Japanese-English Interpreter

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ORGANIZATION: NPO Animator Supporters

Join us as a volunteer interpreter at exciting anime events across the United States! Animator Supporters is seeking enthusiastic volunteers fluent in Japanese and English to help bring our events to life. If you have a passion for anime culture and a talent for engaging audiences, we would love to have you on our team.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide live interpretation from Japanese to English for guest speakers, announcements, and dialogue during panels.
  • Assist in engaging the audience and creating a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere.
  • Coordinate with event organizers to ensure smooth communication and event flow.

Requirements:

  • Fluency in both Japanese and English.
  • A deep understanding of anime culture and industry jargon.
  • Availability to travel and attend events in your area within the US.

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About NPO Animator Supporters

Location:

1404 Rosemarie Drive, West Linn, OR 97068, US

Mission Statement

Welcome to Animator Supporters, where our primary mission is to address and mitigate the significant challenges facing Japanese animators today. In an industry celebrated for its vibrant creativity and worldwide appeal, many animators grapple with inadequate compensation and demanding work schedules. It's not uncommon for animators to receive as little as $200-$300 per month, a figure starkly insufficient to meet the basic cost of living in Japan. This financial strain is exacerbated by the industry norm of long hours and tight project deadlines, leaving animators overworked and underpaid. Recognizing these hardships, we established the Animator Dormitory, aimed at reducing animators’ living expenses by providing affordable housing. This initiative directly addresses the immediate financial pressures animators face, allowing them to continue their craft with less financial burden.

Description

Our efforts extend beyond immediate relief; we're actively working to challenge and change the industry's underlying structures contributing to these conditions. We produce anime without a production committee, a prevalent model in anime production that often prioritizes profit over the well-being and fair compensation of creative talent.

We not only advocate for a reevaluation of this system but also take concrete steps to produce original, in-house anime, funded by fans for fans.
We completed our first animation, 'Back to You,' led by industry composer Mason Lieberman, last year with a crowdfunded budget of $100,000.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XKdv2R5FwI

Our goal is to set a precedent for fairer practices in the industry and create good job opportunities for animators, offering them work in an environment that respects their skills and compensates them fairly.

CAUSE AREAS

Arts & Culture
Homeless & Housing
International
Arts & Culture, Homeless & Housing, International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • English
  • Interpreter
  • Japanese
  • Public Speaking

GOOD FOR

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Time commitments will vary depending on the availability of anime events in your region. We will not ask volunteers to fly to non-local events unless that is explicitly okay with you, in which case, we will provide the travel budget.

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