Actor Chase Tang Shares Industry Advice
Chase Tang is new to the entertainment scene but already a familiar face. He sat down to chat with us to talk about industry lessons and his favorite movies.
What’s your full name and occupation?
Chase Tang, actor and mental health advocate.
Tell us about you and your career. I’m currently living in Toronto and often traveling between Los Angeles and Taiwan. I was born and raised in Taiwan and I’m the youngest of 3 boys in my family, with 2 older brothers. In my youth I was an excellent hockey player and was certain I was destined to play in the NHL. After high school I left Nova Scotia and moved to Ontario and enrolled in post-secondary education at the University of Guelph which I obtained a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Prior to pursuing a career in the entertainment field as an actor I was working in the corporate world.
In May 2016 I took my first ever acting class without a theater background or anything I had to learn everything from the ground up. I struggled for close to 2 years before getting an agent to sign me to their roster. Since 2019 my career has been progressed exponentially, the momentum from being a Netflix actor allowed me to be have other opportunities and open new doors.
Tell us about your credits. My two major TV credits are Slasher and Jupiter’s Legacy, both Netflix Productions. Prior to 2018 I had done a string of short films and had gotten a lot of credits and roles in smaller productions.
Did you have to make difficult choices and what are the lessons learned? Near the end of 2015 I was very unhappy with both my personal and professional life. I was doing okay financially but I felt every day that went by my mental state was getting even worse. I’ve always had a huge interest in film and television so in the Spring of 2016 I left the corporate world for good and took my first ever acting class. I guess for me, it was the moment I realized that I wanted to make decisions not based on what others thought of me but what I wanted to do with my own life. I significantly changed the way I spent money, my time and how I was going to live my life.
What advice do you have for people looking to break into the industry?
The opinions of one person no matter how powerful or experienced they are does not define your career. Do your own research and due diligence on everything. What one acting teacher says is terrible, another may say it’s great work. The industry is subjective and very different from person to person. When I first started, I was trying to do everything the “right” way and then I realized I was actually being misled. I was going in circles and wasting not only time but also lots of money. You need to believe in yourself, because a lot of people won’t, especially before you’ve reached any kind of success. When I was first starting out, I’d DM other actors and producers to meet for a coffee because I wanted to learn about them. A large majority of them would turn me down. Now, the very same people who rejected me are reaching out to me. I’ll never forget the genuine people who gave me the time of day before I booked anything major!
Be ready to create your own opportunities! Being an actor means you’ll often meets lots of people at every event you go to. If you’re somebody who feels like you have a lot to offer the world than what is currently being given to you, do something about it! Don’t wait around for others to hand it to you. Don’t take anything personal. Nothing in this business is ever about you, really. If you don’t get cast, it might be because they were looking for someone with a particular voice, height, skin tone, all of which is out of your control.
What are your favorite shows/film?
Suits, Barbarian, Selling Sunset & Waco.
How can we follow your journey?
Google “Chase Tang,” I’m sure you’ll find something.