There are few actors more prolific or recognizable in the world of fiction podcasts today than Briggon Snow. Perhaps best known for voicing Caleb Michaels in the cult hit podcast THE BRIGHT SESSIONS and its spinoff THE COLLEGE TAPES, Briggon has performed on over ten popular fiction podcasts like THE BIG LOOP and IN STRANGER WOODS and lends his voice to audiobooks including THE INFINITE NOISE and FIRST, BECOME ASHES. Briggon’s experience has allowed him to become a fixture and highly in-demand in the fiction podcast space and he has built an ongoing career from this success. He also has been able to transfer his experience to the world of TV, playing roles on shows like SEAL TEAM (CBS), GAME SHAKERS (Nickelodeon) and MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime). Briggon knows better than most what it means to be an actor for podcasts and is going to share his expertise exclusively with the Stage 32 community. Full Bio »
Learn the craft and business of voiceover acting for fiction podcasts from an acclaimed voiceover actor who has worked on successful podcasts such as THE BRIGHT SESSIONS, THE COLLEGE TAPES, THE BIG LOOP and more!
It’s no secret that finding work and success as a working actor is difficult. Competition is fierce and jobs can be difficult to come by, especially if you’re just starting out or haven’t found your breakout role yet. However there’s more than one route to success, and more opportunities than you might expect to find work and build your career. One opportunity that continues to grow is fiction podcasts. Over 100 million Americans listen to podcasts on at monthly basis (if not more!), which includes hundreds of fiction podcasts like HOMECOMING, THE BRIGHT SESSIONS, THE LEFT RIGHT GAME and many more. These podcasts not only have devoted fanbases, but also engaged film and TV execs, producers and agents who are hungry for this type of content. By entering the fiction podcast space as an actor, you might not only find interesting, rewarding, and lucrative roles to play over a period of episodes or seasons, but also a career track to continue to find new roles and opportunities that can take you to film and TV work as well.
The world of fiction podcasts is still very new and continues to change on an all-too-regular basis. That means despite there being ample opportunity for actors in this space, finding roles and your ‘in’ is a lot less straightforward than it is for film and TV. Actors that are successful in podcasts understand the podcast community, how to engage with fans and creators, and also how to use their voice to deliver great performances for the medium at hand. It’s certainly different than more traditional acting processes, but it’s not actually as hard as you might think, especially with the right expertise and guidance.
There are few actors more prolific or recognizable in the world of fiction podcasts today than Briggon Snow. Perhaps best known for voicing Caleb Michaels in the cult hit podcast THE BRIGHT SESSIONS and its spinoff THE COLLEGE TAPES, Briggon has performed on over ten popular fiction podcasts like THE BIG LOOP and IN STRANGER WOODS and lends his voice to audiobooks including THE INFINITE NOISE and FIRST, BECOME ASHES. Briggon’s experience has allowed him to become a fixture and highly in-demand in the fiction podcast space and he has built an ongoing career from this success. He also has been able to transfer his experience to the world of TV, playing roles on shows like SEAL TEAM (CBS), GAME SHAKERS (Nickelodeon) and MASTERS OF SEX (Showtime). Briggon knows better than most what it means to be an actor for podcasts and is going to share his expertise exclusively with the Stage 32 community.
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, Briggon will break down how you can find opportunities in fiction podcasts as an actor, hone your craft for this medium, and build a career in this audio space. He’ll outline what exactly makes a good podcast or voice actor and lay out how you can make a living with your voice. He’ll explain how to find casting opportunities specifically for fiction podcasts and will also give you tips to improve your auditions. Briggon will then show you techniques and craft tips to help you perform on podcasts, including the biggest technical and performance do’s and don’ts. He’ll also discuss how to make the most of both remote recording and recording in person with your cast and crew and will give you advice on the actual equipment you should invest in for your own home studio or auditions. Finally, Briggon will discuss how to best leverage your work in podcasts to find more VO work and jobs in other mediums like TV and film.
If you’re trying to find your foothold and build your career as an actor, you don’t want to leave any stone unturned. Breaking in through podcasts is a huge opportunity you shouldn’t ignore, and there’s no one better than Briggon to break it down for you.
