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Alternate Measures of Success For The Expat Thespian

What is success to you as an expat actor? Riches? Fame? Both? Personally, fame scares me.  The concept of millions of people knowing who I am is a bit disturbing. Nonetheless, plenty would say that I haven’t succeeded in Korea.  But, being overseas has taught me a different set of skills to measure success. So today’s post is 

Alternate Measures of Success For The Expat Thespian

Compare, Compare, Compare – Everyone tells you not to do it, but I say that it’s essential.  Don’t compare yourself to others, compare yourself to Yourself.  Take a look back on the journey that you started and evaluate all that you’ve accomplished.  Being an actor isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. And being an expat actor isn’t just a marathon, but a triathlon.  So take inventory and compare the person you are now with the one you were. If you don’t like what you see, change it. Acting is a journey of learning one’s self so don’t be afraid to compare.

Embrace The Green-Eyed Monster – Here’s a secret, I’m jealous of my fellow expat thespians ALL. THE. TIME.  That’s right, I admit it!  The reason that I can embrace the jealousy is because I’m not afraid to admit it. If you let jealousy fester like an open wound it becomes this gang green sore that’s not good for you and awful for others to see.  Instead, let it out in positive ways with words of congratulations. It’ll feel strange at first, but you’ll beat the green-eyed monster at it’s own game and focus your energy more effectively.

If we keep defining success by only one barometer, i.e. riches and fame, then we’ll never succeed. Learn to embrace the unwanted, to shun the conventional wisdom, and be the mover & shaker, Expat Thespian. 

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Kahlid Tapia

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).

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