David's Open Road

DAVID BANKS

Filmmaker / Photojournalist

“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.”

INTERESTS:

Art Film

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Determination Education Struggle Confidence Community Goals Risk Success Dedication Desire Family Passion Hard Work Fear

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Was constantly called "stupid" as a kid; was actually struggling with dyslexia and vowel deafness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Says he originally took the photos for himself; realized he needed outside perspective and went to an artist support group.
  • Realized all artists had the same insecurities; he just had to stop worrying if other people were going to like his images.
  • Says, "screw confidence; just do it," the more risk you take, the stronger your confidence grows.
  • Realized high expectations lead to frustrations; instead, makes reachable goals for himself.
  • One example of a reachable goal was "get a job in television," now has multiple Emmys from working his way up from there.

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