Elisha has guest starred on Better Call Saul, The Newsroom, Mad Men, Southland, Up All Night, The New Normal and CSI:NY and voiced the character of Jimmy Olsen and B'dg on DC Nation Shorts's Tales of Metropolis and Super-Pets. He appeared in the Sundance feature Frank & Lola starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots.He got his start writing web-series with his friends from Emerson College, including Downers Grove, which was picked up by Warner Brothers Studio 2.0. He has appeared in commercials for Mike's Hard Lemonade, Time Warner Cable, Samsung, Wendy's, McDonald's, Nintendo 3DS and Hanes.He wrote and starred in the short film Time Travel Lover which has won numerous awards and was given a Vimeo Staff Pick. Full Bio »
As actors, we're living in a whole new world. Self-audition tapes, online auditions, virtual acting classes...Things have changed tremendously over the last few years and those ahead of the curve are doing everything possible online to win more champions of their work and land more jobs. Many actors have embraced a "control what you can control" mindset. This includes creating short form content as a way to control and film their own material, build up a library of acting samples, and showcase their versatility and talents.
The idea of creating and filming your own content, especially for actors accustomed to only being in front of the camera, can be daunting. But seriously, it doesn't have to be. In fact, if you can knock down the mental walls associated with taking the step toward controlling your own content, and thereby your brand and the course of your career, you will find yourself with more freedom and creative inspiration than ever before. And we're here to help you take a sledgehammer to those mental walls and get you moving.
Elisha has guest starred on the Emmy nominated/winning shows Better Call Saul, The Newsroom, Mad Men, Southland, Up All Night, The New Normal and CSI:NY and voiced the character of Jimmy Olsen and B'dg on DC Nation Shorts's Tales of Metropolis and Super-Pets. He was also in the highly acclaimed Sundance feature Frank & Lola starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. Elisha is no stranger to creating content to help accelerate his acting career. He got his start writing web-series with his friends from Emerson College, including Downers Grove, which was picked up by Warner Brothers Studio 2.0. Aside from all the roles mentioned above, Elisha's content creation strategy helped him land commercials for Mike's Hard Lemonade, Time Warner Cable, Samsung, Wendy's, McDonald's, Nintendo 3DS and Hanes.
In this comprehensive and detail filled webinar, Elisha will teach you how to create short form content to launch, accelerate, and expand your acting career. He will teach you how to identify your career blueprint by asking 2 simple, but important questions. From there, he'll ask you to get real and talk through your true goals so that you know exactly what kind of short form content you'll need to make. He will show you 7 examples of short form content to open your mind, spark your creativity and help you identify the direction you want to take with your content. He will teach you the 3 boxes you need to check to make sure your idea is a great one. He will then dive into how to make cost-efficient content and how not to overthink the process. He'll tell you how to build your team - again, on the quick and cheap. And of great importance, Elisha will teach you where to release your content, assuring that you get not only the biggest audience, but the most concentrated one based on your overall goals.
"Brilliant. In every way, brilliant."
- Kim G.
"So f****** inspiring."
- Laura P.
"Yes, yes, yes. So tired of giving away my power. Elisha, you're my hero"
"This is a step I've always wanted to take. I've seen my acting friends create content to great success. I just didn't know if I could create content that mattered. Now I do."
- Joshua W.
"I'm inspired and ready to rock."
- Montell S.
Elisha Yaffe, Actor (Better Call Saul, The Newsroom, MadMen) & Producer
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Robert McKee returns to Stage 32 with Building a Character - a rare online teaching appearance exclusive to Stage 32! In this exclusive Stage 32 Masters of Craft webinar, Robert McKee teaches the principles and tools required to build fascinating characters, from using both external and internal sources for inspiration, to the importance of self-knowledge as a writer when creating characters for stage, page or screen. Robert McKee, a Fulbright Scholar and member of the Hollywood Hall of Fame, is the most sought after writing lecturer around the globe. He has dedicated the last 35 years to educating and mentoring screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, poets, documentary makers, producers, and directors internationally. Those who have learned from McKee have called him “the Aristotle of our time” (Quincy Jones, Ed Saxon, Steve Pressfield to name a few) because of his insight into the substance, structure, style, and principles of the grand art of story. Peter Jackson (writer/director THE LORD OF THE RINGS, THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD) lauds him as “The Guru of Gurus.” For the creatives at Pixar (TOY STORY, FINDING NEMO, UP, INSIDE OUT), McKee’s Story Seminar is a rite of passage. McKee’s former students include over 65 Academy Award Winners, 250 Academy Award Nominees, 250 Emmy Award Winners, over 1000 Emmy Award Nominees and 100 Writers Guild of America Award winner.
Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details ***Limited Class Size - Only 2 Spots Remain*** Do you ever feel like you've poured your heart into a pilot script and series idea but can't move it forward because you don't have the entire pitch package that buyers now require? Writing and pitching are two very different art forms and they all have to be executed at the highest level. In this exclusive Stage 32 lab, we’ll show you how to sell your show on the page and face-to-face with a professional pitch deck and world-class verbal pitch so that you’re ready to approach every buyer and are prepared for every scenario. Over six sessions, you’ll be mentored by Spencer Robinson, a manager at Art/Work Entertainment who, in addition to teaching many fantastic classes through Stage 32, has nearly a decade of industry experience. Art/Work clients include Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL, LIGHTS OUT), Erin Cressida Wilson (THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, SNOW WHITE), and Kelly Washington (JURASSIC WORD, PARKS & REC), among others. Spencer will take you through what makes a pitch deck great, giving you personal feedback in one-on-one sessions so that you have a powerful sales tool ready when you hit the market. Next, you’ll dive into your verbal pitch with the elements you need to include, the common mistakes many leave out, and how to use visuals to keep executives engaged. Spencer will also cover the kinds of questions producers ask so that you'll be prepared with the important answers in advance. Additionally, Spencer covers the different avenues available to you for selling a television series. You’ll get one-on-one virtual meetings with Spencer allowing you to practice your verbal pitch and receive notes and then address the notes make adjustments and really get your pitch market ready. Don’t miss out on this amazing chance to receive three one-on-one mentoring sessions with a successful literary manager and get your project ready to hit the market. Praise for Spencer's previous Stage 32 Writing Labs: "Spencer will get those who are ready on their way to a kickass first draft that you can send for coverage, which is what I did. 2 Considers and I'm in rewrites now to move that needle. This was my first ever TV pilot!" - Erika N. (now signed to Fineprint Literary Management after crafting her pilot with Spencer)
If you hang a gun on the wall in the first act, it better go off. In this webast, we took a look at the "Chekhov's guns" in the Winchester of Shaun of the Dead, the rock hammer in Shawshank, the coins in In Bruge, and more!
All of us are storytellers. No matter what part of the film or TV making process you are involved in ultimately your job is to tell your story in the best way possible - on the page or on the screen. And, sometimes, if you get a story on the page you realize that there is no one better than you to be able to direct that vision. Maybe you have a vision for the way your characters look or how they talk. Maybe you have a vision for a set piece that you just know, if shot just right, will make a scene perfect. Ultimately what's in your Mind's Eye can catapult you to be an excellent director for your project. But, where do you begin? Becoming a first time writer/director takes a lot of risk on both sides creative and professional. Creatively, you may not have the experience to be able to correctly execute your vision in the way your mind sees it. Professionally, a producer or financier has to take a risk on you and believe in you to make sure that they make back the money they invest in you. Although this isn't an easy scenario for either side, the great news is that it can be done. And, we've brought in a Stage 32 Educator who has helped do just that for first time writer/directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage who's film THEM THAT FOLLOW got produced by Gerard Butler, starred Oscar-winner Olivia Colman and screened at Sundance! Josh Sathre is the Production Executive at Amasia Entertainment, where he was the executive on WILD MOUNTAIN THYME starring Jamie Dornan, Emily Blunt, Jon Hamm and Christopher Walken and he served as Associate Producer on their feature film THEM THAT FOLLOW, produced with Gerard Butler, which premiered in Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. He is also in active development on many of Amasia's projects with major studios. He is actively working with newer writer/directors and has seen incredible success...as long as they are prepared for the opportunity. In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar Josh will teach you the ins and outs of what it takes to stand out as a writer/director in order for you to effectively get your shot at making your first feature film!
It’s hard to fully appreciate just how much work goes into getting a film or TV production going. The volume of moving parts and number of i’s to dot and t’s to cross can feel staggering. It takes someone with wicked organizational skills, resourcefulness and the ability to work long hours and handle a multitude of tasks simultaneously under high-pressure situations. Whether you are a director, producer, production assistant or production coordinator, knowing how to discover your crew members’ skill sets, delegate effectively and execute tasks with extreme precision is a must for cultivating a successful career. While organizational skills and drive are certainly important in coordinating a production, it takes more than this to be a successful production coordinator or producer; it also takes a good amount of knowledge and wherewithal that doesn’t simply come naturally. Navigating union rules, building time sheets, filling out permits, working with stunt performers, building your electrical and grip departments, the list goes on. These aspects are all crucial, but if you’ve never carried out these tasks before, you’ll need guidance and education to make sure you’re doing it right and not missing any important steps. Well we have you covered! Carol Kravetz is a veteran and highly sought-after production coordinator who has worked on projects for over 30 years and set up productions for notable series like BREAKING BAD and IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, as well as various features for MGM, Warner Brothers, HBO and USA Network. Very few people know more about production coordination that Carol, and she has built a passion of giving back by teaching others her trade and giving students, career-transitioning adults and veterans of the Armed Forces a good sense of the business end of making movies. In this 4-part previously recorded class, Carol provides a fully comprehensive guide on how to be prepared to prepare, prepared to shoot and prepared to wrap. You will learn Carol’s personal list of Production Coordinator best practices, from the various tasks you will be expected to perform and how to execute them with precision, to how to recognize each document you will need in a mound of paperwork, to how to transition the office from pre-production to shoot to wrap. You’ll learn how everything is paid for, how to facilitate rentals and purchases for on-set departments, and the common pitfalls and traps that happen during production so you can avoid them. Carol then teaches you her networking, resume and follow up tips to help you find work and keep working past the wrap party. With interactive lectures and homework assignments directly geared toward making you a stronger and more competent Production Coordinator, you will leave this class with a comprehensive understanding of how to be an effective Production Coordinator and be a valuable asset to any set you work on! Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Carol is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all listeners to participate. Praise for Carol’s Stage 32 Class "Taking Carol's Production Coordinator Class was full of detailed information to get someone up and running in the position of Production Coordinator. Carol also has some great tales from the entertainment industry to make it entertaining along the way. If you want to know the ins and outs of the production office and how it relates to the production overall, this is a great class to take." - Laura D. "Carol is a wonderful source of information. Perhaps best at her department. I'd like to thank Carol for her fantastic contribution to my professional career and private learning. You have been unique and very resourceful!" - Willem V.
It’s no secret that finding work and success as a working actor is difficult. Competition is fierce, and even as more production is restarting, 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 least a monthly basis, 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 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 know how to use their voice 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. 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 pocast 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 better audition. 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.