Feature Film and Television

Archived: Actors Enrichment Tour 2015

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Scenes from the On-camera Training for “Memories” by Norman Ray Fitts. Director Steffi Grace Moore

Starke on SetActors Tommy Poynter (Mr. Starke) and Roscoe Lynn (Mr. Betterman) from the screenplay “Memories” by Screenwriter Norman Ray Fitts

“The most amazing experience of my life! So many great things are about to happen. Joanna Sanchez has a heart of gold and the people she attracts are just as amazing. I’m so grateful to have been apart of this experience and I’m still on Cloud Nine. This has really been a blessing.”

Kendra D. Parker, Actress

“Screenwriters, never allow anyone to deminish your role in the creation of a film; no script, no film. Always remember, you are the beginning of the end, the end being what the public sees on the screen.”

Norman Ray Fitts, Screenwriter

“When I signed up for the United States Marines Corps, we were expected to be prepared to show up anywhere in the world, anytime, for however long the assignment took. If you are dedicated to your career, that kind of commitment will be required to fight for your dream.”

Andy Valadez, Producer

“I have been a student of Joanna Sanchez for several years and have grown as an actor because of her. She went above and beyond with the Texas Enrichment Training Tour for Actors. Andy Valadez and his family were excellent hosts. The production team and speakers were top notch. They also gathered a talented set of actors for the acting portion of the event. It was a beneficial experience that will stay with me.”

Benjamin Wadsworth, Actor

“Wow, what a great opportunity to participate in the 4 day Joanna Sanchez Workshop. A fabulous way to jump back into the acting world and to reconnect with the wonderful actress and drama coach Joanna Sanchez. The workshop offered so much – coaching, rehearsals, headshots, filming, and an opportunity to meet and learn from others in the entertainment business. Thank you to Andy Valadez and his family who hosted us and to the wonderful actors and crew we were blessed to work with.”

Cynthe Hughes, Actress

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Joanna and Andy Producing

Hector and Crew

Production day recorded live on-line 1/17/15 in Kemah, TX! Live stream behind the scenes and the Joanna Sanchez Entertainment Actors Enrichment Tour production of “Memories” by Norman Ray Fitts (3 scenes).

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Watch over 2 hours behind the scenes action as it happened!
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3 Scenes from “Memories” by Screenwriter Norman Ray Fitts were shot on-location in a beautiful 3,500 square foot home in Kemah.

The actors participated in a first of its kind 4-day enrichment experience that include an industry reception and on-camera interviews, complete 110 page script review and sides for the actors scenes which were to be shot in one day as part of the total package and more.

Please download <Character Breakdown .pdf> (click)


Bill YoungAt Bill Young Productions with Sound Engineer “Roffy” and Justin Gray, Video and Graphics Editor (#1 production house in Houston)

Meet some of the cast and crew

tepoynter-1bActor Tommy Poynter (click link for bio)

Acting Photo 1Actor Roscoe Lynn (click link for bio)

Jameshia T. Bankston Headshot 2 Actress Jameshia T. Bankston

V__7F05Kendra Parker (click for bio)

Amy TamborelloAmy Tamborello

Anthony RodriguezAnthony Rodriguez (click link for bio)

976677_10200968810684585_2134021164_oBenjamin Wadsworth (click for bio)

Cynthe HughesCynthe Hughes (click for bio)

Other actors (not pictured):

Caroline McCrady

One of our dynamic speakers in action. Hector Luna, Publisher of C47Houston News and Entertainment Magazine

Our Speakers and Production Team:

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Our production team:

Producer and Acting Coach Joanna Sanchez
Producer Andy Valadez

Screenplay by Norman Ray Fitts with adjust in collaboration with Steffi Grace for this production sequence
Steffi Grace, Director and Music Scoring (limited)
Ken Andrews, Assistant Director
Mike Mireles, Slate
Charles Springer, Camera, Lighting and Sound (we still need a lavaliere and boom mic)
Andy Valadez, Grip and Livecast/Marketing/PR
Katie Elise Elrod, Hair and Makeup
Kayla Valadez, Hair and Makeup Assistant
Scott Frank, Photography
Anthony Rodriguez , Photographer Assistant

Sponsored by:

C47Houston News and Entertainment Magazine
Houston Film Industry Meetup
Houston Cast and Crew
Fearless Networkers!, Inc.
Impeccable Music Group
The Entrepreneur Broadcasting Company
Marketing Dynamics
Trademarke Insurance Agency
JRB Venture Alliance
Adonai Films
Sikk Shades by Eddie Bauer, Jr.
Casita de Cruzita
Scott Frank Photography

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PRESS and MEDIA: Joanna Sanchez Coming to Houston to Help Actors and Filmmakers Network with Hollywood

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Enrichment Training Tour for Actors – Professional Acting by Joanna Sanchez

