Because CBSI is one of LA’s PREMIER ON-CAMERA FILM & TV ACTING STUDIOS run by one of the industry’s TOP VETERAN ACTING COACHES. It’s a CREATIVELY SAFE and LIFE CHANGING studio that not only teaches you PROFESSIONAL LEVEL ACTING but also EMPOWERS you as an individual.
THE PROCESS taught at CBSI is a system of acting that’s practical, uncomplicated, and is personalized with your ability to embrace it… regardless of what you may think you already know. Whether you’re just starting out, have advanced training, or are currently working in the industry, you’re sure to learn and grow here!
The Process is the ART, CRAFT & TECHNICALITIES of acting, based on the teachings of Sanford Meisner and Stella Adler. From Method to Meisner, The Process is designed to raise your personal level and ability, taking you from wherever you presently are to where you’re desiring to go. All of this is being done while empowering and equipping you to become a stronger human being.
CBSI is a one-of-a-kind LIFE EMPOWERMENT, ON-CAMERA ACTING STUDIO. It’s truly a unique and professional learning environment that will amaze and excite you. But, don’t take our word for it — you really need to check it out for yourself!
BUILDING THE ACTOR, BUILDING THE PERSON
Coach Banks begins every class with a SPECIALITY TEACHING that covers a specific topic for that week, sometimes it lasts throughout the entire month. These teachings cover all aspects of the student’s well-being and growth as an actor and a person. It is a bonus on top of the acting training.
All of the work at CBSI is recorded for your own personal playback study. The work will eventually be shot in EXTREME CLOSE UPS (ECU). An ECU is considered the most difficult shot for an on-camera actor. It’s actually where the Oscar winning moments are found. Working at this level enables Coach Banks to get to the core of all scene and character work to bring each actor’s performance to the level required for the BIG SCREEN. (Coach Banks calls this process, nano-coaching).
All scenes are RECORDED and immediately converted to mp4 files for each student’s own personal USB drive. It allows each student to review their work in preparation for the following week, monitor their growth and development over time, and build up a library of their own personal scene work. AND… If you need to show your work to an industry pro (casting, agent, director) you’ll have quality work ready to go. All shot on HD.
LIMITED CLASS SIZE
We aim for a 12-14 STUDENT LIMIT in each class. This is an amazingly great thing if you’re a serious actor who’s tired of being told that your work is good when in truth, it’s not. There’s no getting lost in a crowd here at CBSI. Coach Banks doesn’t miss a thing. He’s on you. And, HE’S ON YOUR SIDE in helping you to become the best that you can possibly be! He speaks the truth… kindly and with impact!
CBSI is a BOUTIQUE TRAINING FACILITY, where personal attention is given to each student in every class. Our aim is to limit all classes to an average of 12-14 students. This results in each student not only being instructed but also being COACHED PERSONALLY. All students get to work several times in each session. This makes it literally impossible for the actor not to grow and develop.
Coach Banks feels that a true artist must work their craft every day. If you’re an actor, you have to act and creativity is an ongoing part of the process at CBSI. In conjunction with Coach’s book, THE ACTOR’S FREEWAY, all students are continually involved in creative projects which are personally designed for the increasing of the actor’s own individual capacity. HE KEEPS YOU CREATIVE!
Here’s an excerpt from one of Coach Banks mentors —“We must reconsider what is meant by “talent.” It is highly possible that what is called talented behavior is simply a greater individual capacity for experiencing. From this point of view, it is in the increasing of the individual capacity for experiencing that the untold potentiality of a personality can be evoked.” ~ Viola Spolin (Grandmother of Improvisation exercises.)
The CBSI Alumni is a fantastic bonus! The longer you stay, the less you pay!
There are literally hundreds of CBSI Alumni throughout the industry. By developing in one studio that provides you with everything you need… and more, you mature in the craft as an ON-CAMERA ARTIST while your class tuition rate goes down! The longer you stay, the less you pay! It only makes sense. Look into it.
LOOK WHO’S WORKING!
CBSI students have worked with known ACTORS such as:
Robert DeNiro, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, David Duchovny, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian Anderson, Anthony LaPaglia, Steve Carell, Simon Baker, John Schneider, Frank Langella, Cameron Crowe, Ron Howard, David Fincher, Chris Carter, Kevin Dowling, Denzel Washington, Jon Favreau
CBSI students have worked with known DIRECTORS/PRODUCERS such as:
Vince Gilligan, Clint Eastwood, Jon Favreau, Cameron Crowe, Ron Howard, David Fincher, Chris Carter, Kevin Dowling, Denzel Washington, Ruben Fleischer, And a heap of other amazing names you most likely wouldn’t recognize.
CBSI students have worked on known FILM/TV SHOWS such as:
Better Call Saul, Touch, Stalker, MTV’s Awkward, Franklin & Bash, Jersey Boys, Hell on Wheels, The Crazy Ones, Revolution, Mall Cop 2, Drive, The Gangster Squad, The Avengers, Mad Men, CSI, CSI NY, NCIS, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Mentalist, NCIS, Star Trek, Frost/Nixon, Little Miss Sunshine, Friends, The Green Lantern, The Mentalist, Crossing Jordan, Pushing Daisies, Red Dawn, Bonnie and Clyde, The X-Files, Without A Trace, Mama Mia, Star Trek, Frost/Nixon, Little Miss Sunshine, Friends, Hairspray, Charmed, Antoine Fisher, Nip Tuck, Six Feet Under, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles…and so many more!