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Avoiding Pitfalls for a 1st Time Director on a Low Budget (under $5MM)

31 May, Wednesday, 1:00 PM
Stage 32 Webinar Taught by: JT Mollner

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17 Jun, Saturday, 9:00 AM
Stage 32 Webinar Taught by: Mark J. Parker
Improv & Soft-Scripted Techniques

  1. Happy Mother's Day - Highlighting Some Inspiring Women May 14, 2017 Happy Mother's Day - Highlighting Some Inspiring Women

    I hope everyone is off to a creative Sunday, and to those celebrating Mother's Day, hope it's a special day for you. I'd love to hear from our community about any woman that has impacted your decision to become a creative or inspires you to stay on your creative path. Let's talk about it in the comments section below.   I'll start by taking a moment today to recognize 5 incredible women we brought into Stage 32 education for our "Women In The Room" Series to talk about breaking in as a TV writer: Script Coordinator for FOX's Shots Fired, Courtney Smith Sonia Kharkar, Showrunner's Assistant of such acclaimed programs as FOX's The Mindy Project and NBC's The Blacklist Nicole Ranadive, Staff Writer for TNT's The Librarians and Script Coordinator for FOX's Sleepy Hollow Solange Morales, a Writer's Assistant on FOX's Shots Fired Nicole Brides Ockman, a Script Coordinator for FOX's Blindspot In an exclusive FREE online panel for Stage 32, each of these ladies shared their experiences and offered advice to women who want to break into TV. Each of these ladies work tirelessly and are so inspirational to me. If you want a candid look and to learn from a great group of ladies who are working in TV right now, click here: Stage 32’s Women In The Room - Breaking In As TV Writer!    Let's hear about women that inspire you in the comments section below:  

  2. Looking for Your Next Location? Stage 32 Joins Forces With Peerspace! May 8, 2017 Looking for Your Next Location? Stage 32 Joins Forces With Peerspace!

    During a podcast interview a few years ago, I was asked what the future held for Stage 32.  My response was that we hoped to steer the platform in the direction of becoming the Home Depot for film creatives.  To accomplish this, we would have to align ourselves and partner with companies and organizations who shared our values and the spirit of our mission while complimenting our services.  Since then, we've been proud to partner with such amazing brands as AFM, Cannes Film Festival Marche du Film, Film Freeway, Casting Call Pro and many more.  And today, we're extremely excited to announce that we have joined forces with Peerspace. Think of Peerspace as Air B&B for creatives.  Whether you're looking for a shooting location, setting up a production office, seeking a spot for a writers group meeting or a table read, trying to find a central locale for auditions or need a cool joint for your red carpet or film after party, Peerspace has hundreds of options to choose from. Currently Peerspace is offering locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, London, Berlin and Paris.  More cities are soon to follow. By partnering with Peerspace, we're moving closer to our mission of providing all of our members the opportunity to take their projects from concept to completion to beyond! My thanks to Jai Singh and Celeigh Chapman of Peerspace for their tireless efforts in making this collaboration come to life. RB    Want to see all creative spaces available from Peerspace? Click Here!                                           Want to See All Spaces? Click Here!     A note from Jai Singh, VP of Marketing for Peerspace Finding the right location can be a daunting task. Driving around for hours on end, scouring the web, only to find outdated photos, and dealing with hidden fees and misguided information. Sound familiar? We knew there had to be a better solution.   That’s why we created Peerspace, an online marketplace that lets you find and book creative spaces for all your production needs. With thousands to choose from, our platform gives you access to the most unique and undiscovered locations all in one place.   For Stage 32, connecting creatives together is in its makeup. For Peerspace, we’re on a mission to connect creatives to the right location. Together, we knew we could provide a helpful tool to ease the hassle of finding a location. With that goal in mind, we’re excited to announce our collaboration with the launch of our locations search finder. Our hope is that this tool will help simplify your search so you have more time to do what you do best, create.     Find Your Creative Location Now - Click Here!     Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  3. Coffee & Content: Podcasts & Webcasts April 16, 2017 Coffee & Content: Podcasts & Webcasts

    To all celebrating, a very happy Easter to you. (And a very happy Sunday to everyone else!) I always believe the holidays are for sharing, so I wanted to take a minute to post some podcats, webcasts and interviews that I hope will provide some inspiration today and as you move along in your creative pursuits. There's something here for creatives of all disciplines and all those multi-hyphenates out there!   National Screenwriters Day with Spencer Robinson, Caytha Jentis, Richard Botto and Hal Croasman Literary Manager Spencer Robinson, Amazon Writer/Director Caytha Jentis, Screenwriter Richard Botto and Screenwriting U's Hal Croasman talk about the current state of the industry - from craft to business and everything in between.       Actors Anonymous Podcast with Weesam Keesh & Jordan Burbank Rich "RB" Botto, was a guest on the extremely popular Actor's Anonymous podcast hosted by Jordan Burbank and Weesam Keesh of MTV's Awkward, The Mentalist and NCIS: Los Angeles. In a lively and spirited hour or so (filmed at the Stage 32 offices), the trio discussed a life in the arts including RB's early days of acting and his pursuits in screenwriting and producing. They also discussed the importance of support in a creative's life, as well as the need to embrace a collaborative and selfless spirit in an effort to win every day.       Industry Spotlight: Jason Roberts (DGA AD for Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Doug Liman, Angelina Jolie) The hardest working man in show business, Jason Roberts, hosted an exclusive FREE Stage 32 Webcast. Jason spent over an hour answering questions and speaking to how he's maintained such a long career while working with such prolific and prominent directors as Doug Liman, Michael Bay, Angelina Jolie and more.        Crowdsourcing and Using Social Media as a Filmmaker  RB sat down with Cineuropa, founded by industry veteran Domenico La Porta. In this video, RB goes over: More about Stage 32 Do's and don'ts for your online presence as a creative What is crowdfunding? What is crowdsourcing? Where the future of film will go in a digital world        The Dave Bullis Podcast - Indie Filmmaking: Festivals, Marketing & More! On the podcast, RB and Dave discuss a wide variety of topics including the Sundance Film Festival, how to market yourself, the state of the film industry and were they think it's headed. If you're a filmmaker this is a must-listen to podcast!       Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  4. 9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails October 26, 2016 9 Tips to Take Back Control of Your Emails

