1 - Upload/Update your Headshot

We've put together the top 10 steps you should take when getting started with Stage 32. Let's start with the first, one upload/updating your headshot & cover photo.

 

Upload/Update Your Headshot

Click the Update headshot link under in the menu located in the upper right-hand corner of any page.

 

A new headshot update window will pop up allowing you to 1. drag and drop an image from a folder on your computer, 2. browse for a file on your computer, or 3. take a picture with your webcam, paste a link to your headshot from somewhere else on the web, or grab an image from your Facebook, Instagram, or Flickr account.

 

After you select, an image, just wait for the upload to complete and for the headshot update window to automatically close.

You will be presented with multiple options of editing your photo such as modifying orientation, cropping, removing red eyes and adjusting brightness, contrast, saturation and brightness. Once you are happy with your changes click "Save"

Your new headshot will be updated immediately. Updating your headshot is fun! Give it a shot now!

 

2 - Understand the Stage 32 Menu Bar

This will help you understand and navigate your menu bar:

Home

Your Home page now has a completely different look. Similar to Facebook, on the Home page feed you’ll see all the activity from everyone in your network delivered in sleek, easy to read panels.

You will notice that you have 4 options at the top: Post to Wall, Post to Lounge, Upload a Photo, Upload a Video – Let’s cover those briefly.

  • ·Post to Wall – A post to your wall is only seen by the people in your network .We’ve now made it incredibly easy to add a photo or a video to a wall post simply by clicking on the appropriate icon below the text box.
  • ·Post to Lounge – A post to the Lounge is seen by potentially everyone on Stage 32.Those who subscribe to that Lounge topic or are in your network will automatically receive the post in their Home page feed.
  • ·Upload a Photo – We highly recommend sharing your headshots, on set candids or any other photos you’d like.You can caption and receive comments on your photos as well.
  • ·Upload a Video – We also highly recommend sharing videos on your wall.Again, you can caption and receive comments as well.


Profile

The profile page has been updated to make it easier than ever to post all your pertinent information about yourself.

Lounge

Here is your place on Stage 32 to be social in a professional networking environment. This isn’t a place for pictures of cats, food or babies – this is a place for asking questions, posting valuable content and discussing your craft, the business and general discussions of film, TV and theater.


Blog

Want to know how some creatives have climbed to the top of the mountain? We have over 500 entries on the Stage 32 blog that follow the journeys of some of our members – directing to producing, acting to crew and everything in between – as well as other informational and educational posts. This is a great place to find advice, tips and support from the Stage 32 team and other members who range from film students to Academy Award Winners.


Connect

This is the section where you can really power up your networking. The Connect section allows to search nearly a half million Stage 32 members by name, location and occupation. Find people in your area or start an acting, writing or filmmaking group – the options are endless.


Invite

As many of you know, from back when we were in beta to this very day, we’ve asked all our members to help us strengthen the community by inviting at least 5 fellow creatives to the site.This makes Stage 32 extremely unique in that almost all of the community has been crowdsourced.I also believe that’s what makes it special.

If you haven’t invited at least 5 creatives, we ask that you please do so by clicking on this section.And if you have invited 5 and can think of more, we’d love to have them in the community.You can invite through email for through your Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media accounts.Thank you for paying it forward.


Meetups

One of our most popular sections – To date there have been over 1000 Stage 32 Meetups around the world. This is your opportunity to take your networking offline by setting up or attending a Stage 32 meetup in your area.Once it’s over, upload your photos and stay connected to those who attended!

Jobs

Need to hire cast and crew? Looking for work? This is the place to go. We offer detailed search options for occupation, location, compensation and more!


Education

Stage 32 has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as being the leader in Online Education for those working in film, television and theater. Whether you’re looking to learn a new craft or improve your skills, you’re in the right place.We only work with top industry and trained professionals to teach our Next Level webinars, classes and labs which are available both live and On Demand.

Also under Education, you’ll find my free On Stage With RB webinars as well as other free podcasts and webcasts.

Happy Writers

We work with over 300 industry development executives, managers and agents worldwide to help develop our writers through our in-depth services for our screenwriters. We have helped over 200 of our writers get optioned, in development, sold or placed to write on film or TV shows.Whether you’re ready to pitch your screenplay or receive studio coverage from an executive of your choosing, we break down the barriers to help you toward reaching your dreams.




Share

A shortcut to make a Wall Post or Lounge Post, and Upload Photos, Video/Audio, Job Postings, a New Meetup or Loglines.


3 - Completely Fill Out Your Profile (Your Most Important Page)

Your profile is your most important page on the site. Similar to LinkedIn (after all, we’ve been called “LinkedIn for creatives”), it is important that you have a fully completed profile before you start networking! You can access your profile from your top menu bar.

Fact: We polled members who have hired Stage 32 members for their projects and 91% of them said a completed profile was the most important reason they did. Think of it this way – would you show up to an interview without your business cards, reel or headshots?

First and foremost - Headshot & Cover Photo

This is your first impression to the Stage 32 community. Make sure you upload your photo and a cover photo so we can instantly get a sense of your personality!


Here’s a rundown of the profile page menu bar and how best to complete your profile:


Post & Updates

Here is where you keep track of all the discussions you are

personally involved in, all in one easy place for you to find!


About

Similar to IMDB, here is where you make yourself shine. You can fill out your bio, location, Resume/CV, Education, Credits, Awards and links. Remember, be thorough!You only get one shot at a first impression!


Network

Similar to friends on Facebook, or connections on LinkedIn, this shows the Stage 32 members that you have accepted into your network. You can search by name, location or occupation to narrow your view.


Lounge Discussions

Here you can easily keep track of all the lounge discussions you are involved in all in one place at-a-glance!


Photos

This is where you upload headshots, on-set photos, photos of your work, inspirational photos, photos of equipment you use and more!

Fact: When polled, 91% of Stage 32 members who have hired cast or crew for a project have disqualified a candidate if they do not have headshots, stills (or other photos of their work) or a reel (or other pertinent media) posted to their profile.



Video/Audio

You’re here to network and make meaningful connections, so make sure you round out your profile by uploading your media – your reel, your short, your feature, your voice reel, your composer files, or whatever is pertinent to your craft!Regardless of whether you have a personal website or have your media posted elsewhere, be sure to upload it to your profile as well!

Fact: When polled, if people have to click out of Stage 32 in order to see samples of your work they are 83% more likely to click away from your profile on Stage 32.


Loglines

Have a great script? Upload your screenplay title, loglines and full screenplays in this part of your profile.


Job Postings

Are you casting or crewing a film? Here is where you can keep track of all the submissions you receive for your job postings.


Another way you can access your profile:

Under SETTINGS, click EDIT PROFILE.


4 - Introduce Yourself to the Stage 32 Community

After you've uploaded your headshot and cover photo, filled out your complete profile and learned how to navigate your top menu bar, now, it's time to Introduce Yourself to the community! As of June 2015 there are over 400,000 film, television and theater creatives in the Stage 32 community and you will find this community incredibly supportive.

To introduce yourself, click on the "Lounge" on you top menu bar, then click on the "Introduce Yourself" lounge. In here, take a moment to let us know more about you as a creative so the Stage 32 community knows who you are!



Here are some examples "Introduce Yourself" posts:


With hundreds of thousands of creatives all over the world in the Stage 32 community, take some time to shine and introduce yourself!

5 - Find and Invite Stage 32 Members Into Your Network

Expanding your Stage 32 network is easy. You can find and connect with Stage 32 members who are near you, are looking for creatives with your skillset in your area, or are connected with people already in your Stage 32 network.

Remember this is a professional social network and we highly recommend that you have a fully completed profile before you start networking on Stage 32.


How to Start Networking on Stage 32

To start building your network, from your top menu bar, click "Connect." Here you can connect with all Stage 32 creatives by "Search all Members", "All Network Suggestions", "Friends of Friends, or "Random". You can search any of these categories by member's Name, Location or Occupation.

To add a member simply click the "+" button next to the creative you'd like to connect with. You will also find these buttons on your wall, in the lounge and other various places on the website. Just click the button and the other member will automatically receive your request.



Once you've welcomed people into your professional network, you can access your Network by the following:


Click on "Profile" on your top menu bar, then click "Network"


(1) "Search" - You can search for any members you have in your network by Name, Location or Occupation.

(2) "Your Network" - You can search the members who you have chosen to network with.

(3) "Expand Your Network" - When you click the view all button you will get a list of new members to consider adding to your network.

Expanding your Stage 32 network is a great way to find work in your area and connect with other like-minded creatives. Get started today!

6 - Make a Wall or Lounge Post

Making a wall or lounge post on Stage 32 is easy. You can access this from your home screen.

Wall Post - if you make a wall post will be seen by everyone in your network.

