So I'm applying for a contract job, but...

  • kuroshiro

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    Feb 05, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    ...I'm clueless as to how to go about this.

    There's a translation agency in California that is looking for a long-term contract for a project. In short, it's anime/manga related. Yes, cue the groaning, but it's something to put my skills to good use and try and earn some extra cash for my loans.

    Here's their stipulations:

    1. You must have access to Photoshop and know how to maneuver the software (entry level skills are needed for lettering).
    2. You must be able to understand both Japanese and English.
    3. And lastly, you must love anime/manga!

    I lol @ #3, but that's just me.

    Now, I'm perfectly find at photoshopping. I've been doing it for well over a decade now and hope my existing work speaks for itself. However, here's the interesting point. I did an independent study in college, a novel translation, and I also did a couple small manga projects for letter grades here and there to prove some sort of competency. But, the crux of my work has been through my (illegal) online gig as a manga translator for a specific scifi genre. This year makes my eighth year doing it, but it isn't exactly something I can put down on a resume... I don't think? I mean, it's blatant copyright infringement but the honchos in Japan kinda turn a blind eye to it so to speak.

    Anyways, I'm not really sure how to spin all of this together in something that looks presentable for the presentation. I mean, I'd like to just say "my work speaks for itself, please see attached references" but that just doesn't cut the mustard.

    I'm not sure how to phrase things if I do a breakdown of my independent study into novel translation and manga translation... I mean, what else could I really say?

    Insight appreciated =)
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    Feb 05, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    How is it illegal exactly? Maybe you can spin your experience and say you've contributed to fan subs?
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    Feb 05, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    I apply for contracts all the time, translation contracts even, and I've said just that.

    It usually works.
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    Feb 05, 2012 7:40 PM GMT
    Turn some of those projects from school into a portfolio.

    Can you create some samples using similar techniques that utilize stock footage that can be added to a permanent portfolio?

    Thanks is your best bet.
  • Fable

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    Feb 06, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    Also those 8 years you can either label as "freelance work" - talk about the type of translating bla bla bla youw ere doing, not the actual piracy. or you can label it as a personal project for private use which you can then turn into a portfolio
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    Feb 06, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    Whatever you do, just hope your prospective employers (err, clients?) don't stumble across this thread with you admitting to illegal activities.