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Adventures of an Entrepreneurial Introvert
Week 2 So, I'm gonna let you all in on a little secret....I'm starting a business! As an introvert, what kind of business would you imagine I would start? Crafting? Transcription? Graphic design? Anything to avoid social settings, right? Nope, not me. I am opening an errand service. I thought...I'd really like to help the elderly and disabled and public service providers (police, fire fighters, social workers, etc.) get their groceries, pay their bills, and get all of their other errands done. Make life easier for them. I thought about how time consuming errands can be, and I thought about how if doesn't really bother me. I thought about how happy folks might be, with someone to lighten the load a little. What I didn't think about was just how much I might have to interact with people. No, I'm not antisocial...I just have a small, quickly drained social battery. I don't have any customers yet, but I have been beating pavement to advertise my services. And it has been awkward, to say the least. Stuttering and brain dead when they ask what services I offer or what my rates are. Nervous shifting...starting to leave, then lingering momentarily as I try figure out if they're still wanting to talk. Focusing a little too much on maintaining eye contact, so that I have to ask them to repeat what they just asked. In the past two weeks, it hasn't really been that bad...I suppose it's because the excitement of starting my own business kept it mostly at bay. But now the doubts are nibbling at the edges as the excitement wanes a little and I notice my anxieties and discomfort. The utter lack of customers doesn't help. But it's okay, I'm okay...I'm patient and hopeful. I am sure I can tackle these social challenges like I do everything else. What do I do? Honestly, I don't know. But I have been reflecting, and I have identified some interesting points i might be able to use to my advantage. 1. I don't have any trouble with one on one conversations. It's only when there's two or more people that i get anxious. 2. I do better when I have just done something completely different just before. My toddler has been accompanying me as I promote my business (don't worry, it's a small town, and people are surprisingly understanding), and just after we go to the park or stop off at the house to give him a quick change or break, is when I feel most confidant and outgoing. A quick recharge, I suppose. 3. I might need to tap a more extroverted friend to help get the word out there. I don't really like feeling like I'm relying on someone else, but I might just have to swallow my pride to get this business off the ground. So, yeah...I have some hurdles to conquer...I should get on that now, before my procrastination tries to kick in, too.
Working in the Anime Industry: A Struggle
The Japanese Animation Creators Association just recently released the results of a survey taken in 2015 of over 750 different people working in the Anime industry in Japan. Coming from an American standpoint, where our entertainers are paid staggering amounts of money, you might think it would be similar for Anime creators, considering how popular the medium is. You'd be wrong. Here's a collected set of averages from Kotaku that shows the median salary for each different position in the creation of anime. Series Director Average Age: 42 years old Average Monthly Salary: 540,833 yen ($5,036) Average Yearly Salary: 6,490,000 yen ($60,437) Chief Animation Director Average Age: 43 years old Average Monthly Salary: 470,000 yen ($4,378) Average Yearly Salary: 5,640,000 yen ($52,521) Producer Average Age: 39 years old Average Monthly Salary: 451,667 yen ($4,206) Average Yearly Salary: 5,420,000 yen ($50,471) Character Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 425,000 yen ($3,958) Average Yearly Salary: 5,100,000 yen ($47,491) Animation Director Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 327,500 yen ($3,045) Average Yearly Salary: 3,930,000 yen ($36,602) 3DCG Animator Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 320,000 yen ($2,980) Average Yearly Salary: 3,840,000 yen ($35,764) Episode Director Average Age: 41 years old Average Monthly Salary: 316,667 yen ($2,949) Average Yearly Salary: 3,800,000 yen ($35,391) Storyboarder Average Age: 49 years old Average Monthly Salary: 310,000 yen ($2,887) Average Yearly Salary: 3,720,000 yen ($34,647) Art Director (Background Art) Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 285,000 yen ($2,655) Average Yearly Salary: 3,420,000 yen ($31,864) Color Designer Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 278,333 yen ($2,593) Average Yearly Salary: 3,340,000 yen ($31,120) Cinematographer Average Age: 34 years old Average Monthly Salary: 265,833 yen ($2,476) Average Yearly Salary: 3,190,000 yen ($29,723) Production Assistant Average Age: 30 years old Average Monthly Salary: 257,000 yen ($2,394) Average Yearly Salary: 3,090,000 yen ($28,788) Key Animator Average Age: 36 years old Average Monthly Salary: 235,000 yen ($2,189) Average Yearly Salary: 2,820,000 yen ($26,271) Inbetween Checker Average Age: 35 years old Average Monthly Salary: 217,500 yen ($2,026) Average Yearly Salary: 2,610,000 yen ($24,314) Layout Artist/Rough Keyart Average Age: 38 years old Average Monthly Salary: 195,000 yen ($1,817) Average Yearly Salary: 2,340,000 yen ($21,800) Paint Staff Average Age: 26 years old Average Monthly Salary: 162,000 yen ($1,509) Average Yearly Salary: 1,950,000 yen ($18,167) 2nd Key Animation/Clean-Up Average Age: 27 years old Average Monthly Salary: 93,333 yen ($870) Average Yearly Salary: 1,120,000 yen ($10,434) Inbetween Staff Average Age: 24 years old Average Monthly Salary: 92,500 yen ($862) Average Yearly Salary: 1,110,000 yen ($10,340) The people at the top of the pyramid make the most; that's something we can understand universally. However, even at the highest salary, the numbers still pale in comparison to what series directors would be receiving here in the States. It only gets more depressing as you go down the list, where some of these positions mean that these employees are making less than minimum wage. Considering the amount of work and pressure these people are under, it's a little disheartening to see how little they earn for their efforts. So, maybe rethink your foray into the industry for now...
