We had the good fortune of connecting with David Banks and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi David, how do you think about risk?
There are two sides of risk taking for me. I would say I was a bit riskier when I was younger, and the older I get the less risks I feel comfortable taking. Then again there is the other side of me with the attitude of “oh well” If they like me great, if not, that’s fine. It can never hurt to stand out, and the only way to do that is to take some risks you might not normally take.
The worst thing they can say is NO. Plus the nice part of this business is you never really hear those words. You either get the call saying they want to book you or you don’t get a call at all. Plus another perk of getting older is I totally forget what I auditioned for last week anyways [LAUGHS]

You always hear those fun little success stories where someone says they just went for it and didn’t care what the outcome was, and those are the ones that usually turn out for the better.

There is something to be said for confidence, and just knowing you are going to do great regardless if they say yes or no. Trusting yourself with zero doubt.
Getting a few laughs along the way is also nice

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think anything to do with the entertainment industry will never be easy. We all know that going into it. I will never forget my first meeting with an agent and the first thing he asked me was David, do you have ten years to spare before you hear the word yes?
I said sure. He replied great! I am not going to sign you because you don’t have any credits, but give me a call when you do and we can talk.
I sort of figured it would be a ten year plan minimum.
I have zero patience so it wasn’t easy but you always find things to do to keep your mind off of it. Music has always been the best outlet for me, and a great way to keep you distracted.
The biggest challenge can be sifting through all the fake and phony people promising you overnight success… for a small fee of course [LAUGHS]

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would probably make up some story saying how sorry I am but I won’t be in town. DARN! OK I am half kidding. That’s the nice thing about living in California. There are so many amazing things to do out here.
I’m sure your average tourist would probably have a better game plan than myself.
The funny thing is since I’m a native I havent even seen most of the hot spots. I always figured Venice Beach, The Hollywood sign, and Sunset strip arent going anywhere.
Although as corny as it sounds I have always wanted to take a little bus tour. I would probably start there.

PS No I won’t pick you up from the airport [LAUGHS]

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents! They have always been my biggest supporter no matter what sort of year I may be having.
They never said “Are you sure you don’t want a back up plan”
Not that I would have listened [LAUGHS]

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