Movement Coach | Artist Development | Creative Coach | Stage/Production Management
To put it simply; Stéphen Banks is a Creative Conduit, raised in Texas and now residing in sunny Los Angeles, California. With one part artistic, the other analytical and a particular set of skills—skills he has acquired over a very long career— he currently delivers value as a Creative Director and Stage/Operations Manager. As a former Army Veteran, his approach to his work embodies the values of respect, integrity and selfless service.
Stéphen enjoys reading, working out, live music and has a deep (fried) love for chicken. He is currently available for freelance projects.
CV available upon request.
-Effective Communicator: Always coupled with the term “expectation management”. I've proven my ability to listen and understand my client's needs. From retention, customer service and care and relationship maintenance, the importance of concise and effective communication drives my every decision. My fluency in both Artistic and Analytical communication is invaluable.
-Task Terminator: I have always displayed my loyalty to organization and flawless presentation by crushing deadlines; the devil is in the details. Whether individually or as part of a team, I believe that the big picture is the sum of its equally important smaller parts. I guess that's the military side of me. Speaking of militant, six years of Army training with an honorable discharge and awards for distinction—you could say that I love competition.
-Development-Focused: Everything I have engaged in so far has all been driven by my love of the creative arts, but let’s be real—skill development is critical in all industries. Growing is my top priority, constantly training and expanding my skillset. It's that passion that I credit to all of my success.
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS INTERNATIONAL (HGI), STAGE MANAGER
October 2018 - Present
I successfully execute all show elements for the team’s domestic and international live events tours.
Ensure that staff and performers are in place for all show elements.
Review Day of Game documents to understand proper implementation and execution of all national and local initiatives.
Assist with all facets of the touring operation and performance/event execution.
Setup and maintain all technical equipment and props so that everything runs smoothly during the performance.
Coordinate set up and implementation of pregame activities, game and post-game elements (Magic Pass, autograph session, etc.).
Assist with Meet & Greets
Call buildings prior to go over advance protocol and tech rider.
Coordinate video cues in the booth during introductions and direct building tech/staff with appropriate cues thereafter.
Assist in coordinating media interviews at the request of the PR department.
Work directly with the PR Strategist/Content Coordinator to shoot videos and photos of the players for content for the team’s various digital and social media platforms.
Film new created show material by the players and coaches to submit to producer for approval.
June 2015 - Present
The beginning of 2017, I majorly focused on meeting my personal goals and milestones. Honing in over seven years of knowledge, leveraging both my creative and business skill sets allowed me to expand in the fields of
Creative career coaching/mentoring
Artist development, management and training
Business Management basics for creatives
Created 8020creative Coaching: “Working daily to educate and motivate, putting power back into the hands of the creators—not our clients or employers”
Under this initiative, I have choreographed, developed and counseled musical artists, international DJ's and high profile celebrities in the form of entertainment industry training initiatives.
Coaching/Working Credits: Paula Abdul, Aquile (Season 3 of The Voice), Gregory Porter, Emel Mathlouthi, Terrence Wilde, Dylan "Dynamite" Friedlinghaus, KidzBop, Laurieanne Gibson, Tash Palmer, Leven Kali, Logan Paul, Post Malone, Johnny Orlando, Mackenzie Zigler, Tash Palmer, Kaerhart, Torin Floyd
HITMAKERS ENTERTAINMENT, ARTIST DEVELOPMENT/A&R INTERN
October 2017 - October 2018
I was responsible for
Directing the overall development and packaging of up and coming musical artists within the multi-faceted independent record label and publishing company
Practiced innovative training in the forms of dance, stage presence, songwriting, public relations and social media management with extreme commitment to artist discovery
Identifying, recruiting and nurturing diverse career artists and songwriters, helping to provide fresh ideas and innovative opportunities.
Current Artists: Tash, Terrence Wilde
IMMABEAST CO. & THE BEAST NETWORK (TBSN), CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
June 2015 - February 2018
My journey with ImmaBEAST started as a production assistant in 2015. My title evolved into assistant to CFO John Hyland and Creative Director for (TBSN) in the beginning of 2016. I was promoted to Production Manager in 2017, coordinating my first major dance convention (BuildaBEAST Dance Convention). It was a four day convention with 1500 students and 22 countries in attendance coming to train with 20 of the best choreographers in the world. Upon the success of the convention under my direction, I was titled COO late 2017. My role was to
Work closely with the CFO and CEO to oversee and report the successful day to day
Manage the dance company memberships, payments, accounts receivable and the studio
As Production/Stage Manager, overseeing the media and logistics teams to coordinate assets and
curate our yearly travel tours and our annual summer dance convention.
Co-edit and moderate our SVOD, live stream, and publishing platform The BEAST Network (TBSN), that delivers lifestyle and dance entertainment content.
Successfully manage 8-20 employees spread across five departments.
RAW: NATURAL ARTISTS, CO-DIRECTOR/TALENT MANAGER (DALLAS MARKET)
October 2014 - May 2015
Raw: Natural Artists is the world’s largest independent arts organization for artists, by artists. It’s an arts showcase platform working through 60+ major cities globally, helping to put indie artists on the map. Working with former director Sarah Badran, I
Managed the Dallas area talent model
Scouted the best emerging talent in the surrounding DFW metroplex as a local taste-maker and on boarded them as RAW artists and performers
Facilitated communications from initial booking up until show day ensuring marketing, artist pages, promotion, sales, and talent rehearsals were to company standards
Managed show budgets, vendors, venue sales and logistical communications
Upon leaving, I implemented a training program exclusive for RAW Artists that included stage presence, dance instruction and creative business training for their local talent.
SEPTIEN ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INTERIM SALES MANAGER/ SCHEDULING MANAGER
March 2013 - September 2014
I assumed the role of sales manager for the triple-threat training school for a limited time to include
Conducting and scheduling facility tours, contract and sales, program registrations and instructor management
Serving as the day-to-day manager for all performing talent at events, providing transportation, site staff coordination, chaperoning students throughout the event.
Managing the 104 student schedule system for all 15 instructors and leading the migration of a more efficient scheduling program from the proprietary system
Combat Medic/ Dietitian 2009-2015
FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
B.A. Entertainment Business