Kahlid Elijah Tapia built his award winning acting career in Seoul, South Korea. He turned the aspect of aspiring actor on its head by utilizing an overseas film industry as more than a stepping stone, but a staircase of opportunity.
By breaking through the proverbial "glass ceiling" with big-picture thinking, he connected with directors in the foreign film community, networked at Korean film festivals, received actor training in multiple Asian countries, studied Korean, secured the real-estate of his online presence, and created "The Actor's Guide To Overseas Success."
As an English teacher of 7 years, teaching Korean students from elementary to business levels, he used this avenue to subsidize his acting career. But opportunity knocked & sharing knowledge became a passion, so he weekly provides strategies for actors to train, network and thrive in an overseas film industry via #THESEOULBROTHA Blog - http://kahlidelijahtapia.com/blog.
He's known for Jojakdwen Doshi (2017), Gamgi (2013), & Spy: The Undercover Operation (2013).
All three films hit #1 in the Korean Box Office.
Oh...and he is a speaker of Korean, who enjoys pasta, scuba diving, and Muay Thai!
Unique traits: Class 3 Incursion Arcus Senilis Eyes Enjoys peanut butter & miracle whip sandwiches Tenor
The Expat Thespian Independent He's African-American and he doesn't speak the language. But he's determined to make it as an actor...in South Korea?
Android: 100 Billion Words
TV Movie Actor Every day, more than 100 billion words are translated with Google Translate. So no matter where you are or what language you speak, you can "Be Together. Not the Same."
Film (Short and Drama) Actor A middle aged guy has just been dumped by his girlfriend. During a game of poker he realizes that all odds are against him and that his luck in life may lie elsewhere.
Television Actor The show that sensibly introduces the latest in Korean beauty trends, fashion and life style!
Film (Drama and Romance) Actor One day, you fell from the sky. I never knew loving somebody could bring so much happiness. I see the world differently because of you. I am a different person because you live in my heart.
Film (Action and Romance) Actor A man is last journey to recover the memories from the most precious time in his life. He is caught in time. He goes back to time jumping into the vivid memory of happier times with his lover from the past that he has so wished to keep. He wants to stay there with her but it isn't possible. Written by Film Line
Haebangchon: Chapter 1
Film (Crime and Drama) Actor Haebangchon is a crime drama with an ensemble cast set a midst a mafia takeover of the small foreigner town. It features multiple characters on both sides of the conflict who are faced with their own personal needs for freedom that culminates into the larger story (similar to the movies 'Crash' and 'Go'). One of the subplots include the Mafia's extortion of a foreigner named Q (Kahlid Tapia) who is forced to sell a large amount of marijuana in order to leave with his life, the problem is, he's not a very good drug dealer and he loses the weed. Another one hinges on the mafia's slavery of one of its henchmen Ji (Jennifer Yun). Ji pledged her life to the mafia in exchange for her fathers, she wants nothing more than to pay off her debt and return to being a full time mother. Mr. Yu, the clan leader, wants to take Haebangchon as a new means of income for his family before he retires. Written by James Williams III
Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Ji Chul is satisfied with his work and marriage until he's introduced to an establishment called the "COINROOM" where he finds his true love. After he is downsized from his job, he runs to his true love and explores his anger.
Not the End...
Film (Short) Producer A young woman who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown when she runs into someone from her past.
The Avant Garde Goddess
Television (Comedy) Actor Giovanna Garde is on the verge of turning 30 years old, and she seems to have it all. She has a fantastic job writing a weekly health and fitness column for the L.A. Times. She also writes her own anonymous blog called "The Avant Garde Goddess" that has become quite popular with over 2 million followers. But on her 30th birthday, Giovanna gets an unexpected surprise, when she is laid off from her job at the L.A. Times. To make her terrible, horrible, no good, very bad birthday even worse, this is also the day she's moving out of the apartment she shared with her live-in ex-boyfriend, Vince. Meanwhile, Giovanna's best friend and ex-party girl, Nora, is having trouble balancing motherhood with her busy social life. Written by Hope Pennel
Film (Mystery) Actor The sudden suicide of Anna Choi (Kimberley M. Buxton), a young Korean woman, forces her grief-stricken father (Allan Choi), a powerful, corrupt man, to seek retribution against those responsible for pushing her over the edge. He seeks out the ones with whom she was closely involved with in the short time leading up to her death: her boyfriend (Daniel Kennedy), her psychologist (Lauren Ash-Morgan) and a stranger (Quinn Knox) who claims not to have known her. With the help of his trusted henchman (Jung-Gi Min), he has them captured and tied up in an abandoned warehouse with the intention of interrogating them to find out the truth behind his daughter's suicide and killing the one he feels is to blame. In the middle of nowhere, far away from help of any kind, they have no choice but to co-operate with the father's will, while trying to find a way out. Through a series of flashbacks, we discover who all these people really are and the role they played in Anna's life. However, nothing is ... Written by Anonymous
Film (Comedy and Romance) Actor Nerdy Yeong-soo has married the perfect housewife Hee-joo. But at the reunion for his university class, the allure of winning a kimchi-fridge makes her dance a super-sexy show. Yeong-soo wonders if her past isn't as pristine as he thought.
Film (Action, Adventure and Comedy) Actor About an agent who is undercover in a foreign country while his wife has no idea what he does for a living.
