CBSI is a Toluca Lake-based, EMMY AWARD WINNING ON-CAMERA, FILM & TV ACTING STUDIO and Independent Production Company. Industry Expert and Master Coach Clay Banks teaches a powerful Meisner/Method-based on-camera film acting technique known as THE PROCESS! The Process is strongly grounded in the art of working honestly and truthfully, moment to moment – specifically for professional on-camera work in FILM & TV.
COACH CLAY BANKS: Head Coach, Owner and Founder! Coach (as he’s best known) is a class act! Bold statement? Maybe… but that’s how we feel! Although, you might want to check him out for yourself. His accomplishments as a former Fortune 500 Motivational Speaker – National Instructor – Improv Director – Comedy Coach – Life Coach – Life Empowerment, Performance Coach – Business Coach and more…. will have you asking… “How’s he do it”?
His profundity is eye opening as he carefully serves up his words so the listener can gain maximum benefit for their own self growth. He specializes in empowerment: getting you to unlock and unleash the ultimate CHAMPION inside of you. He’s presently a Backstage Field Expert, Recurring Master Guest Coach for SAG-AFTRA, and the Advanced Audition Coach for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hollywood (AADA), summer program.
Oh, and he also trains and equips ACTORS in his own studio (CBSI) on how to work professionally in films and television! Hasn’t really set in yet? Check out the testimonial page on our website and you’ll see! And, while you’re there… schedule an audit for yourself so you can actually meet him?!
COACH JACK STUART: 8-yr graduate of The Process. Coach Jack has studied under the direct leadership of Coach Banks for eight meticulous years now. Jack’s a former CASTING ASSOCIATE as well as a skilled and well-trained actor with a special added gift… his profound ability to communicate WRITER’S INTENT. This gift has opened up a sensational opportunity, not only for Jack as one of our full-time instructors and coach of the CBSI Process, but also to coach you, the aspiring on-camera actor! That is if you’re fortunate enough to get in his class.
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CBSI is an EMMY AWARD WINNING ACTING & CREATIVE EMPOWERMENT STUDIO! It’s also one of LA’s PREMIER ON-CAMERA FILM & TV ACTING FACILITIES (nicknamed – THE PERFORMANCE ZONE!), 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 Meisner/Method based system of acting that’s practical, uncomplicated, and is personalized along 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 combines 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, more effective 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. Let’s just say… you’ll be blown away!
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. This is professional, corporate level motivation and empowerment that’s presented as a bonus on top of the acting training. Why does Coach Banks do this? Because he can! And, boy can he!!
DUAL CAMERA – SPLIT SCREEN POWER COACHING
All of the work at CBSI is recorded for your own personal playback study. The work will eventually be shot with two separate cameras in EXTREME CLOSE UPS (ECU). The ECU is considered the most difficult shot for an on-camera actor. It’s actually where the award winning moments are found. Working at this level with a split-screen monitor enables our coaches to get to the core of all scene and character work. This process has tremendous results in bringing 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 transfer to each student’s own personal USB drive. This 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 personal scene work. AND… If you need to show your work to an industry pro (casting, agent, manager, director) you’ll have quality work ready to go! All shot in 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. Our Coaches don’t miss a thing! You receive their FULL ATTENTION. And, They’re ON YOUR SIDE in helping you to become the best that you can possibly be! The CBSI Coach’s Creed: To speaks the truth… kindly and with impact!
INTIMATE & SAFE PERSONAL ATTENTION
Because CBSI is a BOUTIQUE TRAINING FACILITY, personal attention is given to each student in every class and each actor gets to work (several times) in their class. This results in each student not only being instructed but also being COACHED PERSONALLY. This makes it literally impossible for the actor not to grow and develop.
Coach Banks is a Yoda in DETAIL, QUALITY, PRACTICALITY, CREATIVITY, RELATIONSHIP and TRUTH. CBSI operates in direct fashion with what it is that’s required for the actor to work professionally in the entertainment industry — and to live successfully in life! His 4 Key Tenets: Live life with a charged healthy and empowered — SPIRIT – SOUL – BODY – WALLET!
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