Hi, guys! I am back on the BNDA blog with my first segment of Helpful Tip Thursday! Today, I have for you guys an interview by my colleague, fellow professional writer, amazing person, self-proclaimed otaku, and editor for my family, Manga Tokyo, Thanasis Karavasilis! It may be hard to pronounce the first time, but keep going at it!
Anyway, I asked Thanasis a few questions that I believed would help any aspiring anime writer, or a general out with his own experience in the anime industry. I hope you guys enjoy this piece, but before we dive on it, make sure you hit the subscribe button for more great posts for the BNDA blog, and be sure to like, share, and comment to totally interact with the post.
1. What got you into anime writing? How did you start out?
I’ve been watching anime since a very young age. From Iga no Kabamaru to Plawres Sanshiro, anime was a part of my childhood in the 80s, as of course were the most famous US adaptations of anime, Voltron, Robotech, and Saber Rider. Growing up, I found myself attracted to writing in general; prose, poetry, the school’s newspaper, you name it. I usually wrote about the things that interested me, and anime happened to be one of them. I think the very first serious piece I wrote about anime was about the concept of freedom in Captain Harlock for a friend’s fanzine.
2. How did you get started with Manga Tokyo?
I already had years of experience as an editor before landing the job at MANGA.TOKYO, so the process was standard. I found the job post and I applied for the position. Now, for any aspiring online columnists/ article writers / editors who want to build some experience, the road is simple: start by writing good pieces and pitching them to the right people.
3. What’s your aspirations in your field and how do you plan to chase them?
I don’t really have any. I am not a career man. What I ‘chase’ is to enjoy what I do and, if I can, to provide value through my work. In my current position, my goal is to help MANGA.TOKYO become a place where anime fans can read interesting articles, fun reviews, and pieces that enhance their understanding of the medium.
4. What’s your blueprint to your success and recognition?
That’s a really good question. I think I will be more eligible to answer that when I become successful and recognized. For now, I want to just tell everyone that if nobody’s heard of you, it’s ok. Actually, it’s more than ok. Success and recognition are in the eye of the beholder. Just keep creating stuff and share them with the people you love. That’s all that matters.
5. What’s some advice you have for aspiring anime bloggers who are looking to go pro?
Love what you do. When you write about anime (or anything), don’t try to be right; try to be true to yourself and to what you are trying to say. Be impeccable with your word and always do your best. Do not make assumptions and do not take anything personally. When it’s time to write for a big publication, be kind and understanding to your editors; they are there to help you mold your piece into its best version. And most important of all, keep writing.
Well, that’s it for Helpful Tip Thursday! Thanasis is a really cool guy, obviously, so be sure to follow him on Twitter at @DmJapan . You can also visit the Manga Tokyo website by clicking the link. If you liked this article, be sure to hit the like and share button!
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