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Top Tips On Returning Home For The Expat Thespian (1)

#TheSeoulBrotha Blog is back & IT FEELS GOOD! I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for your patience while I was on break training. Now that I’m no longer in Seoul, Korea this blog’s purpose will shift in perspective. I’ll be focusing more on what expat thespians can do in their host country that will assist their acting careers in their native country. For those of you who filled out my survey months ago, I haven’t forgotten; #THESEOULBROTHA VLOG is coming! 

The tips I have for you today are too vital; therefore I’ve split them into two posts.  Here’s the first half of…


Find Your Flexible Job First – When you’ve decided that you’re definitely moving home be sure to pull out that resume—the civilian resume not acting—do a sincere revision, post the resume on a career platform and start seeking a flexible job immediately. This works best 3 to 6 months BEFORE you land in your native country. You’re going to need flexibility to be an available actor. It makes things easier in this career when you can come and go with more freedom than the 9 to 5. Click here for a list of flexible jobs you can enjoy. 

Rely On Your Known Skill Sets –  This is a mistake I made.  I was an ESL teacher for 8 years and I didn’t want to teach anymore.  I started seeking jobs in social media management.  After 3 months of searching nothing fell through.  I’m now teaching ESL online.  Moral of the story: Do what you know until you can find something better. We are actors after all and we have to bite bullets to survive. Click here for a list of online English teaching companies.  😉 

Have Some Money Saved Up – Your acting classes alone will cost you between $400 to $600 pending where you’ll live in your native country. You don’t want to get home and have no money for training, no idea whether your self-tape auditions are making an impression and most importantly, no creative outlet. I recommend $700 to $1500 ready at your fingertips when you land in your native country.  I only regret this mistake a little because I did a lot of training in Asia.  Click here to read about traveling to train.  

I hope you enjoyed the first three tips for returning home.  Check out #TheSeoulBrotha Blog next week for the continuation of this post. Your work overseas is valuable, start now and set a strong foundation, that way it’s not wasted…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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