Thursday, October 22, 2009

Photoshoot and Updates on Life

  • My friend Belle and I did a photoshoot last week. The photos came out great, and thanks to her I have a couple of photographers who have contacted me to get some work done.
  • I recorded another video as a re-submission for avex Star Search 2009.
  • I'm using what I've learned in my Computer Science class (and what I already know) to design a website for myself as an online résumé for the entertainment industry.
  • I've been doing Wii Fit Plus regularly, weighing in at an average of 113 pounds and doing 30-minute workouts everyday (except maybe one or two days when I'm extremely busy).
After finishing my midterms this week I'm feeling really refreshed and ready to start the second half of the semester. Things are really looking positive and God has really blessed me all this time, so I'm looking forward to what may be coming up in the future.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

JET, avex, and my future.

For the first time, I finally feel like the road to my future is getting narrower and narrower. Throughout school I took small steps. I wasn't one of those kids who had childhood dreams of becoming a doctor or a lawyer. I just did well in school because I was supposed to.

I'm starting to come up with some kind of plan. Originally, I was going to apply for JET and also do this talent search for avex and see how that goes. But after attending a small meeting and learning more about JET's application process and departure dates, I'm reconsidering it. The departure date for those accepted into the program is weeks earlier than I expected. Not only that, but if I do well in the auditions with avex AND get accepted by JET, I'll have to drop JET. Should something come up and I can't proceed with avex, I won't be able to apply for JET until 2011 (according to JET's rules).

So what I might have to do is pass up applying for JET this year, and try to pursue something with avex or Sony Music Japan. While I'm auditioning for them, I can look for a different job, either in the U.S. or one that starts later in the fall.

The other issue is the departure date for JET. Should I be accepted, I will have to depart for Japan on July 31st. That happens to be both the Saturday of Otakon and my dad's birthday (which I missed last year being in Japan). Of course, for the sake of my future I would have no choice but to miss these events, but it really forces me to think about other options. I was really set on making a costume for Otakon, volunteering there, and not having my dad drive me to the airport on his birthday. (What a terrible birthday present that would be!)

To be honest, JET was never my first option; it was simply the easiest thing to do following graduation while I figured out what I wanted to do. But now I know what I want to do. In fact, I've known what I wanted to do for a long time, I was just to afraid to pursue it.

Trying to get into the music business is risky. It could take years to finally land a contract, or I may live my entire life never reaching my goal. But after receiving so many words on encouragement from my friends and family, I think this is really what I want to do.

All I need is some support, prayer, and some time to practice.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ooh, a new blog idea.

When I have time, I think I'll write a short tutorial on using Ticket Pia and Lawson Ticket to buy tickets for shows and concerts in Japan :)