    Do you often intend to check your emails quickly before your day starts and end up sitting with them for longer than you wanted? Do you feel stressed from the massive amount of disorganization in your inbox and are spending more time organizing them than actually working on your goals? You are not alone. Email technology is amazing, I love it, however as much as it can empower us, it can overwhelm us. Staying in control of your emails allows you to save time and focus on other areas of your life so that you have the energy to get done what you want to get done. With our computers in our pockets, our biggest challenge today as successful actors (and creatives in general) is avoiding interruption by our emails. Most successful professionals know how to control their emails instead of letting them run their day, and so we need to be able to do that too.  There are some emails that we must answer immediately and there is a way to track these without having to look at your emails every minute for that dopamine hit. 1. Unsubscribe from What Doesn’t Count You should only be subscribed to services and organizations that you consistently use. There is no need to receive emails from every single casting breakdown service and every audition network organization in New York and LA. Be ruthless with your unsubscribing, you won’t miss it. Promise! Unsubscribing will save you so much time and release so much stress. 2. Be alerted when important emails come in Flag important emails as VIP with your iPhone or Android. They allow you to mark an email VIP so when your agent or manager contact you, your phone vibrates and rings. Use it to stay relaxed and not worrying about missing a very important or urgent email. 3. Don’t Answer Emails Immediately as they Come In. You should plan to check all other emails at certain times of the day when you have a break between auditions for example. This allows you to define when they impact your schedule as opposed to the other way around. 4. Empty Your Inbox and Use Your Sent Box I only keep about 20 emails in my inbox. Yes, 20. Everything else is filed away into a folder or deleted. If an email comes in and you reply to it, move it out of your inbox by filing or deleting. Leave the reply in your sent box to remind you to check back or that you are waiting for a reply. Once the information has been answered, either file the original thread or delete it. Do not use your inbox as an archive folder. It is either relevant or it is not. File or delete. Be ruthless. If you do this, your inbox becomes your to-do list which will help you become more productive.  5. File Everything Away I have over 100 folders, all structured in a way they are easy to access. One suggestion for a folder structure, have one for agents, one for managers and one for projects. Then underneath each of these folders have the next level of detail using either manager names, dates or projects. 6. Use Evernote I have mentioned this software before but it is one of the most powerful pieces of software that you can ever add to your arsenal. If there is link or file you need to file somewhere, don’t keep it our inbox or sent box, clip it to Evernote. It’s search capabilities is unbelievable and you can have it on you Mac, iPhone, Android or PC. Use Evernote. 7. Use your Flags Option If there is a very important email that you need to access all the time for a particle reason, either for information or if it has a link that you need to log into, flag it. All emails services from Gmail to Mac create an automatic flag folder for you. But only flag what is relevant, and review your flag folder on a regular basis to file what is out of date. Alternatively, create a folder called “Must Keep”. 8. Only 20 emails in your Inbox and 20 in your Sent Box. Be ruthless disciplined about this rule. If you let it grow to 50, it will be 100 by the end of the week and the email virus that was stressing you out will be back with a vengeance. Technology is great but like all good things, there is always some bad with it. Learning how to stay in control of your technology so that it doesn’t overwhelm you is power and control you are giving back to yourself. 9. Think about using www.Sandbox.com - it is a tech service company that easily allows you to set up specific folders so that your emails get automatically stored in the appropriate folders. It is great when you are working on a big project and don’t have the time to actively manage your emails. It stops the explosion of emails and disorganization from when involved in big project.   About Douglas Taurel: Douglas Taurel loves working on stories that are a bit dark and dramatic. He is consistently drawn to playing characters that are intense, gritty and live on the harder side of life. Douglas has had the opportunity to work on many of NY’s TV dramas like Mr. Robot, Blue Bloods, The Americans, The Following, Damages, Person of Interest, Nurse Jackie to just name a few and recently played a hit man Tom McCarthy’s “The Cobbler” starring Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler. He has also been fortunate enough to grace many of New York stages in many classic and dramatic plays and his favorite role Lee in “True West”. He has had the opportunity to perform the play both in New York and Edinburgh Festival Fringe where, as a cast, they received a five star review and a strong review by the New York Times - "Douglas Taurel is a fine actor as George". He studied with Wynn Handman, his mentor and the foundation of his acting training. Douglas has also had the incredible opportunity to study and work with some amazing artists; Alec Baldwin, Kathleen Turner, Marian Seldes and Edward Albee, to name just a few. Taking on huge challenges is in his DNA. He boxed in college, ran marathons in New York and Philadelphia, ran with the bulls in Spain and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He is very fortunate to be the son of Hispanic parents and was given the opportunity to live in South American and to learn how to speak fluent Spanish. Douglas has recently produced and performed his solo show The American Soldier which was nominated for an Amnesty International Award and received strong reviews in it's Off Broadway, The Huffington Post - "A flawless and powerful show", and earned four stars at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015. He is performing his solo show throughout the Northeast and turning it in the south. The play is based on soldiers’ letters from the American revolution through Afghanistan. He is a contributor to Backstage.com and The Daily Actor. He just wrapped working on season two of Mr. Robot and a new video game by Rockstar.   For more information, on Douglas Taurel, you can check out his website www.DouglasTaurel.com and connect with him right here on Stage 32! Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  5. "30 Minutes with..." Fall Series Continues | Plus, Listen to Recordings of 2 Exec Interviews! September 27, 2016 "30 Minutes with..." Fall Series Continues | Plus, Listen to Recordings of 2 Exec Interviews!

