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Private coaching for actor-creators: FROM IDEA → TO SCRIPT 

Start to get your inspiring project ideas outta your head! Focus on sifting through project ideas and articulating them to others, whether that’s through a script or pitch deck. This is not a writing class—this is an opportunity to work with a professional script doctor and writer-producer who understands the internal mechanisms that make stories work as films.

Class size: One-on-one
Prerequisites: Open to all
Location: Online
$425 for 3-Session Package or $150 for Single Coaching Session

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Johnny is a coach and an accountability partner for creating your ideas, making them real, moving ideas from mind to paper, and starting to manifest your project.

You will come away feeling encouraged and confident, with a clearer idea of what your “why” is so that you can attract collaborators. You’ll want your story to be tight so that the rest of your process can flow smoothly.

Some people feel they need either regular or sporadic coaching sessions to get their project into motion or across the finish line. Through virtual one-on-one sessions, Johnny shares personalized guidance drawn from his experience producing and writing films. Coaching saves you time and gets you straight to the punch sooner!

What you get

Actors will get:

  • Personalized support and encouragement to take concrete steps forward in project development
  • Tangible progress in the form of ideas that are further developed and more clearly articulated than before
  • Structured guidance in creating the next step, whether that’s a script, pitch deck, vision board, or beyond
  • Mentorship from a professional actor-writer-producer and increased confidence in making difficult decisions over the rest of the project’s lifespan  

 

Private coaching is open to anyone at any phase of the creative process. Coaching sessions do not include script analysis. Instead, we focus on your next steps to move towards production.

For script analysis, please see below for script development tips!

 

SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT TIPS

 

Make sure your script is tight before heading to production.

So many creators make one simple mistake: working really hard to produce a script that is not finished yet. You don’t want to be in the production phases and realize that you have holes in your script that you now have to fix. I strongly encourage every creator to thoroughly take the time to find the holes in your ship before you set sail!

The best way to do this is to get objective readers on your scripts. I recommend submitting to any of the screenplay/webseries script festivals or groups, and paying the extra dollars to receive coverage from the readers. Coverage will give you major insights about what is working and not working.

 

RECOMMENDED GROUPS FOR SCREENPLAY COVERAGE:

 

Some of the reputable groups that offer coverage (aka analysis) are:

  1. Black List (www.blcklst.com)
  2. Spec Scout (www.SpecScout.com)
  3. Austin Film festival (https://austinfilmfestival.com/submit/coverage-program/) — they are one of the top programs in the whole industry for coverage
  4. We Screenplay (https://www.wescreenplay.com/coverage/)

If you still need to strengthen your script, you can also take screenwriting classes for more inspiration and guidance on strengthening the script. In NYC, I recommend Jacob Krueger Screenwriting Studio, Ela Thier’s screenwriting classes at Independent Film School, and Save The Cat books and weekend workshops.

About Johnny

Johnny Sánchez

WRITER/PRODUCER: Johnny Sánchez is an actor + writer + producer. As an actor, he’s worked with Steven Soderbergh, Michael Bay, Frank Oz, Arthur Hiller, and John Badham, among others. He co-produced Find Me Guilty, directed by Sydney Lumet, starring Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage. He also co-produced Even Money, starring Academy Award winners Kim Basinger and Forest Whitaker. Johnny produced Muscle, directed by Heidi. Amber has twice received a score of “8” on the prestigious Black List and was a semi-finalist at the top American screenwriter festival, Austin Film Festival. The film is currently in next round consideration for Sundance’s Development Lab. Johnny’s short script SPIC was a finalist in the BlueCat Screenplay Competition. www.JohnnySanchez.com

Reviews

Victor Albaum

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For someone who has never written their own series before, the Creator’s Circle was super helpful.  I’ve LOVED that you gave us deadlines, and that you always pushed against taking on more than you can chew. I felt like I learned something from every single person in our circle.  I often found that the challenges that they were facing were similar to the ones I was facing. You give ample time to each creator to hash out their project and figure out what will work best to get to the next level with our projects.

Christina Catechis 

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Without a doubt, I gained the confidence to call myself a creator. The Creators Circle began to be something I looked forward, to share my progress, my failures, and be in solidarity with my fellow creators as we stumbled and grew. Most importantly, I have a project in motion as opposed to a concept dormant in my mind.

Kayhan Irani

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It was such a good decision for me, and a great investment in my creative work to be part of the circle.  While everyone uses words like “amazing” and “OMFG” these days, I have to say being part of this process has been a subtle but profound shift in me truly owning my creative vision and in affirming that I can build my own dreams. Thank you, Johnny.
Cody Schreger

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Opening up and sharing my story, and really my self and experience, would have stayed stuck in the land of unrealized ideas without the Creators Circle. I was so afraid and paralyzed by perfection. But your encouragement, and the support of the group, were paramount in allowing me to start exploring… the things you were able to see in what I was doing/dreaming about allowed me the confidence to keep going!!

Esco Jouléy

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Creators Circle has given me more confidence in my own work, community, foundation(and whenever I feel lost I can always go back to it). It was a great place to have my ideas get out of my own head. It also helped me to stay on schedule and not let it get lost.

Drew Valins

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Johnny, you’ve been really helping me keep the ball in the air, pushing myself forward. You got my back, man.  I so appreciate the time you take to think about [my project] and join me in the world of the film.

Bobbie Esposito

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Thank you so much for your help and support. It really means the world to me and helps me keep going when I’m feeling discouraged.

Studio guarantee

Full disclosure—please note that we do not guarantee that actors in these workshops will be hired for any project that we might direct or cast. We do guarantee my supportive honesty and my open sharing of knowledge. We teach and coach because we enjoy supporting actors as they develop their process of working within the audition room. We seek to build their knowledge about the business of auditioning.