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Blazing his path: NM-based actor Christian Dalton finds his creative outlet in film

New Mexico-based actor Christian Dalton recently wrapped a project with Darkroad Pictures. (Courtesy of Christian Dalton)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Venue Plus continues “In Case You Didn’t Know,” a weekly feature with fun tidbits about New Mexicans and their projects.

Born in the United Kingdom, eventually moving to Australia, Christian Dalton now calls New Mexico home.

His journey in the film industry is full of ups and downs.

Despite the trials, he continues to work hard to find his place in the film industry.

He’s submitting self-taped auditions in Los Angeles, as well as keeping his eyes peeled for when productions begin to come back in New Mexico.

Being part of the New Mexico film community is a bonus.

A behind-the-scenes look at a production in which Christian Dalton was featured. (Courtesy of Christian Dalton)

“People are really nice and the networks are far smaller here than LA,” he says. “The way I look at it, I’m a dime a dozen out in LA. I have to shake off the accent and I have to find a way to get an edge on everyone. My goal is how do you crack that code? It’s always about moving forward.”

Dalton was educated in theater while in the U.K. and cut his teeth at some legendary programs and theaters in England.

“I’m still a thespian,” he says. “I like drama, and I’m drawn to dramatic roles. My perfect script would be handed to me and I would read it and immediately say, ‘There is no way I could pull this off.’ This would then challenge me to dissect the character to see what gets them going.”

Christian Dalton, center, balances his film life with family priorities. (Courtesy of Christian Dalton)

Dalton recently wrapped a project with Darkroad Pictures in Albuquerque.

Dalton says the industry is starting to pick up and like many other actors, he juggles everyday life.

“I’ve been working since I was 15, and I have to have some sort of income because I have a family as well,” he says. “Even though it can be difficult, it’s worth it. We’re chasing the one role that sticks.”

Dalton put together a list of five things you didn’t know about him.

1 “I’ve wanted to also produce local films. And I also want to open a local playhouse in New Mexico. Have one or two (well known) ‘names’ come in and be part of the cast. Really build up the theater unit more. ”

2 “I learned how to be a good swimmer when I was 11, and I was pushed into the deep end by one of the bullies. And I learned pretty fast to swim. Three years later, I actually saved one of my friends lives.”

3 “When I worked in theater, there hasn’t been one show where I don’t place my right hand on the theater floor before the first show. It’s my way of saying thank you.”

4 “Of all of us grandkids, I was the only one interested in acting. I got into my first pantomime as a child. These are usually performed in the U.K. around Christmas.”

5 “I still try to produce a little bit of writing when (my family) takes trips to Santa Fe. I ride as a passenger because that’s the best way for me to process thoughts.”

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