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Coffee & Content - Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry & 20+ Film Set Jobs For You

Good Morning, Stage 32 Family! I've got some interesting videos for you this morning. While so many of us work in the film industry, there are reasons we stay and reasons we're no longer a part of it. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. For some, breaking up the amount of time in between gigs is a temporary leave and they come back. For others, not so much. Take a listen to the Top 5 Reasons Why People Leave the Film Industry. Next up, we'll showcase …

How Your Favorite Coming of Age Novel Shaped You

Off the top of your head, without thinking, what was your favorite coming of age novel? Mine was, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I had to read it because all of the junior high school girls were reading it and talking about the "sex scene" it in. And of course, I had to read that sex scene. It would be my first book that dove into sex and I was very excited about learning more. It wasn't that great. But the book was. I remember that. Which is why I felt compelled to share th…

3 Things To Do Everyday To Stay Inspired As An Actor/Artist

As human beings we all go through different and uniquely challenging phases in our lives. We learn how to express our happiness, how to deal with our pain, and how to move on from things that make us miserable. As artists, on top of the unending list of phases that we encounter, we face two more challenges: Getting work or not getting work. If you're working so much that you worry you might not even have time to spare at all, that's great. That's what we hope for as hungry, starving arti…

Stage 32 Expands Its Partnership With the American Film Market

I'm proud to announce that for the 4th straight year, Stage 32 has been named as the official film networking and education platform of the American Film Market. This year, we've expanded our partnership to include even more events and education.       As you know, I am a big believer that to survive and thrive in this industry, you have to adapt to the times. That's one of the many reasons we love partnering with the AFM. By having his finger firmly on the pulse of …

Free AMA with Our Very Own Stage 32 CEO Richard "RB" Botto

Let's rock and roll, Creative Army. We've been well overdue to get together live. I've got just the solution. Let's hang AMA (Ask Me Anything) style.   Since the last AMA in May, I've been running all over the globe fulfilling Stage 32 partnership responsibilities, conducting business, exploring creative writing/filming/producing opportunities, and mentoring in such places as Cannes, Budapest, Majorca, Paris, Dordogne, Trinidad and Tobago, London, Munich, Hamburg and, of course, r…

What Kinds of Things Can You Crowdsource for Your Creative Project?

In the next video of our Crowdsourcing series, Richard “RB” Botto, the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd and Stage 32’s CEO, shares things you can crowdsource for your creative project. If you’ve been following the series, you know that building an audience first can help enhance your crowdfunding campaign because you’ve already taken the time to seek out dedicated followers. But what if you could crow…

Stage 32 Members Creating Opportunities & Working Together to Produce Projects!

Good morning Stage 32 Family! It's Monday morning and we are buzzing at Stage 32!  We have so much to be excited about from the last few weeks that it is hard to know where to begin. As you know, Stage 32's Founder and CEO Rich "RB" Botto and Managing Director, Amanda Toney just returned after incredible trips to the Raindance Film Festival in the UK, where Stage 32 screened our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and Hamburg FilmFest in Germany! In addition, we also just an…

Coffee & Content - How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals & What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First?

Happy Sunday, Creative Army. Let's jump right in to another edition of Coffee & Content. First up, How to Get Your Short Screened at Film Festivals. Many of us here on Stage 32 are looking for ways to get noticed. Networking at film festivals is a great way. And if you're know ahead of time which festivals to submit to and what to expect, you're ahead of the curve. Piggy backing that from our Friends at Indie Hustle, What Film Festivals Should You Submit to First? Some of us have o…

What Fish Can Teach Us About [Not] Giving Up

I have a secret to tell you. About two weeks after my pilot shoot, I wanted to give up. And not just for that day. For about 45 days after that. And then forever, really. I was tired, burned out, frustrated with a crew member, and suddenly completely unsure of why I had just invested thousands of dollars to do what I did. I wanted to give up. My other half told me what I was experiencing was natural and that before long, I would be back in the saddle. Turns out what he said is true. B…

Netflix’s War with Movie Theatre Chains

I remember the first time I was impressed by the size of a movie theatre audience like it was yesterday. It was when I went with my family to see Home Alone when I was 9-years-old. Little did I know that seeing that movie would change the trajectory of my life.   The Power of Movies on the Big Screen I had known from an early age that I wanted to be an artist. I just didn’t know what kind—I really couldn’t draw, and I felt like I didn’t have anything to …

Another Stage 32 Partnership Announcement - Joining Forces With the Austin Film Festival!

Fresh off the heels of our expanding partnerships with Cannes, Raindance, Hollyshorts, and AFM (more on that shortly) and our new partnerships with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Commission and the Hamburg Film Festival, we're proud to announce that we have now joined forces with the prestigious Austin Film Festival. For starters, we'll be screening our 4th Annual Short Film Program during the festival.  So far this program has screened at Hollyshorts, Raindance and now we're excited…

You Are the CEO of Your Creative Career - Take Control!

Greetings from London where we just finished our sold-out screening of our 4th Annual Film Program at the Raindance Film Festival.  It was fantastic to see so many of our educators and executives in attendance, at our afterparty, and during our meetings throughout the week.  We'll be sharing more here on the blog soon. Those of you who know me have heard me stress that too many creatives focus nearly exclusively on their craft.  They don't take the time to keep on top of …

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