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Screenwriters! Let's Finish the Year Strong Together!

Good morning Stage 32 family! Welcome to another Monday of what I hope will be a creative and productive week for everyone. We’ve come to the end of September which means that Fall is officially upon us and we are in the last quarter of the year! So far, it has been an amazing year with so many successes for us all to celebrate. And we’ve had an awesome summer capped off by a fantastic month of September. In the first week of September, I was fortunate to host a Stage 32 me…

Coffee & Content - What does a Producer ACTUALLY do? & Advice for 1st time Producers

Good Morning, All - The coffee is hot, the company is good, and the content only compliments it. So lets get started with this week's edition of Coffee & Content, which focuses on producers and those of us who want to become producers. First up, answering the question: What does a Producer ACTUALLY do? There are many people that go on set either as an actor or crew member, and they really have no idea of the producer hierarchy on set. In this first video created by Crimson Engine, …

Writing For Stage And Writing For Screen: How They Differ In Approach

Writing a stage play is a challenge because of the unique nature of the theatre – all of the dynamics of having a real live audience and a limited space in which to tell a story must be taken into account. Writing for the screen is no less of a challenge, but logically the approach must differ due to the medium by which the end product will be presented – the screen - varying greatly from its older cousin, the stage. Writers must appreciate and embrace the uniqueness of these…

Mistakes, Learning & Love: Why I Share My Experiences in Blog Posts

There are lots of things I think about. But what I think most about, is WHY. More specifically, why people do the things they do. "Why" is the primary question I ask any potential client. And it’s something regularly ask myself, too. Why have I worked as a talent manager for almost three decades? Because I have a passion for making people feel something they’ve never felt before. And representing great talent is the best way for me to achieve that. Why do I write these b…

The Power of Fact-Checking (Making the Right Choices for Your Career & Project)

When businesses are born, especially those birthed in a creative environment filled with film, television, and artists, it all starts with a dream. And on the journey to realize those dreams, it is almost inevitable that you will meet and talk to many people. From these people, you will hear one of these things:The truth.The half-truth.Bullshit. As the saying goes, “Money talks, bullshit walks.” But it goes even further than this. Developing strong fact-checking skill…

How Do I Know if Living in LA is Right For Me? (with Richard Botto & Bradley Gallo)

Ready for advice from 2 New Yorker's in Hollywood? For writers and actors all over the world, making the decision to move to LA isn't taken lightly. For some, the move isn't possible. For others, it's been in the cards for a long time. And for even more, it's something they would love to do, but the timing isn't quite right. In this clip from the FREE webinar "Ask Me Anything," hosted by Stage 32 CEO and screenwriter Richard "RB" Botto, RB teams up with film producer Bradley Gallo to d…

Marketing as a Filmmaker, Producer, or Content Creator: Do I Market Myself or My Film First?

If you’re a first-time filmmaker, you should market your film or other project first. This is what Stage 32 CEO Richard “RB” Botto covers in the next video in his continued series that dives deep into crowdSOURCING for filmmakers. Rb is the best-selling author of Crowdsourcing For Filmmakers: Indie Film and the Power of the Crowd, and he covers this crucial point in the video below. Most of the time, as a first-time filmmaker or content creator, no one really knows w…

UK Creatives - We Want to Hang Out With You During Raindance This Week

If you are UK-based, or plan to head to London for the 2019 Raindance Film Festival festival this week, we're looking forward to hanging out with you! We're going to be screening our 4th Annual Stage 32 Short Film Program and having an after-party for those who attend. Don't forget to get your Raindance Film Festival full credentials here. Come meet & greet with Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Managing Director Amanda Toney as well as other Stage 32ers! We're…

Coffee & Content - How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost & How to Make a Music Video on a Budget

Good Morning, Creative Army! Happy Sunday to you all. Today's edition of Coffee & Content focuses on the cost of creating a music video. Our friends at Indy Mogul have some really great video content out there that delves into ways to save and still put out a high quality music video. First up, How Much Do Music Videos REALLY Cost. This content talks about what is needed to produce, prep, and plan the creation of a video, regardless of your budget. After that, take a look at …

We're Not Boring! The "Reality" Side of a Writer's Life

Growing up I had a love for books and movies. When Stranger Than Fiction came out I fell in love with the writing. But more importantly, I fell in love with the value of two forms of entertainment rolled into the ticket price of one movie. It was value I enjoyed so much, that I wanted to be more than an author; I wanted my books to be optioned for movies. When the first real literary success came across my life path I went headlong into daydreams of the silver screen. These flights of …

The Art of Showing Up: 7 Things Creatives Must Practice to Succeed

  The most important thing in life is showing up. I am blown away by your ability to show up. (Keanu Reeves, Hard Ball)   Prologue Primarily being a writer, and one who does a lot of historical research, I spend a lot of time alone. So, when I’m hired as an actor, director, storyteller, or teacher, it gives me an opportunity to test my philosophies of keeping motivated and inspired and doing the same for others. For three weeks in June I toured as Marxist revolutiona…

Ten Things I Learned [Slowly] in The Movie Business

Last month in my post, When Your Dreams [In the Filmmaking World] Fade, I left you hanging with me barely keeping control of my bowels, frozen in panic as my short life flashed before my eyes upon hearing my homeroom teachers voice on the phone. "Put your mother on the phone now," she barked a second time. I dropped the phone on my bed and ran downstairs to my parents screaming, "Mrs. Rankin is on the phone!!!" No matter how punk rock I try to be, I often have this reaction interior…

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