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Private: In the year-and-a-half since I joined the studio, I’ve booked several commercial and VO jobs!

Eva Banks

Private: I was so honored to receive an award for the emotionally raw and subtle work Coach Banks taught me how to do in my performance.

Jenn Gotzen

“Thank you so much Coach! I really got so much out of today’s class it was insane! Today’s talk was also very life empowering! I now walked around with my eyes “open”, if you know what I mean. Although I try to do that all the time now… but today was different. The sensory work was amazing! Somebody gave me an orange as a gift today. I smelled the orange for 15 minutes! It was very interesting and different then before! I was having a very full experience to say the least! It brought up all sorts of emotions. I’m so much more alive! Cheer!”

Celine Rosalie

“Thank you so much for putting all of this together. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of work everyone brought to this new medium. Class can prevail!”

Judyth Brooke

“My first ZOOM class was definitely a success! I liked how you had us go over a scene once, then make some changes – and then come to rework it. That was great! Thanks for figuring out how to keep all of us goin!”

Ross Forte
joe-abraham

“Using the skills I’ve learned while studying at CBSI has given me the ability to work on camera. I’ve landed agents, casting directors and ultimately, now work as an actor! I’m actually in Canada as we speak shooting a recurring role on an AMC show! Coach Banks coached me straight from the audition, to shooting on-set! Thanks Coach!”

Joe Abraham
Jade Harlow

“Wow, Coach!! I don’t know what to say!! It all seems too good to be true. I send you beautiful, positive energy..”

Jade Harlow
george-triplet

“Once we started the Zoom Class, I settled right in and saw the value of it. It was sorta nice to not have to drive to class and at the same time I was still interacting with my classmates. I definitely felt like I was participating in the development of the future of our business. Most of us know we can get in the zone if we have a dressed set, costumes and plenty of time with the script. One of the advantages to working with CBSI is, we are constantly being challenged to get in the zone without any toys. Holding class on Zoom is another opportunity to challenge us in this way. Maybe when this is all over, we should have an optional Zoom class sometime during the week just to develop those skills.”

George Triplet
laith-wallschelger

“It was great! We got more time with our scene partners during class than we normally would and the scene was able to move leaps and bounds further from the ice cold read to the second read through. I definitely got way more out of it than I thought I would.”

Laith Wallschleger
dave-tillman

“I book now! I have booked not only yet another acting job… but with that same company they hired me to write multiple projects for them!”

Dave Tillman
collin-sutton

“I just recently got off set from shooting “Hell on Wheels.” The camera was right up in my face in ECU shots and I want to thank you Coach for preparing me to handle those moments. Coach Banks helped me with the audition all the way through the booking and after that it was in God’s hands — along with everything I learned at CBSI. Thanks Again!”

Collin Sutton
ian-willoughby

“My Zoom experience was good! The amount of people in the online class made the session feel more like (one on one) training. Also being able to hear the words and just focus on listening and responding. The levels were easier for me to work on and create in. I didn’t mind the online dynamic at all!”

Ian Willoughby
Jeff-wolfe

“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. I’m presently heading off to the Carolina’s to shoot JJ Abram’s  TV show ‘Revolution”. It’s been picked up by NBC.”

Jeff Wolfe
linda-michaels

“Just the fact of how much you give of yourself and your light is inspiring — it speaks of your heart and dedication to your students. Thank you!”

Linda Michaels
paige-kriet

“Today was a great class for me. Honestly, I didn’t think I was going to get much from it by just doing things over the internet, but I was surprised and impressed with just how much this class helped. We really got to dive into character work and the choices we make to define it. Focused, efficient, fun! CBSI in a nutshell, whether corona is involved or not.”

Paige Kriet
peter-starr

“Working at such an intense level in the craft is exhilarating. Working via Zoom felt challenging at first, but soon it really heightened the intimate level of the work! I thought the approach to class was perfect for the medium. It was intimate, well-paced, organized and effective. Looking forward to more!”

