Tag: jobs in Japan

Freelancing in Tokyo: Saying "Yes"!

Posted by David Chester on 20 October 2011

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Hen in Window
It's been a long time, I know. Where do we start?

Well, how about this: I've been busy doing everything I wrote about in my book. After a long dry spell, I have been rewarded (can't think of a better word) with almost too much work. But the way I've done that is to keep saying "yes."  

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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: 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: 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: 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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Freelancing in Tokyo: Learning How to Gaman

Posted by David Chester on 15 March 2011

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Koi in a Fountain
As most of you know, a major earthquake hit Japan on March 11. For those of us living in Tokyo, things are changing moment by moment. This is a difficult time for many and the focus of FIT in the coming months will be about surviving and keeping people aware of what's happening here and how I have handled challenging situations having to do with my jobs. That is the best way for me to share with you what is going on, by making it personal.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Taking Care of Business

Posted by David Chester on 10 February 2011

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David and Godzilla
As freelancers, we can "call the shots" with our careers, but at the same time, we must be vigilant about "following through" with our clients, making sure we get paid on time and filing away each receipt so that when it comes time to file taxes, the sailing will be smooth.  

That said, I received a link from a lady named Kimberly Lee that may be of benefit to anyone who has taken the freelancing path. It's called 29 Financial Articles Every Freelancer Must Read, and I think it's worth looking at. Tax time is just around the corner, and, I, for one, appreciate any extra help or tips or advice. 

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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: Voiceover Job Tips/Advice

Posted by David Chester on 7 September 2010

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The question in today's blog is: Should you spend your precious time correcting mistakes in scripts that you are going to record, mistakes made by translators when translating from Japanese to English?

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