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Do you want to make a horror movie? Horror movies have never been more in demand in the global marketplace. Horror movies don't need big name actors so their budgets tend to be lower. Scary movies translate into every language where comedies can be hard to travel across borders. A career making horror movies can be lucrative and long-lasting for you if you know the tricks of the trade. And who better for you to learn this craft from than an Academy Award nominated filmmaker who has made multiple horror movies? This exclusive Stage 32 webinar will show you how to make a scary movie from scratch - from your initial idea through prep, production and post-production. Knowing how to take your film on this journey to completion can put you in the rarified air of being a proven filmmaker and can open doors throughout the industry. Your host, Jonathan Heap, will show you how to use every aspect of the filmmaking process to tell a gripping and fresh horror tale from scratch that doesn’t rely on imitating past films, unrealized characters, or illogical stories. Jonathan is an Academy Award-nominated director, writer, and producer with a dozen feature, television, and short credits, including an award-winning horror film now playing on Amazon and Tubi. He’s also worked with major studios like Warner Bros., where he developed a project for Sydney Pollack that became the Coen Brothers’ SUBURBICON, directed by George Clooney. In this webinar, Jonathan will show you how to: Utilize the five kinds of horror films to develop your material Reinvent and generate new horror ideas we haven’t seen before Find great creative and production partners Use lighting and special effects to your advantage Up the scares in post-production By the end of your time with Jonathan, you’ll have the tools to take your scary movie idea to the next level and actually get it made! Testimonials for John's webinar: I liked Jonathan and his presentation. He offered very practical and sound advice, which is always appreciated. - John G. Very meticulous & methodical. Great instructor! - Jefferson Covered all aspects of production. I found his homemade film very suspenseful. Horror with dread and a supernatural disappearing figure plus the music and lighting. - Arthur B.
Write your fantasy TV series pilot script in 8 weeks with Erin Conley, a writer on the hit Netflix fantasy series SHADOW AND BONE and SIX OF CROWS! ***Flexible Learning: if you cannot attend any of the sessions live don't worry - you will be sent the links to the recordings of each session within 48 hours of the live session and you will have direct access to Erin on email to ask her any questions about your craft or career so you can keep up at your own pace and schedule.*** Payment plans available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details Do you dream of writing on fantasy TV shows like GAME OF THRONES and SHADOW AND BONE? Have you always wanted to write your own, but you don’t know where to start or how to properly craft your pilot script? Is the idea of world-building overwhelming? Well, Stage 32 is here to help you write your fantasy pilot script while being mentored by a world-class fantasy writer. Fantasy is a fan-favorite genre, and with shows like THE WITCHER, THE WHEEL OF TIME, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER taking the world by storm, the market for fantasy series is more robust now than ever before. If you dream of being on staff in the writers' room of a fantasy TV series, or selling your own fantasy series, the first thing you have to do is sit down and write a sample pilot script for your fantasy TV series. In this exclusive Stage 32 8-week screenwriting lab, you will take your fantasy pilot script from concept all the way to completed first draft. Guiding you through this process is Erin Conley, an experienced fantasy writer on Netflix's SHADOW AND BONE and SIX OF CROWS. Erin has worked in the entertainment industry for 12 years and been involved in the creation of over 100 episodes of television. A genre fan whose passion for TV writing began in the 90s with BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, Erin has experience guiding writers of all levels to hone in on a fantasy series concept and develop it into a top notch pilot screenplay. Over 8 intensive and interactive sessions, you will work in a virtual classroom setting as well as in one-on-one sessions with Erin as she guides you through the process of writing your fantasy series pilot script. This is a rare opportunity to work closely with an experienced fantasy writer from a hit streaming series. This lab will provide the structure you need to stay on track and make sure you have a completed draft of your pilot script at the end that has been vetted by an industry expert and that's ready to share with the marketplace. If you're looking to finally write that pilot script for your fantasy TV series, this screenwriting lab is for you! "I am excited to connect with the Stage 32 community and share a bit of what I've learned in my time in the industry. In this tumultuous year for the writing profession, staying motivated and connected with fellow writers is crucial, and I'm grateful to have this platform." - Erin Conley
This Webinar has a 100% Satisfaction Rating! It’s undeniable that we’re witnessing a new era of unscripted television. The staggering, cultural success of shows like CHEF'S TABLE, CHEER, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, PAMELA: A LOVE STORY, LAST CHANCE U: BASKETBALL, LOVE IS BLIND and PERFECT MATCH signify in no uncertain terms that the appetite is huge for premium docuseries and will likely continue to be for at least the near future. In today’s rapidly evolving television landscape, one of the greatest challenges that producers face is how to develop series that will actually resonate in such an increasingly crowded space. Gone are the days of having an idea, putting a 3-page deck together and pitching it to 30 different networks in the hopes that several of them will make offers to further develop the series. Instead, the most effective way to produce a docu-series in today’s world is to secure many more parts of the package when bringing a new project to market. In a world of talent, access, format and projected story arc, the development of different types of shows require us to ask different questions of ourselves early on and throughout the development process. Doing this and working to stay ahead of the curve can very well situate you for success and put you on your way to produce your own premium docuseries. And, we're thrilled to bring you a Stage 32 Educator who can help you do just that. Andrew Fried is the Founder and President of Boardwalk Pictures, producers of premium non-fiction content for multiple networks and distributors, including Netflix, Showtime, YouTube and many others. A recipient of multiple Emmy wins and nominations (including six nominations and three wins for breakout Netflix hit CHEER just this year), Fried and Boardwalk strive to elevate and expand the idea of documentary television across an ever-growing unscripted landscape. Boardwalk has been responsible for some of the most prestigious unscripted series of the last few years. CHEF'S TABLE, now in its 7th season, received 8 Emmy nominations, won 3 James Beard Awards and the IDA Award for Best Documentary Series. CHEER, also on Netflix, has proven to be one of the platform's biggest successes. Other huge commercial hits include Gwyneth Paltrow's THE GOOP LAB, 7 DAYS OUT, STREET FOOD and LAST CHANCE U (now in its 4th season), the Showtime series ACTION and YouTube’s BEST SHOT. By revealing how the industry works behind popular docuseries and walking you through the entire timeline of what putting together content like this looks like, Andrew will give you clear tools and a practical roadmap you can use to make your own docuseries a reality. Praise for Andrew's Stage 32 Webinar: "Really really great info. As someone who has had success in pitching docuseries before Andrews's information was spot on and I still got new info and ideas out of it!" -Matt R. "Great presentation. One of my top 2 favorite Stage 32 webinars I have attended. -Heather L.
