Spending time with Supergirl helped bring some childhood dreams into focus for Revo ambassador David Lim, a successful model who has been having a breakout year as an actor in 2015 and appears as Agent Tsung this month in the seventh episode of the new CBS series.
"I was on set for three days and it was amazing to be on a set of that magnitude in the middle of that whole DC Comics universe, with all this excitement around a strong female lead," says Lim. "Who didn't grow up dreaming of hanging out with Supergirl?"
For Lim, the role represents a turning point: 2015 was the year he started getting more casting calls, better roles, more screen time, bigger paychecks, and a chance to work on sets ripped from the pages of the comic books he grew up reading; this year he also had a role on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., based on the Marvel comics.More importantly, he says, it was the year he recognized that all those acting classes and all that time in the gym were finally paying off. And, while part of him hopes his stint with Supergirl turns into a recurring role, he's even more focused on some superheroic aspirations of his own.
Travel is a primary source of motivation for just about everything Lim does, and Lim says a portion of every paycheck goes straight into the wanderlust fund for his next expedition with his girlfriend, Czech model Marketa Kazdova.
"We work and do all these things to make money so we can travel and go on adventures," he says, explaining that he's been keeping his priorities straight ever since his first photo shoots in exotic locales as a model gave him a taste for travel.
Lim has recently shot spots for Revo Sunglasses on location in North Carolina, New York, and Jamaica. Lim, who has been represented by Ford Models since 2009, has been on dozens of other photo shoots for top brands in recent years, each in a new place he's eager to explore.
"It's been a true blessing to be able to do it all at the same time, working in all these different locations all over the country and around the world and getting to meet all these wonderfully creative people everywhere."
Being great travel companions has been the secret to success in his relationship with Kazdova, and the duo have been co-starring in each other's Instagram feeds as they document their adventures together.
Marketa & David on the road.
"I love being outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, being active, and just experiencing different places and cultures and seeing how people in other parts of the world live and eat and work and play," Lim says. "Marketa is the same way, and I think that's why we love traveling together so much."
Among his favorites is Bali, where Lim had a bit of an epiphany.
"Traveling reminds you that in other parts of the world people don't have nearly as much as we have – here in the States we have a lot – and they don't necessarily think about or care about 'What outfit am I going to wear tonight?' or some of the other dumb things we put a lot of value on for some reason," Lim says. "It's an important perspective shift, because the people I met in Bali are probably the nicest and happiest people I've ever met in my life."
He's aiming for similar perspective shifts and new passport stamps for each big role he lands, and he appears to be in for some jet-setting in 2016. We caught him on his way to a table read for an upcoming part on the CBS series Criminal Minds, and Lim also stars in 5th Passenger, an indie sci-fi movie currently in post-production and aiming for a 2016 release date.
"That was a really cool experience because I played one of the leads, we had a great script, and the filming was a lot of fun, with several actors from different Star Trek series involved," he says.
Higher-profile acting roles have increased his cachet as a model, and he's thrilled that each of his chosen career paths have turned out to be complementary.
"When I got into modeling, I knew right away that I wanted to act – that was always the dream – but acting has been a much longer process," he explains. "There's a ton of competition for every role and you get a lot of rejection, so you really have to have a lot of self-belief and self-motivation to keep at it, because it really is a process."
But, he says, the sacrifices are worth it.
"My parents always told me to work hard, be disciplined, and believe in yourself, and that's the best you can do, so that when those opportunities do come, I'll be ready for them," he says. "Now... where's my super suit?"