This success story is one that is far reaching and involves a lot more Stage 32 members than just me. It’s also not over yet – and will eventually become a more in-depth accounting of true success. But first, it started with a simple request to connect and a courteous hello. It was almost exactly a year ago (late April 2014) a screenwriter from the UK joined Stage 32. I was one of the first to say hello to Spike Thurbon and we quickly had some pleasant exchanges and he asked if I would have a look at a pilot he wrote and give him some advice on how to market it. I explained that it wasn’t the normal type of consulting I do, but I’d be happy to accommodate. In addition to the advice he sought I gave him some notes on how to get the script into shape for a more industry friendly read. We had some more back and forth and but then wouldn’t chat again until last November. Turns out he had given himself the year to focus on his writing and get out of career of pub work and that year was coming to a close. He’d gotten some good feedback on his material, but nothing solid and was not looking forward to returning to the pub (for work) – but he did have another pilot he wanted me to look at, which I gladly did. Spike is one of those writers that just ‘gets it,’ he creates fantastic worlds that push the envelope – they are ambitious but never boring. But in their ambition, they take a big commitment to get behind. Cut to this April and Spike reached out. Turns out he responded to a posting on Stage 32 for a writer, and in doing so had to submit samples. So he sent his pilots in. Producer, Gabriele D’Ambrosio, from Advance Reality in the UK, really connected with Spike’s material and agreed to take BOTH on, in addition to giving him the re-write job for a feature he had in development. Spike mentioned that he would want me to look at the first draft when it was finished. So Gabriele looked into my background and asked me to board one of the pilots and the feature. In the meantime, he has also found a director, Peter Claridge, for the pilot, a character designer for the pilot’s website, Catherine Archer-Wills, and other parties we are still in early talks with ALL here on Stage 32. These are all extremely talented people, spread across the globe, and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them. We’ve got a lot of work ahead in getting the package market ready but I had to post something before this little hello grew into a novel-sized success story. When we get to that stage you can be sure everyone on Stage 32 will be the first to know about it. There are 3 takeaways here: 1) It never hurts to say hello, no matter where on Earth the connection resides. 2) It takes a village, so be prepared to help others first and they will remember you. 3) The site works best when you use it organically and not try to force your work or services at others, trust me when the work is ready the opportunity will come, and come in floods.