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5 Ways Military Service Prepares you for Hollywood

You volunteered for service in the military, and then decided it was time to pursue your dreams in La La Land. And guess what? Hollywood is recruiting you! They know you have a story to tell, and they can’t wait to hear it. I always knew I wanted a career in entertainment, and as an Officer in the Army I was selected to be a principal actor in a theatrical commercial for the National Guard, directed by Antione Fuqua (Training Day). After this experience, I packed my bags and moved…

Thirteen Ways to Boost your Writing Mojo in 2022: Part 2

If you’ve ever found yourself staring at your screen wondering how long until your next justified coffee break, then here are 7 more random things to try the next time your writing mojo goes on vacation. Find the first 6 suggestions in part 1 of this article here.  *note: all relevant links are at the end of this article* 7. BBC Writer’s Room Each year in January, the BBC Writer’s Room has an open call for scripts from writers in the UK looking to be ‘deve…

Advice from an International Actor: Finding Success through Intention

From the minute I stepped on stage at the age of three, I knew that performing is what I wanted to do. The lights, the audience and adrenaline permeated my little bones. When I was introduced to film acting, that was a whole new level. The joy of booking a role, working with a crew of people focused on making the magic happen and being part of that collaboration was an incredible feeling! I have also always been adventurous when it comes to life. I love getting out of my comfort zone…

Announcing the 6th Annual Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenwriting Contest

Who doesn't need a healthy dose of escapism? Sci-Fi and Fantasy classics like LORD OF THE RINGS, the HARRY POTTER films and STAR TREK are favorites we can watch over and over again for a reason. They transport us to a different world, while still exploring universal themes like family, friendship and good versus evil. Modern sci-fi and fantasy have taken this to a new level, showing us important and sometimes uncomfortable truths about society. This genre is all about pushing boundaries,…

Coffee & Content: 9 VFX Terms You Should Know & How to Make Your Reel (for filmmakers!)

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, Film Riot shares a great video about 9 VFX (visual effects) terms you should know as a film creative, no matter what role you play in production. They cover compositing, keying, rotoscoping, and assets to name a few. Better yet, they show you helpful before and after examples from The Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Gal…

Actors + Accents: Learning a New or Reducing Your Natural Accent

WHY I GOT A DIALECT COACH I was born in Spain, moved to Los Angeles for the first time as a teenager, and had a natural knack for accents. However, when I started getting serious about acting, I discovered my accent was getting in my way. I wasn’t booking as many roles as I felt I could. I thought I had a solid grasp on sounding American. As a kid, I would repeat pretty much every Disney character that appeared on my TV and I still know all the scenes from Easy A and The Kids Are…

5 Things I Learned From My Screenwriting Mentor

Like many, I’m reasonably new to screenwriting. I taught college courses in writing and Goth Lit for 15 years, and when I made the switch to screenwriting, I thought, “It’s writing. How hard could it be? Look at all the stuff that gets made.” I embarked on a journey to learn all I could about writing scripts, something I’d dreamed of doing for nigh-on 30 years. I wrote a couple of sitcoms I thought were awesome and sent them to some managers who accepted un…

5 Ways to Support Black artists this Black History Month

Since 1976, February has been the official home of the annual Black History Month. A few days into February 2022, I wanted to share a few ways you can help support Black filmmakers, artists, and creatives.  5 Ways to Support Black artists this Black History Month Share Black artists stories and contact information on platforms you have access to. If there are zoom industry meetings/panels you are invited to and they are not diverse contact the host or moderator and suggest a …

How (and Why) You Should Stop Trying to “Break Into” Hollywood

I was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, CA. From a young age, my dream was to be a writer. Videos games, movies, TV, novels. My passion was always to tell stories. I wanted to be an actor as well, but I never really put any work into that as a youth. My efforts went towards writing. Today, at 32 years old, I am a produced screenwriter and actor. But the funny thing is I don’t live in LA and have never done a single project related to anything having to do with Hollywood. Y…

When FOMO gets in the way of your Creative Work

FOMO: (Fear of Missing Out) – that anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media. Have you ever found yourself scrolling your Instagram or Twitter or Facebook for hours, lingering on those posts where mega deals are entered into by your fellow Artists? Or as they go LIVE on their Social to show off being on set on a film or tv show? Are you feeling dejected when friends, your fellow artists, or even…

6 Tools to Take Your Script to Screen

I started writing when I was a kid in elementary school and haven’t stopped since. What drove me to writing? I’m a creator, storyteller and my life experiences and love of the craft put me on a path to write, write, write! I’m a published poet and actually wrote a Shakespearean Sonnet. Yeah, I did that! I wrote my first novel and published it back in 2013. What got me into screenwriting was when I ‘faxed’ a note to Producer/Creator Jeri Taylor (Star Trek Vo…

Coffee & Content: Wes Anderson on Writing and Directing Films & WHIPLASH vs. BLACK SWAN: The Anatomy of the Obsessed Artist

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, our friends over at StudioBinder have a series called "The Director's Chair" where they highlight key tips from successful film directors. In this episode, they feature Wes Anderson (The French Dispatch, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox) and his unique and distinctive styl…

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