JEFF WOLFE (Revolution)
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. Acting is not who pretends better, but who understands themselves so deeply that they are able to bring what’s on the page to life through their eyes. 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. A key to class is being able to watch yourself and see exactly what the casting directors and producers are seeing when they watch you in an audition. Don’t just assume you did your best! Watch yourself and learn. Taking class is like going to the gym for acting. You wouldn’t expect to build muscle by showing up to fitness contests once in a while, and you certainly wouldn’t win that way! You want to win the role? Train properly beforehand!!! And if you’re going to do it, why not do it with the best! I’m presently heading off to the Carolina’s to shoot JJ Abram’s new TV show ‘Revolution”. It’s been picked up by NBC.
[Since writing the above testimonial, Jeff has finished season TWO of Revolution, won an Emmy and has directed an episode. He’s now working on CBS’s new show Stalker. . . and several other shows and films. Way to work it Jeff!]
“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
GIOVANNI GOPRADI (Mall Cop 2)
Since beginning his studies with Coach Banks at CBSI, Geo has been consistently booking film and television rolls. He can be seen in the theaters acting opposite Kevin James in Mall Cop 2 — as well as on the TV commercials promoting the film.
JAMIE MALCOM (Morning Show)
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.
JOE ABRAHAM (Just finished work on…)
Clint Eastwood’s feature, Jersey Boys – Fox Network’s Touch – CBS Network’s – The Mentalist.
[Joe came to us as a Broadway actor wanting to transition into film and television roles. I’d say it’s working! One of CBSI’s specialities 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!]
“Some of the best advice I have received for both my life and business!”
~ Jessie Ottolini, Producer/Project Manager
“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 didnt 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… that convey through our eyes and facial mask. 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.
“I have studied with Clay Banks for years. 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.”
“I’ve been with Clay now for about a year and 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, Lewis and Beal. 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 webseries. 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’ve been studying at the studio for almost two years and I have to say it’s been an amazing growth experience. Coach Banks encouraged me to participate in the LA’s 3rd Annual 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.”
“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.”