I'm sorry, Ive been in the industry since 2001. I'm a critically acclaimed produced writer, who has both optioned and sold a number of scripts (watch me be deleted on this post). I have been both finalist and won a number of competitions. Even now, I am in development with 3 separate pilots and a feature I am co-writing in tandem with the head of story over at (a major studio company), and I am irritated and pissed by the constant barrage I'm getting in my emails. Yet, everyday when I wake up and check my emails, it's a slew of click-bait subject headings with this agent/manager, or this producer looking for such and such and such and such or "you can be be noticed and great if you sign up for this competition.' I'm, sorry, it's exhausting and it's never ending. But stage 32 doesn't care. The top echelon of people dangled in front of us are the people we are targeting -- and who knows the brilliance that lies within each person and project -- but it comes at a cost. Like I said, I joined Stage 32 years ago -- in large part as a case study -- wondering what good they can really do for an aspiring creative who is grinding out a paycheck all day long, and then spending their exhausted/waking hours punching keys until they fall asleep exhausted -- be that person from Toronto or Ohio. And in response, these individuals are (like me) inundated with emails with pay-to-know opportunities, with individuals highlighted for this and that, but all written in an enticing way to get your money -- a break down numerically, which none of us is privy to between Stage 32 and it's clients.
I'm sorry, I am pissed. "He who sees the design can rise above it." I sat across from a celebratory a year ago, and I said I have this great idea: the most notable reconstruction surgeons who help people in the world -- they , themselves have traveled to 3rd world countries to help patients in need of critical, life changing surgeries, and do it completely pro-bono. This A-list actor said "I love that. Good for them, good human beings." To wish I replied: Would'nt it be cool if there was a 'pro-bono' for films stars/producers who helped aspiring directors and script writers in the same way?" I said 'Art has for years systematically been nixed from schools thanks to budget cuts. 'You can make a difference'.