Voices in Japan
Voices in Japan
May 21, 2019
Lights, Camera, Action! Breaking into the Japanese Entertainment Industry
Play • 43 min

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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