Chris Banks

An Instrument

 To Achieve Your Vision

 

A.S. Behavioral Science

 B.A. Psychology  

 

 

From My 4th Grade Notebook

Just took me a bit of life to find my way back

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

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I'm an only child. I played all kinds of sports and I got into all kinds of trouble. I loved being the center of attention-I thrived being on stage. Creativity was never a class I got to take, but between my imagination and creativity - I got by ok. In school, my friends & I would use our 20 vocabulary words every week to create a skit with the entire class. Before that other friends and I would create an entire wrestling league, with characters, storylines, as well as actually wrestle. Storytelling, Acting-this stuff is in my blood. 

 

From South Boston, MA

My dad was in the military. My mom is a single mother, also an alcoholic, we had no money, I worked and paid for my own braces at 16, but she used my dads child support to send me to a better school. Thank god she did. She had to work, so I came from household of women -  it took a village to raise me. I spent half of my days down Old Colony Projects with my aunt. My grandfather (an immigrant from Cork, Ireland) borrowed money from his boss to buy the home in South Boston that my family still lives in today. So, naturally, I told myself I had to go to college. 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 for myself and I spent my entire young adult life in school, learning about : people, emotions, communities, culture, perception, dreams, sex, monsters, logic, law, and government. I interned at a law firm, and studied and prepared to go law school. 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. I knew what my purpose was, and it rekindled the creative fire I had as a kid. So I quit all three of my jobs in Boston, 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..

New York, NY

Moving from Southie to New York City a couple of years ago 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 the people around me, I laughed, I cried and everything in-between.

 

And I learned, boy oh boy- did I learn. I'll never stop learning..

Set gets intense, There is a lot to take in and navigate. Being in the midst of the hurricane is definitely my distinct happy place. 

Connecting with a director, a writer, a team all 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, the speed of the city, the people you meet - 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  just focused on trying to tell those stories, and in doing so - 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 provided me with to not only help others navigate this sprawling and ever fluid existence, but this city, this country and the world. I’m fortunate to also have a basic understanding of the law, as well as the constitution and to be able to interweave these elements of myself with my imagination and creativity - I feel extremely fortunate

 

 

This is How We Are Going To Change The World!

People of diverse backgrounds, experiences, talents, skills, and walks of life come together to not only 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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