    Hello friends and fellow creatives! Erik here from the Stage 32 Happy Writers. We are very excited to be continuing our fall series of "30 Minutes with...", an online web-series where we bring in executives across the industry for a live interview and Q&A session with writers like you! As a writer myself, I have an undoubted advantage that most new writers never get: I get to look behind the curtain, I get to hear first hand what executives are really looking for, what they're tired of hearing, and what's currently hot in the ever-changing development world. With our "30 Minutes with..." series, I can finally share that information with you all, and give you the opportunity to ask whatever questions you have! These live webinars are recorded and available to watch at any time on the Stage 32 Youtube channel. Can't make a live session but still have a question you want to ask? Leave it in the comments below! It's crazy how fast time flies in these interviews so we don't always get to them all, but we try to answer as many as we can! This series is aimed at giving you unfiltered access to some of the executives working with Stage 32 to find their next project or star writer. We're going to have agents, producers, development executives, creative executives and representatives - and best of all, this series is FREE to participate in! Simply register using the link below and join us live!   Sign Up for the Next "30 Minutes With..." Session This Saturday:  Saturday, October 1st: 11:00AM PDT - Sarah Cornelius, Creative Executive with Whitewater Films - Click here to register for the live webinar! Sarah Cornelius is a creative development and production executive at Whitewater Films, an independent production company. Whitewater is the production company behind the Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, First Girl I Loved, Mean Creek, Punching the Clown, Fat Kid Rules the World, Cold Comes the Night, and Band of Robbers. Wednesday, October 5th 11:30AM PDT - Catherine Keithley, Director of Development for Brian Graden Media - Click here to register for the live webinar! Catherine Keithley is the Director of Development at Brian Graden Media. BGM produced series like 4th and Forever (Current), Men of the Strip (E!), Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding Special (E!), Walk of Shame Shuttle (VH1), Todrick (MTV), Gay Skit Happens (Logo), and the Emmy Award-winning HitRECord on TV (Pivot). They also produced the Youtube Red hit, Escape the night. BGM is headed by Brian Graden who executive produced South Park and helped make it into the cultural phenomenon that it is today.   Our fall series started off with Dan Ingram, Head of the Story Department for Dino De Laurentiis Company (the production company behind NBC's Hannibal, U-571, The Last Legion, Red Dragon, Army of Darkness). Click here to watch 30 Minutes with... Dan Ingram from Dino De Laurentiis Company!   Next up, we brought in Dion York Foley, an independent producer who JUST wrapped his next feature, Running Away. Dion has worked on over 35 films in production and development. Last year he theatrically released Final Girl starring Oscar-nominee Abigail Breslin & Alexander Ludwig. Click here to watch 30 Minutes with... Producer Dion York Foley!      More will be announced soon! Stay tuned!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  6. Listening & Learning - FREE Film & TV Webcasts September 11, 2016 Listening & Learning - FREE Film & TV Webcasts

    Hopefully you are enjoying a productive Sunday and working on your creative pursuits! I love seeing our community in our Next Level educational webinars and classes and it thrills me to be able to provide you tools to help your craft or help you navigate the industry. Some of you may not know about all the incredible education resources we have on Stage 32, including a 2 year archive of our monthly "On Stage With RB" webcasts. If you're not familiar with our "On Stage With RB" webcast, our fearless leader, Founder & CEO Richard "RB" Botto, hosts a FREE monthly webcast exclusively for Stage 32 members where he interviews professionals who work in the industry and opens up the floor to you to ask any questions about the craft or the industry. This show is remarkably popular and contains a ton of great advice. If you're not sure how to access On Stage With RB, just go to your top menu bar and click "EDUCATION" and then "ON STAGE WITH RB" - there you'll see our archive. I encourage you to take advantage of 2 years worth of shows we've broadcasted with our guests including development executives, producers, screenwriters, distributors, marketers, managers and agents!     Click here to start listening & learning!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  7. The Power of Networking & Building Your Brand - Podcast September 9, 2016 The Power of Networking & Building Your Brand - Podcast

    Our very own fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto was a guest on the Small Business Society podcast, and holy h*ll, did he have a lot to talk about! This is 45-minutes jam-packed with motivational, actionable advice. If you're not familiar with Bidsy it features today's most dynamic entrepreneurs talking about what makes their business successful.  Guests include multi-millionaire entrepreneurs, international best-selling authors, world-renowned motivational speakers and coaches, and award-winning artists, all taking you on their up close and personal journey to success! Run by Rob Barisoff, his goal is to get his guests to entertain, excite, and inspire the entrepreneur on their own journey to entrepreneurial success. A life as a creative is similar to an entrepreneur, so I'd recommend you listen and take notes, this is extremely educational! In this inspirational 45 minute podcast RB goes over: What is Stage 32 and how was it established? RB talks about LinkedIn, Lynda & Microsoft and how that relates to Stage 32. How to utilize networking to help your career. How to cultivate relationships to build credibility and how to build your brand online (great tips!) How did RB get started in the industry? What are the biggest challenges and how do you overcome them? Why do you need another social network when you're already on Facebook and LinkedIn? 33 Stage 32 members had films at Cannes - does that prove social proof of the network? How do you gain initial traction and establish your brand on social media? (more great tips! Rob sums it up in 3 steps.) Why you lose the word "social" in social media. You need to do 1 thing. What is crowdsourcing? Is it rewarding for RB to be the head of Stage 32? Is it important to have a coach or mentor in this business? How to approach influencers - digest and mold your opinions of them. How to control being attached to your phone. How to control your creative plan and adapt to your environment. As a screenwriter, producer, actor, and filmmaker, RB understands the challenges that creatives will face in their careers, and Stage 32 acts as a resource and community that people can lean on when they are facing challenges of their own. Sit, back, relax, download and pop in your ear buds... it's time to listen to the podcast:         Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  8. RB's Interview on Rolling Tape Podcast! June 13, 2016 RB's Interview on Rolling Tape Podcast!

    Hey Everyone! Today we have a GREAT interview with our CEO, RB, with Forest Day Jr, from the video podcast, Rolling Tape. Whether you are new to the site or if you've been with us forever, you will really enjoy watching RB talk about Stage 32, what the site means to him and how it can benefit members. You can view the podcast below... RB explains what Stage 32 is all about and how he came up with the idea, as well as the importance of regular connecting and networking. RB gives examples of successes, such as how film crews are brought together from all over the world and that films are scored, purely through the collaborative efforts of members from the site. He explains how easy it is to navigate around the site, what the job and education sections are all about and what it meant to him to attend the Cannes Film Festival. Enjoy! Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  9. Stage32.com Party At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Meet our Members May 15, 2016 Stage32.com Party At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival - Meet our Members

     Meet Stage 32 members from all over the world who have had success using Stage32.com!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  10. From 'Real to Reel': The Three E’s of an Independent Filmmaker May 12, 2016 From 'Real to Reel': The Three E’s of an Independent Filmmaker