Click "Home", Click "Wall Post", start typing. You can upload Photos or Video underneath the box you are typing in. Click "Post" and your post will be seen by everyone in your network.



Lounge Post - if you make a lounge post it will be seen publicly in the lounge by everyone in the Stage 32 community

Click "Home", Click "Lounge Post", start typing. You can upload Photos or Video underneath the box you are typing in. Click "Post" and your post will be seen by everyone in your network.


Upload photos or audio/video to your Wall Post:

You can upload headshots, on-set photos, photos of your work by clicking "Photo Upload" on your Wall Post box.


You can upload videos, reels, shorts, voice clips and any other media by clicking "Video Upload" on your Wall Post box.

7 - Check out the Stage 32 Blog

The Stage 32 Blog is award-winning and filled with over 600 posts about creative journeys from our Stage 32 members ranging from film students all the way to Oscar winners. Sit back, grab your favorite beverage, and start reading. You'll never know who you'll find that's blogged for Stage 32, and, most importantly, you'll be incredibly inspired:


8 - Head to the Stage 32 Lounge

The Stage 32 lounge has over 70,000 discussions about the business & craft of film, television and theater, as well as industry discussions and it even showcases our members work! Head over there to get involved in the conversation!

9 - Invite at Least 5 of Your Fellow Creatives

Since day one, Stage 32 has been a professional community that has been crowdsourced and grown by word of mouth. We ask that you please invite at least 5 of our fellow creatives to expand and strengthen our community.

First, click "INVITE" on your top menu bar:


Next, it is so easy to invite your creative friends to join Stage 32! You can invite fellow creatives in 2 ways:

1) Send invites via email

2) Invite your creative friends to Stage 32 though:

  • Gmail
  • LinkedIn
  • MSN or Hotmail
  • Outlook
  • Yahoo
  • AOL
  • Address Book


Please help strengthen our community.

Happy Networking! See you on Stage 32!


10 - You're Ready! Education, Jobs, Meetups, Happy Writers

You're Ready!

You're now ready to use Stage 32. As you get ready to start posting and networking, allow us to highlight a few of our most popular sections:

Education

Forbes has recognized Stage 32 as the world leaders in online education for film, television and theater creatives. Take a minute to check out our live and on-demand Next Level webinars, classes, and labs.



Jobs

Looking for work? Need to hire cast and crew for your project? Browse jobs in your area or post a job for FREE!



Meetups

Thousands of Stage 32 Meetups have happened all over the world. See if there is one in your area or start one today to take your networking offline.



Stage 32 Happy Writers

Are you a screenwriter? Don't miss the Stage 32 Happy Writers' highly acclaimed pitch sessions, pitchfests, coverage, classes, and labs.

Formatting text and adding links to Lounge posts, wall posts, and messages

Want to add a little emphasis to your Lounge post? What about choosing the text for a private message link?

Here's how to format text and add links to your Stage 32 Lounge posts, wall posts, and messages:

You'll be able to turn this:

Into this:

Here's a quick reference:

italic

Wrap your text with a single asterisk (*) like this: *italic*

bold

Wrap your text with two asterisks (**) like this: **bold**

italic and bold

Wrap your text with three asterisks (***) like this: ***italic and bold***

Links

Place the link text in [brackets] and the link URL in (parenthesis) immediately after. Don't put a space between the link text and the URL. Here's an example:

[Link Text](http://www.example.com) will turn into Link Text

Liking to show support

Liking is the best way to show your support to fellow Stage 32 creatives. Here's how to enhance your network standing and gain Karma Points by liking posts, photos, videos, loglines, Lounge discussions and much more.

You'll see a Like link next to each wall post, Lounge discussion, comment, reel video, logline & screenplay, project, and photo.

Just click like to show support.

When you've liked an item, the like link will turn green and you'll see a next to it.

A number next to the like link will show you how many members have liked that item. Just click the number to see a list of those members.

Show your support by liking wall posts, Lounge discussions, comments, videos, loglines & screenplays, projects, and photos. Support a fellow creative today!

Wall Posts vs. Lounge Posts

When you post to your wall, your post will only be seen by members in your network or people viewing your wall directly. This is a great way to communicate directly with those in your inner circle.

When you make a Lounge post, you are posting to everyone who visits the Lounge, subscribes to the topic you post in, wanders into the topic, and also members already in your network. Posting in the Stage 32 Lounge is a great way to reach out to a much larger portion of the Stage 32 community and grow your network.

How do I Search for People on Stage 32?

You can quickly search right from the top bar of the page by entering the person's name:


Or you can use the "Connect" section for a more expansive search, including Name, Location & Occupation:

Just click "Search" when you are done, and you will get a new list of all the members matching your search criteria.

How do I change my password?

Go to "Email & Password" located in your top right profile area.

Enter in your new password in the PASSWORD and CONFIRM PASSWORD fields and click SAVE at the bottom of the page.

What is Stage 32?

Stage 32 is the world's largest social network and educational site for film, television and theater creatives. Launched in September of 2011, the community is now filled with over a quarter million members from every country on the planet. Simply put, Stage 32 is the online community uniquely populated by the most creative people on Earth.

For more on Stage 32, please read our mission statement.

Who Created Stage 32?

Stage 32 is the brainchild of Richard Botto (CEO). A creative himself, Botto knows first-hand the challenges all creatives face finding work or attracting attention to their projects.

The mastermind behind the design and development of the site is CTO and Lead Developer, Derrick Ontiveros.

They are both firm believers that networking is equally important as perfecting one's craft. Their intent with 32 is to make networking easier and to make the world a little smaller.

Is there a Stage 32 App?

Yes! Click here for more info.

What is Stage 32's policy on self-promotion and SPAM?

We have a zero tolerance for spam at Stage 32. And while we realize that all of our members have something to promote - a company, a crowdfunding project, their reel or loglines - we ask that they do so in an organic way.

The following are not permitted:

  1. Spamming multiple member walls or multiple Lounge topics with the same message or promotion. (Note: A single post on your wall will be seen by everyone in your network)
  2. Sending canned private messages to multiple accounts.
  3. Soliciting payment for a product or service via wall posts, Lounge posts, private message, project posting, etc.

Violation of any of these spam policies will result in an automatic account suspension and removal of the offending content.

We Do allow all members one (1) promotional post in Your Stage section of the Stage 32 Lounge

We ask all of our members to be active in the community, to participate in conversations and offer assistance and guidance to other members where possible. We believe that attention to one's brand and work begins with a selfless approach to networking, not through spamming.

For information about advertising on Stage 32, please contact advertising@stage32.com

I just joined Stage 32 - where do I start?

Our Founder and CEO, RB, did a FREE webinar that goes over all of the site features. This "tutorial" is about 20 minutes, followed by a 2 hour Q&A session about how to best use the site, as well as questions about the industry. You can access the FREE video here.

What Professions Are Permitted on Stage 32?

Stage 32 is a community for film, television, and theater creatives. If you work in any of these fields - be it as a actor, producer, director, writer, composer, crew, etc - you are invited to join. If by chance you feel your profession is missing from our comprehensive list, please feel free to drop us a line.

Can I choose more than one profession?

Yes! We accept all multihyphenates!

If you are an actor who also directs or a producer that also writes, you have the ability to choose more than one profession.

Go to your profile, click on the "About" tab, then click "Edit" link within your "Background" section as demonstrated below.  You will have an option to edit your profession and make any applicable selections.

Can I refer people?

Yes! A network is only as strong as its members. That's why we ask all new members to invite 5 fellow creatives. You can do this right through the site by using the Invite friends to Stage 32 section directly below your profile picture. We also ask our members to spread the word through other social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

Are companies allowed on Stage 32?

Yes, however we require that you associate a name with the company, such as - John Doe - Planet X Productions. Many Stage 32 members are reluctant to accept network requests from profiles that do not have a proper name attached and will mark the sender as spam, which in turn will cause the account to be blocked.

I have a personal website - Can I link to Stage 32?

Yes! And we encourage you to do so. Many of our members have had great success in directing interested parties from their personal website to their Stage 32 profile.

We've made it easy to post a Stage 32 icon linking your personal website to your profile @ www.stage32.com/button

I Hate My Face - Do I Need To Upload a Headshot?

Don't be shy! Profiles without a headshot will have limited access to the site, not be featured in certain sections ("People Near You", for example), and will rank lower in search results. Also, many Stage 32 members are reluctant to accept a network request or communicate with those who do not post a headshot.

Simply put, adding a profile picture will allow you to experience everything Stage 32 has to offer. Put a face to the name!

What is Build My Network?

There are two ways to build your network and expand your area of influence on Stage 32. Remember, who you know is as important as what you know, so start reaching out to as many people in the industry as possible.

