Interview of Students
TOHO GAKUEN Film Techniques Training College
Creative Writing Department
TOHO GAKUEN Sound Technology College
Acoustic Technology Department
Interview of Graduates
In Charge of Recording for 2PM, Wonder Girls, GOT7, TWICE, etc.
JYP Entertainment Corp.
From South Korea／Graduated March 2011
I work as a recording engineer at a production company in Korea that artists such as 2PM, Wonder Girls, GOT7, and TWICE belong to. I also work as a sound advisor at concert halls, cooperating with PA mixers to set up sound systems at venues. I studied at an academy in Korea, and worked at a PA company, but my work with overseas artists inspired me to further hone my technical skills, and learn to speak more Japanese! This prompted me to leave my job and study abroad in Japan. Life as a newspaper scholarship student was extremely hectic, but I managed to graduate thanks to my supervisors at college who took good care of me. It may be hard paying educational expenses, living expenses, etc., but I think you will find that you will achieve results naturally by staying focused on the goal you envisaged when you entered the college.
Striving On-Site for a Music Program Currently Being Aired in Taiwan and China!
TVB Super Channel (TVBS)
From Taiwan／Graduated March 2010
I am involved in overseeing the running of the music program, “Global Chinese Music,” being aired in Taiwan and China, as an assistant producer. I have been placed in charge of a job with serious responsibilities, including holding meetings with artist managers, preparing the script, and overseeing recordings, so I have to stay on my toes all day, every day. I was really happy last year when this program won the Variety Show Award and Variety Show Host Award of the Golden Bell Awards, the most prestigious awards in the world of television in Taiwan. The reason I chose this job was because I loved music, and it was my dream to work in the entertainment industry. Every day is fun, because I am involved in music, which I love, while also working on the production of TV programs.
Making Full Use of Explanatory Meetings to Gather Information!
CHUN HEON YONG
THE WORKS Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduated March 2010
As an assistant producer, I am in charge of the TV program, “What’s Wrong with Me?” (TBS). The role of an assistant producer is to support the producer, and my work in casting involves choosing the cast, and negotiating with them. I find my work rewarding when a cast member says to me after the recording, “It was fun!” If you are aiming to work in the broadcasting industry, it is important to set yourself a clear goal for the future. My advice is to actively attend explanatory and consultation meetings held at school to seek advice from all kinds of people, and make sure you gather information before taking your first step. You should try to start job hunting before anyone else, and never give up as you take on one job interview after another.
Actively Involved in the Production of a Program for No. 1 Idols!
SINGARI Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduated March 2013
I work as an assistant producer for the TV program, “Arashi ni Shiyagare” (NTV). My main job is to manage the schedule and take care of the cast, but because Arashi is a highly popular group of idols, I have to be particularly careful about on-site arrangements to make sure there is no confusion resulting from the gathering of fans. Moreover, for the program, “Waratte Iitomo” (CX), the people in the cast were all kind to me because I was the first assistant director from overseas. My goal is to become a producer in the future, and make my own program. A major advantage of TOHO GAKUEN is that you can gain hands-on experience in production at the studio, which is something you cannot learn at university. They also take good care of you after graduation. They provide you with information on the best employment opportunities for international students, and your supervisors carefully explain the characteristics of each company, which I found very helpful.
Placed in Regular Charge of the TV program, “ENKATSU!” (TBS)!
From South Korea／Graduated March 2013
I work as an images editor for a company that is involved extensively in the production of everything from TV programs to commercials and live footage. The TV information program, “ENKATSU!” (TBS) was the first program I was involved in as a regular member of the staff, so it has left a lasting impression on me. I am in my third year since joining the company, and until now, I worked mainly as an assistant, but I have recently been placed increasingly in charge of the job of a main editor, finishing off the editing of images, adding subtitles, etc. There are times when it is hard working long hours, but the great thing about this job is that you get to see TV programs before anyone else. At TOHO GAKUEN you to experience everything from filming to editing and production through practical training, and I think their curriculum was excellent, allowing you to experience the job of professionals. As for job hunting by international students, I think the important thing is to never give up.
From Taiwan／Graduated March 2015
LU HSIN NING
Onkio Haus Inc.
From Taiwan／Graduated March 2015
I joined the company in April 2015, and I have been involved mainly in adding subtitles, printing and other image editing work centered on commercials. I am still an assistant at the moment, but I take part in producing a variety of works, which I find very rewarding. I originally graduated from a university in Taiwan, and was working in the movie industry there. But I felt that it was not what I really wanted to do, which is what inspired me to take on the challenge of starting out again in the industry in Japan. What prompted me to enter TOHO GAKUEN was the advice I got from a person who had studied there. I was told that TOHO is well connected to the industry, and I thought this would be a major advantage to an international student. When you enter the college, the classes are important of course, but I think the most important thing is to make Japanese friends.
The Response from the Audience after the Launch of the Movie Was What I Found Rewarding!
ELAINE I-TING CHUANG
Animation production process manager
WIT STUDIO, Inc.