4-day production and training blitz with Joanna Sanchez. Supported by C47Houston News and Entertainment Magazine, Screenwriter Norman Ray Fitts (Houstin Film Industry Meetup), Houston Cast and Crew (Rod Mitchell), Ken P. Marsh of Fearless Networkers, Inc., Director Steffi Grace, Scott Frank Photography, Award Winning Music Producer Billy Dorsey, and Andy Valadez of Marketing Dynamics

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Joanna Sanchez is a gifted actress, actor trainer, and seasoned producer and ally to all who are committed to the entertainment industry from Hollywood to New York. Her Hollywood location enables her to be in the know about the mood and movement in “Tinsel Town”, while alerting her students and network to what is happening next in television and film. In that spirit, we are proposing for an encompassing promotional and development program to widen the lens of the local talent and immerse them in a structured path. Joanna’s goal is to bring extreme benefit to her actors’ interests and enable her to have the tools she needs to share her students with her casting directors, producers, and director network in real time.

Joanna Sanchez has put together an incredible program for actors of all ages and experience levels, with a planned agent and production house tour, industry reception, individual and group training sessions, a production shoot and review, and professional speakers and presenters.

FOUR DAYS: Starting January 15 through January 18

Day 1: Joanna tours with top talent and casting agents and production houses in Houston, with a planned evening reception and networking event hosted by C47Houston News and Entertainment Magazine, Norman Ray Fitts, Fearless Networkers and Marketing Dynamics.

Houston Movie Industry Reception for Joann Sanchez

Day 2: Training actors with real movie scripts by Norman Ray Fitts

Day 3: More script training and call-sheets for 3 scene production—hair, makeup, headshot and on-set photography, movie shoot, edited and scored demo reel output with Director Steffi Grace.

Live streamed at this link at 2PM CST to 4PM CST to see behind the scenes action as it happened!
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“Memories” Synopsis by Norman Ray Fitts. To get your sides for your scene, please contact Joanna Sanchez today at 310.801.2561

Day 4: Coordinated review of the dailies, photos and featured speakers to help you advance your movie career (1/2 day). Affordably priced from $150 to $500.

Headshot Photography by Scott Frank.


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Training Starts Thursday, January 15 through Sunday January 18 (call for time slots availability and options) – 310.801.2561

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Behind the Scenes with Joanna

Joanna Sanchez is a professional actress and acting coach from Hollywood and is dedicated to helping actors bridge the distance between Tinsel Town and Texas and onto the small or big screen. Many veterans who know her, trust her recommendations, and the caliber of students she has trained have advanced from her many years of experience working with casting directors, producers, directors, A-list talent, writers, studio executives, and more. Joanna is production savvy and offers insights into “the business” that can give you a competitive-edge in the “Real World of Make Believe.” New or veteran actors welcomed.

FEATURING OUR SPEAKERS, Sunday January 18 (click name to read biographies):

Norman Ray Fitts – “How to Evaluate a Movie Script”
Ken P. Marsh, The Fearless Networker!- “How to Network Successfully”
Hector Luna, Publisher of C47Houston News and Entertainment Magazine – “My Observations in Acting and Film”
Billy Dorsey, Award-winning Music Producer and Artist – “Artist Development and Music Videos”
Andy Valadez, Strategic Marketer of Marketing Dynamics – “Using Marketing to Your Advantage in the Media and Beyond”


What the actors gained:

  • A comprehensive 4-day enrichment emersion that included access to a film industry reception in a major market (Houston, TX), on-camera interviews, script rehearsal, call sheets and set participation with a solid production team, character, on-set, and headshot photograpy with wardrobe coordinated on-line via texts, professional hair and make-up, networking and social media share of their experience, review of their dailies with the director on an 85″ TV with surround sound, catered lunch, and professional speakers to help advance their career. DVD coming soon!
  • Worked with real movie scripts by Norman Ray Fitts and participate in a real production with call sheets to capture your trained dialogue on camera to add to your demo reel and portfolio,

  • Updated their headshots with a scheduled day for your shoot,

  • Customized class based on the level of the actor/actress,

  • Learned what Hollywood Casting Agents and Producers are looking for now in their productions (the industry changes all of the time),

  • Heard from professional speakers and presenters on Sunday from business networking, to reviewing scripts, marketing, and more (our speaker list will be published soon),

  • Were grafted into her network and influence group,

  • Built from her real-life experiences in Hollywood,

  • Leverage your opportunities to act and get attached to a film production,

  • Experiment with new character development beyond the seminar,

  • Shed the barriers that keep you from embracing the character and bring your experiences, character traits, humor, gifts, ticks, attitudes and emotional depth to “the work” (your true character matters),

  • Sharpened their industry essentials: cold-reading, script breakdown, monologues, improvisation, getting booked, industry protocol, tips from the Meisner Technique and more!

  • Made lasting and a lifetime of friendships!


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