Expand your network -- Will list individuals who have projects that may be of interest to you. Check out their projects in progress and see if there is a good fit. For example, a director may be looking for actors/actresses, a playwright may be looking for a producer, or a producer may be looking for a director.

People you may know -- This is a list of individuals who have something in common with you -- whether a mutual friend or contact, film school attended, or city that you live in.

How do I ask someone to join My Network?

Once you find someone you'd like to add to your network, go to their profile page, and look for the "Add John Doe to your network" link under their profile ID. Alternatively, you can find people suggested under "People near you," "Expand your network," or "People you may know," in which case there will be a small "Add" button next to their profile picture.

How do I "talk" with another Stage 32 member?

There are several ways to communicate with another member of Stage 32. You can post on another member's wall, which is open for all members to see. You can start a discussion or participate in an existing conversation on the Discussion Board. You can post a topic or reply to a post in the Stage 32 Lounge. You can send them a private message, which is located just under the other party's profile ID. You can check to see "Who's Online," and do an instant private chat session. Explore the site, find people and topics that interest you and then NETWORK!

What is network activity?

The Network activity section shows you the most recent wall posts, Lounge discussions, and content uploads from your Stage 32 network.

What is the Stage 32 Lounge?

The Stage 32 Lounge is the coolest hangout on the web. You can add a lounge topic to any post - there is a drop down menu beneath every posting bar - or you can just enter the Lounge (top menu button) and join any conversation in any topic.

Further, you can subscribe to Lounge topics or simply just follow a Lounge discussion.

The Introduce Yourself section is a great place to quickly make yourself available to the entire network.

What is the difference between a Wall Post and a Lounge Post?

When you post on your wall without a Lounge topic, your post is ONLY visible to those in your network. This is a great way to communicate directly with those in your inner circle.

When you post with a Lounge Topic attached, you are posting to EVERYONE who subscribes to the topic, wanders into the topic, and those already in your network.

How do I use the "Search" function?

You can use the quick Search bar in the upper right to search members by name. For more advanced searches, under Browse, select People or Projects.

People can be searched by Name, City, College/University, Film school, or Profession.

Projects can be searched by Title, Location, Project Status, Project Type or Genre.

How many private messages can I store and how long do they stay stored?

Currently, we have no limit on the number of private messages a member can store. As long as your account is active, all private messages will be stored until the recipient deletes them.

What is the Tip of the Week?

The Tip of the Week is our way of helping Stage 32 members get the most out of their networking experience. All tips can be found under the Browse menu on the top bar.

How can I change my email notification settings?

To change your email notification settings, click "Notifications" link in the footer of every page.

Here you can choose what types of notifications you'd like to receive. Note that there are multiple options as some members would like to receive specific types of notifications and not receive others. For instance, you may want to receive a notification each time somebody sends you a message, but not receive any notifications about people posting on your wall. When done click "Save"

Note: keep in mind that some emails might be loaded ahead of time, which means you might still received a message or two after you unsubscribe, so please allow up to 2 days for the emails to stop. In an unusual situation where this does not work, feel free to send us a message.

Here is the list of the options:

What's that number in the corner of my profile?

Those are Karma Points.

What are Karma Points?

Karma Points is a measurement of a member's activity level on Stage 32. You build "good karma" by creating content, adding members to your network and interacting with the community. Good things come to people with good karma.

How do I report abuse or inappropriate content?

If you believe you are the victim of an unfriendly Stage 32 user or you find content you believe to be inappropriate, please report it by clicking on the "Report Abuse" link at the bottom right of your profile page. All reports are taken seriously and we have zero tolerance for abusive members.

What is the Stage 32 Deals section?

Stage 32 Deals features exclusive special deals for Stage 32 Members.

To become a strategic partner with Stage 32 and offer your services or products in the Stage 32 Deals section, please contact biz@stage32.com

Who do I contact with a press inquiry?

Please direct all press requests to - Press@stage32.com

Who should I contact for marketing, strategic partnerships, or sponsorships?

For any marketing, strategic partnership, or sponsorship inquiries, please contact - biz@stage32.com

I still have a technical question. Who can I contact?

Please review the FAQ one last time. If you are still having technical difficulties, please contact our CTO Derrick Ontiveros.

How can I format text and add links?

You can add special formatting and custom links to Lounge posts, wall posts, and messages on Stage 32.

Here's a quick reference:

italic

Wrap your text with a single asterisk (*) like this: *italic*

bold

Wrap your text with two asterisks (**) like this: **bold**

italic and bold

Wrap your text with three asterisks (***) like this: ***italic and bold***

Links

Place the link text in [brackets] and the link URL in (parenthesis) immediately after. Don't put a space between the link text and the URL. Here's an example:

[Link Text](http://www.example.com) will turn into Link Text

How do I link directly to a Lounge or wall post?

Click the blue arrow icon under any Lounge or wall post (directly above the comment section).

This will open a popup with the page's URL. Just copy the URL from your browser's address bar and paste it in an email or share it with friends via Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks.

How do I delete / cancel / close my account?

Click on your "Account" link at the top right corner and select "Email & password". On the bottom right corner there is a button for DELETE.

We're sorry to see you go.

How do I update my profile?

You can update your profile information by clicking "Profile" in the main menu, and then "About" within the menu on your profile page, as demonstrated below.  You will be able to edit your background information, location information, physical attributes, upload resume / cv, add education, populate credits and projects, list awards, and add links to your personal website, business website or profile.

How do I update my background information?

Your background information includes your name, your company, your occupation, biography and unique traits section.  You can update it by going to your "Profile" and clicking "About" followed by "Edit" link within Background section as demonstrated below:


You will then see the popout as on the screenshot below.  Fill in your information and Save changes when done.  Keep in mind that you can list multiple occupations. Simply start typing and a list of all available occupations will give you additional options.  You can also drag the occupation boxes to reorganize and select your primary occupations.

How do I update my location information?

You can associate one unique location with your profile.  Location will let other users know where you are right now and will allow you to customize your job searches.  You are required to have one location selected.  You can change it by going to your "Profile", clicking "About", followed by "Edit" link under the map within your Location section as demonstrated below:


You will then see this popout - click on the arrow on the right to open up text input area and start typing the name of your city to populate the list of available options:

Where can I find the schedule for the next "On Stage with RB" session?

Stage 32 Founder and CEO, RB, hosts a live webinar once a month, however there is no set schedule for when it will happen next.  Stay tuned and we will notify you via the newsletter and, as always, you can see the upcoming events including On Stage with RB on the top of your home page.  And don't forget - you can always rewatch any of the sessions you previously missed on the On Stage with RB page located under the "Education" section in the main menu.

How do I view the blog post?

To access the blog post you can click on the image of the blog post (A), the title (B), or the “Read more” button (C).

What are blog tags and how do I use them?

Blog tags indicate categories for all of our blog posts.  If you are interested in reading all of the blogs marked with the tag "Producing" you can click on the "Producing" tab and you will be shown all of the blog posts that belong to this category.

Clicking on the comment bubble (A) will take you directly to the comments section. Clicking on any of the tags on the page (B) will execute a search and show only the blog posts matching the specific tag. And as always, you can support the author by liking the blog post (C) right below the tags.

How do I search the blog?

Searching for blog posts is now easier than ever – you can use the field in the heading (A) to search for any particular keywords, or click on any specific tags (B) to see the blog posts only within that category.

How do I scroll through blog posts?

Once inside the blog post you will notice pagination arrows (A) to each side of the post. This will allow you to quickly browse through your search results.

How do I share a blog post?

You can do so by clicking the social media buttons at the top of the blog post to instantly share to your network. (1 - 5)

What are the cover photo and headshot dimensions?

As far as the headshot goes, we strongly recommend uploading a square image 500px in width or bigger. If the image is not a square, don't worry, you will have an option to crop it to ensure that other see your face instead of just seeing your forehead.

Cover photo dimensions are 1162px by 470px on the largest display setting. If you have a pixel-perfect design in mind and need specific dimensions - please check out the graphic below:

How do I redeem a promo code?

Your promo code usually relates to a class or a webinar discount - to learn more about classes and webinars go to Next Level Education's about page.

On every webinar and class page you will find a link that states "I have a promo code" - click on the link, enter the code and press "Register" to continue to checkout. You will instantly see that the code has been applied. Here is an illustration of these steps:

How to delete a lounge post

Do you need to remove a post that you've made in a lounge? No matter what the reason for that is, you can do so by clicking the chevron in the upper right corner to open a dropdown list. Then select "Delete".

Deleting a post

How to delete a comment?

Removing comments couldn't be easier, but in case you've missed it, there are "edit" and "delete" links next to each comment you post. Click "delete" link and continue with confirmation to remove each comment. Note that anyone subscribed to the lounge post might still remove the email with the body of the comment, so comment responsibly.

