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Freelancing in Tokyo: Working it!

Posted by David Chester on 22 September 2011

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MobileIt's been a long time -- I know.  I would apologize, but as I was told by my writing coach: "Don't apologize, don't beg." That advice makes me rethink almost everything I do. So, no apologies, but explanations:

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Culture Clashes

Posted by David Chester on 30 August 2011

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Culture Clash
Culture clashes. You've heard of them; have you experienced them? In our situation, we specifically refer to the Western experience in Japan. The picture above is a great example. On the left we have McDonald's, which established itself in Japan over 30 years ago. On the right, we have tables of squid drying in the hot summer sun. They seem to be existing peacefully side-by-side. But are they?

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Harsh Realities

Posted by David Chester on 10 August 2011

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Summer Suica
Despite the picture of summer sweetness, there are certain harsh realities that any foreigner freelancing in Tokyo needs to be aware of.  Specifically: getting paid an appropriate amount and in a timely manner for certain entertainment-related jobs. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: You have negotiating power!

Posted by David Chester on 26 July 2011

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Rainbow morning
It is easy to forget that you, the hungry foreigner, looking for a great freelancing job, actually have negotiating power. You need a job, someone offers it, you take it, end of story. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Being Sick on a Sunday

Posted by David Chester on 21 June 2011

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Prism in the windowFor those in the foreign community in Tokyo who are not fluent in Japanese, it is important to remember that when it comes to health issues, we need to reach out and help each other.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: The Art of Self-Promotion

Posted by David Chester on 13 June 2011

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Stone Lantern-1Hello All,

I hope you are enjoying the rainy weather. I'm from California, so the rain is a treat for me. I also enjoy it because I know what's around the corner: hot, hotter and hottest. Get your cool-gel packs now!

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Getting Paid--Not!

Posted by David Chester on 8 June 2011

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Made in Dream



I have never done two blogs in one day, but I have to add to the one I posted earlier.

Hello, Japanese entertainment industry! You want to hire foreigners to appear in your commercials, your TV shows and your films (of course, only as extras or support people; never as stars). But for some reason, you (meaning agencies, agents, production companies, ad nauseam) do not feel any obligation to pay us within a realistic amount of time. Why is that? 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Pay up, People!

Posted by David Chester on 7 June 2011

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Japanese moneyTo those who follow this blog:

I have made every effort to focus on upbeat, positive experiences working in Tokyo as a freelancer. But sometimes I must point out certain harsh realities, specifically related to getting paid by agencies that handle film/TV/voice actors. Those harsh realities include: Not being told how much or when you will get paid for a certain job, and having to send multiple "friendly" reminders to the agent to get them to tell you what they should have told you from the first moment.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Get Paid On Time!

Posted by David Chester on 6 May 2011

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Tori gates

For those of you who have read my book, you will be familiar with my comments about "Getting Paid On Time." Because I continue to encounter a strange attitude from certain agents about paying talent on time, I feel I must again write about this issue. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Starting Over Again

Posted by David Chester on 24 April 2011

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Spring 2011 Jindai Botanical Garden

I am sitting in a gorgeous house in Irvine, California where I have been staying for the last three weeks. I needed to get away from Tokyo and get some perspective on my life in light of the events that took place on March 11, 2011. I have been extremely fortunate to have wonderful friends who have allowed me to "decompress." It has really helped. 

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