One of my curiosities here in Japan, is finding out how other foreigners like myself are doing here. Not just likes and dislikes but achievements and reached goals. I recently reached out to an individual, living here in Japan. Also a foreigner in this land, this person not only oozes ambition and success but has the proof to back it up. This person proves that success can be achieved, not in our home country but a different one. I present to you Will Harrell: an executive and promoter.
Welcome to my blog Will! So where are you originally from?
Nice! That’s quite far from the land of the rising sun. What brought you to Japan of all places? How long have you been here and why did you come here?
My dreams to succeed and adventure brought me to Japan. I have lived here for a little over 2 years now. I came here to pursue a career in Advertising/entertainment/business.
Tell me a little more about the different kinds of work you do?
Currently, I am working as an Account Executive for an English restaurant magazine publishing company. My basic duties are sales but because of my credentials and promotional know-how, I became the manager that overseas all social media that my company uses, as well as our clients’ social media, depending on the circumstance of the promotion. In addition, I work as a video producer for my company as well as assistant cameraman for all video shoots which includes cinematography and photography.
I want to achieve ultimate success. At least to a point where I can maintain a family and put children through college.
Clearly you have a lot of things under your belt! I can’t help but wonder what drives you. What is it you want to achieve with your work?
I want to achieve ultimate success. At least to a point where I can maintain a family and put children through college. But at the end of the day, I would like to be as wealthy as possible and become a philanthropist. I dream of having enough money to give back, fund education with scholarships and be the person I needed when I was young.
As a child my mother would always tell me that we didn’t have it as good as others but with hard work we could.
By the looks of things, you seem like quite a successful person. How did you get to this stage and what inspired you along the way?
My hardships and pain inspired me. As a child my mother would always tell me that we didn’t have it as good as others but with hard work we could. Being in East Detroit, I was constantly reminded of how poor we were compared to other people because certain areas were considered the rich districts. I would be driven through these places and look at houses that were much bigger than mine in neighborhoods that looked much safer than mine as well. Seeing how other people lived compared to how I lived used to make me question “Why isn’t it like that for me? I don’t want this for me or my family. How can I get that?”. As for getting to where I am now, I studied hard and made choice decisions, some good and bad but luckily, I made it this far and even though I may look successful I don’t consider the point I’m at now to be “successful”. I am capable of much more but at this moment I don’t feel comfortable where I am now.
For me, living in Japan is safe, clean, the food is much more healthier, it’s fun and I love Japan.
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In your honest opinion, is it harder or easier for westerners to find specialized work in Japan, compared to the US or Europe?
In regards to harder or easier. I believe that depends on the job you are seeking. Being an English teacher in Japan is one of the easiest jobs to get as long as you have the requirements. Plus, these positions usually pay well. As for other positions like government positions, entertainment, management, etc. I believe this homogenous country isn’t ready to accept foreigners for these types of positions. Approaching something like that would be more challenging compared to the US. Also, some Japanese companies like to take advantage of hard working foreigners and sometimes people end up being underpaid and overworked.
Even though things aren’t perfect, I do see myself trying to stay here long term…
What are your thoughts on living in Japan and do you see yourself here, long term?
For me, living in Japan is safe, clean, the food is much more healthier, it’s fun and I love Japan. But, I wish Japan loved me. As a black person being here, I experience things differently just as other black people that may feel the same as I do. Even though things aren’t perfect, I do see myself trying to stay here long term and even marrying in Japan someday.
Do you have any future projects or work coming up?
Yes, I do. Right now, working with my current company, I am a producer and cameraman for our PR video shoots. I have many potential projects lined up that will most likely have me busy these following months. The most recent video my team and I finished can be seen here.
Thank you Will!
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