Deleting a comment

How do I update a headshot or cover photo?

To update / replace your headshot or cover photo you need to be logged into your account.

Click on the "Profile" tab (second menu item from the left) - this will bring you to your profile page.

Right under your headshot image you will see two links:

  1. update headshot
  2. update cover photo

Click on either of them to replace your existing headshot and cover photo.

Note: At this time there is no option to completely remove a cover photo. If you want to remove any previously images, you can do so by clicking "Photos" tab on your Profile page and navigating to "All Photos". For more information on photo management take a look at this faq: Adding and Managing Photos. For instructions about cover photo size see: What are the Cover Photo and Headshot Dimensions?

Can I set my network request notification preferences?

Yes. You can set your network request notification preference by following steps.  

- Click on your 'Network Request' button in the header.

- While in 'Pending network requests' page, click on 'Change my notification preference' button.

- Check your prefer settings.

- Finally, click on 'Save preference' to save all the changes. 

I can't access a webinar I just purchased.

If you're having problems accessing a webinar or a class, there are three common reasons as listed below:

1 - the webinar or class has not yet occurred.  

All of our webinars are first recorded live and then uploaded to the website for the on-demand viewing.  Check the date on the webinar page.  If it's in the future, it means that it will be available for watching live, you should have a link in your email and in your purchase history page.  Click on the link when the webinar is about to start.  Keep in mind, all times are listed in pacific standard time (PST) or pacific daylight time (PDT), so if you're not on the west coast, you may need add or subtract time to accommodate for different time zone.

2 - the webinar or class occurred within the last 24-48 hours.

We broadcast our live webinars and classes on the day listed in the page.  We then record the webinar, make small edits and adjustments and upload the webinar to our video server.  This process is time consuming that's why we ask for your patience.  If you have waited for 3 business days and still can't access the webinar, take a look at the next point below or send us an email via the contact page.

3 - the webinar or class was purchased with a different email address or account.

It sometimes happens that our members buy a webinar or a class while not logged in to our website.  As they do so, they provide a different email address that we have on file.  In these cases the webinar or class does not get attached to your account.  Send us your other email address via the contact page, and we will search for your purchase and attach it to your account.

 

4 - Your purchased webinars and history are available at any time under your Education section (EDUCATION on top menu bar > MY EDUCATION)

Could I reorder my occupation?

Yes. You can start to edit on your background details page. Click on 'Add background details' add and reorder your occupation in the occupation field.

Can I upload send images over private messages?

Of course, you can click on the image icon in the text editor to upload any image that you want share with your friends.

Could I add a photo to my logline?

Definitely. You can upload a photo by clicking on "add a photo" button on the right.

If you don't have a poster for the movie planned out and need creative ideas, try the free resources over at Canva.

Don't forget to save the changes.

Editing and Deleting Videos

First, go to your videos page.

From your Reel page, click the video you'd like to edit or remove.

Posting work to your Stage 32 Reel is a great way to show off your talent. Get started today!

Uploading videos

To upload a new video, click Video & Audio Reels on your profile side menu.

Click the Upload a file button.

On the Upload page you have 3 options. Post a link, upload a file from your device, or return to the previous page.

On the Polst a link page. Just cut and past the link you of the video you want to upload and click Submit.

On the Upload a file page, you can either browse for your file by clicking Choose File or just drag and drop the video file directly into the gray box. Your video will start uploading automatically.

Drag a video into the gray box

or

Browse for a file to upload

You'll be able to see the video upload progress in real time.

Once your video is done uploading, enter a title and description then click Save.

Please note: Depending on the size of your video, it may take up to an hour for us to process it. Usually, it'll be ready in less than 5 minutes.

To return to your Reel, click Done.

Posting videos to your Stage 32 Reel is a great way to show off your work and promote yourself. Check out the new and improved video upload system today!

Get your profile button

Linking your Stage 32 profile to your personal website or blog is the perfect way to up your exposure.

To get your Stage 32 profile button code, follow these steps:

1. Access your profile menu by clicking your headshot in the upper right-hand corner of the site.

From your profile menu, click Get profile button.

2. Copy the code provided for your selected profile button.

Adding and removing résumés / CVs

Adding your résumé or CV to your Stage 32 profile is easy. You can even add multiple résumés/CVs if needed.

Adding a résumé / CV to your profile

  1. Click your account menu (upper right corner of the page) and select Edit profile.



  2. At the bottom of the Résumé / CV section, select Upload your résumé / CV.



  3. Select Choose File or Browse and select a file from your computer to upload.



  4. Optionally, enter a description for the uploaded file. This is useful if your résumé or CV contains many separate documents.

    To add more documents, just click Add another and repeat steps 3 and 4.

    When you are done uploading your document(s), click Save changes.



Removing an uploaded résumé / CV, follow these steps: 

  1. Click your account menu (upper right corner of the page) and select Edit profile.



  2. At the bottom of the Résumé / CV section, select Edit.



  3. Click the X button next to the uploaded résumé / CV you'd like to remove.



  4. Click Save changes to confirm removal of your uploaded document(s).

Adding and managing Photo Albums

You can group your photos into albums within your "Photos" page.

Albums are created when you assign a photo to an album, you can do so when first uploading the image:



or when editing the image:

These albums can be easily sorted by dragging them out to the right spot with your mouse:

Adding and managing Photos

When you upload photos to Stage 32, all photos will go to your photo gallery under "Profile" > "Photos" and will show up on your wall and in your updates.

You can get to the photo uploading section from three different places.

1. On your Home page you can click "Add Photo" in the right panel section:

2. In the main menu, you can click "Share" followed by "Photos":


3. You can go to your "Profile", click on "Photos" followed by "Upload photos" link:

Note: If you upload multiple photos within 1 hour, these photos will be grouped into a single update.


Easiest way to manage your photos is to go into a specific photo album and clicking either the edit or delete button.

Delete button will remove your photo and give you a chance to undo that action, while edit button will let you change photo's caption and album.


You can quickly rename the photos or add them to photo albums:


Last, but not least, you can now order your photos within each gallery. Do you want one of the photos to stand out over others? Drag the photos around to change the order in which they appear on the screen:


Is the content of your caption too long to fit into two rows of text? No worries, we will show whatever fits and show an ellipsis (...) indicating that there is more to see. Anybody who clicks on that photo will be able to see the entire caption.

Deleting loglines & screenplays

To delete a logline or screenplay, select Delete from the action menu of your logline/screenplay:

Editing loglines & screenplays

To edit your logline or screenplay, select Edit from the action menu of your logline/screenplay:

What is Your Profile?

Your profile is your most important page on the site. Similar to LinkedIn (after all, we’ve been called “LinkedIn for creatives”), it is important that you have a fully completed profile before you start networking! You can access your profile from your top menu bar.

Fact: We polled members who have hired Stage 32 members for their projects and 91% of them said a completed profile was the most important reason they did. Think of it this way – would you show up to an interview without your business cards, reel or headshots?

To learn more about how to fill out your profile completely, click here


How do I upload a Headshot?

Your headshot is a photo of yourself and the way you are identified in and around the Stage 32 community.

For a detailed description of how to upload a headshot, click here.

How do I upload a Cover Photo?

A cover photo is a large photo that spans the wall of your profile and an instant way for Stage 32 members to learn your personality!

For detailed instructions on how to upload your cover photo, click here.

Navigating Your Profile Menu Bar

You can access your Profile from the top menu bar. Once you are in your profile, a 2nd menu bar appears below featuring Posts & Updates, About, Network, Lounge Discussions, Photos, Video/Audio, Loglines and Job Postings.

​Post & Updates - Keep Track Of Your Personal Discussions on Your Profile

Post & Updates

Here is where you keep track of all the discussions you are personally involved in, all in one easy place for you to find!

What to Expect in Posts & Updates:


About - Your Professional Profile & Most Important Page on Stage 32

Similar to IMDB, here is where you make yourself shine. You can fill out your bio, location, Resume/CV, Education, Credits, Awards and links. Remember, be thorough! You only get one shot at a first impression!

Here's where to find it:


Here's What Your About Section Looks Like:


How to Edit Your "About" Section:

You can edit any section of your profile using the "Edit" link or by clicking a hyperlink asking for an upload:

Network - Your Personal Network of Members from Stage 32

Network

Similar to friends on Facebook, or connections on LinkedIn, this shows the Stage 32 members that you have accepted into your network. You can search by name, location or occupation to narrow your view.

This is Where To Find It:


Here's What It Looks Like:


Lounge Discussions - Discussions You are Personally Involved In

Lounge Discussions

Here you can easily keep track of all the lounge discussions you are involved in all in one place at-a-glance!

