Tag: networking

Freelancing in Tokyo: Bootstraps or Heelstraps: Pick Yourself Up

Posted by David Chester on 27 August 2010

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Jindai Park Flowers
For those of us roughing it out in Tokyo this summer, we've exchanged stories of how "tough" it is: Jobs being canceled, not enough work coming in, phones not ringing. Yes, it is true; things slow down in August in Japan as everyone flees the heat. But for those of you who braved it and who may be surviving by your wits, I say: Go a step farther.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Do It Yourself

Posted by David Chester on 13 August 2010

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Japanese lakeMany of you have escaped Japan for the summer, and I cannot blame you. It's HOT. Although, this summer has held many surprises -- extra typhoons bringing in much needed rain and some powerful gusts of wind. Beautiful sunny days followed by remnants of June's rainy season. Like elsewhere in the world, the weather in Tokyo (and Japan) is unpredictable these days... and so, as most of you are experiencing, is the economy.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Reinventing Yourself

Posted by David Chester on 21 July 2010

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Ginza after the rain Hello All!

I hope you are doing whatever you can to stay cool in Tokyo's "heat-island" summer.

When I began writing "Freelancing in Tokyo," there were signs that the Japanese economy was "slipping." The bounty of well-paying jobs for native-English speakers in Japan was very slowly becoming a dearth. However, I believed (and still do) that opportunities abound here for freelancers, which is why I decided to finish the book. Even at publication time, the number of foreigners coming to make a go of it in Tokyo was continuing to grow.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Face Time

Posted by David Chester on 15 July 2010

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FIT Networking Night 7-15-10
Last night we had an excellent Freelancing in Tokyo networking night at Kimono Wine Bar & Grill. Not only was the food great (as always), it was the first time that everyone had their business cards on them; as such, we were able to connect the Japanese way, via meishi koukan (exchanging business cards).

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Being Dismissed

Posted by David Chester on 10 July 2010

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Unlucky CatsI have posted a picture of these "lucky cats" because all of them have their eyes closed and they look like they are waving goodbye. This is not the usual "lucky" cats you see in Japan, but they seem appropriate for this post.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Getting what's rightfully yours

Posted by David Chester on 6 July 2010

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In the 17 years I have lived in Japan, this is the first time I have seen an article about the poor handling of foreign talent by Tokyo talent agencies. Although I wrote about things of this nature in my book, I do not (yet) have the wide readership of The Japan Times, which ran the article, or, more importantly, Facebook, which is where a FB friend posted the article.

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Freelancing in Tokyo: Going for it!

Posted by David Chester on 16 June 2010

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Shimbashi Skyscraper"Go for it!"

That tired old phrase still has some kick, because that's what I've been doing and it's the reason I've not been able to get back to my blog as frequently as I'd like.

What I've discovered (and hopefully what you've discovered too) is that putting yourself out there, staying in touch, making your presence known... this is one way to stay on top of a down economy. 

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Freelancing in Tokyo: When it rains it pours

Posted by David Chester on 30 May 2010

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FIT Networking Nite May 2010Hello all!

Although it may seem that I have vanished from the face of the earth, I have been putting all my FIT principles into action and work has been coming in and opportunities have been falling out of the sky. In addition to an unusual rush of voice work, I am now also in the process of preparing to make two films. Although the films are self-produced, the point is that showing up at networking events, staying in touch, working my meishi and making sure I stay in contact with people on my list has enabled me to pursue my dream: keep working freelance and be able to fund my own creative projects. 

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