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Coffee & Content: Nicole Kidman on BEING THE RICARDOS & Behind the Scenes of DOWNTOWN ABBEY Locations

Happy Sunday Creative Army! I've got my coffee in hand and your weekly dose of content coming in hot - grab your coffee of choice and let's dive right in. First up, The Tonight Show recently interviewed Nicole Kidman about her recent role play Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin's Being the Ricardos. Nicole talks about the complexity of playing such an iconic person - and the different approaches to playing the off screen version of "Lucille" versus playing "Lucy" as depicted on I Love L…

5 Ways to Make Your Own Screenwriting Opportunities

A couple of steps are preached within the screenwriting sector that newbies need to follow before finding their feet in the industry. Many screenwriters have been frustrated out of their passion because they’ve done everything they are asked to do to no avail. They’ve followed the process verbatim and are yet to land anywhere or anything meaningful. This can be frustrating, mainly because it forces the screenwriter to think that their success and breakthrough in Hollywood a…

How Perfectionism Kills Your Craft & Crushes Your Spirit

At age 17, my artist-father was taught a mantra. ‘Near enough isn’t good enough. It has to be perfect.’ So he slaved for his mentor, re-doing work over and over again until one day, the mentor was moved to tears and whispered; ‘now it’s perfect. And that’s near enough.’ But the damage was done. Over 60 years of painting, dad couldn’t bring himself to have an exhibition. Nothing was perfect. It robbed him of so much joy and satisfaction and…

8 Tips to Kick Start Your Acting Career in 2022

I have been a full-time actor for 35+ years. When I first started in the industry, I knew nothing and had no connections. It was very difficult breaking in. I did things by trial and error and spent money on things that were not helpful. It took me years to finally understand what both actors and models need to do in order to give themselves their best chance for success. So far, I have been booked 1,275 times in acting and commercial print projects. I was cast in a recurring role on Ho…

Read the 2022 Critics Choice Award-Nominated Screenplays

For the past two years, long time Stage 32 member and screenwriter Alan C. Baird has been providing his fellow Stage 32 members award-nominated screenplays to read and learn from. In case you missed it, check out the 2021 Golden Globes-nominated screenplays, 2021 Writers Guild Award-nominated screenplays, and 2021 BAFTA-nominated screenplays Alan shared with us. Now, Alan has collected the 2022 Critics Choice Awards-nominated original screenplays and adapted screenplays! Below, you…

3 Steps Social Networks Can Take to Foster Community - Richard Botto for Fast Company Executive Board

Happy Tuesday Creative Army!   My first article as a Fast Company contributor - Three Steps Social Can Take to Foster Community - was published recently and I wanted to share it with you.Having run Stage 32 for over 10 years, I couldn't be more proud of our amazing community of nearly 1 million members and even more so that the business world has recognized our community as the shining example of positivity and productivity anywhere on the planet.   It's been amazing to he…

How Writing a Stage 32 Blog Helped Me Get Distribution for My Transmedia Film Project

Today's success story comes from Las Vegas-based filmmaker and transmedia producer, Owen Ratliff. Back in October, Owen wrote a blog for the Stage 32 community about his experience developing his transmedia film project Black Salt.  Now, Owen is back with an extremely excited Stage 32 Success Story - he procured distribution for his project after connecting with an agent who had read his blog on Stage 32! As the blog editor here at Stage 32, these success stories simply make my hea…

Coffee & Content: What Makes a Great Screen Villain & How to Book and Nail Meetings

Happy Sunday Creative Army! First of all, congratulations to all of you who have already participated in our monthly Introduce Yourself Weekend! Thousands of connections have been made between entertainment creatives and professionals from every corner of the globe. Whether you are a long-time member, or brand new to Stage 32, take a moment to pop over to the Introduce Yourself Lounge and say hello before the end of the weekend. Now, grab some fresh coffee and let's dive into this week'…

How to Attract Allies in the Film Industry: The New Approach to Goal-Setting

Have you ever fallen in creative love? Perhaps you idly chat about your favorite director (like this fun getting-to-know-you post), only to discover that you both love their most obscure film the most. Over your first coffee date, you playfully square off about who has the worst set stories, but you share a laugh over the resiliency it takes to keep going. Now you're about to start a project and your new creative ally is firmly entrenched in your corner. 'How in the world did I get so fo…

How To Handle Advice and Critique

Happy New Year, Stage 32! Last month, I wrote a pilot and a feature in my labors as a script doctor and ghostwriter… and in the final tally, I wound up writing 6 pilots and nine features in 2021. Just one of these films was under my own name. Going into 2022, my goal is to make enough headway with my own spec sales, films in development, and transmedia projects that I can charge more, work less, and focus on what I have to give the audience. If I can get my sci-fi heist feature …

How to Use Speaking to Brand Yourself & Network

The inclination nowadays is to try to promote yourself online as much as possible. However, while there – understandably (and unfortunately) – are still some locales in varying forms of lockdown, more events are (back) out there where you can go speak! Getting in front of people opens a new lane for you to get your name, face, and what you do “out there” while also providing opportunities to make valuable new connections. Let me immediately nip something in the b…

Authority Magazine: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me When I First Became A Filmmaker, an interview with Richard “RB” Botto of Stage 32

Happy Wednesday Stage 32! Since 2011, the Stage 32 team has been working tirelessly to help you stay connected, creative, motivated, and informed. As always, we are committed to bringing you networking opportunities, education and mentoring from top-level industry executives and professionals, and access to decision-makers around the globe all from the comfort of your own home. Recently our efforts have been noticed by the media in a big way. We are incredibly proud and honored that St…

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