Voices in Japan

Lights, Camera, Action! Breaking into the Japanese Entertainment Industry

May 22, 2019 Episode 17
Voices in Japan
Lights, Camera, Action! Breaking into the Japanese Entertainment Industry
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Voices in Japan
Lights, Camera, Action! Breaking into the Japanese Entertainment Industry
May 22, 2019 Episode 17
Voices in Japan
Show Notes

If you were living in Japan, would you be interested in being a model or appearing on Japanese television? Do you meet the requirements to make the cut? Entertainment is one industry that foreigners in Japan can explore simply for the novelty of . . . being a foreigner! Listen to Matt explain his experience with fashion shoots, commercials, variety television shows, and being on the other side of the lens as a photographer himself (http://www.instagram.com/mattink919). 

Also, are you considering a visit to Hokkaido and want to know the best spots for sightseeing? Do you live in Sapporo and need some ideas for a nice cafe, bar or restaurant to enjoy? Check out HokkaidoGuide.com (a tourism website that Matt is a part of) for all the information you need to learn about the food, nature, date spots, and adventures this paradise island has to offer!

Conversation highlights:

  • What are the requirements for being a model in Japan?
  • How was Matt recruited for modeling?
  • How many photo shoots and commercials has Matt done?
  • What is the environment like during a modeling shoot in Japan?
  • What famous Japanese comedian from Sapporo did Matt join on a variety show, and how did he find the experience of working with a famous TV personality?
  • Where has Ben seen that same famous person around Sapporo?
  • What are the guys’ impressions of the typical Japanese female model?
  • What is a great way to ensure that you can continue getting modeling work in Japan?
  • How did Matt get started in photography?
  • What projects is Matt working on now?
  • How long has Matt been producing content for Garreth’s website HokkaidoGuide.com? 
  • What are three places that Matt recommends as must-see locations in Hokkaido?
  • Details on the first settlers of Hokkaido. 
  • The black bear population in Japan. 
  • What is the Sankebetsu Brown Bear Incident, upon which a movie is based?
  • What food does Japan eat more than any other country?
  • When did the Ezo wolf go extinct?
  • What was the first Japanese manga, and what year was it created?

While not for everyone, modeling can be a great way to make some extra yen while teaching or working in Japan. Listen now to find out if you would really want to try it! Our podcasters enjoyed a lot of laughs listening to Matt’s experience, and also failed miserably when quizzed about Hokkaido and Japan. Press play to listen, and thanks for tuning into the show!

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