    If I ever told my mother that I was homeless when I stayed in Savannah, GA for film school, she would have killed me.  I remember the day I graduated from Virginia State University and thinking to myself… 'What the hell am I going to do now that I graduated school?' I just received my bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, but I knew that was not what I wanted to do. My heart wasn’t in it at all. I knew what I wanted to do, what I wanted to be, but I just didn’t have the balls to do it - the balls to be a filmmaker. I ran away from the idea of being a filmmaker, because I didn’t feel adequate, I didn’t feel prepared and nonetheless, I just didn’t have the material to show anything. I was in Chicago under my mother’s roof trying to figure out what I was going to do, a wise friend of mine told me I should apply for some film schools. “Please… Apply where? NO film school is going to accept me”. He then told me, “What happened to Gerald, who are you?!” I was lost by those questions. I felt nothing ever happened to me. It actually made me a little upset that he would think that something was wrong with me. Then I realized that his perception of me was way different from the perception I had of myself. I was my worst critic. I had lost 'me'. He helped me apply for schools like New York University, University of Southern California, Savannah College of Art & Design and Stanford University. When I received the first rejection letter from New York University, I was devastated. Shortly after, I received the next rejection letter from Stanford University. Right after the second gut punch, I received a rejection letter from the University of Southern California. At this point, I gave up. I knew Savannah College of Art & Design was going to reject me, so I didn’t care to check the mail anymore. Eventually, I got two jobs: I went to work at a hotel and the other was working for Delta Airlines. I was 'existing' at this point. I felt I let all my friends down and more so - my family. I had a poker face on. “Yes, I’m great!” I would say, but it was obvious. I just didn’t have any purpose. One day, I received a text from my mother while I was working at the hotel, letting me know I had a package. I knew I hadn't ordered anything from Amazon, so I was curious to see what this package was. Lo and behold, it was a package from Savannah College of Art & Design sitting on my bed. I read the letter and I had been accepted into their graduate program as a Film & Television student! I felt like I meant something again now, but I mainly had to understand that there was a time and place for everything. This was my test of Faith. I know my mother didn’t have money for me to get to Savannah, GA, so I had to work longer hours to get a ticket. It didn’t matter, because I was willing to do anything to get there at this point. So I made it happen and eventually got there.  During my time at film school in Savannah, GA, I knew I couldn’t afford much, so I 'had' to get a job at a hotel. I lived in campus housing, then ran into another pitfall. When school let out for Christmas break, I didn’t have a place to stay. Students weren’t allowed to stay in campus housing during break, so I had to figure something out. I kept working my hotel job, but I had to sneak into my dorm to get some rest. I just didn't want to be a burden to others or ask for help, so my pride got in the way. I went from sneaking into my dorm, to getting caught and told to evacuate the dorm before I was kicked out the program. I couldn’t let anyone know what was going on. I was that 'desperate' to make filmmaking my priority. This was my only chance. I didn’t have a car. The only thing that made sense to me was to nap in one of the bathroom stalls at the hotel where I worked. I carried a backpack with my clothes. I would even check for rooms that were vacant and dirty just to get a couple hours of rest, but the risk of losing that job wasn’t worth it to me. I cried one day thinking, 'is this really meant for me? Going through all of this to become a filmmaker?' During that month, I had to trick my mind into thinking positive and thinking about filmmaking as I sat on the toilet seat in the hotel bathroom. This 'forced' me to find purpose and ask myself why I wanted to be a filmmaker and what was going to make me different from the rest of the filmmakers out there.  If it wasn’t for the month of being homeless, I don’t think I would have ever developed the '3 E’s of an independent filmmaker'. I figured out that my duty, as a filmmaker, an artist, was to ENTERTAIN, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER through visual storytelling. (This may not work for some, but this is what works for me.) ENTERTAIN When creating something entertaining, it has to have an emotional attachment to you. This will drive a filmmaker to entertain through the art of provoking an emotion, or learning how to plant the seeds to make someone 'choose' to feel a certain way about a character or storyline. We can’t control how someone feels, but we can give 'choices' that can help to entertain someone. EDUCATE What is it we would like people go away with when they view our films? Is this something social, economical, or financial? Whatever factor is important to us, we must leave people with lessons about new perspectives. I believe it would be a disservice to create something that doesn’t educate in any way. EMPOWER When we empower through film, we really have to understand who we truly are. This gives the heartbeat to what makes us separate as filmmakers from one another. How are we going to make someone stronger and more confident through film? Whatever our mantra is, give the world something to take home and make people want to take a stand for or against something. Keep in mind not everyone has to agree with your vision. They don’t have to accept it, but they can respect it. Nevertheless, if it took for me to sit on a toilet stall over the course of that month just to find true purpose for why I wanted to create and be a filmmaker, I wouldn’t change the experience at all. Would I want to relive it? Not at all. The biggest advice I can share is to have perseverance and create with a purpose. As Nina Simone stated, “The Artist's duty is to reflect the times.” Whatever discipline you are in, find purpose in 'why' you want to create and purpose in 'what' you want to create. So what’s your duty?   About Gerald: Gerald “GT” Turner is an innovative filmmaker and photographer who seeks to discover creative and compelling new routes of displaying social matters through powerful character-driven stories. The Chicago native is a top film and television graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Gerald is recognized by his industry peers as someone with impeccable organizational skills and pre-visualization skills. In April 2012, Gerald founded and created WoodWorks Productions – based in Atlanta, Georgia. The core mission of WoodWorks Productions is to ENTERTAIN. EDUCATE. EMPOWER. His diverse portfolio includes impactful work in writing and directing films, vignettes creation, photography, producing, and assistant directing. You can connect with Gerald here on Stage 32! Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  11. Radio Film School Podcast Interview: Film History, Provocative Filmmaking, Tarantino, Social Media, & More! April 13, 2016 Radio Film School Podcast Interview: Film History, Provocative Filmmaking, Tarantino, Social Media, & More!