Here is Where to Find It:



Here is What It Looks Like:




Photos - Headshots, On-Set Photos, Examples Of Your Work

Photos

This is where you upload headshots, on-set photos, photos of your work, inspirational photos, photos of equipment you use and more!

Fact: When polled, 91% of Stage 32 members who have hired cast or crew for a project have disqualified a candidate if they do not have headshots, stills (or other photos of their work) or a reel (or other pertinent media) posted to their profile.

Here is Where to Find It:



Here is What it Looks Like:


VIdeo/Audio - Reels, Shorts, Films, Audio Clips, etc.

Video/Audio

You’re here to network and make meaningful connections, so make sure you round out your profile by uploading your media – your reel, your short, your feature, your voice reel, your composer files, or whatever is pertinent to your craft!Regardless of whether you have a personal website or have your media posted elsewhere, be sure to upload it to your profile as well!

Fact: When polled, if people have to click out of Stage 32 in order to see samples of your work they are 83% more likely to click away from your profile on Stage 32.

Here is Where to Find It:


Here is What It Looks Like:


Loglines

Loglines

Have a great script? Upload your screenplay title, loglines and full screenplays in this part of your profile.

Here's Where to Find It:



Here's What It Looks Like:


Job Postings - Keep Track of Cast or Crew You Are Looking For

Job Postings

Are you casting or crewing a film? Here is where you can keep track of all the submissions you receive for your job postings.

Here's where to find it:

Here's what it looks like:


What is a logline?

A logline is a one (or occasionally two) sentence description that boils the script down to its essential dramatic narrative in as succinct a manner as possible. A tagline is a piece of marketing copy designed to go on posters to sell the film.

Adding loglines & screenplays

You can add a new logline by clicking "Share" item in the main menu followed by "Logline":

While you are in your profile, you can also click on the "Loglines" submenu tab.  You will see a button that will take you to the new logline form:

Can I reorder my loglines?

Yes.  While on your loglines page, you can click the "Re-order my loglines" link.  This will toggle a sorting functionality.

At that point, you'll be able to click and drag the loglines and change their order by moving them up or down.

I can't see the day and time my logline was added.

We believe that most loglines, synopses and screenplays are timeless.  Some of the masterpieces haven't seen the light of day for years since their creation.  We encourage you not to put dates on your virtual loglines, but if you chose to do so, you may annotate it with a comment stating the date and time it was created.

What are Desert Island Movies?

"Desert Island Movies" is a fun extension to your profile. Add up to 10 movies to you profile and use the dragging icon on the left to rank them putting your most favorite movies on top.

They are also great ice breakers. You can see the favorite films other members picked out by visiting their profiles.

Where can I find / edit Desert Island Movies?

You can find your Desert Island Movies inside your profile. To go there, click "Profile" in the main menu, and select "About" tab.  On the very bottom of this page you will find a section that looks like this:

Simply click "Edit" to add or modify your selection.

If you visit somebody else's profile you will see their selection as well:

See what movies you have in common with other Stage 32 members, and don't miss the right arrow on the side of the panel.  If the member has more than five movies chosen, you will have to use that arrow to view all of their picks.

Can I reorder my Desert Island Movies?

Absolutely.  You can remove, add or reorder your selection all on one page.  Simply go to edit your Desert Island Movies and use the drag handle on the right hand side to change the order by moving your picks up or down as demonstrated on the image below:

Could I reorder my occupation?

Yes. You can start to edit on your background details page. Click on 'Add background details' add and reorder your occupation in the occupation field.

Could I add a photo to my logline?

Definitely. You can upload a photo by clicking on "add a photo" button on the right.

If you don't have a poster for the movie planned out and need creative ideas, try the free resources over at Canva.

Don't forget to save the changes.

Importing credits from IMDb

If you already have an IMDb profile, you can quickly import your IMDb credits to your Stage 32 profile.

To get started, just follow these steps:

1. Select Edit profile from your Account settings menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

 

2. In the Credits section of your profile, click Import from IMDb.

 

3. Type in or paste your full IMDb profile link and click Get my Credits.

 

4. Stage 32 will check your IMDb profile and show you an example of some of the credits that will be imported if you choose to continue. Just confirm that the credits belong to you and click Import my IMDb data

 

5. We will automatically start the process of importing your IMDb credits. This may take a few minutes if you have a large number of credits to import.

 

6. After your credits have been imported, they will be displayed on your Stage 32 Profile page in reverse chronological order. You can edit or remove any of these credits just the same as credits that you added manually (by clicking the edit/remove credit link next to the credit you'd like to change).

 

That's all there is to it! Get started importing your IMDb credits today!

How can I auto-start my reel?

First, copy the url (from the address bar) that links to your reel.

Then, add ?autoplay=true to the end of this url.

If you want to auto-start this reel at a specific time, you can add ?autoplay=true#t=instead, where s is the number of seconds offset from the start of the reel.

For example #t=10 will start 10 seconds into the video, #t=100 will start 1 minute and 40 seconds into the video.

 

What are the Stage 32 Happy Writers pitch sessions?

If you have a script or reel (for select sessions only) that you feel is ready to be reviewed by industry professionals for consideration or representation, and you've prepared a professional pitch, Stage 32 Happy Writers provides you a unique way to pitch your screenplay directly to a variety of development executives, producers, managers or agents who are currently in the market looking for new material.

Stage 32 Happy Writers has spent years cultivating relationships with over 300 executives worldwide who work with us to help them find undiscovered material that they normally wouldn't have access to. Writers who have pitched through our service have been signed, optioned, taken into production, put into development or staffed on TV shows as a result. You can read more here, or watch videos from our writers here, here or here.

Live pitch sessions are done face-to-face directly with the executive through Skype and also by written submissions. For pitches, always start with the title, movies to compare it to (ie: "it's DIE HARD meets GOONIES!"), genre, and logline. Talk BRIEFLY about yourself and then dive into the story. Start by setting up the world this takes place in and then the protagonist (name, age, an actor that could play him/her, etc). Be sure to run through your story and character arcs in their entirety. Do not leave out the ending.

For live sessions over Skype, you will have 8 minutes to pitch your material to the executive. We recommend keeping your pitch to 4-6 minutes to allow room for any questions the executive might have at the end. For written pitches, make sure your pitch is 1-2 pages max. These are industry-standard professional pitching sessions so we expect you to be fully prepared.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to WriterHelp@Stage32.com for assistance.

How do I pitch?

We offer two ways to pitch to an executive: one-on-one, face to face via Skype or by submitting a written pitch. To learn more, visit Pitch Sessions or Online Pitchfest.

Can I include pictures or storyboards in my written pitch?

Of course! Please keep in mind that the 2 page maximum for written pitches includes such material. Pictures/storyboards included, your written must must not exceed 2 pages.

What if script gets produced as a result of pitching through your service? Will you get a percentage, credit, etc?

No, we will have no stake in the project once we pass it along. We just want to be thanked at your Oscar or Emmy speech!

Has anyone had success with your Online Pitchfests and other pitch sessions?

Over 200 writers have been signed, bought, optioned, or placed in the television or film workspace after utilizing our pitching and coverage services. You can read some of our Success Stories here. You can also read testimonials from our writers and our terrific executives here.

Can I choose which executive I want to pitch to read my script or pitch my project to?

Of course! For our Online Pitchfests, pitch sessions, coverage and consulting service YOU are the one to choose who will be reading your script, or reviewing your pitch. If you're not sure which executive is right for you, feel free to reach out to us at WriterHelp@Stage32.com.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to us directly at WriterHelp@Stage32.com and we will assist you with whatever you need! The Stage 32 Happy Writers is here to help you every step of the way!

What do I do after I sign up for a written pitch?

After you sign up for a written pitch, you will receive an automated e-mail from us with complete instructions on how to submit your written pitch. Please be patient as you might not receive this email immediately after signing up. Be sure to check your spam and/or promotions folder. Please upload your written material as soon as possible. Do not wait until the start of the session. The absolute deadline to submit your material is 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the session. Failure to submit your material on time will result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch. NO EXCEPTIONS.

You do not have to be present at the time of the pitch session if you are turning in a written pitch. Simply turn in your pitch and you will hear from us in a minimum of 7 business days with your report.

How do I submit a script to a Stage 32 Happy Writers screenplay contest?

When you complete your purchase for a Stage 32 Happy Writers screenplay contest, you will be sent to a screen and prompted to upload your screenplay.

ONLY .PDF FORMAT SCRIPTS ARE ACCEPTED. No .doc, .fdx, .celtix, etc.




Can I participate in your live pitch sessions if I do not live in the US?

Yes. You can be anywhere in the world to participate. If you want to do a verbal pitch then you must send in your Skype username, not an international phone number.

