[Ongoing Group] The Creators Circle

For actors building momentum of their inspired projects. **OPEN TO ACTORS AS CREATORS ALUMNI ONLY**


It takes a village. Every baby needs an uncle, aunt, mom, dad, cousin. Your short, feature, play, webisode is your baby. As a Creator, you need a family, the village, that you can go to when you need to be reminded of your North Star, your purpose. The Creators Circle is that village.

TUESDAYS 7:30-9:30pm | 6 sessions *NEW*
December 19, January 2, 16, 30, February 13, 27

*MORE Winter Options – fill out the form 

4 people MAX per group
Online (ZOOM)

Online (ZOOM)

$150/month Total

Winter 2017/18

For people to see our projects and our work, first we have to build it.

Build it and they will come.

And because building takes time, it takes persistent motion to build something.

More so, when there’s a challenge, your persistence will overcome resistance.

Results come from Persistent Motions. RPMs.

However, when we feel alone and like no one is helping us, and especially when all we hear is rejection, it’s hard to feel inspired and to stay in motion.

The Creators Circle is a coaching group for Independent Filmmakers, with a special focus on Actors-Creators.

It’s a community where any and all questions are brought up and worked through in collaboration with other filmmakers like you.

The Creators Circle is a coaching group for the Actor-Creator.

In it, we will go over challenges, look for solutions and brainstorm potential next steps.

The Creators Circle is moderated and led by Johnny Sanchez, an Actor-Creator just like you who has been in the trenches for the past 2 decades as an Actor-Creator.

Johnny has been through the ups and downs, feeling both inspired and frustrated, and has learned that persistence is the most crucial element to be a Creator.

Results come from Persistent Motions.

The group is coached by Johnny every two weeks (twice a month), two hours each circle.

You get individual attention in your coaching to cater to your needs of development, producing, post-production, festivals… whichever phase you are at with your dream project, Johnny has also been in the thick of it with his projects over the years and can confidently guide you towards empowering you with confidence and knowledge.

You’ll also become crucial contributors to each other’s process.

Independent filmmakers need each other; in truth, we are Interdependent.

The Creators Circle embraces the Interdependent Filmmaker within us.

To create targets you can meet, The Creators Circle requires a 3-month minimum commitment.

We are not playin’ around – we want to get results!

To register, you’ll be asked to make a deposit to secure your spot and your commitment to the group, and then you will be billed only two more times throughout the 3 months – at the end of the first month and the second month.

This is a payment plan that we expect you to honor to the program and, as well, to hold yourself to manifest your project!

We really want to support all of you who desire to make your vision happen.

When you register, the details will be sent to you on how to join the group online each session.

Looking forward to bringing your projects to LIFE!

Heidi and Johnny (who is your coach in The Creators Circle!)

What is a Mastermind Group exactly?

The Creators Circle is a Mastermind Group.

Have you heard this term before? It’s pretty awesome.

“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony…. No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].”

Napoleon Hill

The concept of Mastermind groups have actually been around for ages – Benjamin Franklin was a part of one, called Junto. Even the masters need to be surrounded by masters to get sh*t done!

In the Creators Circle, every 2 weeks you will experience 2 hours of…

  1. setting goals and striving to achieve the goals
  2. having an expert Coach guiding, educating, and supporting your project
  3. receiving colleague support and brainstorm ideas that lift you up and give you perspective
  4. knowledge and tips that save you time and money in your process


Payment Details

1st payment of $150 is required to secure your slot and your commitment.
2nd payment of $150 will be due at the end of the 1st month.
3rd payment of $150 will be due at the end of the 2nd month.

Or, you can pay the full balance at the start.

*you will receive Invoices for the 2nd and 3rd installments.


4 people MAX per group

*To keep the focus strong and effective, the group size is limited to 4 artists. 


Johnny Sanchez

With over 30 years of experience in Film, T.V. and Theatre, Johnny is a multi-hyphenate (actor + writer + producer) known for his eye to artistic detail.   As an actor, Johnny has worked with such great directors as Steven Soderbergh, Michael Bay, Sidney Lumet, Frank Oz, Arthur Hiller, John Badham, Hugh Wilson, etc.

Identifying a need for unique stories, he started Producing. Johnny Co-Produced FIND ME GUILTY directed by Sydney Lumet (Academy Award Honoree), starring Vin Diesel and Peter Dinklage. Johnny also Co-produced EVEN MONEY, starring Kim Basinger (Academy Award Winner), Forest Whitaker (Academy Award Winner), and Danny DeVito (Academy Award Nominee).

In addition to the features, he also produced the short films NOISE (Director Max Williamson) and MUSCLE (Director Heidi Marshall), leading them through all phases of production (development, pre, principal, post and festivals). MUSCLE played at over 20 film festivals and won many awards, including The Spirit of Indie Filmmaking Award, Best Narrative Short Film Award and The Best of Fest Award.

