Steve Stanulis, a decorated retired New York City police officer and award-winning Hollywood actor/director, has recently taken to cryptocurrency and has used it to help inspire one of his upcoming films entitled ‘Red Money.’
We sat down with Steve to learn more about his thoughts on crypto, his upcoming films, and if he thinks the entertainment industry will start paying actors and other crew members with forms of crypto in the future instead of regular US currency.
What were your original motivations for getting into the entertainment industry?
My story is a bit unique, I was a former NYPD Officer with no aspirations of being in this industry. I then had the opportunity to work with Leo DiCaprio in 1999 after ‘The Titanic.’ I was introduced to that world and was immediately hooked.
When did you first become aware of cryptocurrency?
I first became aware of cryptocurrency since I am active in the stock market. My broker pitched the whole idea to me and I actually thought he was out of his mind when I was first approached with it. Like so many other times, unfortunately, I passed and shortly it then exploded into what it is today.
You currently have a project in development called RED MONEY, that is based on the cryptocurrency world… why do you feel this type of story has to be told?
I’m really excited about this project! I believe it (the story) has to be told because right now it is so unique and relevant in today’s society. I definitely think it is the wave of the future.
What else about the project can you tell us?
Here’s a little glimpse/teaser: Basically, in one year from today, the President announces all money will be “red.” Anything you turn in green you will receive back in red and failure to do so by a certain date will make all green money worthless; this causes massive chaos, kind of like ‘The Purge.’ We will be going into pre-production in early 2019, so stay tuned for all!
Is there a form of cryptocurrency you support more than another type? And if so, why?
I am a big believer in Bitcoin. It is the biggest type of cryptocurrency and it currently has a 40% share in total in the cryptocurrency market.
Have you ever had to pay people, or been offered a form of crypto (such as Bitcoin) payment for something within your industry instead of the ‘regular US currency?’
I have not yet but I do believe in the very near future that could be a natural form of payment, in the entertainment industry and several others.
Do you feel in the future actors, directors, etc. will start accepting forms of crypto as payment?
I do believe at some point that will happen depending on where this whole cryptocurrency market/trend goes.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t be afraid to fail!
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