You, Me, 2 Hours, a Couple Dozen Film Industry Craft & Business Questions

Richard RB Botto
3 min readSep 19, 2018

I recently hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Stage 32. Over 600 film creatives and business minded members were in attendance for what was 2 spirited hours of craft and business talk. Some of the topics we covered included:

  • The declining value of actors as it relates to the foreign pre-sale market and options on how to overcome the changing market
  • The most common mistakes amateur screenwriters make as it relates to getting read and how to fix them
  • How some actors are gaining an advantage through their online brand
  • Why listening to the wrong voices could set your career back years and how to find trusted advisors
  • What are TV executives looking for in a meeting with screenwriters (bibles, character arcs, full series scripts, and more)?
  • Should the approach to finding financing for a film begin regionally or should the whole world be in play?
  • In an industry that’s all about relationships, how people on the craft and business sides can begin building meaningful relationships today and stand out to people of influence
  • Why you are not getting the response from people of influence that you hoped for and what you can do to change the narrative
  • How to assure the talent/representative relationship stays productive and progressive
  • What constitutes meaningful intellectual property
  • The importance of screenwriters knowing exactly what’s happening in the marketplace and how to stay on top of every move to give yourself a competitive advantage and waste less time

This is just a small sample. We covered much more ground and had a blast in the process.

I’d like to invite all my followers here on Medium to view the AMA. It’s completely free. All you have to do is follow the link below and register in the upper right hand corner. You can then begin viewing immediately and as often as you’d like.

My thanks to all who participated and made this AMA so energized and memorable.


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Richard RB Botto

CEO @stage32 | Screenwriter/Producer/Actor/Author | Contributor @fastcompany | @fastcoboard | Master of My Domain | Legendary Wiseass | IG: RBwalksintoabar