers who work for Will and Grace, Eastbound and Down, Mick, Workaholics, and more, as well as comedians and late night TV writers. It was a fun and informative hour! If you missed it we are excited to share it with you, enjoy!       Want to learn more from …

7 Things I Learned on How to Build an Audience as Indie Filmmaker in the Midwest

After 10 years in Hollywood, writing and producing sitcom pilots and full length features, my friend Ted Trent asked me to fly to his hometown of Belleville, IL to write a fictional movie in which he could star. I didn’t know a Belleville from a Bellevue, but I did welcome the chance to write and direct a film in the Midwest, since I had grown up in Michigan. I remembered my people to be kind and helpful, and whenever you met another Midwesterner in Los Angeles (which is daily) you…

Should I Take a Dollar Option on a Screenplay?

You get the phone call and it goes something like this: Friend: Hey, are you sitting down? (Smile in his voice).You: Yeah, what’s up?Friend: I have a producer who wants to option your script!You: (heart flutters) Oh my god …Friend: Yeah, he’s an indie producer I know—really talented, really connected.You: How much for the option?Friend: (long beat) Well, he wants a dollar option because you haven’t been produced yet. But he’s really connected, and he…