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Networking Tips from Someone Who Hates to Network

If I hate networking, how could I give you advice? I now consider myself really good at networking but I didn't used to be. I used to really hate it. It made me nervous and uncomfortable to know that I was going to have to meet new people in a full room. I didn't know how to approach a stranger and start a conversation. I wasn't good at breaking the ice and keeping a conversation going. I wasn't sure that the other people in the room would want to talk to me. I dreaded it. It took me a w…

Coffee & Content - 29 Screenwriter Mistakes & Roger Deakins' Connection to Cinematography

Happy Sunday to you all.  Hope you're also enjoying and participating in Introduce Yourself Weekend! Today, I have two immersive videos for you to enjoy.  First up, it's a collection of 29 screenwriting mistakes from our good friends over at Film Courage.  Next, Roger Deakins gives you an intimate look at his personal connection to cinematography. Brew yourself a nice cuppa, kick back, and enjoy the content! Cheers! RB 29 Screenwriting Mistakes   Roger Deakin…

Success Story: Biopic Announced on Deadline Made Through Stage 32 Connection

Please join us in congratulating Stage 32 writer Lynne Logan who has now been hired to pen the upcoming film UNDONE, a faith-based genre biopic of televanglist Sherry Damron produced by Higher Purpose Entertainment. For those of you who have been following, Lynne was discovered through Stage 32 writing services when she submitted her script for coverage and was optioned by Higher Purpose Entertainment. We're thrilled to see this next step in Lynne's creative journey.    …

Stage 32 At The 2017 Austin Film Festival

Next week Stage 32 descends upon Austin, Texas for the Austin Film Festival. We are proud to be involved with the 2017 Austin Film Festival for the 5th year in a row! We invite our Stage 32ers to come join us!   Here's what's in store: We invite all our Stage 32 members for a fun night to celebrate the most creative community on the planet at the Handlebar Austin Rooftop Patio. This is a 21 and over event. This will be our 5th year hosting the Austin Film Festival's favorite…

Television's Greatest Minds Gather at ITVFest

Our Stage 32 Founder & CEO, RB, was thrilled to be a speaker this weekend at the iTVFest in Vermont featuring HBO, 3 Arts Entertainment, Comedy Central, IFC, Bravo, Buffalo 8 and more. ITVFest (the Independent Television Festival) is a worldwide community of television creators, executives, agents and fans responsible for discovering the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets. Unlike big city festivals where it can be difficult to interact…

How Stage 32 Helped Me Find Shelter When I Lost My Home

Music has always been a part of me. When I was kid, I used to get in trouble at school for banging beats on the desk, or playing rudiments with my pencil instead of taking notes. I recited every line from Nas' Illmatic and soaked in all the RPG scores/themes. My love for writing came from Soap Operas, oddly enough. I would sit in my 7th grade Literature class and writing write scripts to improve different storylines and scenes. However, despite my love for music and screenwriting, it was…

Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers (My Book) is HERE!

  Hey guys. Well, I thought this day would never come, but my book Crowdsourcing for Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd is now available. Well, the e-book has been available for the last few weeks, but the hard copy was on back order due to what my publisher called “inventory problems”. The good news is that the overwhelming number of pre-sales caused those inventory problems. So for those of you who ordered a copy in advance, you book has either lan…

Cover Yourself First - 7 Rules Of Script Writing

FADE OUT Congratulations! You've finished your latest script. Weeks, months, even years scribbling away in a notebook and banging away on a keyboard have paid off. So what's next? Script coverage is a necessary and key element in the marketing process, but when searching for coverage, the volume of options available can overwhelm writers. Many services deliver a wide range of prices, capable of getting that script polished and ready for Hollywood. As well, several contests provide cove…

Coffee & Content - Building Your Creative Confidence & How an Artist Turns Pro

Happy Sunday to all. Today, I have two videos that lean toward the inspirational.  First up, it's a TED Talk with David Kelly - How to Build Your Creative Confidence.  This is one I have a feeling many of you will bookmark and watch repeatedly. Also falling into that category is my 2nd video for today - How to be Creative: How an Artist Turns Pro.  I think you'll find yourself motivated and ready to get those creative juices flowing. Enjoy the java and the content.&nbs…

Why Filmmakers Need to Embrace Science to Create Engaging Stories for 21st Century Audiences

Today we are living in a consumer data driven society. Digital technology has enabled hi-tech companies Netflix and Amazon to revolutionise the movie industry in two main ways: Firstly, by streaming movies and television programs online across a variety of digital devices, smart televisions, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Secondly, using audience data driven content to meet consumer expectations (StarTribune 2016). This also enables Amazon and Netflix to target the most frequent movi…

In My 50's I Decided to Chase My Dream, Here's My Success Story

3 years ago I decided I was going to concentrate on composing music for film and I came to know about Stage 32 recently. I had been concentrating on classical pianists before that, trying to get my solo's performed by touring concert-oriented performers, and had some good luck in getting noticed by Henry Fogel, whom has been the President of both the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).   But his advice to me was simple. I was good....but for every…

12 Things Actors Can Do TODAY to Improve Their Online Presence

If you're a working actor, you must have read a lot of articles that tell you to: "believe in yourself", "go out there and just do it", and "put yourself out there". They're all great and we all need to believe in our capabilities, but, well...   This is not one of those articles!   Sometimes we can all use a little guidance, so instead, I'll jump right into it with 12 actionable hints and tips on how to get started (or keep going) in the acting profession from th…

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