Introduce Yourself : Dragons love tea by Freyja Seren

Freyja Seren

Dragons love tea

Hello everybody, I've been around Stage 32 for a few years now and it's been fabulous. I've had incredibly interesting conversations about writing and storytelling, which is always wonderful, but I think the primary learning for me, on a personal level, has been about the networking process. I've always had an aversion to "networking". My day job is in the charity sector and it, too, is about relationships and networking. But it often feels very transactional. Growing up, my generation were constantly taught that old maxim, "You have to sell yourself!" which is slightly sickening to me. The process of transactional networking - what have you got that I want? - takes the heart out of me. 

So, when I discovered Stage 32 (I can't even remember where I first came across it, to be honest, but I think it was one of RBs fab write ups) I ventured in carefully and full of wariness. The thing about it, though, was that RB always cares. The whole experience is incredibly relational, rather than transactional. RBs connections and talking experiences always display really solid boundaries - he's not trying to be everyone's bestie or make promises so you'll love him - he's just genuine, helpful, kind and thoughtful. All the time. And that kind of leadership has permeated all the other interactions here. 

Have solid boundaries. Share what you do and what you love. Connect with people. Celebrate what they do. Stage 32 is genuinely what the social media world needs more of! I love it here <3 

I'm a writer. I've always written stories and poetry since I was small. I love television and television writing. I think the scope for storytelling through the television medium has expanded over the last few years into something artful and beautiful, emotive and hilarious. There's the potential for incredible depth and cross-genre capacity. As the mother of an eleven year old I end up in some really interesting conversations about the relevance of visual storytelling styles and stereotypes and tropes that keeps me on my toes. 

I currently have a plan to reduce my "day job" and increase my writing until screenwriting can be my day job. If anyone is selling bottles of extra hours that I can inject into my day, I'd gladly be in the market!! 

More Joy!!

Melanie Star Scot

Hi Freyja! I agree on the networking, it's a challenge for me as well. I've been on Stage 32 for a number of years but am just now starting to "reach out" and network more. Nice to "e-meet" you here.

Eoin O'Sullivan

Hi Freyja. I can relate to a lot of what you're saying - In the past, I certainly didn't prioritize networking as necessary, but I've definitely changed my perspective. To quote Arnold Schwarzenegger on getting extra hours into your day, 'sleep faster'!

Richard "RB" Botto

Freyja, you've seriously made my morning. What an unbelievably kind and generous post. Means more to me than you know.

My goal is to always deliver the truth. Some people may not like it, but I have to say, after 10 years of doing this, almost all appreciate the candor. My goal is always to inspire and motivate. I couldn't be more grateful that you recognize that.

Your selflessness and collaborative spirit shines through. I have no doubt your journey is going to lead to massive success. Have a fantastic weekend.

Edward Gehlert

Hello! Networking always makes me tense up. One of the biggest draws about being a writer to me was I could avoid social settings. Of course this industry is a different beast. I love this site because the people are friendly and are genuinely excited to talk about the mutual interest we all have of entertainment.

Richard "RB" Botto

Hey Ed (and anyone else interested)...Here are a couple of articles I wrote on Medium that will, hopefully, help with the tensing up you feel about networking on social media.

https://medium.com/@RBwalksintoabar/so-you-think-you-have-nothing-to-off...

https://medium.com/@RBwalksintoabar/3-ways-you-can-create-meaningful-soc...

Enjoy!

Freyja Seren

Richard "RB" Botto thanks a million! I'm really touched. Funny story, as well - I took my notes from Chris Mack's Netflix seminar and turned it into remote schooling English Literature class for my son. We went from, "Mom, why do I even have to plan a story. I can just write it," to, "That's really fun. Are there anymore of those film writing workshops?" If that's all I win this first quarter of 2021, I'm happy. Right, off to put it to use with my own screenwriting... Thank you and have a fabulous weekend everyone !

Edward Gehlert

Thank you, Richard!

Richard "RB" Botto

That's too cool, Freyja! I'm sure he'll be thrilled to hear that.

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