    Today, we have something extra special for all our Stage 32 members! Below is the uncut interview that our CEO, RB did with Ron Dawson from the podcast, Radio Film School. They cover such topics as ethics, film history, provocative filmmaking, Tarantino, social media, whether or not Citizen Kane holds up, fan filmmaking, and much more. It's over an hour of filmmaking inspiration! You can listen to the podcast below, or click here to download the MP3. If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe to the show and check out the other wonderful episodes. One of the ways Ron supports the podcast is through a premium membership where members get access to ebooks, templates, bonus episodes, and other resources for professional creatives. And he's included a special deal for Stage 32 members if you are interested in membership, click here!   The podcast itself is always free and available via iTunes. About Ron Dawson: Ron Dawson is a Seattle-based documentary filmmaker and video producer. He's also the host of the podcast, Radio Film School, a documentary radio series about filmmaking and creative arts that NoFilmSchool described as "The filmmakers podcast we've all been waiting for, in the vein of This American Life and Radio Lab." You can connect with Ron on Stage 32! Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  12. Oscars and Film Industry Webcast Now Available for FREE! February 18, 2016 Oscars and Film Industry Webcast Now Available for FREE!

    Now this is a fun watch! Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto and Indie Film Hustle podcast host, Alex Ferrari, got together last week to broadcast a LIVE 2-hour Oscars and Film Industry webcast breaking down and analyzing the upcoming awards! Now, it's available for you to watch on-demand! From diversity to the industry standards to snubs to shoe-ins and possible upsets, this is one fun and exciting webcast. Click below to see who the gents are picking to rule Oscar night!     Plus, if you haven't submitted your picks for the 4th Annual Stage 32 Oscars Contest, make sure to get your choices in by clicking below! The top 3 will win prizes!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  13. How Can You Network Better? Our Fearless Leader on 'Acting Up Radio' January 31, 2016 How Can You Network Better? Our Fearless Leader on 'Acting Up Radio'

    No Weekend Blog this week as RB attends to Stage 32 and personal business at the Sundance Film Festival. Should be noted, the Stage 32 panels have been incredibly well received. We'll be posting clips over the coming weeks! In the meantime, we wanted to bring you a recent interview RB did for the radio show Acting Up Radio hosted by Will Roberts. In this interview RB goes over when he was producing the Sundance Award-Winning film, Another Happy Day, how that helped spur the idea of Stage 32. He then goes over how you can network better as a creative online and why networking is just as important to doing the work.  Will and RB go over the benefits of choosing what social network(s) you should use to help your career, and why it's important to also take your networking offline to the streets.  This interview has a lot of tips and advice and inspiration to help you, as a creative, shape up and achieve your goals. RB's interview starts around the 7:00 mark - enjoy!   To listen to dozens of free podcasts, videos and interviews available through Stage 32 Next Level Education click here! (or you can click 'EDUCATION' on your top menu bar, then click 'PODCASTS'.)   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  14. Should A Screenwriter Spend Money On A Contest or Coverage? January 12, 2016 Should A Screenwriter Spend Money On A Contest or Coverage?

    When considering your options with a script you've written (or even one that you are producing) it's important to consider all avenues for its exposure to development, including contests and coverage. Today our Founder & CEO, RB, goes over why it is important that you know the keys to each. In this 5-minute clip (which is part of his Film Courage interview series), RB goes over the #1 one most important criteria to consider when entering a screenwriting contest. In addition, gives 3 pieces of advice as to whether or not you should enter lesser-known contests that you have an easier chance of winning...and he follows it up with tremendous advice on the best way to spend your money to give you the best chance for success.     (To view the success stories RB references in the video above, click here and click here.)   The entire wide-ranging interview covered a plethora of subjects including filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, distribution, indie film, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Film Courage continues to release the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog. If you've missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here:   30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Identifying A Narcissist on Social Media is Easy The #1 Reason Why Creatives Get No Results on Social Media Networking in Hollywood Advice on Receiving Script Coverage Crowdsourcing vs. Crowdfunding When Should Someone Be Fired Off A Movie Production? The #1 Reason Why People Fail in Hollywood Creatives Need to Know that Producers are Looking at Their Social Media   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  15. Actors Anonymous Podcast (VIDEO ADDED) December 29, 2015 Actors Anonymous Podcast (VIDEO ADDED)

    Hey guys.   Right before the holiday, we posted a link to the Actor's Anonymous podcast. Many of you wrote in wondering where the video podcast was available. Well, we rushed into things a bit unaware that the video had not yet been made live. But, now it has, and we're happy to say that you can not only listen to the podcast, but watch it as well! (Note: Recorded from my office!)   Enjoy!   RB

  16. Get Your Hustle On - Your Indie Film Hustle! December 7, 2015 Get Your Hustle On - Your Indie Film Hustle!

    Indie Film Hustle's Alex Ferrari sat down and picked RB’s brain about what it really takes to make it in the film business. What came out was an remarkable conversation where you really feel like a fly on the wall. Many would’ve killed for the information covered in this podcast when they were starting out.

  17. Creatives Need To Know Producers Are Looking At Their Social Media November 5, 2015 Creatives Need To Know Producers Are Looking At Their Social Media

    You can tell a lot about a person the way he or she handles themselves online.  Today our Founder & CEO, RB, goes over why it is so important that you "complete the circle" of who you are online on social media. He talks about how it is a key place for producers and employers to look at who you are and why you should put your best foot forward.  In this 7-minute clip (which is part of his Film Courage interview series), RB goes over why you shouldn't do anything online that you wouldn't do in the real world. Plus, he discusses the ever-present "big balls syndrome." You'll have to watch it to find out what that means!     The entire wide-ranging interview covered a plethora of subjects including filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, distribution, indie film, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Film Courage continues to release the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog. If you've missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here:   30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Identifying A Narcissist on Social Media is Easy The #1 Reason Why Creatives Get No Results on Social Media Networking in Hollywood Advice on Receiving Script Coverage Crowdsourcing vs. Crowdfunding When Should Someone Be Fired Off A Movie Production? The #1 Reason Why People Fail in Hollywood   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  18. #1 Reason Why People Fail In Hollywood September 24, 2015 #1 Reason Why People Fail In Hollywood

    Today we bring you another installment of the Film Courage series with Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto. In this 3-minutue cilp you will learn The #1 Reason Why People Fail In Hollywood. RB goes over what is available now (but wasn't available 10 years ago) that helps creatives avoid making this mistake.      The entire wide-ranging interview covered a plethora of subjects including filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, distribution, indie film, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Film Courage continues to release the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog. If you've missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here:   30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Identifying A Narcissist on Social Media is Easy The #1 Reason Why Creatives Get No Results on Social Media Networking in Hollywood Advice on Receiving Script Coverage Crowdsourcing vs. Crowdfunding When Should Someone Be Fired Off A Movie Production?

