About CBSI:

More than Just an Acting Studio

Our Mission

CBSI is a team of Creatively-Driven, Extremely Focused, and Highly Imaginative people. Our training facility is a Zone Empowered Center for Advanced Artistic & Creative Studies… specializing in on-camera performances.

Holistic Awareness — Body, Soul, Spirit & Wallet, we strive for Creative, Artistic and Monetary Excellence! Concerning the Craft of Acting, we supplement Creative Work with Life Skills and Business Principles in a safe and supportive environment. At CBSI, we teach the Art of the Craft as well as the Business of Showbusiness.

Affectionately know as the CBSI Creative Tundra, our application of Art, Craft, and Technicalities empower all of our students, clients, and staff members to discover more about who they are while encouraging them to be their absolute best!

Our Production Company produces quality education and entertainment!

Films, TV Shows, Educational Videos, Music Videos, Showcases, Reels, and Seminars. Our emphasis on the Creative Process results in our student body being made up of Actors, Artists, Writers, Dancers, Singers, Directors, Producers, and Business People.

CBSI has produced two Emmy winners as well as hundreds of Alumni living and working locally and internationally.

For detailed info on our PHYSICAL CLASSES in the Los Angeles area, CLICK HERE

For some fun info on our fully comprehensive ONLINE COURSE, The A.C.T. Program, CLICK HERE

Our Mandate – To activate your fullest artistic & business potential.

Clay Banks

Portrait of Coach Clay Banks
Portrait of Coach Clay Banks

First, let me say thank you for showing an interest in wanting to get to know more about me. I’ll do my best on this page to present you with enough thought-provoking information about myself, my experiences, my beliefs, and qualifications, for you to better understand me and why I do what I do so you can make an informed decision as to whether I can be of assistance to you. I’ll be succinct at first — and if that interests you, I welcome you to read on for more details.

I was raised in New York by artistic parents. My father was a photographer. As a young man, he was a World War II photographer. He later became a fine art photographer who regularly brought home finished prints of his work. Picasso, Dali, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Rockwell were the greats among an endless ensemble of known and not so well known artistic geniuses. I can remember my mom painting with oils and hanging her canvas’s in the hallways of our house. As a result, I grew up surrounded by art, culture, and creativity, all the while developing an eye and appreciation for quality and excellence! My home was literally a gallery of fine-art. And, I… its student!

Because my dad was one of the very few people in the sixties who owned a movie camera, I was taught to shoot, edit, and project films as a part of my upbringing. I cut my teeth on an 8mm movie camera and flatbed editor. Around age twelve, I was directing my neighborhood friends and shooting and editing my first short films.

Now, let me tell you quickly where the coaching/mentoring comes in? I coach because coaching for me is a gift! It isn’t something I choose, coaching chose me! At the age of twenty-one, I found my way into an educational company and it’s there where I was not only given the opportunity to instruct and manage individuals but taught how to become great at it! And… I did! I went on to become one of the top income producers in the organization advancing to the position of National Trainer, Motivator, and Asst to the President! This was the MacMillan Group, a New York-based Fortune 500 company!

I believe in excellence. I look for it everywhere, and in everything that I do. I have an eye for detail and I believe detail and excellence are key in the development of any great champion! Becoming a professional requires detailed excellence. I do what I do to better improve people in their personal and professional pursuits,

If you care to read on, I’ll switch persons and you can learn more about me.

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The CBSI Team

Clay Banks

Owner & Head Coach.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

Celine Rosalie Zoppe

Administration Lead.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

Leif Derrickson

Creative & Technical Lead.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

CBSI Help

Joey

Assistant Coach

Daniel

Studio Manager

Rodrigo

Studio Support

Kelleth

Social Media

Violetta

Studio Assistant

The CBSI Team

Clay Banks

Owner & Head Coach.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

Celine Rosalie Zoppe

Administration Lead.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

Leif Derrickson

Creative & Technical Lead.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

CBSI Help

Rodrigo

Maintenance & Studio Help

Kelleth Cuthbert

Social Media

Daniel Mullen

Studio Help & Social Media

Violetta

Studio Help & Social Media

Joey

Writer & Coach

The CBSI Team

Clay Banks

Owner & Head Coach.

Clay Banks is the mastermind behind CBSI. His vision is not simply to train better actors, but to train better human beings. CBSI is a Creative Tundra, which exist to inspire all who pass through to optimize their artistic zone and empower their best self.

Celine Rosalie Zoppe

Administration Lead.

Celine is the engine that runs CBSI. Without her diligent efforts, CBSI would simply be at a stand still. You will often see Celine working behind the scenes and performing in the master class. Did we mention she’s a phenomenal actor?

Leif Derrickson

Creative & Technical Lead.

Leif Derrickson is an all around creative powerhouse.  He is in charge of keeping CBSI branding consistent across all media channels.  as well as researching and implementing the latest production procedures for CBSI.

CBSI Help

Rodrigo

Maintenance & Studio Help

Kelleth Cuthbert

Social Media

Daniel Mullen

Studio Help & Social Media

Violetta

Studio Help & Social Media

Joey

Writer & Coach

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