Adventures of an Entrepreneurial Introvert- The End, For Now
I hate small towns. After a few weeks of booming growth, I suddenly had no customers. I figured it was the approaching holiday season...that budgets were getting too tight for splurging on a convenience service. That's not it, Carl! So, in October, when business started trickling to a drip, I started looking for a part-time job to supplement my income. I tried not to take the decline to heart, and to keep a positive attitude. I am a bit self-conscious, so of course I had those nagging little thoughts that I had done or said something that had caused people to not want to call on me. Maybe my discomfort with social interaction was being picked up on, and people distrusted me because of that? Maybe the process was too complicated, and people were worried I was going to steal their money or something? Maybe someone more extroverted or well-known in the area had started their own errands service and were taking my business? But no...it was none of that. Like I said, I live in a small town. There is an interconnectedness that I really, REALLY didn't miss when I lived in the city. If someone likes you, everyone likes you; if someone doesn't like you, you become a pariah. And sentiments travel as quickly as gossip, and gossip travels faster than light. This isn't just a small town, either...it's a small town in the Bible Belt. Which means zero tolerance for any nonChristians. So, it doesn't really surprise me that I lost business so quickly and absolutely when my mother-in-law let it slip that I am not Christian. What does surprise me is that it was almost a month before I learned for myself what was going on. But I'm not going to concern myself with it...lesson learned. Hopefully, I can find somewhere else to settle down and try my hand at an errands service once again, but until then....I'm pretty excited to offer my services in corrections!
์—ฌ์ˆ˜ ํ–ฅ์ผ์•”์— ๋‹ค๋…€์™”์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค
์ƒˆ๋ฒฝ 3์‹œ ์ข€ ๋„˜์–ด์„œ ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์—์„œ ์ถœ๋ฐœํ•˜์—ฌ 5์‹œ์ฏค ์—ฌ์ˆ˜๊ฐ€๋Š” ๊ธธ๋ชฉ์— ์œ„์น˜ํ•œ ๊ด‘์–‘์— ๋‹ค๋‹ค๋ž์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ณต์—…๋„์‹œ๋ผ ๊ทธ๋Ÿฐ์ง€ ์ƒˆ๋ฒฝ ์•ผ๊ฒฝ์ด ์˜จํ†ต ํ•˜์–€์ƒ‰ ๋ถˆ๋น›๊ณผ ๊ณต์žฅ์—์„œ ๋‚˜์˜ค๋Š” ํ•˜์–€ ๋งค์—ฐ๋“ค์ด ๋Œ€๋ถ€๋ถ„์ด๋‚ด์š”. ํ–ฅ์ผ์•”์—์„œ ๋ฐ”๋ผ๋ณธ ์ผ์ถœ๊ณผ ์ฃผ๋ณ€ ํ’๊ฒฝ. ์•„์ง ๊ฒจ์šธ์ด ์˜ค์ง€ ์•Š์€ ๊ฐ€์„์ด๋ผ ์„ ์„ ํ•ด์„œ ๋“œ๋ผ์ด๋ธŒ๊ฒธ ๋‹ค๋…€์˜ค๊ธฐ ์ข‹์•˜์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๋ถ€์‚ฐ์—์„œ ํ–ฅ์ผ์•”๊นŒ์ง€ ๋‹ค์ด๋ ‰ํŠธ๋กœ 3์‹œ๊ฐ„ ์ข€ ๋„˜๊ฒŒ ๊ฑธ๋ฆฝ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ด‘์–‘๊นŒ์ง€๋Š” ๊ธธ์ด ์ข‹์ง€๋งŒ ๊ด‘์–‘ ์ดํ›„๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ํ–ฅ์ผ์•” ๊นŒ์ง€๋Š” ๊ธธ ๋…ธ๋ฉด ์ƒํƒœ๋„ ๋ณ„๋กœ๊ณ  ํ–ฅ์ผ์•”์ด ์•ฝ 10ํ‚ค๋กœ ์ •๋„ ๋‚จ์€ ๊ตฌ๊ฐ„์—๋Š” ์˜ค๋ฅด๋ง‰๊ณผ ๋‚ด๋ฆฌ๋ง‰์ด ๋ฐ˜๋ณต๋˜๋Š” ์™•๋ณต 2์ฐจ์„  ๋„๋กœ์—์š”. ์ดˆ๋ณด์šด์ „์ž๋“ค์€ ์ƒˆ๋ฒฝ์—๋Š” ๊ฐ€๋กœ๋“ฑ์ด ์—†์œผ๋‹ˆ ์กฐ์‹ฌํ•˜์…”์•ผํ• ๊ฑฐ๊ฐ™์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.
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