Seeking to represent a wider range of stories, Johnny started writing.

Johnny co-wrote and produced A THROUGH M, a political, Sci-Fi, short film. A THROUGH M was produced in collaboration with the American Film Institute’s highly selective Directing Workshop for Women program, and won Best Dramatic Short Script and Best Dramatic Short Film. Johnny’s feature screenplay, AMBER, based on a true story, reached 3rd place in the 2016 Write Movies Screenwriting Contest and Quarter Finalist at the 2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition. AMBER also won Second Round at the 2016 Austin Film Festival.

Johnny is currently producing AMBER (www.AmberTheFilm.com) and VIVISECTION (www.VivisectionFilm.com), an action/horror/thriller. AMBER will be directed by Heidi Miami Marshall and VIVISECTION by award winning director William Wedig.

While films based on true stories and dramas have a special place in his heart, ultimately, Johnny is a Genre Agnostic Filmmaker who gravitates to stories that depict statistically underrepresented communities and that highlight the struggle and triumph of the human spirit. Johnny loves entertaining and inspiring the viewer to create personal and social change.

This pic is from Sundance about 10 years ago! #IndependentAtHeart


I had such an inspirational time. Understanding the process of film making made me see how my project can go from inception to completion. While I had done a few video things before this, the class made it so much more clearer and easier. Seeing other actors’ ideas and how they are developing them was so inspirational and motivational. Both of you were amazing. Inspiring us and nudging us in the right direction. And creating an environment for creative flow.

- Fahad Ahmad www.FahadAhmad.com

I just need you to know how inspirational, supportive and real you are! How much you help the lost souls! THANK YOU HEIDI AND JOHNNY!

- Sofija Belobrkovic

I had such a “ah-ha” moment when we talked about the why. It literally has changed and opened up so much. It feels like I have been hit on the head with a anvil.

- Jocelyne O’Toole http://www.jocelyne-otoole.com/

This workshop inspired me to create and get things moving.

- Dana Zurkowski https://www.danazurkowski.com/

The class was incredibly inspiring. You guys gave really thoughtful & heartfelt feedback & great examples through visuals & stories. The structure worked well and was well thought out. I liked that we were challenged to put ourselves out there for the performance, sharing our ideas, lunching with each other, & pitching. I feel like you really prepared us with good mindsets & ideas on how to approach doing the work as well as the path to getting something made. I came away with the process being demystified, and so more achievable, however, also with a new respect for how much it takes to create. The pitch sessions were amazing & I felt all the questions people were prompted to ask themselves & others were well tailored & brought out good answers. I felt a really big shift in myself as an artist for having been part of this weekend. I’m inspired by how many ideas you’re unleashing by doing a class like this. It’s really special. Thank you!

- Carmen Gill http://www.carmengill.com/

I truly believe all any actor would benefit. I would likely recommend to actor friends who are making work and want to take it to the next level.

- Cody Schreger http://codyschreger.com/

“I arrived as an Actor, and left as a Creator.”

- Emma Cowle

“For the longest time, I wanted to pursue acting, but kept telling myself that I could not get through an audition and that I did not have what it took. I would drive in my car and just think about how much time was passing and I wasn’t doing anything about it. Finally, one day I told myself that I was good enough and I could do it. So, I signed up for some acting lessons and absolutely fell in love. So being around you guys and your passion just solidified my decision.”

- Nicole McInally

“I am feeling inspired and empowered to explore the role of creator.”

- Luke Humphrey www.lukehumphrey.com

“There were a lot of things I learned and hadn’t considered before, and your stories definitely opened my eyes to what I can do to further my career- not just in acting but in other fields!”

- Bella Caballero

“This workshop really left me inspired and helped me to rediscover my love for acting and my purpose, which is to celebrate and tell the story of humanity-especially the stories of those that had to overcome great obstacles just to survive. I signed up for the workshop Friday afternoon not really knowing what to expect but I knew it was something I had to do and I’m so grateful that I did. What you do is important, it’s a gift, it’s necessary… and it’s more then just a workshop.”

- Bre Sutherland

“I almost backed out because I really have had any desire to make my own projects (other than a musical) and didn’t want to focus my energy on something other than honing/improving my acting skills to help me become more versatile and hireable. However, something in my gut was screaming at me to go, so I took the leap of faith, and my brain has kind of exploded now. Lol. I learned more than I dreamed I would, and it was so refreshing to step outside of the box I was limiting myself in. What an incredible and educational time. I can’t thank you both enough! I am completely inspired and looking forward to seeing what is to come.”

- Joanna Swan