The making of a music video ~ Part 2 ~

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I had a music video shoot for a Japanese airtist on the 23rd of June. It was in the middle of Shibuya, everyone worked so hard to make an awesome music video that will be released on the 16th of August.

I danced for the same artist back in March, and their single has been selling really well. In the photo, you can see the artist, a pretty girl and a guy with sun-glasses with colorful dancers. As they liked me for the previous shoot, they asked me to be in their summer song, as well as asking me to find some dancers who can be in it. I hooked many of my friends who are also amazing dancers.

Unfortunately, many music video shoots in Japan pay almost nothing for dancers…. However, I did indeed have a great time as many of my friends were there.

I have been living in Japan for the past six months, finding this harsh reality of dancers in Japan. In actuality, although there are more recognition for dancers than two decades or a decade ago, dancers are still not respected enough for what we do. It is also true that some dancers have poor manners dancing of the streets,
but in general, those who love to dance do respect the space and others who are out in the public, that those who say they are dancers, but are really “fake.“.

I believe that many of those negative things reflect in the no or little pay for being in a music video. It is also the population of dancers in Japan is so huge that there are many who are willing to do anything to spread their name. As for me, I get paid for instructing lessons and also get paid for some other gigs, so I still this this music video shoot. On the other hand, I do wish to have more jobs that pays me for what I do, respecting my ability and dedication.

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