What type of report will I get after my pitch session if I get passed on?

Your report will include 2-6 sentences of feedback on how to better your pitch and/or story filled out directly by the executive you pitched to. The report will include a 1-5 grade on multiple categories and a "PASS" or "REQUEST". If you are requested, you will receive an email from us with further instructions on how to submit your screenplay.

When will I hear if my script was requested? When will I hear back on my requested material once it is submitted?

You will hear from a Stage 32 Happy Writers Coordinator 2-3 weeks after your session. Once your requested material has been submitted to us and sent to the executive, you will hear back from a Stage 32 Coordinator in 2-3 months after the executive has had a chance to review your material. You will also receive a Script Request Scorecard complete with feedback from the executive.

Can I pitch a script that isn't completed yet?

Your script must be completed in order to pitch with us. If you do get a request, you must turn in your script 72 hours after receiving the request email, otherwise you forfeit your right to submit your script to that executive and your pitch will not be refunded.

Do you have pitch templates that can help mold my pitch?

Do I contact the executive directly at my designated time?

No. You will be contacted by a Stage 32 Happy Writers Coordinator at the time of your pitch session if you are doing a verbal pitch. Do not call in on Skype as we have several sessions going on at once and it will disrupt other sessions. Please do not reach out to these executives on your own, as they do not accept unsolicited material.

I submitted a pitch and got passed on. What should I do?

Please know that this is just one person's opinion. Take the feedback constructively and graciously. Tweak the pitch with any notes that resonate. If you get more than 10 pass on your project, then you might want to consider getting coverage as there might be some story issues that are getting in the way.

I got a request! Am I able to continue pitching it to other companies?

Congratulations on your request! Yes. You can pitch it to other companies even if it was requested. You can pitch as much as you want until a company has agreed to move forward with it.

If I got a request, can I submit more material than just the script (i.e. a business plan, a show bible, a series overview, a bio, etc.)?

When getting a script request, please only submit the script. Ancillary material not specifically requested by the executive will not be sent. This includes query letters, cover letters, letters of interest, treatments, pictures, outlines, etc. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.

It is a good idea to include the list of your ancillary material in your pitch so the executive knows it is available to be requested.

After I submit a written pitch or script to an executive and make changes after the fact, can I turn in revised material?

Revised material may not be submitted. Please review all material thoroughly before submitting.

Can I pitch more than one project in one session?

It's better to keep the focus on each session to one project. Otherwise you will not be able to give each pitch their due diligence. If you would like to pitch more than one project in an 8 minute session or 2 page written pitch, then you must sign up for an additional slot.

What's the difference between pitch sessions and Online Pitchfests?

For our Online Pitchfests, you will be able to submit a logline that will be reviewed by all executives in attendance of the pitchfest. They will review your logline for consideration, after which they have option to request the script.

I signed up for a pitch session for your Online PitchFest. How do I turn in my logline so it can be seen by all the executives?

You will receive a link on how to turn in your logline. You must turn in your logline before the start of the entire Online PitchFest, not just before the start of your particular session. For example, if you signed up for a pitch on Sunday and the Online PitchFest starts on Saturday, then you need to turn in your logline on Saturday so the executives coming in that day can see your logline as well.

I signed up for a pitch and missed my slot. Can I send in my pitch late?

If you missed your slot you can not turn in your pitch late or have a make up session. By missing your slot you forfeit your opportunity to pitch to that executive and there will be no refund or credits.

May I include a reel in my pitch?

If you are signing up for a written pitch, please include a link to your reel in the written pitch. Make sure that if there is a password needed that you include that in your written pitch. Your reel should not exceed 4 minutes.

If you are signing up for a verbal pitch, please send us your link to your reel. The executive will watch your reel before the start of your session and then contact you. We deduct the amount of time it took them to watch your reel from your 8 minute session. So if your reel is 5 minutes long, then your verbal session will be 3 minutes long.

In both cases, make sure your reel is on a site such as Youtube or Vimeo. Do not send us a reel as an attachment to download.

Can I pitch a book?

Yes. You can pitch books as long as the genre matches what the executive is looking for. Please note at the top of your pitch that you are pitching a novel.

What is better, a written or verbal pitch? What's the difference?

We have seen success both ways. In our professional opinion and experience, the best verbal pitch trumps the best written pitch every time. However, it's really up to YOU and how you like to convey your story. Some writers feel more comfortable pitching their story verbally and some prefer to write down their thoughts and organize things that way. It depends on you and what you feel your strengths are.

Verbal pitches are 8 minutes long and done face-to-face over skype or over telephone. We recommend keeping your pitch to 4-6 minutes to allow room for questions.

If you signed up for a verbal pitch, please email the following to the Stage 32 at assistant@stage32.com

  • First and Last Name
  • Skype address
  • Phone number

Please note how you would like to be contacted. Even if you are opting for a Skype session, still provide your phone number and keep your phone near you at the time of your session in case we have to call you. International phone calls outside the United States will NOT be made.

Please put the company you are pitching to in the email subject line.

Written pitches are 2 pages max. Take care to format your document to make sure it is easy to read - do not submit a document that is just a block of text. Remember that a written pitch is, in essence, a miniature writing sample.

Please review our written pitch requirements:

  • By signing up to a written pitch you are agreeing that your pitch will be complete and ready to be submitted no later than 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the session.
  • You will NOT be able to submit a written pitch after the pitch session has started. No exceptions.
  • Your pitch must be 1-2 pages max. Written pitches exceeding the 2 page limit will not be read past the second page.
  • Your pitch MUST have your name, title of your script and email address in the upper right hand corner of the page.
  • Please save your written pitch using the following naming convention: YOURNAME_SCRIPTTITLE (ie. JaneSmith_TheFastTrack)

Failure to abide by these stated requirements may result in a non-refundable forfeiture of your pitch.

After I sign up for coverage, when can I expect it returned to me?

You will receive your completed coverage or consult 2-3 weeks after signing up and submitting your material.

I have a script that I want covered but don't know who to pick. What should I do?

Our executives are broken down in terms of the genre they feel the most comfortable critiquing. You can choose the executive you want based on your genre, or reach out to WriterHelp@Stage32.com for a recommendation. Please include your script's genre and logline so we can recommend the perfect executive for your project.

I want to sign up for an executive, but when I click on the coverage or consult option, they don't show up.

Some executives are only available for certain services. Some executives only want to give notes verbally and some only want to give notes in written form. If you sign up for a particular service and the executive you want doesn't show up, that means they are not part of that particular service.

Does the Executive Mentoring Session come with a script read?

Executive Mentoring Sessions do not come with a script read. You may submit ancillary material such as a written pitch or outline, so long as it does not exceed 20 pages.

Where can I find the Stage 32 Happy Writers Pitching Template?

You can find the pitching template under the "pitching tips" tab in every executive listing. Alternatively, you can click here to download the template.

Linking directly to a Lounge post or wall post

Click the blue arrow icon under any Lounge or wall post (directly above the comment section).

This will open up a popup with the link address - you can now copy it and paste it anywhere to share with others.

Sending Stage 32 Network Requests

As it's been said many times when it comes to the entertainment industry, it's not only what you know, but who you know. Now, sending a Stage 32 Network Request is as easy as one click.

At the top of a member's profile, just click the blue Add to Network button.

You'll see that the request has been sent when the button changes to gray and shows Network Request Sent

You can also click the blue Add button next to a Stage 32 Member Search result or on a member's wall or Lounge post.

This button will also change to gray to confirm that your network request has been sent.

If you find that you've sent a network request accidentally, it's easy to cancel your request. Just go to the member's profile page and click Cancel network request on their profile sidebar.

You'll see a confirmation that your request has been canceled.

Expanding your Stage 32 network is a great way to build connections in the community and keep up to date with your fellow creatives. Get started today!

Accepting network requests and removing people from your network

When you have pending network requests, you'll see a number next to the Requests link on your profile side bar. Click the Requests link to see all of your pending network requests.

From your Pending network requests page, just click Accept on each network request you wish to accept.

To remove a person from your network, go to their profile and hover with your mouse over the In Network button it will turn from green to red. Click the Remove from Network button to remove from network.

Sending Stage 32 Invites

Making our community stronger is as simple as 1 - 2 - 3!

1) Start by clicking on Invite from the top site navigation bar:

2) This will bring you to our new Invite page (we hope you love it!):

3) From there, you can add contacts in two ways.

First, you can manually populate your friends' and colleagues' email addresses on the left:'

 

Or, second, you can automatically import your contacts from Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIn, Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo, AOL and even your Mac Address Book:

Share via Gmail

Once you select the creative colleagues you would like to invite, you will be able to see if they are already on Stage 32 and add them to your network with a single click.

NOTE: you can also use this page to see which of your colleagues are already here.

