Working as a “Gaikokujin Tarento” (外国人タレント) started my English Communications career.
“A gaikokujin tarento (外国人タレント), also known as gaijin tarento (外人タレント?) and abbreviated gaitare, is a foreign celebrity active exclusively or almost exclusively in Japan. The phrase literally means “foreign talent”. Having at least a conversational level Japanese, combined with European or other foreign looks as well as a standout personality, they are often chosen because they meet the Japanese stereotypes of foreigners (for example, the notion that Americans generally look rugged and have blond hair and blue eyes). Gaikokujin tarento are seen as curiosities by the Japanese, just as other tarento, and are cast differently depending on their ethnicities.”
When I lived in Tokyo the first year I got into the Gaijin Tarento business. I recommend it to everyone who has just moved to Tokyo. It can be a rewarding experience as, you will meet some real characters and most importantly you will get to visit many interesting locations in Japan. Many of which you would probably never see. In fact, my first year in Japan I saw more of Japan than most Japanese will ever see!
Overall my “gaikokujin tarento” experience was an excellent one and I really enjoyed my short time in the industry. I was fortunate to meet many high profile Japanese entertainers and entertainment companies, and from there I soon began another career as; an “Private English Conversation” Coach to the stars!