“This studio has changed me for the better. It’s a place where I am constantly discovering who I am. I can open up and be honest with myself about my fears and challenges. I can take the necessary steps to confidently tear down the walls of whatever it is that is holding me back from being the best version of myself I can be. CBSI is my safe haven.” ~ Nina Brock
“My favorite thing about CBSI is that there is more than one Coach. All the coaches have different teaching styles and you are able to find the coach that best fits your learning needs.” ~ Stephanie Kaczmarek
“I’ve been in acting workshops and classes in the past and I have to say that since I’ve been apart of CBSI, Joe and Clay have taken my acting ability to an entirely new level I’ve never been able to reach before.” ~ Dave Wellnitz
"Just had my first career coaching with Coach Clay and it was really powerful. He helped me rethink about the things I felt were "holding me back" and turn them into positives and gave me ways I could actively adjust. This check up really helped clear out some of my mental clutter. Definitely something every actor should do. I feel more focused and excited to keep moving forward in my career." ~ Brittany Cox
"My first impression of the master class is all that I had hoped. More focus, more time working, more inspiration watching others who have issues that I can identify with. It has been a blessing thus far, and I earnestly believe I am exactly where I need to be." ~ Alanna Boatright (Current Student)
”I booked a horror film, a short, and an audition because of Clay Banks Studio teaching me how to ‘Win the Room’, techniques, and set etiquette” ~ Joseph Evangelista
"Clay Banks Studio taught me a lot about the technical side of being on camera. It was a great outlet for me to get comfortable in front of the lens and connect with the Actors working along side me. Not only did I learn a lot creatively, but a lot about myself as a human being. Above all, I have been extremely blessed by the long term friendships I developed while in the studio." ~ Brittaney Morrison
“CBSI has shaped my career, No doubt about it. I have been taught the real meaning of show and the real meaning of business. I came to the studio at 16 years old, and now as a 20 year old I have a manager and agent and have booked on network television shows and still go out every week working my actor, because I know how to! Clay Banks is the best! He teaches you the craft inside and out through his technique he's appropriately nicknamed "The Process". It's not only a game changer for your actor but also a LIFE changer. If you're serious about acting as a professional in this industry, you MUST take classes with Clay Banks. You'd be a schmuck not to.” ~ Jeromy Ramos (Speechless, Rosewood)
I love Coach Banks's approach! He never stops growing as a coach, so you never stop growing as an actor. His approach takes craft and technicality and turns it into art. ~ Jade Harlow (Two-Time Emmy Nominated and Emmy Award Winning Actress - Passions, The Bay, Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D, Day’s of Our Lives)
“I have studied with Clay Banks for many years — and 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… again and again!” ~ Collin Sutton (TURN, Hell on Wheels, American Horror Story, The Front Runner)
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. You do this by studying yourself and being overseen in the [read more="Read More.." less="Read Less"] 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. Taking class is like going to the gym for acting. Train properly!!! And if you’re going to do it, why not do it with the best! ~ Jeff Wolfe, Emmy Award Winner (Revolution, Pirates of the Carribean, MacGyver, True Detective, Rush Hour)[/read]
One of CBSI’s specialties is helping theatrically trained actors prepare for on-camera work. Making that transition, in and of itself, calls for a whole different set of skills of the craft of acting! I mastered them here at CBSI! ~ Joe Abraham (American Crime Story, UnReal, Revenge, Jersey Boys)
“Clay Banks has been my Coach for over 4 years now, helping me build my career into a sustainable business of show. Show business, like he always discusses, has been the major key to understanding how to create a solid career in film and television. Being a part of the supportive community of actors, that I have watched grow, has been an amazing journey. Supporting and lifting people up is what we are taught. Tuning in weekly on network television to watch my classmates is so incredible that it's a no brainer to take classes with Clay Banks. Actors are booking in this studio. And if you wanna book too? Get in and get ready! His method of integrating multiple famous methods when [read more="Read More.." less="Read Less"] he feels they are needed is one of the things I truly love about his way of honing the craft. He strengthens my mind so I can work as a solid actor, and that is the key to success. "You can stand on something you haven't built." If you want to have a fulfilled career, come in here and build your foundation....it's worth every penny.“ ~ Danielle Argyros (Awkward, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Stalker)[/read]
“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 didn’t 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. 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 [read more="Read More.." less="Read Less"] 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. ~ Jenn Gotzon (Frost/Nixon, Doonby, God’s Country, The Perfect Murder)[/read]
Since becoming totally submerged in Wednesday and Friday day classes, I've noticed an almost complete transformation in my work and my life. I'm so productive and creative and absorbing information like a sponge and I attribute these amazing things to my classes. I can't say enough positive stuff about Jack and Clay and the entire staff. As a habitual skeptic I love finding the class that proves all the others wrong! ~ Eric Seiver (Current Student)
Ben Hess – Director
CBSI is the first step towards my journey in becoming a director. I am surrounded by others who want to pursue their goals with everything they’ve got. At CBSI I have more than acquaintances, I have a group of people who treat each other like family. Everyone wants to help one another succeed, and the energy is so full of encouragement and passion that it makes it hard not to want to work with everyone in the studio. This is my first taste of Hollywood, and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to begin my new journey. ~ Ben Hess
Matt Chris Wood
If you're an actor and are serious about your career, CBSI is an awesome home base! I've been at the studio for several years and it has been instrumental in my progress. I am continually challenged and have booked work as a result of being in the studio. Clay is a great Coach, he's straightforward and insightful. He is exceptional at understanding where each actor is and coaching them to the next level. I would highly recommend that any actor check out CBSI! ~ Matt Chris Wood (SyFy’s Face Off)
