Résumé

EDUCATION

Yale University – New Haven, CT
• Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing, May 2005
• Awarded Richard U. Light Fellowship for Japanese Study in 2005

Nanzan University – Nagoya, Japan
• Received Certificate of Completion of Foreign Student Program (SEP 2005 – MAY 2006)
• Coursework: Advanced Japanese; Business Japanese; Fiction-writing in Japanese, etc.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance Translator & Localizer
FEB 2008 – present

• Translates both prose/dialogue and expository text from Japanese to English (including slang and keigo)
• Has translated and/or adapted 35+ volumes of manga for VIZ Media, Yen Press, Tokyopop, etc.
• Adapted/localized ALA-honored manga series The Story of Saiunkoku (9 volumes)
• Translated & localized flagship Aniplex USA anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011) and its theatrical sequel Rebellion (2013)
• Translates simulcasted anime and Japanese dramas for Crunchyroll.com
• Translated the Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams light novel for Viz Media (2014)
• Business-owner – performs all client recruitment, advertising, accounting and invoicing

Amazon.com – Associate Vendor Manager / Brand Specialist
Seattle, WA; MAR 2012 – OCT 2013

• Brand specialist / Merchandising – maximized exposure of vendor’s key titles monthly by strategizing and executing merchandising via website campaigns, search targeting, tailored customer emails and promotional pricing
• Vendor negotiation – engaged in daily negotiation/communication with vendors on key titles’ pricing/merchandising as well as larger annual negotiations of studio terms, purchase discounts, etc.
• Business analysis – was lead category analyst for DVD Market Segment Share; presented weekly MSS analysis at all Weekly Business Review meetings and larger MSS trend analysis at quarterly team meetings
• Anime Initiative Project Leader – re-strategized, tested and reconfigured Anime brand store on Amazon, improving sales performance drastically (200%+) over 1-year time-frame
• Data analysis and testing – performed A/B tests and compiled data to analyze effectiveness of sales and merchandising efforts

Newegg.com – E-mail Marketing Content Specialist
Industry, CA; JUN 2007 – FEB 2012

• Core member (copywriter + sweepstakes coordinator) of NE’s highest ROI-achieving marketing vehicle
• Created all subject lines and copy for weekly wide-circulation (4 mil+) promo e-mails
• Consistently achieved high open rates that were well above the industry standard
• Led creative direction for all promotional newsletters and e-mails
• Planned and executed all newsletter sweepstakes and prizes giveaways from start to finish
• Authored official press releases and copy displayed on Newegg.com and EggXpert.com
• Drove customer outreach by creating EggXpert Newsletter (JUN 2007 – AUG 2007)
• Drew regular comic strip for EggXpert Newsletter

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Chapman University Takarazuka Club – Japanese Translator (Volunteer)
Orange, CA; 2006 – 2009

• Translated 3-hour musicals live for non-Japanese-speaking audience at screenings
• Gave presentations explaining cultural references in plays for Western audience

BluJAY Japanese Culture E-Zine – Editor-in-Chief
New Haven, CT; Spring 2002 – Spring 2005

• Created Japan Association’s biweekly e-zine BlueJAY to spread awareness about Japan
• Planned each issue, assigned and copyedited all articles, reinforced deadlines
• Wrote articles regularly about anime/manga and modern Japanese culture, traditions

Yale Anime Society – Webmaster / Web Designer
New Haven, CT; MAY 2004 – MAY 2006

• Overhauled site design for easier navigation and more professional look
• Created all content, including ads for club events, anime reviews, and event reports
• Drove repeat website traffic and participation using contests, user forum and other activities

SKILLS

COMPUTER SKILLS

o Typing Speed: 79 WPM certified
o Microsoft Word/Excel/Photoshop, Photoshop, GIMP, Quark Express

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

o Fluent conversational and written Japanese
o Conversational Burmese

OTHER SKILLS AND HOBBIES
o Fiction-writing
o Comic-style drawing (b&w ink with quill, screentoning)
o Digital coloring and image-editing
o Karaoke

To see samples of Su Mon’s work, please visit the Portfolio page.

To contact Su Mon, please visit the Contact page.

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