I had the wonderful opportunity to voice act in Japan, and I wanted to share this experience with you guys. Not only is it possible, but there are also many different ways a total beginner can have this experience (and the money!).
More than I had realised, opportunities exist for foreigners around every corner in Tokyo. If you want to participate in ads, voice acting, tv-shows, it’s all very plausible for us gaijins.
Personally, I had gotten the opportunity after visiting an international bar & cafe in Takadanobaba named, Mickey House. With such a long history of being a hub for international persons, the manager-san often gets lots of request from companies asking for referrals to work for a few days as extras or participants in whatever have you. I’ve already received two amazing job experiences from him, and I hope to do many more!
Above that, you can also sign up for multiple foreigner agencies that exist in Japan. Most of them are based in Tokyo, so if you’re planning to pursue this seriously, then come to Tokyo. I’ll list some of the ones I’ve checked out here:
1. Zenith Inc.
But google reviews and make sure to do your research before you sign up for anything. I’ll make a whole separate blog post later after I look into these companies more so stay tuned for that.
/What was it like? This was probably one of the most exciting experiences of my life. It wasn’t for an anime or anything like that, but it was for an English preparatory school textbook. I can’t disclose the company, but the gig was for 3 weekend days, each day for approximately $250 USD. They also pay for your transportation fees in Japan and provide lunch. They were patient and guided my friends and me for cues and whatnot. It does take up the majority of the day though, however.
If anyone has a question about the experience, leave me a comment or find me on social media! (@teresas_tea)