Solid, honest, consistent training is what has made me choose to study with Clay for years! He truly cares about his students and their careers, and I think that's an important factor to consider when choosing a coach who you are trusting to push you in the right direction artistically. ~ Zack Radvansky (Training Day, Criminal Minds, Game Shakers, American Woman)
Knowing I have a safe creative space to come to every week gives me the motivation to get through some of the life struggles we face day to day. CBSI is not just an acting studio, it’s a family. Coach Banks has so much knowledge and wisdom about the industry, that you will always walk away learning something new. Coach Banks also teaches life principles that move us to be better human beings. This studio has helped me grow so much and in more ways than just acting. I feel so blessed to have found it. ~ Leanne Huffman (Current Student)
There is no better Detective for Script Analyzing than Clay, and his dedication to teaching each and everyone, coupled with his insight and knowledge of the industry, makes him a Unique Coach that we can only appreciate and want to highly recommend! ~ Daniele Romer (Puppet Master, Andover, West Coast Gothic)
“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.” ~ Joseph Bertot (Portlandia, The Librarians)
Dave Tillman – Writer
I’ve studied at CBSI for two years and I have to say it’s been an amazing growth experience. Coach Banks encouraged me to participate in the LA’s 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. [read more="Read More.." less="Read Less"] 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.” ~ Dave Tillman (The Cinema Couch, The Good Nanny, Shockwave)[/read]
The (Master) class is like a vacuum for creative development. Be it acting, writing, or developing on a single idea -- this class builds a space to whittle away the excess on the path to fully developed art. I look forward to more unhindered and unfiltered processing. Thanks! Oh, and great class this week! ~ Ryan McKenzie (Days of Our Lives, Modern Family)
“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 web series. 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.” ~ Dan Amos (The Crazy Ones, Bad Teacher)
“I’ve studied with Clay for about a year and during that time 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, which is a big deal for me. Really looking forward to growing even more as an actor and creative being.” ~ Noel Kachaturian (Starship Rising, The Cure)
JAMIE MALCOM – Host/Presenter
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. ~ Jamie Malcolm (The Morning Show Ch 9 AUS)
Rick Lafond – Industry Professional Business Owner
“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)
Jessie Ottolini – Producer
“Some of the best advice I have received for both my life and business!” ~ Jessie Ottolini (Producer/Project Manager)
I’m loving the style at Clay Banks Studio International. I haven’t ever trained in Cold Reading. It’s something that has intrigued me, and thankfully I followed that curiosity. I found myself in a same-day audition for a role I felt connected too. Normally panic would have stricken me, but this time, I felt peace and confidence thanks to coach clay. This place is a gem! ~ Cody Saintgnue (Teen Wolf and Consistently Booking!)
The Osbrink Agency
(CBSI student) Parker is one of casting’s favorites – great work Parker! ~ The Osbrink Agency
I wanted to find out how to shoot a good headshot. I was looking at Coach Banks’ video on his Headshot Coaching page on his website and I heard him say, “This coaching is gonna blow you away!” And, I thought, “Yeah, how’s this gonna blow me away?” After my first session with him… I was completely blown away! ~ Eric Leinbeck, (Headshot Coaching Client)
“I am so excited. I can’t even believe how amazing my photos turned out! Unbelievable. With Clay’s coaching, my photos turned out better than I ever thought they would! I highly suggest Clay’s headshot coaching if you’re looking for AMAZING headshots that will set you apart from the rest.” ~ Jillian Chatoff (Headshot Coaching Client)
"Clay takes headshot training to a whole other level. Little did you know that you knew so little about taking a great photo! But when you are done with this training you will end up not only with great shots, but a deeper understanding of yourself and the characters you can play best. Thank you so much, CBSI!!" ~ Erin Jo Harris (Headshot Coaching Client)
You can get headshot coaching right HERE!
"Coach Banks -- I just want to thank you so much for the private session on Friday!! It was very encouraging, has given me more confidence, and I'm more committed than ever to strive to grow as an actor. Your frankness and encouragement... I can't tell you how much studying with you at CBSI has helped me!!" ~ Ray Mainenti (Current Student)
Josiah Rizzo – Actor, Director, Writer
Coach Banks’s number one goal is for you to become undeniably successful as a skilled On-Camera Professional... to be ready to tackle your art under any circumstance. And... to reach your unique and highest possible level. This standard is what separates out Clay Banks Studio International in an industry that demands originality. CBSI students are true originals, and we give Coach Banks the credit for bringing that out. ~ Josiah Rizzo (Actor, Director, Writer)
When Coach Banks was teaching, I thought I was listening to Tony Robbins! ~ Student Auditor
More Actor Comments:
"Coach Banks is passionate, determined, knowledgeable, organized, focused, invested, tireless, encouraging, highly skilled, and experienced."
"Coach is a top-notch motivational acting coach who prepares you to work in Hollywood and helps each step of the way."
"I've been in class for about 5 months now, and when I look back on my first few video files from class, I can't believe I'm the same person! My skill has grown exponentially under Coach Banks, and I have a much deeper understanding of not only the industry, but of what it actually takes to get and stick the job."
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"Coach is a professional Motivational Life & Acting Coach, inspiring healthier living standards that lead to greater acting ability."
"Coach definitely knows what he's talking about."
"Coach cares about the actor growing and becoming not only a great actor but a great human being."
"I love how Coach is a straight-shooter."
"Coach is a no-nonsense type of coach with incredible insight. He teaches who you need to be to book big gigs and gives you the tools to make a lasting impression and do great work when you are on set." [/read]