Peter Starr
danielle-argyros

“Thank you Coach. Everything you’ve taught me is slowly stabilizing into my foundation. I feel strong and excited every time I enter the room. Now it’s more like….”me, me, me, I wanna play!” :) You give me the confidence to create moments. Looking forward to setting up a callback private with you!”

Danielle Argyros
gloria-laino

“Coach Banks’ profound insights on work done in his Master Class have propelled me to hugely increased sensitivity to the craft of acting as well as increase my booking ratio. Coach Banks has helped me to lose the fear that was impeding my ability to audition well. I now walk in the casting room with powerful confidence!”

Gloria Laino
eli-santana

“Coming into CBSI with no acting experience or training, I’ve been able to secure representation, book movie roles and I even landed the lead in a play — in just a short amount of time! But more importantly, through CBSI, I’ve gained an invaluable confidence and perspective that’s ignited the fire to live the life of a true artist!”

Eli Santana
jenn-gotzen

“Since I began working with Coach Banks, my work has gone to the next level. Clay helped me to ‘let go’ and get out of my analytical mind which freed me to TRUST! I appreciate Coach Banks for all that he has done for me in my acting journey. Thank you Clay!”

Jenn Gotzen , (Award Winning Actress)
noel-kachaturian

“This past year, I was fortunate to be Taft Hartleyed and also landed a commercial agent, Lewis and Beal. Really looking forward to growing even more as an actor and creative being. Thank you CBSI!”

Noel Kachaturian

The A.C.T. Course

Learn the Art, Craft, and Technicalities of on-camera acting. The most comprehensive acting e-course available.

Earn your Professional On-Camera Acting Certificate! The A.C.T. Course is the closest thing you can experience to actually being in a professional on-camera acting studio…virtually! A.C.T. takes an in-depth and comprehensive approach to on-camera acting that goes far beyond typical distance learning courses. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a working actor, The A.C.T. Course will equip you with the essential skills you need to work on-camera.

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Find out more

The A.C.T. Course

Learn the Art, Craft, and Technicalities of on-camera acting. The most comprehensive acting e-course available.

Earn your Professional On-Camera Acting Certificate! The A.C.T. Course is the closest thing you can experience to actually being in a professional on-camera acting studio…virtually! A.C.T. takes an in-depth and comprehensive approach to on-camera acting that goes far beyond typical distance learning courses. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re already a working actor, The A.C.T. Course will equip you with the essential skills you need to work on-camera.

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F.A.Q.

How much are Classes at CBSI?2021-08-10T18:28:48+00:00

Classes at CBSI range depending on what level you are in and whether or not you chose to Audit a Class.  For up-to-date pricing and class availability, please visit our Classes Page for more details.

I’ll be Late for Class. What should I do?2021-08-12T04:35:48+00:00

NEVER BE LATE!

But if you absolutely can’t avoid it, please contact us as soon as possible before hand, via EMAIL or the WhatsApp group. If you arrive during a shoot, and the SIGN IS RED, please wait outside until the shoot is complete and the sign is switched to BLUE.

How long do CBSI Classes last?2021-08-12T04:44:54+00:00

Our Classes generally run between 3.5 and 4 hours. So come prepared to learn and dig in deep!

What type of Classes are Offered?2021-08-12T04:46:47+00:00

We offer a variety of class options for beginners and experienced actors alike. From class audits, to our exclusive Master Class: find out more about classes here.

Are privates required in conjunction with Classes?2021-08-12T04:47:43+00:00

No, Privates are not required, though recommended to help prepare you for auditions and self-tapes.

What are the typical class sizes at CBSI?2021-08-12T04:48:36+00:00

10 – 15. Class sizes at CBSI are a mixture of in-studio and online students in what we call “Hybrid Classes.” These classes are intentionally kept small, up to 15 working students per class. This way, each student has more time to train their scenes and gain access to Coach Clay Banks.

Will I have a chance to train with the head coach?2021-08-12T04:51:14+00:00

Yes, you will train with Coach Clay Banks! Coach Clay Banks is very committed to empowering each and every student that attends his studio. While some classes may be taught by other coaches, these are not exclusive. Coach Banks makes an effort to enrich and empower students in all levels of training.

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