Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do with this remaining time of my life.
When you think about it, life really is short and many things can happen anytime within the next 3 years. Before you know it, you have a child to take care of. Next, your grandchild sits next to you watching TV with you. Then time’s up. (lolhi-speedfastforwarding)
I’ve worked for my current company for 5 years as a web developer. It’s stable and the environment is good. I’ve never thought of switching careers but recently because of the ODEX fiasco, I’ve been thinking of doing something different. Something that matches my real interests: anime.
I’ve been wondering what sort of work I can do that can help me earn a living and at the same time, involves anime and help to improve the anime community. But nothing comes to mind.
Translator? I don’t think it’s a job that can support a family. And you’ll need to be very good at Japanese and English if you want to translate between the 2 languages. The responsibilities are high too. It’s not like fansubs where the group who made a mistake can easily re-encode and release a version 2 with corrected translations.
If you work at a anime distribution company like Singapore’s BlueMax/PohKim/Odex or America’s ADV Films, one mistranslation cannot be undone as hundred thousands of copies of DVDs are already printed and get sold.
Open an anime figurine store? There’s actually already lots of these stores. I sometimes wonder how they survive when their stores seem empty most of the time. One will also need to know where to get their products from and perhaps need a few contacts in Japan to bring in products.
A cafe? It’s not cheap to rent space. I have an idea for one but my idea requires huge space. Again, business knowledge is needed. And I will need lots of money for this, which I don’t.
Yup… still thinking… waiting for that eureka moment…
In the end, I can only slave away at my current place, hoping one day I strike lottery big time (I don’t buy those often though) and my burden will lessen.