Story – Robert McKee's Creative Storytelling Magazine Issue 005 – Drew Carey - Page 10

STAGE 32 HAPPY WRITER SPOTLIGHT As a screenwriter, trying to break into Hollywood from outside of Los Angeles can be a daunting task. Unless you know someone who knows someone, you are left staring at your finished screenplay wondering, "What next?" Trying to get a manager, agent, studio, or production company to read your material can be nearly impossible. While listening to a podcast, I found out about Stage 32, and realized there might be hope yet. Founder & CEO, Richard Botto, talked about the community and the various offerings for all creatives. It seemed like the perfect place for people like me to gather online and make the ever-elusive “Hollywood” seem just a little bit closer. When I signed up to Stage 32 I was immediately drawn to the Stage 32 Happy Writers, which offered unparalleled opportunities for writing, including exclusive pitch sessions with Hollywood executives. I could pitch my screenplays to managers, agents, directors of development and other big decision makers. It allowed a no-name writer 2000 miles away get in front of some of the biggest movers and shakers in Hollywood. I took full advantage. Joey Tuccio, President of the Stage 32 Happy Writers, guided me through the pitching pro- cess. He helped me hone my craft, and even pointed me in the right direction for producers and managers that were looking for my genre. He was a tireless advocate. During this process I also had support from creatives all over the world inside the Stage 32 Lounge. On Joey ’s recommendation, I submitted a written pitch for The Devil's Hammer to Producer David Harris. A short time later I received an email from Joey that simply stated, "Call me!" I did. David Harris had read the script and "loved it". Joey set up a meeting between David and I, and we immediately hit it off. He agreed to shop my script. As if this wasn’t enough, David and his p