Add friends to Stage 32

Last, but certainly not least. Don't worry about sending the invite to somebody over and over again. We will prevent this from happening. If you already sent an invite to someone once, you'll be able to tell once the list is populated:

It's that simple!

How do I identify the meetup once I get to the address in question?

This may be different case by case.
Some people may print a banner from Stage 32 meetup page to identify the exact location.
Others may use the green shaded note area on the meetup page to provide more information.
If you feel that not enough information has been listed, you may write a comment on the meetup page, and the organizer will be informed that you requested more information.

What are Stage 32 Meetup name badges?

If you are organizing an event, you may go ahead and print out name badges for your attendees.
It's always helpful in a larger crowd of people to identify the people you have not yet met.
You may print name badges from each meetup page. We recommend that you print the information right before the event as some people may choose to register late.

Can I look at the photos that were taken during a meetup?

You may view all of the photos that were taken during a specific meetup by going to the meetup in question and clicking on any of the photo listed below the meetup description.
This will start a gallery that will allow you to browse all of the photos taken during this meetup.
Some select meetup photos will be listed in our Stage 32 Meetups Gallery - so feel free to go there and browse the photos of all the past meetups.

How do I create a meetup?

Creating a meetup involves filling out a single simple form @ www.stage32.com/meetups/add.
Enter the information about the location of the meetup along with date and time you would like the meetup to take place.
Finally provide some information about the meetup, so that people can decide if it's for them or not.
If you are planning to create more meetups in the future you may also create a group in this area as well.

I got lost on the way to the meetup - how do I find it?

Full location to the meetup is always available on the meetup page.
You may go to the list of your meetups, and click on the meetup in question.
You will see the address of the meetup on top (#2 on the screenshot below):

Also on the same page, you will be able to finda a map (#2 on the screenshot below).  Clicking on the map will take you to Google Maps for navigational instructions.  Many times an important note may be added as how to enter the premises, or which entrance to take, or how to locate the group - such notes may be listed above the meetup information in green shaded area (#1 on the screenshot below).  If such area is not visible on the page it simply means that the note had not been provided.

What are Stage 32 Meetup policies?

Before you can create a meetup, you will be asked to agree to our policy statement which says:

"This section is not intended to publicize or promote your screening events, classes, products and so on. Meetups are purely intended for taking your Stage 32 networks "offline". Creative group meetups, networking events and parties without any bias of financial gain are all permitted. All meetups can be removed at the discretion of Stage 32. All individuals violating terms of this agreement will be permanently disallowed from creating any future meetups."

Simply this states that meetups are intended to connect with other creatives in your area in order to exchange thoughts and ideas, and not to promote your business, product or project. 

What is a cost of creating a meetup on Stage 32?

Stage 32 Meetups may be created by any members of the site for free.
Keep in mind that there are policies involved in creating a meetup - you will be asked to agree to the policies in question before creating a new event.
If you choose to disregard the provided terms your meetup will be removed and your account will be blocked from creating future meetups.

What is a Stage 32 Meetup Group?

If you believe that the meetup you are creating will become a regular event, or will be targeted to a specific shared discipline (i.e. acting / screenwriting / filmmaking group), we recommend that you create a group with your meetup, however if you are planning to create a one time meetup (i.e. in a place you are traveling to), you may want to skip creating the group.

Can I add a photo to an event that I attended?

Yes. All attendees can add a photo to the meetup.
Keep in mind that the event moderators or Stage 32 event moderators reserve the right to remove the photo at any time, but feel free to share as many photos as you want for each event.  The photos will be listed in the event preview, and if accepted by Stage 32 team, in Meetups gallery.

To add a photo go to the meetup page during or after the meetup takes place and click the blue camera button:

If the button is not blue, that means that the event has not yet begun.

Can I remove an inappropriate photo on my meetup?

If you are a moderator / organizer of the meetup, you will have an ability to remove any user-submitted photos to the meetup:

Simply click on the X in the upper right corner and the image will be automatically removed.

Can I share a meetup on Twitter or Facebook?

Of course.  Just as any topic here on Stage 32, you will see a share option right above the comment of each individual meetup:

You can click to like the event here on Stage 32, and you can share it either on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin or simply forward the link to the page via email.

Can I invite my friends to a Stage 32 meetup?

Absolutely!
Whether you want to inivte your friends who are already on Stage 32 or those who have not yet created an account, you may do so by clicking "Invite your Friends" button (#3 on the screenshot below).

You will then see an option to either invite your friends from Stage 32 or invite other creative friends who do not yet have a Stage 32 account.

If you choose to invite your friends from Stage 32, you will see an option to search for friends by name, or you can quickly select who you would like to invite by clicking on the suggested connection below the search section:

You can quickly toggle between "Skip" or "Invite" for each of the recommended members.
If you chose to invite other members outside of Stage 32 instead, you will see a small form allowing you to enter email addresses of each person you would like to invite to the event:

You can also add your personalized message.  When done, click "Send Invitations" and your friends will receive a link to the meetup in question.

How can I tell when and where the meetup takes place?

We have added the location and date of the meetup in multiple locations:
On the meetups list: (#1 on the screenshot below) indicates city and date;


On the calendar: you will find date, time, city and state of the meetup


But you will find all of the information by going to the meetup itself (#2 on screenshot below):

Not only you will see the full address here, you can also preview the map, click on the map to view it in the google maps, and add the event to your calendar.

How do I find out who created the meetup?

Meetups can be created either by individual Stage 32 members, or by groups.
You can see who created a specific meetup by going to the meetup and looking at the top left info section (#1 on the screenshot below):

This example shows a meetup greated by a group named "This is the name of the group".
You can see that the group has 2 active members and 1 active meetup.
Finally, you can join the group to be informed of the upcoming events.

If the meetup was created by an individual Stage 32 member, you will only see the information related to the individual in question.

Can I cancel / change my meetup reservation?

Of course.
At any time, you can come back to the meetup and select "Change my Reservation" button.
You will see the already familiar popup with selection for guests and option to cancel:

You can select to bring more or less guests and click "Confirm", or you may click "Cancel My Reservation" and you will be removed from the list.

How do I join a meetup?

If you are a registered Stage 32 member, then joining a meetup could not be simpler.
On a meetup page in question, click "Join this meetup" button (#4 on the screenshot below).

You will be asked if you want to bring guests - if you are not bringing any guests, simply click "Confirm".
If you are bringing one or two guests, please make your selection and click "Confirm".
If you have changed your mind and cannot attend a meetup in question, you can cancel here as well by clicking "Cancel my Reservation"

Can I see the list of all attendees?

Yes - all of the attendees will be listed by name on the left hand side of the meetup page:


You can see who is attending the meetup, you can connect with each attendee, or if you want to prepare for the meetup, you can even go to each of the attendee's personal profile and read their bio and research their credit.  Being prepared means showing that you care.

Also in this section you will see the main image used for the meetup (1), total number of attendees with their guests (2) and who is the organizer of the event (3).

I see a lot of meetups listed, can you explain what I am looking at?

All meetups are created by other Stage 32 members with the intentions of connecting with other creatives near you.
Each meetup in the list (whether created by you or any other Stage 32 member) will include the following:

  1. Location and date - will be listed on top of the meetup photo to give you the most important details right away - when and where the meetup takes place.
  2. Status indicator - If you have created the meetup in question, you will see a green pen icon, which allows you to edit the meetup.  If you have not created the meetup, you will either see a checkmark icon indicating that you have RSVP'd to the meetup, or a calendar icon indicating that you have not yet RSVP'd to the meetup in question.
  3. Meetup photo - if a photo is not yet available, you will see the name of the location printed above the city, date and time of the event.
  4. Meetup title - will be highlighted white on black
  5. Meetup description - excerpt from the entire description will be available for preview on the page.
  6. Number of attendees - will be listed in the bottom left
  7. Read more button - in the bottom right will take you to the meetup in question.  Note that you can also click on the meetup title or the meetup image to read more about the meetup.

What is listed on the meetups calendar?

The Stage 32 Meetups calendar lists the next fifteen (15) upcoming events listed on the site.
Here is an example of how it looks like:



As you see, it lists the date on the far left (i.e. March 10 - Tuesday) and time in the next column. 
Note that times on the hour will be abbreviated to hour itself - for example: 5:00 PM will be listed as 5p.
In the right column, you will see the name of the meetup and the location where the meetup will take place.

We have also gone ahead and color-coded the calendar for you.
Any meetups shaded in black are the ones that you have RSVP'd to. 
You can click anywhere on the entire row of the calendar to preview the meetup.
 

How do I find a meetup in my city?

