Thanks for the replies. I got similar replies from some friends who have done work; all around the rates you posted: from about 30,000 to little to nothing.
Info for anyone else in the same situation:
Turns out my wife has a friend who’s buddy is a director in Taipei. This director said the going rate is $8000 - $10,000 per day. Not sure if that’s his going rate or his opinion of the industry going rate. And that was for the leading role. The commercial I’m doing (got the part) will be 2 - 3 days, so I think that’s about right in line with what everone’s been saying. We told them 10k/day and they agreed.
And I agree about the “whoring themselves out”. Although part of that may be due to naievity. I could imagine my first month here and a director asking me to be in a commercial for a couple grand. I would have jumped on it, no doubt. Especially if they filled my head full of a bunch of garbage like, “All the girls will remember you and love you.” “You’ll be famous in Taiwan!” etc…etc… L
If really little talent is needed, I guess the director’s are smart in that respect…