I love Coach Banks’s approach! He never stops growing as a coach, so you never stop growing as an actor. His approach takes craft and technicality and turns it into art. I don’t ever want to miss class. It’s more inspiring than being on set! ~ Jade Harlow, Emmy Nominee
I’ve been blessed to be a working actor in the Film/Television business for over fifteen years now. My training has run the gamut from the Actors Theater of San Francisco to all the “in” Hollywood coaches. After years of acting class, I thought I had seen all that was out there. Boy was I wrong!
Since attending Coach Banks’ class, I have watched my bookings soar! I’ve booked roles in The Green Lantern, Drive, The Avengers, The Gangster Squad, and various Television shows all since working with Coach Banks.
The class focuses on so many things that others miss. We, as actors, should be fluid and aware of our instrument. You do this by studying yourself and being overseen in the process by Coach Bank’s watchful eye. There have been so many things I thought I was bringing to auditions for so long, that I found out I was missing. Taking class is like going to the gym for acting. Train properly!!! And if you’re going to do it, why not do it with the best! ~ Jeff Wolfe, Emmy Winner
[Since writing the above testimonial, Jeff has finished season ONE & TWO of NBC’s Revolution, won an Emmy and has directed an episode himself. He’s worked the CBS show Stalker. . . and several other shows and films. Way to work it, Jeff!]
Clay’s #1 focus is your success. His critique is clear, insightful and thorough. He’s always encouraging…but first and foremost, he gets results. In my experience hosting live television for over 10 years, he is easily one of the best coaches I’ve had. Love your work mate. The Morning Show Ch9 AU.
One of CBSI’s specialties is helping theatrically trained actors prepare for on-camera work. Making that transition, in and of its self, calls for a whole different set of skills of the craft of acting! I’m mastering them here at CBSI!
“Clay Banks is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with. I came into the studio with two conservatories of acting training under my belt but didn’t know how to simplify, be subtle, trust my gut and just ‘be’ on screen. After a year of working hands-on with Clay, he got me to trust my instincts. This allowed my performance to percolate moment-to-moment in the subtle nuances captured from the electricity our souls…
The first film I worked on while working with Clay was Ron Howard’s Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon as the President’s daughter, Tricia. Ron’s cinematographer Sal Tortino brought the camera in for extreme close-ups (ECU) during an emotionally upsetting scene. As the camera pushed in, my performance was emotionally full and effortless… with a confidence that Clay taught me through his classes, (and the tears rolled down my face reaching out for my daddy’s hand to hold on). The next film after Frost/Nixon was Stained, where I was so honored to receive an award for the emotionally raw and subtle work Clay taught me how to do in my performance. During that work, casting director, Bill Dance compared me to Meryl Streep – because of the character transformation and the emotional effortlessness he saw. This was all because of Clay teaching me his process (The Process) for film acting. Thank you, Clay. You are and always will be a dear friend to my husband and I.
[Jenn has gone on to book more than 30 additional projects since writing the above testimonial!]
“I have studied with Clay Banks for many years — and in this time I have grown from nothing… into a professional actor. One of the top skills I have taken from his teaching is the ability to cold read which is vital to every actor. I have landed agents, casting directors and ultimately work as an actor. Using this skill, learned by studying at CBSI, has given me the ability to work on-camera… again and again!”
[Since coming to CBSI, not knowing anything about the craft of acting, Collin has been cast in over 40 films!
“I’ studied with Clay for about a year and during that time I have grown leaps and bounds as an actor. Coach really gets you focused and in the zone. Every class is a new experience and you grow a little more each week, really learning the craft. This past year, I was fortunate to be Taft Hartley-ed and also landed a commercial agent, which is a big deal for me. Really looking forward to growing even more as an actor and creative being.”
“In the year-and-a-half since I joined the studio, I’ve gotten a great manager, signed with a top commercial agent, booked several commercial and VO jobs, been invited to join mainstage performance groups at Improv Olympics and starred in two web series. Not only has Clay “dialed me in” to work with nimble creativity and deep range on camera, he has given me the confidence to go out and make things happen in my career.”
“I’ studied at CBSI for two years and I have to say it’s been an amazing growth experience. Coach Banks encouraged me to participate in the LA’s 1Minute Monologue contest. I had resistance at first out of my own insecurities but with Coach’s encouragement, I wrote a monologue that ended up placing me in the top 10. Later that year I was asked to do a monologue during an audition, thank goodness I had that one prepared. I booked that job! I have booked not only another acting job with that same company but they have hired me to write multiple projects for them. I am so grateful to coach and to my fellow students in the studio for helping me realize my professional aspirations.”
“I can’t even tell you how much Coach Banks and CBSI mean to me! I wouldn’t be the actor I am today if I hadn’t made the decision to study here. I’ve not only grown as an actor but because of the artistic nature of CBSI, I’ve discovered so many other talents inside of me that I never even knew were there! I can go on and on — but, let me just say this — STUDY HERE! I mean it!!”
“Clay always maintains focus and instruction on the fact that this is a business. That the most important product we possess is our own unique, beautiful, personality. Clay finds a way to help each actor (student) take the magical traits they’re born with and helps us integrate them into each performance, making every choice a truly original and compelling choice.”
“Clay Banks is a great coach. No matter what technique you need help with, acting for the camera, auditioning, cold reading or just about any aspect of the craft, Coach Banks is a Master. Combined with his background as a motivational speaker for a top Fortune 500 Company… he not only teaches you the tools needed to succeed with your craft but also the tools that are needed to have a successful career and life. ” ~ Rick Lafond, Owner iActing Studios & Now Casting
“Some of the best advice I have received for both my life and business!”
~ Jessie Ottolini, Producer/Project Manager
I’m loving the style over at Clay Banks Studio International. I haven’t ever trained in Cold Reading. It’s something that has intrigued me, and thankfully I followed that curiosity. I found myself in a same-day audition for a role I felt connected too. Normally panic would have stricken me, but this time, I felt peace and confidence thanks to coach clay. This place is a gem 🙂 ~ Cody Saintgnue
CBSI is the first step towards my journey in becoming a director. I am surrounded by others who want to pursue their goals with everything they’ve got. At CBSI I have more than acquaintances, I have a group of people who treat each other like family. Everyone wants to help one another succeed, and the energy is so full of encouragement and passion that it makes it hard not to want to work with everyone in the studio. This is my first taste of Hollywood, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin my new journey. ~ Ben Hess
I wanted to find out how to shoot a good headshot. I was looking at Coach Banks’ video on his Headshot Coaching page on his website and I heard him say, “This coaching is gonna blow you away!” And, I thought, “Yeah, how’s this gonna blow me away?” After my first session with him… I have completely blown away! ~ Eric Leinbeck
CBSI has shaped my career, No doubt about it. I have been taught the real meaning of show and the real meaning of business. I came to the studio as a 15-year old, and now as a 20-year old, I have a manager, an agent and, a lawyer! I have booked work on network television shows and still go out every week working my actor chops because I know how to! Clay Banks is the best! He teaches you the craft inside and out through his technique he’s appropriately nicknamed “The Process”. It’s not only a game changer for your actor but also a LIFE changer. If you’re serious about acting as a professional in this industry, you MUST take classes at CBSI with Clay Banks. You’d be a schmuck not to! ~ Jeromy Ramos (he’s a feisty kid)