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Dominating Under 5's As An Expat Thespian

You’ve heard the term “there are no small parts!” Well, I disagree immensely.  Not only do I believe that there are small parts I also believe that they are important transitional points in every film.  So, how do we make an Under 5 role shine?  Let’s take a look in today’s post.

Dominating Under 5’s As An Expat Thespian 

Write Your Own Story – No I don’t mean rewrite the script.  A trick I’ve learned is to write an entire back story for the character your going to portray.  It doesn’t matter how many lines you have, your back story should be very specific, detailed and be in line with the theme of the script. Why? Because as an expat actor you’ll only receive the translation of the pages your character is on. Nonetheless, know where you’re character is coming from, where they are and where they’re going.

Mini Breakdown – You may only be in one scene of the film.  The section of the script in front of you may only be one page.  Nevertheless, do a mini breakdown of what you have.  Try and break it up into three beats.  Find the transitions within the scene that move the character and their beats forward.  The more you breakdown the scene the more the words and nuances will jump out to create a living, breathing character.

Accept The Truth – The truth of the matter is that you’re doing a small role.  Yes you are!  Own it.  Here’s why.  When you think of a car, consider all the parts it needs to work.  The engine, the alternator, steering wheel, gear shift, gas, oil and the list goes on.  But people tend to overlook that without the nuts and bolts on the wheels, the car won’t get too far.  The film is the car, the lead actor is driving, the supporting cast are in the front and back seats. You’re the nuts and bolts keeping the wheels together to keep the “car” moving. Once you accept the truth of the role you have you can dominate even more.

We as actors have to see the Under 5 role as an opportunity. Remember you’re an important component to a big machine…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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