  19. 30 Minutes With... Agustine Calderon | Studio Level Comedies August 26, 2015 30 Minutes With... Agustine Calderon | Studio Level Comedies

    This summer I ran the popular "30 Minutes With..." series where I interviewed some of the executives we work with at Stage 32 Happy Writers. In each of these highly informative interviews I went over all things screenwriting, development, marketplace and the industry.  Today I'm bringing you my interview with Agustine Calderon, who is a creative executive in the feature film development department at RatPac Entertainment. At RatPac, Agustine has been responsible for bringing in various projects for development at the company as well as day to day operations. RatPac has a production deal with Warner Bros. and is led by producer/director Brett Ratner (X-Men, Horrible Bosses, Rush Hour). Most recently, RatPac partnered with James Packer from Australia to secure a $150M credit line leaving them with $225M at their disposal to finance projects with. Read the article here!   I brought Agustine in to talk about studio-level comedies and now I'm bringing this information to you, our Stage 32 members! This is what we went over: What do studios look for in comedies? Do you feel like studio level comedies tend to be exaggerated or do you feel they are more grounded? How do you feel about raunch in comedy? What’s the nice juxtaposition between edgy comedy and raunchy? What are your thoughts on the trend skewing towards more female comedy lately? What do you feel is the #1 common mistake writers make when they are writing comedies? Should comedy writers do comedy or improve classes to hone their craft? Mel Brooks or Woody Allen? When you're considering a project, by what page on a script do you know what type of comedy it is? Is there anything you feel are off limits or tiring for comedy? How many pages do you feel a good comedy should come in at? Can we pull back the curtain of the development process and talk about what happens to a script once it goes into development? To listen to this informative interview, click below!     For those of you who weren't able to attend any of the 30 Minutes With... sessions, don't worry! I'll be bringing you these interviews periodically right here on the Stage 32 Blog.   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...  

  20. Identifying a Narcissist on Social Media June 23, 2015 Identifying a Narcissist on Social Media

    In today's digital age everyone is vying for attention and engagement on social media. Today we're excited to bring you another clip in the 3-hour installment of our Founder & CEO RB's Film Courage interview, which discusses how to identify narcissistic behavior from creatives on social media. In this 4-minute clip, Identifying A Narcissist on Social Media is Easy, RB talks about the characteristics of a filmmaking, acting, producing, screenwriting narcissist and the mistakes they make by using this tactic. He talks about why the "hey look at me" approach won't work and why the give and take is important for your social presence as a creative. The wide ranging interview covered a plethora of subjects including filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, distribution, indie film, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Film Courage has begun releasing the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog. If you've missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here: 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on of the content above in the Comments section below...

  21. How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career June 16, 2015 How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career

    Today we bring you another clip in the 3-hour installment of our Founder & CEO RB's interview with Film Courage. Film Courage has begun releasing the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog. The wide ranging interview covered a plethora of subjects including filmmaking, acting, screenwriting, distribution, indie film, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Today's video is on the subject of How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career, however it can apply to ANY professional creative career. RB talks about how social media helped him land his screenwriting manager, he shares the amount of time you should put into your craft vs. networking and the amount of time you should spend effectively on social media. Plus, if you missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here: 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At CrowdfundingMistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on the content above in the Comments section below...

  22. Be Selfless. Communicate. Engage. June 11, 2015 Be Selfless. Communicate. Engage.

    At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Stage 32 had the 2nd largest attended panel at the Marche du Film next to Netflix! Our fearless leader, RB, and managing director Amanda Toney spoke about crowdsourcing and the importance of using social media as a filmmaker to a packed pavilion where over 300 people attended! Following Stage 32's standing-room only panel, RB sat down with Cineuropa, founded by industry veteran Domenico La Porta to chat some more. In this video, RB goes over: More about Stage 32 Do's and don'ts for your online presence as a creative What is crowdfunding? What is crowdsourcing? Where the future of film will go in a digital world Take some time to watch this 4 minute clip from the Cannes Film Festival NEXT Pavilion filled with invaluable information to help you as a creative. Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  23. 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True June 1, 2015 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True

    Over the past month we've been posting clips from the awesome interview Film Courage did with Stage 32 CEO RB Botto. These clips cover a variety of subjects including screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, distribution, indiefilm, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few, and serve to provide you with some free educational tips and advice. Film Courage has begun releasing the interview in segments and we're thrilled to be able to bring these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog.Today's video is on the subject of 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True. RB talks about the success stories of 2 Stage 32 members - one who was staffed on The Black List after a successful Happy Writers Pitch Session and one who used Stage 32 to staff over 30 cast and crew members on two films which were released theatrically. RB goes on to give advice for how to best use Stage 32 to accomplish success stories like these for yourself. The entire interview will be online in a couple of months. When it comes available, we'll have it right here! Here are links to the previous entries in this series: Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix ThemHow Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  24. Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding May 18, 2015 Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding

    Last month, the awesome owners of Film Courage came to the Stage 32 offices to interview our CEO, RB Botto. The wide ranging, over 3-hour interview covered a plethora of subjects including screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, distribution, indiefilm, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few.   Film Courage has begun releasing the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog.Today's video is on the subject of Most Likely Reason Why People Fail At Crowdfunding. RB talks about how to build social currency, why relationships are so important, how to engage an audience and why you need to focus on moving a crowd, not an individual, to be successful.The entire interview will be online in a couple of months. When it comes available, we'll have it right here!   Plus, if you missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here: 30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came True Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them How Networking Can Help A Screenwriting Career Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  25. Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them May 7, 2015 Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them

