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, and a bit of a miracle to find my way back

Actor

1/5

1/7

Model

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

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     Born and raised on 5th Street in South Boston, 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. I'm an only child. They did their best, and they did what was best for me. Thankfully. I played all kinds of sports growing up, I got into all kinds of trouble. When your mother is busy working and unavailable emotionally, you act out to get attention. I always loved being the center of attention. As a kid, I thrived being on stage. Creativity was never a class, but me and my friends created entire wrestling leagues (complete with characters and storylines). 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, storytelling-this stuff has always been in my blood

 

But we had no money. Luckily we did have a great family though. My grandfather (an immigrant from Cork, Ireland) borrowed money from his boss in the 50s to buy the home that sits on Fifth Street in Southie that my family still lives in today.

Naturally, I told myself I had to go to college. I’ve worked since I was 13, mostly with kids. 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 School 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. 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. Spending 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. I spent my entire young adult life in school, working. What did I learn about? People, emotions, communities, culture, perception, dreams, sex, monsters, logic, law, and government.

 

The summer I was to graduate 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. I loved the brain challenge of law.

 

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, why I was breathing air and it rekindled a fire I had as a kid.

 

I needed to act. I needed to get experience. I was already in mid20s. I needed to do so many different things in front of and behind the camera before I could even think about joining an actors union. So then 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. I could not have been any luckier..

In 2017, I moved to New York City with two bags 400 dollars and without any acting experience. What I had was a heart full of purpose and love. Love for the world, for the craft, a love for connecting, to learn and help others.

 

Fast forward and now I'm lucky I got all of the experience I missed out on during school. A very unorthodox route for an actor to take, but then again-I'm a very unorthodox guy. I've lived a very unorthodox life. I didn't act when I should have as a child, but I am so grateful to have gotten the education I did. 

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Moving from Southie to New York City was the hardest most challenging yet most rewarding thing I've ever done in my life.

 

 I had to move to the city to get experience I didn't get in youth, when I chose to be in school

The acting got to happen! Boy oh boy did I learn. I don't think I'll ever stop learning. That's what I love about acting most of all. 

 

From the smallest job with no lines, to the biggest job with hundreds of pages. From prosthetics to wigs to stunts to long nights as a bad guy on set to waking up reporting live from the streets of New York to getting home showering and being able to do improv on a stage at night to waking up the next day to be able to go BEHIND the camera-moving to New York City was the most rewarding and fulfilling experience I could’ve ever asked for. What I learned, all who I learned from, and the city has made such an indelible impression on some irish-canandian kid from Boston-

All of you, every place I've been with you will be a part of me forever. Thank you

Being able to connect with a director on some cellular level, that's the magic. Meeting a writer, a TEAM. All that LOVE-

 What most don't see on a film set is all of us, working hard, differently yet in unison, one motion hurling ourselves towards one goal-the finish line.

In short-being on set is harmony for me and my ego- there is simply no better feeling than having the opportunity to contribute and to connect and to create with professional craftspeople.  

 

"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 in my life. The second was moving to New York City with a months rent, a pillow and my backpack..

It's the people that stick with you, the experiences, memories 

 

What you learn, what you go through,  challenges you face inside and outside-but we overcome. 

The speed of life, the people you meet and the stories we share - they make a tremendous impact on a person. 

 

What's so exciting for me is actually being In the business now. It took me a while to get myself here, but as they say- better late than never!

 

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 this distinct responsibility, being in the middle of the universe-to apply some of the tools social science gave me.

Not only to help others navigate this sprawling and ever fluid existence, but to better understand this city, this country and this world. Understanding being human makes being human better. I’m fortunate to have gotten the education that I did. I always look forward to getting to work..

 

 

FIlm Can Help Change The World!

 

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

 

Let's get to work!! 

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

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