Tag: freelancing

Freelancing in Tokyo: Biting the Bullet

Posted by David Chester on 2 November 2010

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Fuji Rainbow
Hello All,

Sorry for the long delay. I've been involved in the post-production of two short films I produced, one of which I directed. I had no idea how it would evaporate almost all my time. But I am beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, hence today's entry.

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Freelancing in Tokyo-It's All Up To You

Posted by David Chester on 6 September 2010

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Go with me! Umbrella on the beach
Hey everyone! Perhaps... just perhaps... summer is beginning to fade? Let's hope so; this heat has been deadly!

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Make Your Mark

Posted by David Chester on 30 August 2010

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Goldfish posing
This has been a tough summer for me and most of my colleagues. Budgets have been slashed, jobs have been cut, things have definitely changed. And yet I still believe Tokyo is a great place to "reinvent" yourself. It may take more work and time because of language and cultural "adjustments." But it is possible to thrive here if you are willing to put the effort into carving out your own unique niche.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Networking Opportunities!

Posted by David Chester on 10 April 2010

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Kyoto FansHello All!

I hope you are embracing spring in Tokyo... it's really taken a while for the sun to peek out from behind the clouds, but soon enough it will be here in "full swing" (one of the phrases I constantly encountered during my many FIT proofreading jobs), so, enjoy it while you can.

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Gearing Up for Freelancing in Tokyo

Posted by David Chester on 30 March 2010

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Japanese ceremonial dolls April 1 is almost upon us and what that means in Japan is: good weather, lighter clothing, companies opening, employees needed. That is a very brief description of how each April has unfolded for me for the last 17 years in Tokyo. In fact for the months of January and February I was again hit by that feeling of: all the jobs have dried up and it's time to pack it all in. 

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Being prepared

Posted by David Chester on 17 February 2010

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My goldfishIf you have already read FIT, you know that voiceover jobs (or "narrator" jobs, as they're known in Japan) can pop up suddenly -- and you need to be prepared.

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Create Your World

Posted by David Chester on 15 February 2010

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Japanese roomThe month of February in Tokyo is notoriously slow for freelancers. It seems that everyone starts has gone into hibernation and your phone will literally stop ringing. I admit, it can be tough, and it always takes me by surprise.

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Welcome to FIT!

Posted by David Chester on 3 December 2009

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Tokyo TowerWelcome to the FIT site! The journey of FIT from a simple email request from an acquaintance on how to find work in Tokyo to a full-fledged book was an arduous one, but extremely worthwhile. Also, the evolution of the FIT website has been an illuminating experience and I want to thank all the artists at Media Contour for the incredible job they've done and continue to do.  

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