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Increasing Your Chances Of Being Cast For The Expat Thespian

Things can be different overseas when it comes to procedure and etiquette.  For example, here in Korea a director will meet just to get to know you, no audition involved. However, when this happens there’s still no guarantee you’ll be in the film. I would like to talk about strategies you can use to take you from the 1st meeting to the film set. Today’s post?

Increasing Your Chances Of Being Cast For The Expat Thespian

Come From A Giving Place – Like I said above, you can never assume that you’re cast.  So when you sit down to speak to the director come from a giving place. Which means to treat the director and his staff like you’re giving a gift.  Remember, a true gift is given without expecting anything in return.  So breathe, relax and give. Give of your time, give of your knowledge, give fully of yourself. 

Mention Life Experiences – They already know you’re an actor. So go a little further and talk about your hobbies, what you like to do outside of acting, great books you’ve read, classes your taking, what you did last weekend, etc. You’re more than just an actor so be sure to remind them and own the room with your experiences. Directors want to know that you are a person and that acting isn’t the only thing on your mind. Truthfully, you can’t be an actor without life experiences.

Send A Message of Thanks –  When the meeting is over the first thing you should do is send a thankful message. Whether that be by snail mail or email be sure that the message is sincere.  “Thank them for the opportunity to meet and that you look forward to the possibility of auditioning for them.”  Notice, it says “you look forward to the possibility of auditioning,” this puts you in a great position to shine.

Meeting the decision makers can be nerve wrecking especially when things get lost in translation. Nevertheless, coming from a place humility is king…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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