The Reason Korean Entertainment Companies Blacklist Foreign Actors From The Industry

It’s easier than you’d think.

Foreign actor Garrison Farquharson-Keener spent seven years acting alongside famous Korean actors in well-known K-Dramas like Twenty Five Twenty One and Sh**ting Stars. From his experiences and those of other actors, Garrison revealed how easy it is for Korean entertainment companies to blacklist foreign actors from the industry.

Actor Kim Young Dae and Garrison. | @garrison.seoul/Instagram

After revealing the sneaky ways Korean companies steal money from their foreign actors, Garrison admitted that foreigners had to accept poor treatment if they wanted to keep working in the industry. Otherwise, their career could take a drastic turn.

He revealed that simply speaking up against mistreatment was an immediate cause for a foreign actor to be blackballed from ever working again in Korea. Garrison explained, “Because agencies will blacklist you if you say, ‘Oh, I don’t agree with that,’ or, ‘I don’t like that.’

Because so many foreigners come to Korea to make it in the entertainment industry, companies threaten to replace them.

They’ll just say, ‘Okay, well, there’s plenty of foreigners. We don’t need you anymore.’ And, they’ll cut you off.

— Garrison

And just like a Korean entertainment company treated foreign actress and model Renée Simone, companies will warn other companies not to work with them and spread false rumors to ruin their reputation.

Renée Simone | @reneedreamsart/Instagram

The Korean entertainment industry has countless ways to take advantage of foreign actors who just want to succeed.

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