Passion for the arts began for Clay Banks in New York at age 12 when his father first introduced him to an 8 mm movie camera and flat bed editor. He took to it quickly. He began directing his neighborhood friends, shooting and editing his first short films.
By age 18, he had completed a two-year intensive program at a New York based Technical Arts School, where he studied professional photography and developed his skilled eye for composition, lighting and framing. After graduating from photography school, Clay advanced on to college where he continued his studies in filmmaking, acting, theatre and psychology of human behaviour.
After college, his life took an interesting turn when he landed a job with a New York based Fortune 500 Company. That entry-level position soon turned into the more prestigious position of National Instructor, Business Coach & Motivational Speaker. This decade long run provided him with opportunities to develop advanced coaching, mentoring and communication skills while furthering his knowledge of people, human behavior, social structures and life overall.(These are the core ingredients of good story telling.) It also allowed him to spend years studying under the tutelage of many of the worlds greatest teachers: Napoleon Hill, Zig Ziglar, Og Mandino, W Clement Stone, Mark Victor Hansen, Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins and countless others.
After years of extensive travel throughout the United States and twenty-two other countries, he finally landed in Hollywood, California. At that point, Clay shifted his focus from the corporate business world back to his original passion — the arts.
Over the following two decades, Clay went on to coach and direct thousands of actors. He’s produced and directed countless shows and in 1995 he became the Improv Director and Comedy Coach at The World Famous Comedy Store.
During that time, Clay landed the recurring role of Lt. Richardson as a series regular in the high-concept action TV show ‘LA Heat’. He’s also worked in movies and appeared in upwards of 100 TV commercials.
Presently, Clay can be found heading up Clay Banks Productions & Studio International, CBSI, an LA based, On-Camera, Film Acting Studio and Independent Production Company. He teaches a powerful Meisner-based on-camera film acting technique that’s strongly grounded in the art of working honestly, and truthfully, moment to moment – specifically for professional on-camera work in FILM & TV. CBSI is more like a life empowerment center for advanced artistic studies. If you spend any amount of time there, you’re sure to leave a (changed for the better) human being!
Coach Banks not only understands both sides of the camera, first-hand, but he has an amazing gift to inspire and motivate others. He also possesses a unique talent for understanding where people are and even better… how to get them to where they’re going!
If you haven’t yet been in one of Coach Banks training sessions, do it soon! You’re sure to leave a more knowledgable and empowered individual. Coach is more of a Life Empowerment Coach-Entertainment Business Coach- On-Camera Acting Coach — all rolled up into one person.
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