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David Banks
David Banks

David Banks

Los Angeles, CA USA

"I never forgot about my passion; I never forgot to do something for me. So whatever job you do, don't lose yourself. I didn't."

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Day In The Life

Filmmaker / Photojournalist

I'm a film-maker, writer and photojournalist with 30 years experience in international documentary-making and news.

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Was constantly called "stupid" as a kid; was actually struggling with dyslexia and vowel deafness.

  • 2.

    Figured out he'd have to teach himself; picked up his mom's 8mm camera and felt "immediate gratification" when he'd print his images.

  • 3.

    Knew he didn't have the grades, funds to go to USC's film school; moved to Los Angeles anyway, would visit USC bookstore, buy the course books.

  • 4.

    Says he originally took the photos for himself; realized he needed outside perspective and went to an artist support group.

  • 5.

    Realized all artists had the same insecurities; he just had to stop worrying if other people were going to like his images.

  • 6.

    Says, "screw confidence; just do it," the more risk you take, the stronger your confidence grows.

  • 7.

    Realized high expectations lead to frustrations; instead, makes reachable goals for himself.

  • 8.

    One example of a reachable goal was "get a job in television," now has multiple Emmys from working his way up from there.