Chris Banks

An Instrument

 To Achieve Your Vision

 

A.S. Behavioral Science

 B.A. Psychology  

 

 

From My 4th Grade Notebook - I knew

Just took me to mature to find my way back

Actor, Model, Writer, Budding Filmmaker, Citizen, Human, Only Child, Second Generation American, First In My Family To Graduate   

From South Boston, MA

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Born and raised on 5th Street in South Boston, I’m an only child. My mother is a single mother, she’s an alcoholic. My father was in the military most of my life and now works for the City of Boston, he’s also an alcoholic. They did their best, and they did what was best for me. Thankfully. I played all kinds of sports growing up, and I got into all kinds of trouble. When your mother is busy working, you act out to get attention. I always loved being the center of attention. As a kid, I thrived being on stage. Creativity wasn’t a class, but me and my friends created entire wrestling leagues (complete with characters and storylines), and my classmates and I would create skits out of our weekly vocabulary words. Pretty soon, the entire class would participate because our teacher made it a weekly thing. Acting, performing, this stuff has always been in my blood

 

 

My dad spent over 20 years in the military. My mom was a single mother, and a hard worker. But we had no money. What we did have was a great family. My grandfather (an immigrant from Cork, Ireland) borrowed money from his boss to buy the home in Southie that my family still lives in today. So, naturally, I told myself I had to go to college. I’ve had a job since I was 13, working with kids. I paid for my own braces at 16. My mom used my dads child support to send me to St. Brigid’s and then Gate of Heaven that used to be in Southie. I graduated from Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, MA. I’m very thankful she did. She had to work, so I came from household of women, mainly her sisters (among many others like friends moms, and ‘cousins’)  -  it took a village to raise me. It takes a village to raise any child. I spent my days down the old, Old Colony Projects with my aunt.   I worked with kids for close to a decade, in a lot of different capacities. I helped my uncle coach girls softball and boys little league. I took out loans to pay for college and I spent my entire young adult life in school, and working. What did I learn about? People, emotions, communities, culture, perception, dreams, sex, monsters, logic, law, and government. I interned at a family law firm, and I studied and prepared to go law school. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. A.S. Behavioral Science Quincy College, B.A. Psychology University Of Massachusetts Boston. I took the LSAT. But I could not enroll in law school, because that summer was my first time ever on a film set - Katheryn Bigelow’s Detroit. And as they say, the rest is history. It reminded me of what my purpose was, and it rekindled that fire I had as a kid. So I quit all three of my jobs in Boston in the summer of 2017, packed two bags, brought my pillow and moved to New York City, with nothing but a month’s rent. I had no idea what awaited me, and I couldn’t have been any luckier..

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I moved to NYC a few years ago without any acting experience. What I had was a heart full of purpose and love. Love for the world, for the craft of art, and a love to learn and to help others. Fast forward and now I've done everything you can do in front of a camera 

 

New York, NY

Moving from Southie to New York City was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. It's in my most earliest blog posts if you want to get a sense of the madness that was. But, from the very first job I booked when I got here, with no lines, to most demanding role with hundreds of pages - I learned, I had fun , I found myself, I connected, with not only the material but with the people around me, I laughed, I cried and everything in-between.

 I learned, boy oh boy- did I learn.

I'll never stop learning.. 

 

Set gets intense, being in the midst of the hurricane is my distinct happy place. 

 

Connecting with a director, a writer, a TEAM. All the LOVE

 All of us working in one motion toward one goal, hurling toward the finish line, in harmony - there is simply no better feeling in the world than having the opportunity to contribute and to connect and to create with professionals.

 

"You can't understand the very important thing in life unless you allow yourself to get close to it."

 

Being the first in my family to graduate from college was the best decision I ever made. The second? Moving to New York City with a months rent, a pillow and my backpack..

 

What you learn, the experiences you go through, the challenges you face and overcome, the speed of life, the people you meet and the stories you hear - they all make a tremendous impact on you, and leave a hell of a mark

 

There are so many stories needing to be told. I'm focusing on telling those stories. In doing so I hope to - connect, affect (hearts) and change (minds) 

 I feel a distinct responsibility being in the middle of the universe, to apply some of the tools social science gave me, by not only helping others navigate this sprawling and ever fluid existence, but to better understand this city, this country and the world. I’m fortunate to have a basic understanding and some experience within the law, as well a foundational knowledge of the constitution. It’s not an easy thing. Interweaving all of these elements of myself, with my palpable imagination and burning creativity -but  I feel extremely fortunate to even be able to.

 

 FIlm Can Help Change The World!

 

People of diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents, skills, and walks of life coming together not only to tell stories but to make people laugh, cry, and LEARN!  

My Work

Lead, Supporting, Day Player Film/TV. Print, Runway, Commercial Model. Music Video, TelePrompter, Green/blue Screen, Live Reporting, Marketing, Commercials, Advertisement, Documentary, Voice Over,

 Stunts, Technical Film

“Perseverance, secret of all triumphs”

Victor Hugo

" It always seems impossible; until it is done"

Nelson Mandela

“I am my own sanctuary and I can be reborn as many times as I choose throughout my life.”

–Lady Gaga

Bound By Precedent (2020)

Harriet Pilot

Voiceover

Second Chance (2020)

The Trick Or Treat Picture Show

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Brad Fuller, ScaredStiffFilms

Brian Ward, KillProof USA

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