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Does being an animator/manga artist make enough $ to feed yourself?
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depending on the mangas popularity, i would say yes
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I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


I completely agree. I don't really care if I might not make a lot of money from being a gensaku-sha/mangaka, I just want to be able to do it... ^u^
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Kouta_XIII wrote:


youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:

I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


I completely agree. I don't really care if I might not make a lot of money from being a gensaku-sha/mangaka, I just want to be able to do it... ^u^


All of you are correct! Money is not an issue if you are living your dream of being an animator or mangaka

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youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:

I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.
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PimmyJham wrote:


youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:

I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.


Lol. No prob. I used to take art classes wen i was younger but then i quit and now i really regret it. I always took it for granted but recently I've had to start thinking about colleges and careers and I realized that I no matter what profession i pick, I cant live without my art
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youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:


youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:

I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.


Lol. No prob. I used to take art classes wen i was younger but then i quit and now i really regret it. I always took it for granted but recently I've had to start thinking about colleges and careers and I realized that I no matter what profession i pick, I cant live without my art :P


Haha you know what? Theres so many things that I want to do but for some odd reason my heart feels like I should stick to art. Its been almost one year since i finished highschool and I'm taking time off and applying to colleges and universities. Despite all the hard work, I'm sure its worth it since you're building your skills in art (In business, the whole purpose is to make money which is no fun XD).
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PimmyJham wrote:


youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:


youkainokagami wrote:


PimmyJham wrote:

I'm actually in a similiar situation as you except I'm debating if I should become an animator. I did a lot of research and animators in Japan don't make that much money. They make about 20 000 american dollars on average or less. But the popular animators seem to be doing fine. I heard a lot of bad stories about how animators have to live with their parents to survive since they get paid so little and refuse to give up their job. But if you animate in america, you can earn an average 50 000 dollars and up. The only problem is, americans don't make anime. There are a couple americans who try to imitate anime and it comes out the total opposite like micky mouse. My best bet is you try animating for games in america since theres plenty of pretty good games out there made by americans (assasin's creed).


I think if you really are interested, then go for it. Its not like the money isn't enough to make a living of off. You have the basics and a little more. I'd rather do a job that pays less but is something i really want to do as opposed to doing a job that pays more money but is something boring or uninteresting.


Thanks, I'll keep that in mind.


Lol. No prob. I used to take art classes wen i was younger but then i quit and now i really regret it. I always took it for granted but recently I've had to start thinking about colleges and careers and I realized that I no matter what profession i pick, I cant live without my art :P


Haha you know what? Theres so many things that I want to do but for some odd reason my heart feels like I should stick to art. Its been almost one year since i finished highschool and I'm taking time off and applying to colleges and universities. Despite all the hard work, I'm sure its worth it since you're building your skills in art (In business, the whole purpose is to make money which is no fun XD).


Haha. yeah. money... who needs it? Its just kinda scary cuz ur like god wat evr i pick im gonna havta stick with. Its just so wierd. It makes me feel old >.<
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hai , motshiron =3 : yea of course
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it depends...onli if de work is really gd in pp eyes and many pp wants to buy it..it earns loads of money..
when vice versa den dey dun earn much money...
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That's one of the things I really want to know but the only way to get that answer is to ask 2 or more mangakas. .-.
I don't really know how much a mangaka makes, I heard that a mangaka's pay is dictated by sales.
Though it's possible that's only for people who write doujin/doujinshi.
I don't know much about how much mangakas get paid. .__.

My opinion, make lots of fans, fans are the lifeblood of manga. More fans = more $$$.
But don't make profits more important than fans. Hmmm...I think I went off-topic.

Just assume that sales have to be more than the production cost, at least enough to create another volume and than some to survive. .-.
Worst comes to worst, just get a side-job. .__.


I agree if your works are not famous, you will need to depend on other side works for living.


Yah...thing is I'm lazy when it comes to everything that doesn't include manga... .-. ... So, the only side job I can get is something that involves manga in some way...or somewhere that's close to manga.
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When your story sells really good
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most important you enjoy doing your job as an artist of manga=)
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Hmmmm...I think I had an idea........that millions of other people have discovered before me.
More people who know might want to take a look at the manga. So...Get the word out to as many people as you can. .-. If they like it, they might tell others, who might like it and tell others...and the chain continues. .__.
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They also judge on how many fan letters the artist gets it's a fickle business and if you're not doing well then... the door is there or they'll let you try with a new story.
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I'm pretty poor. I may live in a crappy apartment with crazy neighbours and also wearing the same clothes this year. As well as not cutting my hair. And I've gotten used to the cheapest food. All I need is to pay the rent and the food. In other words, what you people are saying is that I can't pay the rent or the food as a job as a animator/manga artist in japan?
I never had plans on doing manga or anime. Neither have I thought of moving to japan. But I need to get the skills of an anime/manga creator to work as a animator in my country. But just for fun, I would like to try out to move to japan and do something like that there, but I've heard japan is expensive as in i'd be only able to live there for 2 weeks and later then simply go broke. If that's the case, then no thank you.
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