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Three B's For The Extra-Expat Thespian

Being an extra can be strenuous. If you think long hours are bad in America imagine having to be on set for 18 – 24 hours. But I can’t speak for all countries just the one I’m in. Nonetheless, there are some advantages that you should think of when on set as an extra. Let’s ponder those advantages in 

Three B’s For The Extra-Expat Thespian

Be Ready – The term “extra” can be a bit loose, at least in Korea.  So when you get on set if you can get your hands on the script…do so.  Be prepared to be pulled out from the masses to do a scene.  Directors can change their minds quickly so have you improv & cold reading skills ready. 

Be In Character – One important lesson about being an extra is that they have to stay in character a lot longer.  Since extras don’t get the same breaks as other actors our perseverance must hold true.  So take the time on set to learn how to stay in character and you will shine above the rest. 

Be Reserved – It’s going to be a long day/night so don’t burn all your energy on the first 5 hours of shooting.  If you get a chance to get some rest…do it.  Drink plenty of water and eat the snacks/food that are provided.  Your body will thank you! 

Your sense of professionalism is being reflected even when your not directly in front of the camera.  Don’t let your desire to network or to be the next star outweigh your need to learn.  Even an extra can be a great 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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