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4 Ways to Overcome Criticism & Keep Writing

Whenever you put yourself or your work out to the world, you open yourself up for criticisms from strangers and people you know alike. Sometimes the criticisms are harsh enough to convince you to pander to the critic's opinion even if it's not your authentic self, play it safe or even give up on the whole idea. The following experiences have helped me over the years to overcome and push forward. A Tale of Two Poems The very first work I put out to the public was a poem about "Love" nea…

How to Break into the Voiceover Business

Now more than ever, we're all trying to re-invent ourselves, and expand our crafts. Being stuck at home is, of course, limiting, however the voice-over industry has largely been unaffected by this pandemic, because we've all been recording voice-overs from home for years. This makes becoming a voice-over artist very tempting for those trying to expand their income. Breaking into the voiceover biz can be tricky. First, you need to be good. How do you get good? You get voice over trainin…

Miami-based Writer Hired by LA-based Producers After Connecting Through Stage 32

Happy Monday, Stage 32 Creative Crew! We're just coming out of another incredible "Introduce Yourself Weekend" on Stage 32.  If you missed it, there is still time to jump in the Introduce Yourself Lounge and make a post! This is also a perfect time to highlight the success of a Stage 32 member who used the power of the platform to network, make connections, learn and improve the craft, and eventually get hired on a writing assignment!  Alex Moreno is based in Miami and has bee…

Coffee & Content: Kate Winslet's Acting Secrets & Screenwriter Roundtable

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive in to this week…

Collection Account Management for Film & TV Producers

Producers face many challenges during the creation and exploitation of an audiovisual project. Complying with contractual obligations towards multiple parties is one of such challenges. One of the contractual obligations is payment of a share of the revenues. This includes payment to investors, co-producers, talent, and others. In this article, we will focus on management of the revenues and how Collection Account Management can be beneficial to producers. What is Collection Acc…

How To Build a Universe From Scratch

Because I’ve been knee deep in projects of my own and tied up with more script doctor work than I’ve even had the chance to reflect on, it’s been longer than usual since my last blog for Stage 32… so before I start telling everybody how to do their jobs, let me say this: I hope you’re keeping yourself healthy. I hope you’re keeping yourself sane. No matter what happens with our nation’s politics, I want you to know that your stories matter. Tel…

Ideas are Nothing: Action is Everything

I honestly believe the path to success is driven simply by action. It doesn’t matter how amazing/terrible you might be at something, without action, you won't experience any growth and you won't progress towards your goals. Your dreams will never be realized and you’ll go through life always wondering what could’ve been. It’s not enough to want something in this life. Nobody is going to give you anything, you have to be willing to fight for it and you have to do …

All the World’s a Stage: And That Includes Your Living Room!

Although I wear many hats (literally) as a Creative, I am first and foremost an actor. A performer and storyteller in the oldest of traditions, interacting with crowds and using a loose script and structure that allows ample room for improvisation and a broad emotional spectrum. Almost two years ago, in my article on audition prep, I told the story of auditioning for a producer in full pirate regalia in a kitchen in Ohio. Little did we know that performing in kitchens, living rooms, a…

Understanding Human Psychology for Character Creation

As character creators we have to have an understanding of why our characters feel and think what they do. I am going to explain in simple terms why human beings behave the way they do so you can have strong understanding of how to create believable compelling characters that stay true to who they are in their words and actions. Hopefully you don’t get too scared at how predictable people are because you’ll undoubtedly begin to use this information to psychoanalyze yourself an…

Film That Started as a Pitch on Stage 32 is In Theaters Now - CHICK FIGHT (Bella Thorne, Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin)

We’ve had some incredible success stories lately here on Stage 32. We've been shining the light on those 32’ers who have found success either through networking on the platform, through our Jobs section or through our script services. Today's story is one that I'm personally involved in and one that with a full heart get to share with you today. This is one that was 5 years in the making. The feature film CHICK FIGHT starring Bella Thorne, Malin Ackerman & Alec Baldwin…

Coffee & Content: How Top Screenwriters Outline & The 7 Laws of Film Editing

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 caffeinated beverage of choice and let's get into it.  First up, Behind the Curtain interviews some of the best screenwriters in Hollywood about how to master the art of the outline. In this video, you will hear from Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, P…

Instagram Live Series: How to Market Yourself as a Film Composer & Mastering the Composer/Director Relationship

Happy Saturday Stage 32! As many of you may know, I host an Instagram LIVE every week on @stage32online highlighting some amazing Stage 32 members from all over the world. We cover everything from how to shoot a short film 100% remotely to how to kick-start an acting career in Atlanta and everything in between. Recently, I had the supreme pleasure of chatting with two amazing international Stage 32 members and film composers.  First up, I had the supreme pleasure of chatting with …

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