Considering leaving your host country for another adventure? Your current location losing its luster? Here are some tips to consider before taking the leap? Today's post?
Choosing A New Host Country As An Expat Thespian
Language - How much time did you invest in your current host language? Was the language a challenge to learn? Are you willing to start all over with a new language? As expat thespians our "second tongue" becomes part of who we are. An expression of what we've become overseas. The time and money you've spent studying is a reflection of your dedication. Don't disregard this when choosing your new country.
Homework - This may seem obvious but there are some specific things to consider. First, how has the film industry of the new country grown? Second, how is it projected to grow? A simple search online using words such as "film industry", "growth" and "the name of your country" can help in your quest. Pay close attention to the numbers because too drastic a rise could be an indicator that the country's film industry will fall as quickly as it rose. In addition, just because the industry is making money doesn't mean it's a right fit for you.
Questions - Find other expat thespians in the country that you're considering and ask many questions. A quick search on social media will be able to assist in this area. (Keywords: "Foreign actors in _____) No one knows the landscape of a country's film industry better than the expat actor. Ask questions about immigration, visas, talent agents, casting directors, and even touchy subjects like racism & glass ceilings -- if you believe in them. :) The more questions you ask, the more informed a decision you can make.
Your choice to leave your host country is a great one. We all left our native countries for greater opportunities in our craft. So, I commend you for wanting to spread your wings, just make sure that your sights are set on a true horizon...Expat Thespian!
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