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18 July 2011 @ 11:14 pm
Do you wanna be a mangaka? ☆ part 3c - Resume? What resume? ☆  

Do you wanna be a mangaka?
Part 3c: Resume? What resume?

Part 0: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/781747.html
Part 1: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/782951.html
Part 2: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/783744.html
Part 3a: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/785039.html
Part 3b: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/786832.html

(remember, I am talking ONLY about manga made *in* Japan-- Dragonball Z, Naturo, Death Note, etc etc etc. ^-^ I don't have any experience outside of Japan, so I can't really help you there! Gomen! ^^;)

We've talked about where to look for a job as a mangaka, and how to get a visa that will allow you to work in Japan. So now you've found that job listing that you think would be perfect for you... what do you do next?

Well, in the last installment I went through and explained a sample ad for an assistant to Hoshino-sensei, for the D.Gray Man manga. I explained where to send the applications, his requirements, and how to apply. So... what exactly are you supposed to send? This is where it starts to get real ^-^

You should send three things:

1. A japanese form resume. (履歴書)
2. A photo of yourself.
3. Timed examples of your skillset.

1. A japanese form resume is called a rirekisho. If you are in Japan, you can buy these forms at most bookstores, or alternatively, you can print one out and fill it in yourself.

It's a very complicated and time-consuming process. But somehow, I found a great guide already online, in english. The author also includes a form, all ready to print out and use!! Since he did such a wonderful job, I will just send you there to get the lowdown:

Please go to this site: http://madtokyo.wordpress.com/2008/07/22/2-writing-the-rirekisho/

It's a really well-written document, well worth the reading time!

I feel like I cheated.. but really, there isn't anything that I would add to that explanation, so please make use of it!

2. A photo of yourself.

You paste this onto the resume. It should be a professional, passport-style photo. If you're in Japan, you can get these taken all over the place in the small photo booths scattered around. Or you could take one yourself as long as you are skilled at taking professional-looking photos. A lot of people say that one shouldn't smile in these photos, but in my personal opinion, a smile makes anyone look more friendly, and so smile away!! Smile smile smile!!

3. Timed examples of your skillset.

What I mean is that, really, when it comes down to it, your target sensei is not going to care what school you went to or what jobs you've had. All they want to know is whether you can do the job that they want you to do, and how fast you can do it. Hence this section.

This can be however many pages you want, but basically you want to include examples of your artwork. Have you drawn buildings? People? Animals? Objects? Include photocopies of any of those that you think best represent your skillset, and on every page, write a note saying approximately how long it took you to do that art.

For example:

The above is actually one of my drawings from Shin Tenipuri, as it was used in the manga. I wrote the time underneath as 120分, where 分 is the kanji for "minutes." I don't really remember how long it took, it was probably a lot longer than 2 hours, but that's an example.

You could write the time in whatever format that you want (120 min, 2時間, 2hrs, 2:00, etc..), but I think that minutes is pretty standard and simple.

In addition to all of those special things, you should also include examples of the standard skills and how long it took you to do them:

Speed lines (集中線):

Beta flash (ベタフラ):

Tone scraping (トーン削り):
(Lines and clouds, there are all kinds! Include any kind that you can do!)

And that should do it for what you need to send in!

If it seems simple... well, it's not really that hard. As long as you have things that can showcase your skills, then it's not bad at all! If, however, you don't... then I suggest that you get drawing, and right away!!

.... by the way, if you mess up on the rules, don't worry too much. As long as you show good work, you have a shot!

Want to know a sad story?... I didn't know any of this when I applied, so I just kind of fumbled through it, and got it half wrong. I sent in a resume in Japanese, but it was in the American-style (not a form resume as is common in Japan). I also sent in a candid picture I had snapped of myself at a train station, making a peace sign at the camera. But I didn't send it in because I thought it was necessary-- I sent it in because I hoped that if Konomi-sensei saw my obvious non-japanese-ness, then at least he would look twice at my resume instead of throwing it away! LOL

By the way, I also didn't send in the samples sheet. I had no idea that that kind of thing was necessary!! O.O! I did, of course, send in the samples that he specifically requested, though (in this case, he specifically asked in his ad to recreate two specific pages of the Tenipuri manga. I later threw my copies away, though I would not be surprised if he still has the originals). ^^;; Embarrassiiiiiiiiing ^^;;

Next up: Part 4: Manga technique introduction♪ "How do they do that??!!"

