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Breaking Into the Anime Industry

How to Get the Most From Your Job Search

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So you want a career in Anime, do you? Well, be forewarned: the competition is tough. But, with a little talent, a little moxie and good old-fashioned perseverance, there are a number of ways you can break into this popular industry. Here's some ideas to get you started on your hunt.

Artists can find a home in Anime through a variety of methods. TOKYOPOP is almost always looking for good artists, as is Viz Media and Bang Zoom! Entertainment.

Have you checked the job boards lately? FlipDog.com and hotjobs.com are two of the more popular, general boards.

Don't know how to draw Anime? Well, brush up on your skills at How To Draw Manga. The site includes step-by-step instructions for developing your Anime artistic abilities.

If drawing just isn't really your thing, what about voice-acting? Voice-actors are an integral part of Anime and, if you're good, can work on more than one project at a time. Check out Getting that First Voice-Over Role from Animation World Magazine, and get tips on scoring your first gig. Acting Workshop On-line offers a large collection of helpful links for actors, including interviews with casting directors and tips on how to audition. And of course, don't forget the voice acting resources you can find on this site.

In addition to these "art-specific" resources, there are a number of things you can do regardless of your specialty:

  • Create a portfolio. There is nothing better that you could do for your career right now than to put together a compilation of your work. Producers will want to see it anyway and it gives you that extra professional touch when requesting an interview or audition.
  • Network. Groups and organizations can mean contacts and insight if you take advantage of them. There are several organizations out there dedicated to Anime. Some are more formal than others but they can all give you a support network to work within. Check out our Community section for links.
  • Be flexible. Maybe your dream job is recording the voice of Goku or sketching out Tenchi for the new episodes. Until that dream happens, however, you still have to pay the bills. Like any other business, Anime requires a number of clerical, technical and professional staff in addition to the creative teams. Use your computer skills or human resource experience to get your foot in the door. Not only will it earn you a steady paycheck, but it will also offer the opportunity to see how the industry works from the inside out.

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