Film (Drama and Thriller) Actor The worst epidemic ever seen is sweeping through Bundang, the suburb of Seoul. After smuggling illegal immigrants into the country, Byung-woo dies from an unknown virus. Soon after that, the same symptoms are plaguing scores of residents in Bundang. People are helpless against the airborne disease and the number of infected increases quickly, spreading chaos. As the worst-case scenario precaution, the city of half a million people, just 19 kilometers from Seoul, is about to be sealed off. The government orders a complete shutdown. Meanwhile, infectious disease specialist In-hye and rescue worker Ji-goo go into the closed city to find the blood serum of the index case, a crucial part of developing the vaccine. Written by CJ Entertainment
A Man's World
Film Actor Dongsung is under pressure to bring a bride home. But he's already in love with Raoul, a man he met while studying abroad. A reckless plan to find a fake girlfriend in a club turns into a hostage situation that could see Dong Sung lose both his life and family. It's up to Raoul and a sexy troupe of drag queens to save the day. But what is salvation? Written by Lebogang Mogashoa
Film (Short, Drama and Sci-Fi) Actor Paul's search for perfection seems to have been reached with Inara but it is what happened to Aurora on that fateful night which Paul cannot and will not forget. Paul's story is that of ourselves, in constant search for perfection in our consumerist society and our inability to recognize that what we want is not necessarily what we need. Through his relationships with Inara, Aurora and Anna we see the beginnings of recognition and acceptance that there is no such thing as a perfect human being and that just maybe it is chaos and imperfection in which we can find true happiness. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Thriller) Actor Mike (Paul Stafford) has been alone in a room for weeks, and is slowly beginning to lose his mind. He must stay inside for his own survival. The reason is unclear, but soon, after he is visited by a strange entity in the form of a beautiful woman (Shina Ha), her darker side foreshadows the grim future awaiting Mike that is set in stone by a phone call he receives from a strange, yet sinister voice. It isn't long before the situation is compromised and he must leave the room to fight for his survival. Written by Anonymous
Gamunui yeonggwang 5: Gamunui Gwihan
Film (Comedy and Crime) Actor 10 years after "Marrying the Mafia 1". The three J's established an architecture company and have become well-known business. They hold pens instead of fists in their hands but things still happen around them and now even bother their children. Written by anonymous
Film (Short and Drama) Actor On moving to Korea, Sarah (Lindsey Higgins) is emotionally destroyed when her fiancé dumps her in a long distance relationship. She finds solace in the company of a young, strange, Korean man, Jung (Minwoo Nam), who has a mysterious secret. Written by Raoul Dyssell
Television (Comedy) Actor The hilarious discussions that clients have while at the counter of a local bar.
Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Paul (Paul Stafford) is a young, aspiring filmmaker, who blames his inability to 'create' on his girlfriend leaving him in a long distance relationship. His best friend, Thomas (Kahlid Tapia), meets him at a café to remind him that he does not need her to write his stories. Written by Raoul Dyssell
Television (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Actor A police task force is formed in Seoul to investigate heinous crimes such as serial killers and kidnappers. The four members are the tactless but brilliant leader, the street smart veteran detective, a young and naive data analyst, and a female cop whose instincts are informed by the victim's or perpetrator's homes. The definition of an investigative police procedural. Written by Matthew Weaver
Project ZT: Genesis
Film (Short and Thriller) Actor It started as an oddity, then spread out and finally became just another fact of life, until it touches you, personally and that you starts to understand that you are losing everything, in an instant.
Film (Short and Fantasy) Actor Two oppossing deities engage in a candid discussion to determine mankind's worth.
Man vs. Internet
Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Maurice Man has awakened on a beautiful day determined to change his life but the internet could be his downfall.
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Actor Touches on the issue of the consumption of alcohol by people of the Christian faith. Sister Margaret, a devout and strict Christian, shows up at the local pub to attend a farewell dinner for fellow church member Jonathan. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Comedy) Actor An agent finds himself tied and stranded in a warehouse however before he can get help from his agency he must first get pass...Rudy.
Super Monkey Returns
Film (Sci-Fi) Actor After 2,000 years, at the construction site in Seoul, Korea, the relic of legendary Super Monkey, Jupalgae, Saojung and Samzang Monk is discovered. And during the process of the discovery, the gourd bottle becomes unsealed.
Film (Short and Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Bent is an international drama that highlights issues involving cultural differences between a North American and Korean couple. Jeff struggles to reform bad habits of past relationships as Jenny defies her parents for a chance at intercultural love. Honor, cultural norms, and ignorance are the elements of conflict in this 22 minute short drama. Written by Anonymous
Television (Comedy) Actor The misguided ventures of two roommates. One trying to find a job in this recession market and the other trying to find a market for his "recession-proof-get-rich-quick-schemes."
Film (Short and Thriller) Actor Barney has an embarrassing problem that he won't talk about. Adding to this personal debacle is the mysterious man he meets one day in the elevator.
Film (Short and Drama) Actor A window into the life of a man with OCD and Tourette Syndrome.
Best Action Actor: Urban Action Showcase of New York
Best Supporting Actor: KWEB FEST
Best Actor Nominee: The Charlotte Black Film Festival
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Ivana Chubbuck Workshop, Japan