All of the examples that I listed above? Well, I will show you how to do them and more! =^-^= Stay tuned!!

Please leave comments! I want to know your opinions, questions that you want me to answer in future installments, and of course what you liked!! (Plus, comments encourage me to keep writing! ^^)
None of Your Bee's Wax lolisachi on July 18th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
I really love this series of posts XD So interesting to look at the nuts and bolts of things!
Destiny ♪yuidirnt on July 18th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
Really interesting!
kinoko: bird boomboxfrail_kinoko on July 18th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I may not be aiming to become a mangaka anytime soon (or ever, really--I can't draw for beans!), but I can't thank you enough for linking to the rirekisho tutorial! It's really thorough and well-written. Helpful, too, since I may be needing to fill one of these out soon. Keep up the great work with these posts! I really look forward to reading them. :)
Redtamayakagiya on July 18th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
Yay, a new installment! \o/ Incredibly informative as always, thank you!♥
_kokushibyou: ZZZ...-JUN_kokushibyou on July 18th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to know how to do this, as I find this part should of been the first. But all of this is very very interesting!
raven_kanzakiraven_kanzaki on July 18th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
I agree, the step by step process is very informative. It's nice to seethe nitty gritty, and hearing from experience what is being looked for, what to include. I really hope it helps someone out. I love to draw, and going through middle and high school I went through a period with my friends--many of who had -incredible- talent for manga--and it's nice to see something like this that can help the future generations of mangaka. Thank you so much for this~!
Tiffany: Sailor Moontwisted_satyr on July 18th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
This is fascinating!!!!! I don't exactly want to be a manga-ka (I'd rather just do a web-comic or something), but for those that do, this is going to be a life-saver!!!! I'm really looking forward to learning about the techniques, and possibly integrating them into my own work. :3
Marin: Sailor Moon: HaruMichigarnet_phoenix on July 18th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
I finally found the time to read through all the parts of this, and it's been really helpful so far. I don't know if I'll become a mangaka, in Japan or elsewhere, but having a guide like this is both interesting and useful, and also makes something that feels impossible seem much more plausible.

I can't wait to see what you'll write next; in particular, I'm looking forward to more details about your job as an assistant. There are so many steps to making a manga, it'd be nice to have a good overview of each stage of the production, to get a real feel for just how hard it is.
igglepoof: optical wingsigglepoof on July 18th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you ma'am! This is very useful and I appreciate the link. I can draw really well, unfortunately I haven't felt as motivated to draw lately but I'll eventually get back in my groove. I'm sure you've had instances like that where you have had some sort of artist's block too.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
I definitely have! It's hard to get over them..do you have any tricks that you want to share?
人間はリセトしたい時,どうするのですか?melianek on July 19th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
still as interesting as the previous post ^^
i'm not seeking that kind of job here, but still, it's interesting to know how things are going on!

ps : by the way, i'm back in Japn, i still owe you money from 2 years ago (yes yes xDD), and i'd really be glad to meet with you again if you have the time/feel like it ^^"
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
You do? LOL! What from?
人間はリセトしたい時,どうするのですか?melianek on July 21st, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
you... paid for the indian restaurant at Nakano, after Lindsay's dance show 2 years ago xDDD
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 22nd, 2011 11:20 am (UTC)
You have a great memory :D

Don't worry about it, as you can see I totally forgot :)
Kate: [APH] Switzerland x Lichtensteinkiyohimee on July 19th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I love reading this. It makes reading manga more enjoyable knowing how it is created. Keep it up!
mei_sanmei_san on July 20th, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
I like reading this series! Keep going!! You should offer paid (or not paid haha) tutorials on youtube!!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 21st, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
I thought about making a video of some of the techniques... but I'm not sure how to hold my iphone while drawing, lol!