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The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community (Stage 32)

by MeiMei Fox.


I’m not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. — RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32

It’s tough to make a living as a creative. Anyone who has put serious effort into being a professional writer, musician, filmmaker, artist or fashion designer knows that success depends on far more than just talent. It’s also about hardcore networking topped off with a hefty dose of serendipity — meeting the right people in the right place at the right time to put together projects that actually happen.

Richard “RB” Botto, founder and CEO of Stage 32, knows all about the obstacles to creative success from personal experience. He spent years working as an actor in New York City, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting and producing. During this time, he met numerous “enormously gifted” people from the film, television and theater disciplines. But while they had the dreams and passion necessary to succeed, many lacked the contacts or, in some cases, access to educational opportunities that could have helped them further their craft. So they ended up quitting the game.

“It was hard to watch,” RB said. “It wasn’t a matter of lacking talent or the competiveness needed to survive, but one of access and resources.”

Read the rest of this article from Huffington Post.

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