Do you believe in anime being more than just a simple hobby or pleasure? You may or may not, but that doesn't mean people haven't found ways to live and breathe anime daily. Their lives revolve around this and they use it as a way to change the world for the better.
I know a lot of people that view anime lovers and non lovers as black and white. If you do not like anime or merely see it as a hobby, you are said to be one who can be successful in life. If it is a major part of your life then sorry, they say you cannot be successful.
If you remember, I mentioned a picture I saw that showed two sides; one being anime, the other being success. It was presented to us as a way of having to choose between the two. Of course I didn't agree with this! You can have both, not one or the other. In order to find and follow what really makes you happy, it's best to get out of this thinking.
So similarly speaking, I believe that if you want to have a career path or life goal that revolves around anime it is highly possible. In the world we live in now, there are too many opportunities to pass up. It's not like before where people follow generic job titles, people are carving their own paths. We are living in a more technology based world, which is where anime originates.
This blog right here and right now, is a perfect example. Shooting Star Dreamer was born when I discovered that I wanted to do more with anime and Japan than simply being a mere fan or onlooker. I've always had a dream that I could do some sort of work in video games. It was a small dream that eventually led me to anime. Now my dream has become even bigger since seeing other successful people with similar interests. So I've started to pursue this dream with Shooting Star Dreamer, and I am continuing to pursue my dream with most of my activities in life.
So what is the point that I'm trying to make? Basically, anime is something that should be taken seriously, and that it is something that can lead you to the career of your dreams. For example, if you love an anime company, how about trying to work in that company? You may think it's impossible, but it's highly possible. Better yet, how about creating your own company? Maybe you love reading manga, or maybe you're inspired by all the beautiful art styles that are present in animation. Why don't you try making something like that? You can definitely do it no matter who you are!
In overview, anime has become more than a simple art form, a short story, or an everyday cartoon. Anime has become a way of life for many. I know I refer to him a lot, but Danny Choo's life is a prime example of this. He loves anime, he loves Japan, and he followed his love for both and now he is very happy and successful. Now why can't we have more people like that? Are people afraid to take such risks, or do they simply believe they cannot accomplish such things?
At the end of the day, if you're a hardcore anime fan with a dream of having a career in the anime business, I can relate. Remember that no matter what anyone says, you can do anything with anime. You can make your dreams come true. You have to believe in them and follow your heart to make it happen!