When It's Time To Quit As An Expat Thespian


It's official, because I'm posting it on this blog. :)  This is my last year in Korea.  It's a bit surreal when I write it, but I know it's time.  The reason I know it's time for me to go is because I had always set certain limits for myself.  Today's post

When It's Time To Quit As An Expat Thespian

When Your Time Limit Has Arrived - When I started acting in Korea one thing I made sure of was a time limit.  That time limit has always given urgency and focus to ensure that goals were met.  For those of you expat actors that wish to move back to your home country I highly recommend a time limit. I believe that it  keeps you accountable, driven, and your eye on the prize. 

When You Reached For The Moon & Got The Stars -  As posted in a previous blog, one of the reasons expat thespians fail is because they don't see through the glass ceiling.   Those that learned to overcome reached for the moon and sometimes they hit the mark while other times missed horribly and that's okay.  Understand what is important is that you made a plan, took action, and risked big. The repertoire you built is your evidence of stars. 

When It Feels Right - Yes, this one is a little cheesy, but it's the truth. You have a gut instinct, learn to trust it.  People of this industry will give you their 2 cents of advice from now to kingdom come.  Take the advice with a grain of salt and determine that your acting career will be done the way that makes you happy.  None of this is worth it if you're not happy. 

Your host country will always hold a special place in your heart.  It's where you trained, made mistakes, and succeeded. Just because you leave doesn't mean you can't visit, but it does mean a new chapter is beginning...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).