From Australia／Graduated March 2015
There were several reasons why I decided to enter TOHO GAKUEN. First it is famous and popular as a college specializing in show business, ranking highly in search engine results. They were also quickest in responding to e-mail inquiries, testifying to their sincerity. Moreover, trial enrollment at the college did not just stop at superficial explanations, but allowed prospective students to actually experience a real class. I am now working for an animation production company that is also involved in the production of “Attack on Titan.” I have been with the company for six months, but I took part in the production of the movie version of the animation, “The Empire of Corpses,” as a production process manager. It makes me really happy to see people saying, “It was great,” after the launch of the movie. My advice is to be active in communicating with people, taking part in events and doing part-time work while you are a student. You should try everything you can think of!
A School that Provides Full Support to the Motivation of Every Single Student.
FERNANDO MARTIN PERUCKI
Game machine compositor & CG effector
lunaworks Co., Ltd.
From Argentina／Graduated March 2015
I had always loved “Dragon Ball” since I was a child, and I entered TOHO GAKUEN to learn about Japanese animation. At my current company, I use image editing software to composite and apply effects on game machine images using a computer. I want to make use of the skills I gain here in the future, in making animations and films. TOHO GAKUEN is a college that provides full support to whatever you want to learn. Moreover, the job hunting course carefully teaches you everything from how to write Japanese-style resumes to adult manners in Japan. My advice to everyone is to keep all illustrations and creative works from your student days. They will not only become your portfolio when you start job hunting, but in the future they will also give you confidence in seeing how much progress you have made.
Experiencing the Joy of Working On-Site with Music I Love.
HeartBeat. RECORDING STUDIO
From South Korea／Graduated March 2012
I joined the current recording studio in 2012, and I work as an assistant in recording for musicians. My job is fun and rewarding, working on-site, recording music I love, and becoming close with artists in private too. Unlike colleges in Korea, TOHO GAKUEN has a very comprehensive range of audio equipment, with extensive experience in handling international students and a solid system of supporting them. In the way of job hunting, the school offers peace of mind through all the information on career opportunities it can provide. Even if you have the disadvantage of a language barrier, becoming a professional is not easy for anyone. My advice is not to worry, and be positive as you take on challenges.
Joining a Company of My Dreams that Provides Sound Effects for Movies.
ONPa Co., Ltd.
From South Korea／Graduated March 2015
I work for a company that provides sound effects for commercials and movies. My job is to create all sounds other than the spoken lines and music. It is fun in that all “sounds” that I experience in everyday life relate directly to my work. I had always been aware of the high standard of Japanese movies, and there were many colleges where you could learn about movie sound effects, which is why I decided to study in Japan. I am really glad that I was able to learn about all three types of jobs related to sound at TOHO GAKUEN, namely MA, PA and recording. While looking for work, the supervisors at the International Students Support Office gave me all kinds of advice, which I found really encouraging. I am only an assistant at the moment, but in the future I want to become a sound designer.
I Wanted to Learn More about Japan’s Music Industry, which I Really Love.
Amuse Edutainment Inc.
From China／Graduated March 2015
I work as an attendant to visitors at an art museum (explaining exhibits), and I am also involved in producing live events at the museum for a company that is mainly involved in operating the museum. I never dreamed of working for a company involved in art, but now I have become interested in all kinds of things, and every day is very fulfilling, working with the dependable senior members of my workplace. I like Japanese musicians, and I have begun to study Japanese. I thought about taking a graduate course, but I decided to study at TOHO GAKUEN thinking, “If I’m going to Japan, I want to study in the field of music, which I love.” In the future, I want to be a mediator for all kinds of artists, traveling between Japan and China.
Don’t Worry about the Language Barrier. Just Enjoy Yourself Every Day!
Arc Communications Inc.
From Taiwan／Graduated March 2012
I have currently been dispatched to major travel agency, where I am mainly in charge of translating tour products for tourists in Japan. At the same time I am making use of the skills I acquired at TOKYO ANNOUNCE GAKUIN to become involved in narrating the Chinese audio guides broadcast inside tour buses and at sightseeing spots, as well as recording the Chinese narration for fashion movie sites. Every day is busy, but fun. The good thing about TOKYO ANNOUNCE GAKUIN is the varied program that covers everything from acting to music. As for their support in job hunting, I found the meticulous advice given by the supervisors at the International Students Support Office, on everything from the points to consider when choosing a job to what to beware of at interviews, most helpful. My advice to everyone is not to worry about the language barrier, but enjoy yourself every day. You will come to treasure the two years you spend at the college!
Supervising the dancing of EXO, Red Velvet, f(x), SM ROOKIES, etc.
From South Korea／Graduated March 2007
After working for S.M. Entertainment Dance Studio, I worked in the Dance Division of K-Note Music Academy as an instructor. I am currently working as a freelance dance instructor every week, while studying management, in order to open my own studio. Red Velvet contacts me even now, and I give them lessons. When I studied in Japan, it was a real eye-opening experience seeing the veteran dance instructors, who were over 30 years old. Many dancers in Korea are troubled by injuries. If they had a solid founding in the basics, they would be able to continue dancing for a long time, and this would foster international dancers! I want to make use of my experience in Japan to open a studio where everyone will be able to learn, from children to the elderly, and foster international dancers from among them.