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Modeling for Brands in Japan | My Tips and Tricks

Interested in strutting your stuff in Japan? Discover how Aussie girl Emma was able to build out her modeling and acting portfolio, and form partnerships with some of the biggest international brands in Japan.

Posted: 3 months ago by Tokyo Creative Quote

Interested in strutting your stuff in Japan? Discover how Aussie girl Emma was able to build out her modeling and acting portfolio, and form partnerships with some of the biggest international brands in Japan.

Posted: 3 months ago by The Edamame Quote

Interesting video Emma ! Quick question though, would you be able to get acting or modelling position with Tattoos ? Also related, Is there any particular standard that agencies are looking for (or exclude) ?

Posted: 3 months ago by Elise Quote

Hey @Edamame – Tattoos in Japan (especially if you're a foreigner) are becoming more widely accepted so in my opinion, as a fellow tattoo'ed individual, modeling in Japan with tattoos is possible. I think what might be difficult is if you have a "too extreme" tattoo for Japan– like a face tattoo or a tattoo that can be associated with the yakuza. Perhaps then, it would be difficult to land a modeling job.

In her video, Emma mentions some of the agencies that are catered towards foreign talent are Freewave and Avocado. So if you're interested in doing some occasional modeling in Japan, definitely try your hand at those agencies!

Posted: 3 months ago by Daniel Quote

I am not much of a model (don't exactly have the body for it) or actor but I am here taking notes on all of TC's videos haha.
Just here to throw in my support for all creators on the platform!

Posted: 3 months ago by TheAndySan Quote

I've heard that the Japanese modeling agencies looking for foreign talent don't mind body size/shape as much as they would for Japanese talent. Not sure how true it is today, but I've read stories years ago about how even foreigners who are very out of shape landed modeling gigs in Japan. Guess even someone of my size (255 lbs/115 kg) can be "Big In Japan" ;)

Posted: 2 months ago by Quote

If you can only get a visa for an exclusive contract then how can you stay if you have a freelance one? Not that I would be able to do any of these things as I can't act or sing nor do I have the model looks. Just curious.

Posted: 2 months ago by Elise Quote
by 2 months ago
If you can only get a visa for an exclusive contract then how can you stay if you have a freelance one? Not that I would be able to do any of these things as I can't act or sing nor do I have the model looks. Just curious.

When Emma first moved here, she was able to accept the freelance contracts because she was here on a Working Holiday Visa, so perhaps that might be a way for you to stay in Japan while working and pursuing your dreams of stardom!

Posted: 2 months ago by Quote
by Elise 2 months ago
When Emma first moved here, she was able to accept the freelance contracts because she was here on a Working Holiday Visa, so perhaps that might be a way for you to stay in Japan while working and pursuing your dreams of stardom!

Oh, I've heard about that. Unfortunately, it's not available in my country. Oh well. It can't be helped.

Posted: 2 months ago by Elise Quote
by 2 months ago
Oh, I've heard about that. Unfortunately, it's not available in my country. Oh well. It can't be helped.

I know of some models who also get signed in their home countries, and who have announced to their agencies at home that they would like to pursue work in Japan. From there, your home agency should be able to reach out to their connections in Asia and also get you signed with an agency, who will then help you with a visa when working and entering Japan. That might be an option for a lot of foreign individuals who aim to pursue entertainment in Japan too!

Posted: 2 months ago by Dutchie Abroad Quote

Posted: 2 months ago by Luce Quote

It was super interesting as someone who wants to work in a creative industry (photography, not modelling/acting) since a lot of the same advice applies! Thanks Emma for the video!

Posted: a month ago by Elise Quote
by Luce 2 months ago
It was super interesting as someone who wants to work in a creative industry (photography, not modelling/acting) since a lot of the same advice applies! Thanks Emma for the video!

Luce! How are you finding photography so far?

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