그와의 첫 만남의 인상은 부드럽고 온화했다. 짧은 시간과 열악한 환경 속에서도 작지만 자신의 역을 묵묵히 소화해준 것은 물론, 후반작업에서 타인의 목소리까지 연기해주었던 그에게 감사의 말을 전한다. 그가 한국문화를 이해하였기에 가능한 작업이었으리라 생각하지만 그보다 그가 연기자로서 가진 프로페셔널 근성과 열정이 있었기에 함께 한 작업 시간이 보람되고 행복했다고 생각이 든다. 다시 한번 제대로 된 영화로 그와의 만남을 꿈꿔본다. 칼리드, 앞으로 더욱더 당신의 빛나는 연기를 기대합니다. -감독 김태식
You were amazing to work with, the crew were all impressed by your performance, and how easily you seemed to achieve it. You were able to seemingly pop in and out of character, while never losing the emotion that the part required. Your chemistry with the other actors was phenomenal as you were playing a father, this was very important. You sold the relationship between you and your "son". You took direction extremely well, taking my direction and changing in slight ways that made the performance exactly what I envisioned without making a big deal about it. I was very impressed with the professionalism, skill, and kindness I received while working with you. -Nate Strayer, Director of "Our Father"
Working with Kahild on-set was wonderful. He was always on-time, always ready to work, and had a ton of energy. The set we were working on was small and hectic, with us having to constantly change shots and blocking, but he was always able to adapt quickly. My crew and other actors loved working with him. He gave his character so much life, adding lots of subtle details to his performance while still taking direction well. I am glad I had the chance to work with him. -William Rudak, Director of "Coach"
"Kahlid Tapia is an incredible actor. He is courageous and thoughtful in each performance that I have seen him in. I am, and continue to be impressed with each diverse character that he portrays and his ability to creatively thrive and work as an actor in a foreign country. He is MAGICAL and I am incredibly proud that I have had the opportunity to work with him, collaborate with him and witness his artistic growth. I look forward to watching his continue success." -Suzanne Harvin, Graduate of The Actor's Studio MFA Program @ Pace University, New York
"Kahlid is one of the most passionate and diligent actors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is curious and committed and served as a creative inspiration for all he has collaborated with. Kahlid has made significant progress in his craft during our time together. I hope we will have the opportunity to work together again." -Amy Mihyang Ginther, Assistant Professor @ University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Theater
"Kahlid Elijah Tapia has continued to flourish in South Korea. His dedication and success in film-making are a testament to his philosophy; blossom where you're planted."
- Groove Magazine
"What to say about Kahlid … Not only is Kahlid is a gifted actor and singer, he's a great collaborator. His willingness and patience along with his creativity and ability to improvise, has made him a real on set asset. He has also been known to steal a few scenes on occasion so you've been warned."
- Kevin Lambert, KIXFF Festival Director
"In my three years working with Kahlid Tapia, he consistently proved himself an actor of versatile talent and unwavering professionalism. I had the pleasure of directing Kahlid as Caliban in The Tempest, and everyday he brought veracious curiosity and eagerness into the rehearsal room. We developed a physicality for the character of Caliban, one that pushed Kahlid both physically and mentally. Our work was exhausting and I could always count on Kahlid to arrive ready to explore and and work far beyond what was expected of him."
- Lindsey Higgins, Co-Founder and Former Artistic Director of Seoul Shakespeare Company
East15 Acting School MFA Directing Candidate
"The epitome of professionalism blended with enthusiasm. He is always working on his craft and always getting better and better inspiring those of us around him to do the same."
- Edward Burgos, Enanoski Productions
"Each time I’ve worked with Kahlid we’ve come up with something unique and memorable. He’s extremely easy to work with, offers great insight into his characters and delivers with high energy throughout long shooting days."
- Sonny Sonbuchner, Giant Media
"Kahlid is a very dedicated professional who digs deep in his characters when taking on a role. He is easy to work with and willing to work hard to help the Director bring her ideas to life. I would recommend anyone who considers working with Kahlid to go forth without thinking. It will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience."
- Aurélien Lainé, Producer and Director @ AJP Productions
"I have worked with Kahlid for the past 18 months on a number of projects. He is one of those actors who completely throws himself in to a role. He is committed to bringing to life characters that are authentic and raw, and he also generously supports his co-stars in their creative process. When not on-set, Kahlid is continuously honing his craft threw classes, workshops, plays and scene studies. From my experience, he is an asset to any project. I endorse him wholeheartedly!"
- Shannon Komai McClain-Robertson. Director @ HaPa Entertainment Studios
"Kahlid Tapia ranks very high among the most dedicated and motivated actors that I have ever worked with. The meticulous method by which he creates and molds his characters is impressive to witness, and his passion for the craft shines through with every rehearsal and performance. As a guest lecturer in my English drama courses, he has also shown that he has so much to share with budding actors."
- Raymond Salcedo, Associate Teaching Professor @ Seoul National University
Director, TITUS ANDRONICUS (2015, Seoul Shakespeare Company)
"He is a gifted actor, with incredible range. But not only is he an amazing talent, he is also a genuinely kind hearted human being; as far as I'm concerned, in this industry, an actor of such caliber is extremely hard to come by. In essence, Kahlid is the type of actor you'd want to build a script around again and again."
- Joon Kim, Bunker Entertainment
"Kahlid Elijah Tapia was the first actor I cast in my first short film. Needless to say, I worked with him again. And again. In this world there are so many self-important jerk-offs that want to be an actor to walk on a red carpet somewhere so they can feel relevant. Kahlid is relevant. He also happens to be a very fine actor."
- Raoul Dyssell, Founder & Director @ Roll The Dice Pictures
"Kahlid Elijah Tapia is not one to sit around waiting for someone to call. He’s out there every day letting the world of entertainment know he’s here and he’s ready!"
- Key Light Magazine
"Mr. Tapia is, without a doubt, an eager student with an unmatched drive for improvement. His flexibility in his approaches, and his capacity to explore multiple intentions are evident in the range of his work. The subtlety and control shown in his film work are balanced with his embodiment of the surreal on stage. He is a joy to work with and can only hope that I have the opportunity to do so again."
- Anne Fleischer, InterAct Training Coach