I’m not an actor but I play one on TV….
Many of the foreigners in Asia get the opportunity of being an actor in commercials, TV shows and films. Don’t get wide-eyed dreams of stardom. The rates are not exactly Hollywood.
I went to a casting today in the morning for a TVC commercial as a businessman, I never get the sexy roles – for obvious reasons.
Later in the day I acted in another commercial video to help out a few filmmakers that were working on some show reel concepts. Gratis is frequently the rate when building the community, but my short films were fueled by volunteer efforts. Besides, a cup of coffee on the director and a smile makes it worth the while.
I do so much prefer the other end of the camera as DOP or better yet, behind the monitor as director.