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  • Dear Ms. Popper,

    Thank you very much for providing such informative info about modelling in Japan. I came across your site through the gaijinpot website and I was really happy to learn about the possibilities of internet self promotion also.

    I checked out the photographer links that you posted at the bottom of one of the articles and wondered if you knew of any professional photographers in Osaka. I live in Kobe and want to get started with some professional shots.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you kindly and thanks for the inspiration.



    • CynthPop

      Hi Ash,

      Thanks for the kind note, and I’m happy the GaijinPot articles are helpful to you!

      I don’t know any shooters in Osaka, but that said– there must be a ton. Here are my suggestions:
      1) Email the Osaka agencies (Select Eve, Cosmopolitan, and ask them for headshot photographer recommendations.
      2) Come to Tokyo and get headshots- there’s a much bigger market here and many more shooters to chose from.
      3) Register with Model Mayhem and find a photographer in Osaka- but this isn’t too promising for the Osaka area. I just checked, and there’s only one shooter taking test requests.
      I think your best bet is to speak to the agencies and get a recommendation. OR… really go the distance (literally) and get photos done in Tokyo. Considering your headshot will be used for the next 1-2 years… it’s worth the investment in my opinion. 🙂

      Let me know how it goes– if you decide to come to Tokyo, my agency has recommended a few– I can hook you up. 🙂



  • Hi Cynthia,

    Thank you very much for the fast reply.

    Those are some good suggestions- I’ll do my best.



  • irene inada

    hello i just wamt to inquire if you are hiring for s kids model i just want to intoduce my daughter she is now 7

    • CynthPop

      Hi Irene,

      I’m not an agent, but you should check out my book on getting started in the business. It covers everything and can help you plan a smart action plan. Ganbatte! xx-C

  • Lindsey

    Hi Cynthia!

    I am planning to move from Shikoku to Tokyo soon and wondering who you teach with to have flexible night hours that still sponsors your humanities visa? I want to give myself the daytime freedom to model, but not finding too many companies yet that would sponsor my visa without a bunch of daytime work hours. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • CynthPop

      Hey Lindsey! Message me on FB… I have a couple of suggestions for you!


  • Rei

    Hi Cynthia,
    I’ve messaged you before on Facebook. Thanks for the advice! I’m now in the Tokyo area and was looking online for head shot photographers when I came across this site. I haven’t contacted any agencies yet since I have nothing to show. Is there any good places or sites to get in contact with photographers here? I saw that you already mentioned contacting the agencies for referrals but I’m still in search of agencies as well. I will at least register with Model Mayhem for the time being.

  • Rei

    Hi Cynthia,
    So Its better to just contact agencies first. I wasn’t sure if I needed something to show before contracting. Thank you for the help!


  • CynthPop

    You can get recommendations for shooters from agencies before they decide to take you on or not. Most are happy to help you! 🙂

  • Mark Leet

    Track me down…

  • Joyce

    Dear Cynthia,

    My name is Joyce and I work for is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Japan, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

    • CynthPop

      Hi Joyce, Please email me at cynthia (at) poppercreative (dot) com. Happy to contribute!

  • hello Cynthia am in japan with working visa,am from africa and interested in modelling ,i need contact of agency that need people like me interested in the job ,though i have little experience ,kindly lead me through.hope to read from you .
    kind regards

  • Manda

    Hello Cynthia!

    You are such an inspiration to me I just want to say, and I found you because I was searching up becoming an English teacher in Japan! Then I discovered you also gave advice for people who want to try modelling in Japan as well! That is one of my biggest dreams, not as a career but just to do it you know? I have so many questions I’m not sure where to start but if you have any advice or suggestions for me please let me know!

    • CynthPop

      Hey Manda!

      Wow thank you for the sweet note! Japan is an incredible place to live… even if just for a while to check out the culture and travel Asia a bit. I have to say traveling Asia is one about being in Japan. Two hours from Seoul, three from Shanghai, five from Thailand or Vietnam. Expat life is sweet. 🙂

      I definitely think you could teach and model at the same time in Japan– I taught part-time for my visa and loved it! Check out my book on Amazon, and also take a look at some of the articles and interviews I’ve done with GaijinPot.

      If you have specific questions about anything in the book or on GP… let me know! Very happy to help get you on the right track.

  • DEAR Cynthia
    i would like to introduce 4bb2 in japan.. would like to know if you can be interested in it 🙂
    best regard

  • Inti

    Hi, i have some question, can chat on email ?

  • Cristina

    Hello Cynthia!

    Thank you so much for all the information you provided! My dream is to become a model in Japan because I have been in love with this country since I was little.

    I will be in Japan with a scholarship for 2 years starting 2017. I plan to go to as many auditions as I can and contact all the agencies in your list. But what I am afraid about is what am I going to do after the scholarship ends. How can I get a visa to continue working as a model?

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