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Remembering What It's About As An Expat Thespian

Recently I had a conversation with another expat thespian who explained how a third party actor didn’t want to audition for a role because of professional reasons.  Every expat actor has their own journey to pave, but I’d like to provide a reminder on why we are here.  Today’s post

Remembering What It’s About As An Expat Thespian

It’s About Networking – Remembering that today’s actor is tomorrow’s net-worker is vital.  Networking opportunities exist everywhere, so make sure to measure the networking potential before you turn down a role or audition. The opportunities that come your way in your host country may seem strange, but opportunity doesn’t always knock with a silver spoon. Sometimes it knocks with a wooden spoon, with water damage, but we as expat actors should see potential in any possibility.

It’s About Presentation – I know people say you should seek quality over quantity and that’s true.  Yet, as an expat actor the roles we receive can be few and far between so we have to be able to maximize what we have. You may have only spoken a few words of Korean, Mandarin, or Japanese in that film, but don’t call the scene “Drunk foreigner in bar.”  It sounds much better as “Drunk foreigner speaking Japanese, Mandarin, or Korean.”  It’s all about how we present ourselves, changing the way we think to make the minor things strong.

It’s About Learning –
If you became an expat actor to become famous then you became an actor for the wrong reason. Being an expat thespian should never be about fame, it should be about learning the craft & business of acting, it should be about learning self discovery, it should be about learning from your mistakes.  If done correctly you can learn enough about the industry to realize you want to learn more. 

I can’t read music.(Stay with me) My former choir director Dr. Gary Wright, used to say, “If you can’t read music you’re just a singer, you’re not a musician who sings.”  Don’t forget what it’s about and just be singers, remember and be musicians that sing…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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