    Last month, the awesome owners of Film Courage came to the Stage 32 offices to interview our CEO, RB Botto. The wide ranging, over 3-hour interview covered a plethora of subjects including screenwriting, filmmaking, acting, distribution, indiefilm, the state or the industry, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, social media, and networking in person, online and outside of LA to name a few. Film Courage has begun releasing the interview in segments and we're happy to announce that we'll be bringing these videos to the community right here on the Stage 32 Blog.Today's video is on the subject of Mistakes Artists Make On Social Media & How To Fix Them. RB talks about the pros and cons of creatives networking on social media, why the "look at me" attitude never works and what a good approach is when using social media as a creative. The entire interview will be online in a couple of months. When it comes available, we'll have it right here! Plus, if you missed the other Film Courage video posts so far, don't worry! You can access them here:30 Years Of Chasing The Dream Of Being A Television Writer and How It Came TrueMost Likely Reason Why People Fail At CrowdfundingHow Networking Can Help A Screenwriting CareerLike this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  26. Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast April 19, 2015 Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast

    RB was on the highly popular podcast Entrepreneur On Fire hosted by John Lee Dumas and it is jam-packed with great advice! It's important for every creative to treat their career like an entrepreneur. This free podcast will help you, as a creative, apply some practical entrepreneurial tips to your career. RB talks about the first 60 minutes of your day, mentors, motivation, mistakes and successes - you don't want to miss it! "The only bet in life that's worth taking, in a lot of ways, is in yourself." - Stage 32 Founder & CEO, Richard Botto To listen, click below! Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  27. Hollywood Insight Podcast March 31, 2015 Hollywood Insight Podcast

    Our fearless leader, Founder & CEO, RB, was on the Hollywood Insight podcast hosted by Steven Trautmann, a longtime comedy writer in Hollywood. Joining them was actress Allira Jaques, a Stage 32 member who - just this year - used Stage 32 to help her move from Australia to Los Angeles. For a lively 45 minutes, Steve talked with RB about all things revolving around the industry - writing, filmmaking, producing, acting, education, the global reach of projects and so much more. And, Allira shared how Stage 32 provided her access, networking and education to help her with her big move.   Here's are some of the topics discussed during the podcast:   A fun story of how Allira Jaques started her career as an actress in Sydney, Australia, and used Stage 32 to help with her ultimate move to Los Angeles The globalization of filmmaking and how Stage 32 is helping bring filmmakers together Success story of a Stage 32 member from Ireland scoring a film for a Stage 32 in LA Success story of a UK editor editing a film for a filmmaker in Chicago Working with film commissions regarding tax examples Breakdown of Stage 32 professions on Stage 32 - acting, filmmakers screenwriters The importance of filling out your profile on Stage 32 Breakdown of Stage 32 Next Level Education Webinars & podcasts available for people who are changing disciplines in the industry The transition from being a writer to a filmmaker, or an actor to a producer RB's background running RAZOR Magazine and how that transitioned him into working in the industry The state of RB's script that is in development Short films as proof of concept and how WHIPLASH developed from a short to a feature How you can get a top talent actor attached to your indie project Ability to meet and network with others via social media Global success story for a New Zealand writer working in LA Distribution of CUT! from Stage 32 director David Rountree Future of Stage 32 To listen click below!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you.   As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks in the Comments section below...

  28. Film Reverie Podcast March 16, 2015 Film Reverie Podcast

    We are honored that Film Reverie had our fearless leader, Richard "RB" Botto on their popular podcast. For 90 minutes RB talked with hosts Michael Bekemeyer and Brad Kingston about all things creative, industry, networking, filmmaking and more. Just some of the things that RB, Michael and Brad go over are: What you can do to help your networking to improve your career How social media is playing a large part into today's independent filmmaking Fears that all filmmakers go through and advice on how to combat that What are the top 3 things that people need to know about Stage 32? Why do you want to be on Stage 32? How Stage 32 works with hundreds of executives in production and management Some of the several hundred sucess stories that have come as a result of the Stage 32 Happy Writers Crowdsourcing - the definition and how and why it's important Crowdfunding - tips and tricks and examples of creating a successful crowdfunding campaign The pressures and stress you feel as a creative and what you can do to help manage that In addition, Michael and Brad turned the tables over to RB as a screenwriter to talk about his own projects - including the book he's writing for Focal Press on crowdsourcing, as well as his script that is in development.   This is a fun talk about filmmaking and industry, but also creativity and finding balance in your life between the things that need to be done and the things you would like to do.   To listen, click here!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our new social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you.   As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on the content above in the Comments section below...

  29. RB on the Entertainment Drive Thru Podcast February 26, 2015 RB on the Entertainment Drive Thru Podcast

    Our fearless leader, Founder & CEO, Richard Botto was featured on the enormously popular podcast Entertainment Drive Thru hosted by Anna and Dan Zerin. In the nearly 45 minute broadcast Anna, Dan and RB talked about all things industry, including:   The origin of Stage 32 Orson Welles connection to Stage 32 Today’s evolving business, Stage 32 is creating opportunity for free Independent theater scene The importance of collaborating around the world The story of how a writer stationed in Afghanistan pitched through Stage 32 and got signed The story of a composer in Florida who's composing a film for a Director in India Too many creatives leave the game because they don't know how to network The industry is in a state of flux The barrier of entry for filmmakers has never been lower The lack of resources on Facebook and LinkedIn for the creative business If youre serious about your craft and spending more than 5-10 minutes of day on Facebook its a waste Stage 32 education and why it's important Evolution of technology and how it's affecting the industry QUOTES "We’re living in a virtual world" "My passion is education and bringing education to the masses." "This is a business of who you know." RB'S ADVICE FOR ALL CREATIVES Relax and Listen!   RB'S MUST READ BOOKS           Enjoy the podcast!  We look forward to your thoughts!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our   social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you!  

  30. RB on the Dave Bullis Podcast February 17, 2015 RB on the Dave Bullis Podcast

    A special thanks goes out to Stage 32 member Dave Bullis, who had RB on his popular filmmaking podcast. On the podcast, RB and Dave discuss a wide variety of topics including RB's experiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival, how to market yourself, the state of the film industry and were they think it's headed, RB's latest screenplay and then closed the discussion with RB going into depth about his new book on crowdsourcing. There is a lot of information to learn, so get your pen and paper (or your keyboard) out!  We hope you enjoy it.  Please share where possible!  Thank you! To listen, click below:   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks on ANY of the content above in the Comments section below...

  31. Podcast: On the Page - Featuring our Very Own RB! December 29, 2014 Podcast: On the Page - Featuring our Very Own RB!

