An Impossible Game
① [New Year’s vacation]
[Futaba returns to her parent’s home]
② [Class Reunion]
Hey you got a car?
I heard you got a job and got married!
What, your second kid already?
③ Futaba, whatcha been up to?
Just p-part-time work… heh…
④ Futaba, whatcha been up to?
I’m a s-seiyuu…
Oh wow!! What have you been in!?
[No matter how you answer, it’s Game Over]
Masumi Asano’s Commentary
I keep recalling unpleasant memories from when I was a rookie seiyuu.
I was 22 years old, fresh out of university.
While all my friends were struggling to become productive members of society, my title was “Part-timer and aspiring seiyuu.” While my friends were all excited about their starting salaries, my commission for that month was an incredible 7,000 yen. haha. No bonus, no salary, no benefits, and I couldn’t get approved for a loan. And so when I related this honestly to my friends, I’d get worried looks.
No matter how you look at it, becoming a seiyuu is like an impossibly hard game. I would write down my occupation as “Part-timer” while thinking, “Until I can make a living on commisions alone I can’t really call myself a seiyuu”. Is it even possible to win this game? Will it always be like this? I felt very anxious and insecure.
By the way, I’m now challenging the incredibly difficult game of “staying a seiyuu”. Can I clear it? Who knows, but I’ll practice self-discpline every day and try my best.
And with that,
Futaba, you hang in there too!
This has been Masumi Asano♪