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How To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone As An Expat Thespian

Comfort zones can give a false sense of security.  Even though they seem comfortable, they're deadly to your career. Today's post? 

        How To Step Out Of Your Comfort As An Expat Thespian

Be Realistic - By definition a comfort zone is "place or situation where one feels safe or at ease and without stress."  However, acting or the business of acting isn't always a place of ease or non-stress.  Don't always let your desire surpass your capabilities. We've all heard the term fake it till you make it, but all of your comfort zones don't have to be broken-out-of in one day. Being realistic doesn't mean your not taking risks, it means your not willing to gamble with your career. Risks are facts based while gambling is emotionally based.  Be sensible. Be practical. Be realistic. 

Make A List - Sit down, right now and make a list of everything you've ever seen on camera that would be uncomfortable for you.  Put this list in order from least discomfort to most discomfort. Once you have your list you now have the answer to two very important questions.  First, what am I willing to do at this juncture of my career?   Second, what am I willing to do even if I'm not getting paid? (i.e. low budget films)  Be honest with yourself and make the list because if you lie to yourself about this then your foundation is already flimsy. 

Create Stages - I've never been in shape. (Bare with me) I've always been a bigger guy.  So naturally, doing scenes that required my body to be shown were one of those "things on my list."  So I took my comfort zone in stages.  First, I performed a role in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" that required me to only wear a loin cloth.  After that, I did my first rape scene which required me to be fully nude. From there, in theory, I can move on to my first love scene.  Create stages for yourself.  Don't leap out of your comfort zone prematurely.  If you know you're not ready then take baby steps. Trust me, your sanity will thank you. 

People who step out of their comfort zones embrace a certain nervousness of life. Overcoming that anxiety makes us better entertainers...Expat Thespian?

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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 Jojakdwen Doshi (2017), Haebangchon (2015) & Gamgi (2013).