For Hispanic Heritage Month (or Latinx Heritage Month), it's important to reflect on the contributions made by the Latinx community, consider the progress made and the work that still needs to be done to empower and raise up Latinx voices. This is especially true for the film and TV industry. Incredible work has been done in front of and behind the camera recently that showcases Latinx talent and culture, including films like COCO, ROMA and IN THE HEIGHTS and shows like VIDA, ON MY BLOCK, and more. And as the industry strives for more inclusiveness and equity, this is the time for more Latinx talent to share their voices and their stories around the world.But more than just celebrating accomplishments, it's important we take stock of where we are today. To continue creating change in the industry, we must review what representation exists and what is lacking, what is being made and watched, both in America and in Spanish-speaking countries, and how Latinx creatives can best find their foot in the door.Therefore, in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, Stage 32 has partnered with some of the industry's top leaders from both the U.S. and Latin markets who are dedicated to elevating the voices of the next generation of Latinos in entertainment. Together, we will be hosting a FREE no-holds-barred panel and discussion where our experts will discuss trends in the Spanish-speaking market, opportunities for bilingual content, language barriers in the U.S. and how to overcome them, and how to shorten your path to success.Plus we'll have an exclusive Q&A where YOU will have the opportunity to ask any questions you'd like.We'll see you there! Panelists Diego Cantu, Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter and Producer Guillermo Olivo, Director and Documentarian David Zannoni, International Business Specialist, Fintage House
Learn the fundamentals of television series showrunning from a showrunner/writer/director who has worked on projects for ABC, NBC, FOX and The CW! You’ve heard the term “showrunner.” You know the showrunner is the most essential and complex role when making a television show. But what does a showrunner actually do? A television showrunner is like a writer/director/producer all rolled into one. All creative decisions for the show go through them. It’s exciting, exhilarating and creatively fulfilling in a deep, meaningful way - a job every television writer dreams of. It’s also frustrating, exhausting and totally overwhelming, especially if you’ve never done it before. Working as a first time showrunner is often a trial by fire - you’re thrown into the mix and have to figure out the job as you go. That’s why Stage 32 created this comprehensive exclusive webinar to teach you all you need to know about the process and responsibilities of showrunning - what it entails from the creative, business, and logistical perspectives! This webinar will take you behind the scenes with veteran showrunner/writer/director Todd Slavkin, who will guide you through the step-by-step creative and practical process of being a showrunner, from getting your greenlight to production through the final delivery of your show, and all the essential steps in between. Todd will also share many of his personal anecdotes along the way. With over 35 years of experience in both television and film, Todd has been the showrunner on SMALLVILLE, SHADOWHUNTERS, and most recently THE MYSTERIOUS BENEDICT SOCIETY. Todd has written pilots for ABC, NBC, FOX and The CW and has a wealth of knowledge to share with you on everything a showrunner does to make a TV series. This webinar is a must for any person who dreams of running their own TV show, who wants to work for a showrunner on a series or simply wants to know what the job of a showrunner really entails. PLUS! Todd will provide you with exclude downloads to help on your showrunning journey! Downloads include: Call Sheet Template Script from SHADOWHUNTERS This webinar will prepare you to work in television in ways only an experienced showrunner can and illuminate what you should and shouldn’t do in your career to become a showrunner yourself! PRAISE FOR TODD'S TEACHINGS: "Todd Slavkin was excellent to cover so much information in so little time. In fact, the Q&A was very informative too." --Sydney S "Todd's experience and expertise shine through. If you've ever wanted to be a showrunner on a TV series then learn all you can from him." -- Rahime B.
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