As soon as you click on the meetups tab in the menu, you will see the list of all the meetups (scheduled and past) by Stage 32 members.
On the very top of the page, you will see a quick search form that looks like this:

Go ahead and type in the city you are located in and click "Search".
If any of the meetups are scheduled for the location entered, you will see the list populated below the search bar.
If there are no meetups scheduled in that area, we recommend that you create one yourself and connect with other Stage 32 members that reside near you.

How could I upload meetup images?

Please click on the 'Add a Photo' button to upload photos from your computer.

Don't have any images? No worry, choose one of ours.

Find work in your area

Looking for a gig? Finding work in your area has never been easier. Today’s Tip of the Week will show you how…

To get started, click Find work at the top of the page.

The Find work page will automatically show you projects in your area based on the Current city and Occupations you’ve added to your profile.

You can search for work in other locations or for different occupations by changing the search criteria on the left side of the page.

The Seeking field allows you to select which occupations to search for. To add more occupations, just click Select occupations… to see a list of options. To search the list, just start typing the name of an occupation. Click an occupation name to add it.

To remove an occupation from your search, click the X next to an occupation name.

After you’ve selected the location and occupations you’d like to search, just click the Search button.

To see more details about a project, click the project’s title to be taken to that project’s page.

Whether your a camera operator in Vancouver, a music composer in London, or an actor in Chicago, Stage 32’s new Find work section will connect you with projects in your area looking for creatives your specific skillset.

Adding a Job Posting

To post a project in the Stage 32 Find Work section, follow these steps:

Go to the Jobs section (main menu) and click on "Add a Job Posting"

Complete the form with details of your project and click Save. Your project will be immediately available for Stage 32 members to see in the Find Work section.

Can I Search All Locations at Once?

Absolutely. By default all locations are listed. If you select a location - another default is that you will be looking at 100 mile radius around the location. You can change that as well. If you want to return to searching all locations, simply click on the 'x' as demonstrated below:

Using Jobs Section

There are five (5) sub-sections to the Jobs page. First three are used by applicants for searching, applying and saving jobs. The last two are mainly for use by those who are currently seeking cast, crew and personnel:

A picture is worth a thousand words - what is a better way to explain the Jobs section than through a video. Play the video below to have Amanda walk you through all of the sections of the jobs pages, including:

  • Searching for jobs
  • Viewing an applying to a job
  • Creating a job post
  • Hiring an applicant

Understanding Job Posts

Job posts are displayed differently depending on whether you are a job seeker or a job owner.

If you are seeking work, you will be able to save the job for later viewing, you will see how many positions are available and the status of the project.

Status is color coded in the following way:


If you are offering work, you will be able to go directly to the job edit page, and see at one glance how many positions are left and how many applicants are awaiting your decision.

Can I Save My Job Search?

You can save your search by clicking the "Save Search" button below the search criteria:

Your last saved search will be your default. This means that each time you come back to the Jobs page, you will see the results for that search. Also, if you go to your Home page (main menu), you will see a quick overview of the jobs in the right sidebar:

All the saved jobs will be listed below the job search overview box. You can activate each search with a single click. The active search will be highlighted in green. You can remove a saved search by clicking 'x' on the right side of the search name:

I applied for a job. What's next?

Congratulations on your application!

When you clicked apply, your message has been emailed to the job owner. You can check the status of your application by going to Your Job Applications.

There are three (3) possible status options for each application:

Pending:
This means that the owner of the job has not yet selected an applicant.
Accepted:
This means that the owner chose you for the position that you applied for. Congrats!
Dismissed:
This means that the owner either cancelled the position or hired somebody else.


You can always keep checking the status of your application for updates, but don't worry about missing out on your accepted applications. If the job owner decides to hire you, we will send you a message letting you know that you've been hired.

How could I upload job images?

Please click on the 'Add a Photo' button to upload photos from your computer. 

Don't have any images? No worry, choose one of ours.

Could I reorder my occupation?

Yes. You can start to edit on your background details page. Click on 'Add background details' add and reorder your occupation in the occupation field.

Next Level Webinars

Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Stage 32 prides itself on bringing in the top-level industry executives, managers, agents & professionals to teach our community about all things current in film, television and theater. What's best is that you can participate from the comfort of your own home!

If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

Check out some of our amazing instructors here: stage32.com/webinars

Next Level Classes

Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Stage 32 prides itself on bringing in the top-level industry executives, managers, agents & professionals to teach our community about all things current in film, television and theater.

What's best is that you can participate from the comfort of your own home! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!

Check out some of our amazing instructors here: stage32.com/classes

On Stage with RB - Free Monthly Webinar Broadcast

On Stage With RB is a monthly online broadcast hosted by our Founder & CEO, Richard "RB" Botto.

Each broadcast is FREE and open to the first 2,000 members who register. During the broadcast RB has on special industry guests and answers questions exclusively for Stage 32 members. You can participate no matter where you live in the world! Click on "Education" then "On Stage With RB."

 

Or, simply take a look at some of these free webinars here: stage32.com/webinars/on-stage-with-rb

Free Podcasts

Our Founder & CEO, Richard Botto, has been on numerous podcasts, all educational and informational about the industry and Stage 32. This education is FREE. Enjoy!

Or you can simply click to listen to all of these podcasts here: stage32.com/education/podcasts

My Education - How do I access my webinar, class or lab?

Have you purchased a webinar, class or a lab recently and would like to gain access to it? - there are 3 ways to get there.

1) Clicking "My Education" tab under the "Education" section from the top menu bar will take you directly to the list of your education related purchases. You will see a link to watch the webinar or the class again, review and rate the webinar or the class and review the payment information.


2) Clicking "Purchase History" under "Settings" from your top menu bar will take you to "My Education"


3) Click "Purchase History" link in the footer of every page to view the list of all of your purchases.


Or, you can simply access this page directly by going here: stage32.com/purchases/education

Saved Education

This is section within Next Level Education that lists the webinars, classes or labs that you've shown interest in and saved.

Once on this page, you can click on each item to learn more.

To access this page directly you can go here: stage32.com/education/wishlist

About Next Level Education

What Stage 32 Next Level Education Offers

  1. Next Level Webinars - Our Next Level Webinars are live online seminars and are jam-packed with information. Our webinars run a minimum of 90-minutes (although many of our instructors tend to go much longer) and include an interactive question and answer session.
  2. Next Level Classes – Next Level Classes are longer, live courses formatted in a college lecture hall style. Most classes run about 2 hours and are fully interactive, covering a 2 to 6 week period. Although these are live classes, if you cannot make a class, that’s no problem. All classes are made available On-Demand within a day or so of completion. From time to time, we offer 8-week Next Level Labs. Our labs are limited to 20 people and include one-on-one time with the instructor.
  3. On-Demand Next Level Webinars and Classes – All of our Next Level Education (with the exception of labs) is available for purchase On-Demand at any time, and can be viewed immediately. Much like when attending a live event, when you purchase On-Demand Next Level Education, you have unlimited access to the material for a full year!
  4. On Stage With RB – Since 2013, our CEO, RB, takes to the stage every month for a 3-hour webcast designed to educate and entertain. Besides interviewing industry insiders, RB also offers tips on how to best use Stage 32 and takes questions from the Stage 32 community. All On Stage With RB webcasts are completely FREE and can be viewed as often as desired.
  5. Podcasts – RB has also been a guest on a variety of podcasts and webcasts offering industry insights, tips and education. You can listen and view them here for FREE and as often as you like.

How could I find or browse a webinar?

You can easily find your webinar by typing into the keywords in the search field . If you want to browse the upcoming events,  they are also listed under education calendar which is to the left side of the education page.

Where do I enter the promo code?

On every webinar and class page you will find a link that states "I have a promo code" - click on the link, enter the code and press "Register" to continue to checkout. You will instantly see that the code has been applied. Here is an illustration of these steps:

Accessing and managing private messages

To get started, click the Messages link from your profile sidebar.

On the left side of the Messages page, you'll see buttons to allow you to select Unread, All, or Sent messages. Unread messages will be shown by default. You'll also be able to see the number of messages in each of these groups.

Below the buttons, you'll see a list of messages in the group you've selected.

Reading messages

Click a message in the list to read it.

Replying to messages

To reply to a message, just type your reply below the last message and click Send.

The message group counts will also be updated automatically.

 

Marking messages as unread

To mark a message as unread, click the eye icon.

Deleting conversations

To delete a conversation, click the trash can icon and confirm that you want the conversation to be deleted.

 

Can I upload send images over private messages?

Of course, you can click on the image icon in the text editor to upload any image that you want share with your friends.

How could I send private messages?

You can send private messages to other members by following steps. First, please select a recipient from you network.

If you have a previous conversation with this member, you will see a popup box asking whether you want to continue the conversation or start with a new one.

For safety reason, we don't suggest your sharing personal information with the people you don't know.