Being A Rule Breaker As An Expat Thespian

Being an expat actor can be can be a challenge. Sometimes culture or the status quo can feel stifling, as we are apprehensive to make certain decisions, to not offend anyone or ruin our careers. Nonetheless, I believe that there are certain rules we should break as expat actors to push ourselves forward. So today's post is 

Being A Rule Breaker As An Expat Thespian 

Breaking The Norm - Just because expat actors have come before you and done the journey a certain way doesn't mean that you have to do it just like them. Sometimes casting directors, producers, agents will look to you to utilize the same strategies of other expat actors. They tell you to that "this is the only way that has worked for years, don't reinvent the wheel." But I say, from experience, that the wheel can be a "circle of doom." Try something new, something risky, and change things up. 

Breaking The Cultural  - There are aspects of every culture that will be a challenge. For example, in Korea there are three different forms of speech. One of those forms are ONLY for people younger or of lower station.  This is called "Paun Mal." (Please forgive the English spelling). I don't like this form, because as an English teacher I'm constantly speaking with people that are younger me.  Then when I get on set to do some filming, I'm using "Paun Mal" with directors and producers that are older. Very disrespectful.  So, in short, I refuse to learn this version of the Korean language.  I break this rule so that I don't worry about disrespecting my elders. Easy Peasy! 

Find those rules that you can break that will make you stand out from the crowd.  Living overseas as an expat actor is tough but taking no calculated risk is an actor's death trap. The saying is, "Rules were meant to be broken" doesn't mean we have to offend anyone to get it done.  Be the rebel, Expat Thespian! 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you agree? Please reply in the comments below with your thoughts. 

Subscribe Here & Receive The Free ACTOR'S GUIDE TO OVERSEAS SUCCESS 

Follow @KahlidTapia on Twitter or #theseoulbrotha on Instagram 

Remember To Share This Info With The Buttons Above! 

Till next time thespians, 



13 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
continuously i used to read smaller articles that
also clear their motive, and that is also happening with
this article which I am reading at this place.

May 2, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

2. wrote:
Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and
also the rest of the website is extremely good.

June 23, 2019 @ 4:17 AM

3. wrote:
I have read so many articles or reviews about
the blogger lovers however this paragraph is genuinely a pleasant paragraph, keep it up.

July 25, 2019 @ 7:41 AM

4. wrote:
Hello, I think your site might be having browser compatibility
issues. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has
some overlapping. I just wanted to give you
a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

pof natalielise

July 26, 2019 @ 7:13 AM

5. wrote:
That is very attention-grabbing, You're a very professional blogger.
I've joined your feed and stay up for seeking more of your fantastic post.
Also, I have shared your website in my social networks

August 1, 2019 @ 1:11 AM

6. wrote:
Hello! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where
I could find a captcha plugin for my comment form?
I'm using the same blog platform as yours and I'm having problems finding one?
Thanks a lot!

September 1, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

7. wrote:
My spouse and I stumbled over here different website and thought I might
check things out. I like what I see so now i'm following you.
Look forward to looking at your web page for a second time.

September 3, 2019 @ 3:16 PM

8. wrote:
I used to be able to find good advice from your articles.

September 3, 2019 @ 5:01 PM

9. wrote:
Thanks to my father who informed me about this weblog, this web site is truly remarkable.

September 8, 2019 @ 6:38 AM

10. wrote:
Hi, I would like to subscribe for this webpage to obtain latest updates, so where can i do it please assist.

September 22, 2019 @ 9:37 PM

11. wrote:
Hi to all, because I am actually keen of reading this weblog's post to be updated daily.
It contains pleasant material.

September 28, 2019 @ 11:17 AM

12. wrote:
Quality content is the key to invite the visitors
to pay a quick visit the site, that's what this web page is providing.

October 11, 2019 @ 5:01 AM

13. wrote:
Useful information. Fortunate me I found your website by chance, and I'm surprised why this coincidence didn't happened in advance!
I bookmarked it.

October 22, 2019 @ 10:25 AM

Add a New Comment


Comment Guidelines: No HTML is allowed. Off-topic or inappropriate comments will be edited or deleted. Thanks.

                                                          Kahlid Elijah Tapia

 Click Here & Stay Connected!

Kahlid Elijah Tapia is an award winning actor who built his film career in Seoul, South Korea. He began to flourish in 2010 gaining experience  in film, television, and theater. He is known for Take Point (2018), Jojakdwen Doshi (2017), Haebangchon (2015) & Gamgi (2013).