Actor Q+A: Christy Chilton

What is your favorite thing about acting?

The self expression that it allows,a great performance is one that breaks down walls, not merely for the audience’s sake but for the further development of the actor who’s processing and working through the role. This is why you’ll often see actors continue to choose roles that “challenge” them, each role well worked opens you a bit more creatively. It definitely becomes a craving, to grow and further cultivate your creative talent, to stretch the limits of how far you can go. More often than not, the audience is not merely watching a well rehearsed performance but more so they are witnessing a genuine and often times, a vulnerable, display of feelings, actions, reactions, and emotion thereby creating a pure, intimate exchange of emotion between actor and audience.

What is the hardest part?

Finding projects and roles that I truly love and admire. Breaking through the barriers of vulnerability in some instances.

What are your tips for newbie actors?

Anything that you can find, all that you can afford, really, what ever works best for you and your lifestyle. Success in this industry (and most others) comes after experience, perseverance and consistent action taken.

What skills, training and education do you recommend?

I went through formal training for the majority of my life, yet most of my personal favorite breakthrough moments and performances are the ones that followed my training with Benson Simmons, who taught me the Ivana Chubbuck Technique, which is a combination of the Stanislavski, Meisner, and Hagen methods all rolled into one.

Who are your favorite actors/actresses and what do you learn from watching them?

Leo Dicaprio is a fav, he really absorbs his characters and takes each one on fully.

What are your upcoming projects and career goals?

Two short films in the works presently, Ultimately would like to finish my own screenplay and begin working more on the other end of the camera again.

What is something funny that’s happened to you on the job that makes you love acting more?

There have been a lot of funny moments while on various sets over time. They are a usually a welcomed break, drawing cast and crew together a bit more.

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