    We are pleased to announce that our own founder and CEO, RB, was a guest on Pilar Alessandra's podcast, On the Page. Pilar is the founder of Page Writer's Studio in Sherman Oaks, CA and also the author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter. Over the 45 minute broadcast Pilar and RB talked about writing, the industry and touched on some of the best indie films out right now, including Boyhood, A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night, Nightcrawler and Whiplash. It's a fun, educational and funny podcast - one you don't want to miss. To listen to the podcast, click on the link below.     To listen to the podcast, click below!   Like this blog post? Please share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, email etc) by using our shiny new social media buttons at the top of the blog. Or post to your personal blog and anywhere else you feel appropriate. Thank you. As always, we welcome thoughts and remarks about the podcast in the Comments section below...

  32. The Doorpost Project Podcast November 10, 2014 The Doorpost Project Podcast

    A very big thank you to Duane Barnhart not only for having me on his terrific and popular podcast, but for asking such insightful and thoughtful questions.  I thoroughly enjoyed the time.  I hope you find the podcast interesting and informative! RB

  33. Selling Your Screenplay Podcast March 6, 2014 Selling Your Screenplay Podcast

    I was a guest on Ashely Scott Myers fantastic podcast, Selling Your Screenplay. Ashley and I discussed all things 32 past, present and future, how I used the site to land options and development deals, managers and agents, the state of the industry as it relates to screenwriters and filmmakers, and much more. I hope you enjoy and welcome your feedback! http://www.sellingyourscreenplay.com/podcasts/sys-podcast-episode-012-an-interview-with-screenwriter-producer-entrepreneur-and-ceo-of-stage-32-richard-botto/

  34. Pursuing Your Dreams - What Have You Done Today? Virtual Newsmakers Podcast May 14, 2013 Pursuing Your Dreams - What Have You Done Today? Virtual Newsmakers Podcast

    Drive. Desire. Passion. As a creative, we must motivate ourselves every day. External forces work against us; it's the nature of the pursuit. It's how we rise above it all, the strength of the fire in our souls, that defines who we are, and the lengths we'll go to make our dreams a reality. So the question is: What have you done today to take another step toward your goal? Maybe you've joined a class suited to your creative endeavors. Maybe you've practiced a monologue in front of a mirror. Perhaps you set the alarm an hour early so you can bang out five pages of a screenplay or tinker with that piece of music that's been rattling around your head. Maybe you've researched and created a target list of managers and agents worth querying. Maybe you've made a difference in the life of another creative by performing a selfless act - running lines, reading pages, watching a reel... Controlling your own destiny...Making a difference in another creative's pursuit...Finding a way, every day, to take a step forward. These are some of the many topics I discussed on VIRTUAL NEWSMAKERS, a terrific, spirited show hosted by Stage 32 members, Debbie Elicksen and Cynthia K Seymour. I also shared some tips on how Stage 32 members are using the site to their benefit, shared some recent success stories, and offered advice on how every creative can get the upper hand toward achieving their goals. Enjoy. RB As always, I am available for questions and remarks in the Comments section below.

  35. The Indomitable Spirit-Headshot Cafe Podcast November 19, 2012 The Indomitable Spirit-Headshot Cafe Podcast

    I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ajay Jhaveri, founder of Headshot Café, for a wide ranging interview regarding Stage 32's origins, what the site has to offer creatives from around the world, and the present and future plans for the community. Before we get to the video, my thanks to the multi-talented actor, writer, producer, Christian Meoli, for his comprehensive coverage of Stage 32 - and yours truly - for Yahoo Entertainment and Yahoo Tech. You can read Christian's article here: Why You Need to Be on Stage 32 If You Are in Entertainment Also a BIG shoutout to Stage 32 members Wendy Casey and Ricardo Andres. In 1986, Wendy wrote a novel called Seven Nights. In 1998, she converted the novel into a screenplay. And in 2012, right here on Stage 32, Wendy met Ricardo. Now, 26 years later - a testament to the perseverance of the creative spirit - Wendy is in pre-production on a film based on her script with Ricardo serving as producer. The $7M budget has been raised, the cast is almost set, and final filming locations are being scouted. Wendy was one of the earliest members of Stage 32. Always positive, always supportive, and, most importantly, always working - not only at her craft, but at making connections. I couldn't be more thrilled for her... And, of course, for Ricardo. I'll be watching their journey closely and rooting hard from the sidelines. For more on their story - and to witness Wendy's fabulous taste in t-shirts! - read here: $7 million movie to be filmed at Licking County sites Now, back to the video. Again, my thanks to Ajay for the hospitality as well as his interest. I enjoyed the time immensely. I ask you to please "LIKE". Please share. Post it. Tweet it. Email it. Support the cause, the concept, the community. Thank you. Enjoy. RB As always, I am available for remarks or questions in the Comments section below. Besides being a working actor, writer, and producer, Christian Meoli also runs Arena Screen at 1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. It's an indie screen theater right in the middle of Hollywood. For more information regarding screenings and bookings, contact Christian at info@arenascreen.com or (323) 306-0676. When he's not interviewing creatives for the Headshot Café, Ajay Jhaveri runs Argentum Photo Lab at 6550 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. For the last 25 years, Argentum has provided headshots for over 30,000 actors, including some of the biggest stars of the stage and screen. Ajay invites all to drop by the shop or shoot him an email (ajay@argentum.com) to learn how Argentum can get you set up with professional headshots which will truly make a difference.

  36. Web of Intrigue Podcast March 15, 2012 Web of Intrigue Podcast

    I'm very grateful to have been asked by Marc Whitehead to be a guest on his terrific podcast, Web Of Intrigue. Marc, his co-host, Peter, and I discussed the origins of Stage 32, the benefits of membership, and what the future holds for the network. I hope you enjoy it. As always, feel free to ask questions or leave remarks in the comments section below! -- RB Marc and Peter welcome Richard Botto, CEO and co-founder of film, TV and theatre social network site stage32.com. Richard explains the inspiration for the site, how it works, why it works, and why anyone working in, or with a desire to work in the business - anywhere in the world, should become a member. He also tells listeners about the award winning blog featuring guest contributors, and drops a hint about plans for the future... Click here to listen...