Acting + Writing
Having spent the better part of the last 20 years writing and acting, teaching and mentoring, Chris and Carissa Dalton are in the unique position to help writers, actors and other creatives propel their careers forward.
Charis Acting: Coaching
“Charis” is a Greek word which means “that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness.” It also means “the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.”
It is our mission to bring freedom back to acting. Freedom to “fail”, freedom to explore creative choices, freedom to find joy in what you do. Acting is doing, being. It shouldn’t be burdensome, but should bring connection and expression that enlightens and fulfills.
One-on-one online coaching with Carissa Dalton. With over 20 years of experience; roles on TV, in films, on stage; thousands of hours of training; and years of acting coaching, Carissa is a highly qualified coach for actors.
What does a coaching session involve?
• Dissecting a scene
• Exploring emotions and key relationships
• Unlocking imagination
• Exercises and more
“When I first started working with Carissa, I was unsure but curious about acting. She is so encouraging and gave me the freedom to explore different feelings and emotion in each role without fear of being wrong or messing up. I’ve now started to pursue creative opportunities for profit and Carissa is a huge part of me finding that confidence!”Jessica AllegowerActor, Artist
“This was an awesome experience, that provided strong foundational knowledge in acting. Carissa has a special talent in helping you to unlock and express your creativity. I would highly recommend to anyone and will continue to take other classes offered.”Jay GeeActor, Writer, Musician, Filmmaker
Recent coaching projects:
Written by Cristian Lascau
Starring Jermaine Grier, Steven Keene and Brian Stewart
Written by Veronique Parker
Starring Karel Anthony and Jeannie Bertinetti
Credo Writing: Coaching
One-on-one online mentoring with Christopher F. Dalton. With 20+ years of experience helping writers put their dreams and visions down on the page, we offer coaching for screenwriting, playwriting and narrative fiction, for all ages.
What does one-on-one online coaching look like? During the online sessions, we will tackle one or more of these things below:
• Discover the story seed
• Breakdown the writing process into enjoyable steps
• Evaluate all aspects of the story and find ways to build it up
• Utilize tips and tricks to get writing–and keep writing
• and more
“This has been a vital learning experience for me in learning the craft of writing scripts. I have gained so many foundational pieces about the art of story-telling that I am using in everyday life; from writing to communication with others. The method that I have learned was simple and deep, it has changed my writing tremendously as well as given me the confidence to take risks and free my imagination.”Cristian LascauWriter, Director, Actor
“I have found inspiration to start writing again--especially scripts--because, as a child, well-meaning adults crushed that joy and wonder.”Aryana JoyWriter, Actor
“Their teaching has caused me to think outside the box. It also stirred up long buried stories that are still fresh today.”Candace RobertsWriter, Artist
Recent coaching projects:
Written by Jermaine Grier
This film, starring Randy and Terri, was conceived and written from Jermaine’s credo story. It was his first foray into writing for film.
Written by Cristian Lascau
This film, starring Linda and Jessica, was developed by Cristian, and was his second time writing a film.
Carissa Dalton is a professional actor, writer, director, teacher and coach. As an actor, she has over twenty years of commercial, television, film and stage experience. She has appeared in projects for Volkswagen, Teleflora, Amtrak, Mitsubishi, Sony TV, National Geographic and more.
As a writer, actor, and director, she co-wrote, starred-in and directed the feature film, All The Dragons. She has also directed thirty short films. As a teacher and coach, Carissa has worked with actors and directors, helping them elevate their skills through the CFTN Film Lab—a collaborative class of actors, writers, and directors working to create film organically—of which she is the co-founder and co-director.
Carissa is also a well-trained vocalist and dancer, as well as an experienced improv theater performer.
Chris Dalton is a professional writer, author, teacher and mentor. With over twenty years experience as a writer, he began in marketing and then moved into the non-profit world. He is a published author, with his work appearing in Group magazine, Relevant magazine, The Story Warren, and other publications. His novel, Nicholas and the Keeper of Names, a middle-grade fantasy-adventure, and his modern-day fable, The Lantern Heart, are in print now.
Chris has written several feature films for various production companies and independent producers in the entertainment industry. While working in Hollywood, he consulted on numerous feature films and television shows, mentored dozens of professional writers, provided script coverage for three hundred scripts, read over four hundred scripts for film competitions, and oversaw the writing program for Act One from 2016-2018.
Chris co-founded and co-led the CFTN Film Lab with Carissa, overseeing twenty-nine short films from development to production. He also co-wrote the feature film, All The Dragons, with Carissa Dalton.
We believe the reviews we have received from artists and the work they have created under our mentoring speak for themselves. Please visit the sections above to via the reviews and videos of the work they completed–with zero previous experience.
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