Kiara Mone’t Banks is an artist that dreams of changing the world. She began acting at the age of 15 playing lead roles in plays such as For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, The Wizard of Oz, and Deep Blue Funk: And other stories of teenage parents, and many more. With each audition booking, her mother began to realize that her daughter not only had talent, but a gift for acting. She decided to put her in acting class at The Company Acting Studio, where she got her first taste of acting on camera. During high school, she continued to audition and book roles. By the time she was 17 she had already directed her first play.
After graduating high school, Kiara went on to attend Georgia Southern University on a Journalism scholarship after writing an essay on the differences between education systems in predominantly black communities vs predominantly white communities. She majored in journalism and minored in theater. While attending Georgia Southern University, she co-hosted a popular radio show by the name of Live n Direct.
Kiara delved deeper into her education to hone her craft as an actor, attending classes at The Company Acting Studio, Dwayne Boyd’s Premier Actors Network, The Booking Room, and many workshops. While attending classes, she began to meet like-minded people. Together they would get together and create content. A few members from class decided to enter the short film contest at Nova House. They wrote, produced and submitted a short film entitled Vines to the Constellation Film Festival and Kiara was nominated for best actress.
When Kiara saw that Nova House was doing another film festival, she decided that she wanted to try her hand at completing her own project. She then wrote, produced, directed, and co-starred in her first film Dead Weight. In a short time, more opportunities began to arise and the domino effect of success and progress began to manifest. Kiara served as the first assistant director on a pilot entitled VaVaVoom that stars Candace Singleton and Tiffany Evans. She is also one of the producers and the assistant showrunner for an entertainment news show for Black on Purpose Television. At this year’s Content Creator Awards, she interviewed the legendary Clifton Powell. She also enlisted the help of AZ Yeaman of Bridge 17 Scriptwriters’ Studio to develop a television pilot. Adding to the list, she is also the stage manager for Anthony Page’s Somewhere in Summerville for the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, as well as Sour Milk’s music supervisor for its soundtrack.
While pursuing her passion, Kiara is determined to make a difference and leave an imprint. With big dreams and an eagerness to learn, Kiara is on her way to creating a true legacy. Most passionate about inspiring people to overcome adversity, Kiara intends to lead by example. She wants to inspire people by telling true stories through art. Her greatest desire is to be successful so that she can help others accomplish their goals and dreams. She is excited to make a difference and encourage others to do the same.