Who Am I?

logo blog post to introduce David Gay-Perret

Background

I was born in the town of Annecy, France, where I lived until I reached 20.

After 2 years spent studying logistics and quality at the local IUT (QLIO Program) I moved to Gävle, Sweden, to complete my 3rd year and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management.

I then started a 2-years program (“Innovation & Business Creation”) at Jönköping International Business School leading to a master’s degree in Business Administration. I also had the opportunity to study 4 months in South Korea during that period.

I never really enjoyed going to school, though the university years certainly were much more interesting than the regular school years since I could pick what I wanted to study, and after going to Sweden I had the chance to meet amazing people from all over the world.

However the point is that I always saw school and university as an excuse to cover necessities (legal status, social contacts…) while what truly mattered was what I was doing on the side: composing music, writing my book, shooting short movies, traveling, learning languages… Although school did open up great opportunities: I went to Sweden the first time through a program from my high school, I was able to stay in Sweden and even go to Korea because of my studies, etc.

It is then no wonder that I grew tired of this lifestyle. So when I finally completed my studies in June 2012, I decided I would do what I like 100% of the time. However for this to be sustainable it would have to generate an income…

I started by looking for a job I would love doing. Yet after one year of unsuccessful search I discovered starting my own business was a better idea: it fitted better my need to choose where to go, to be flexible in my schedule, to make my own decisions, to do things my way, and so on. However to reach my goal I had to find something I enjoyed doing and that I could sell.

I then started with the idea of helping companies with innovative products or services abroad to export. At the same time I began teaching French at Volvo, and I had many more ideas in mind. That is probably why after a while I understood that my company was nothing more than a legal structure to handle money, and as such running my own business not only suited my personality but it also allowed me to pursue every activity I found interesting without the need to choose some over others; whereas a job or my initial idea of providing export support were like “bundles” of fixed things to do, that new perspective meant I could combine everything I liked as long as I made sure there were enough money-making activities in the mix.

It took me several years of trials, errors, successes and introspection to truly turn this understanding into a way of life though, and if you’d like to know more about this way of looking at things I strongly encourage you to watch the TEDx Talk I gave on the topic, and/or read the (extensive) blog post I wrote!

Finally, after 10 years spent in Sweden, I moved to Kyoto, Japan, where I reside since March 2020. If you’d like to know more about that and about Japan, check out some interviews I gave.

Nowadays

My professional journey so far has been quite eventful: I’ve been a consultant on issues related to internationalization which, among other things, included helping a French ice-cream manufacturer to enter the Swedish market and a Swedish media localization company to enter the French market, teaching French and leading cross-cultural seminars to help work with the French. I also taught music production for a while, created an association that uses board games to help people make friends from different countries, and I’ve been the more or less de facto project manager on several projects.

If you’d like to know more about my professional history, feel free to have a look at my LinkedIn profile.

However nowadays – as this website bears witness – I mostly focus on the following activities:

Providing services to support multimedia production & localization, to bring creative, audiovisual or entertainment content to life and to share it across borders & cultures: consulting, voice acting, translation, subtitling, on-screen acting, and more.

Promoting the IP “Chronicles of Galadria, which includes selling the novel in various formats and languages but also and especially launching the production of an animated series based on it.

Promoting the music I composed, which mostly consists in selling licenses for commercial use and otherwise making it available for free.

I’m also always open to hearing from people who find my profile interesting and to getting involved in new projects – whether or not they’re related to the activities mentioned above.

Personality, Skills & Expertise

I’m a positive individual who easily gets along with others and enjoys collaborating. I also quickly grasp and adapt to new realities. However I believe my main strength comes from the fact that, although they may seem opposed, I combine the following two sets of personality traits:

Business traits: I’m persistent, disciplined, able to take decisions, methodical, solution-oriented, proactive…

Artistic traits: I’m curious, creative, open-minded, passionate, with high empathy & sensibility…

Add to this what I mentioned above – in particular my international background, my experience starting & running a business and an association, writing a novel, leading small teams & projects, working in multimedia localization, acting and the creative industries – and we find the following key abilities & fields of expertise:

Creative & Multimedia Content Localization: I know the processes, best practices, tools and strategies to localize creative & multimedia content, on top of having the associated skills (translation, subtitling…).

Multicultural Management: I can help get the most out of diversity while mitigating the difficulties that will almost always come up.

Freelancing-based Lifestyles, Especially Location-Independent: I know how to build & run a successful location-independent freelancing business, and more importantly; how to build a life around it that takes full advantage of it.

Leadership: I can gather people behind a common vision until it becomes their own, lead with questions or give instructions, motivate, create enthusiasm, convince…

Communication: I can adapt the form & content of a message to communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders (customers, executives, suppliers, technical & business people, young & old…), through various channels (face-to-face, online, oral presentations, written documents, phone calls, emails…).

Organization: I can define goals & strategies, gather/plan/distribute tasks, coordinate resources, handle budgets…

Acting & Voice Acting: I can breath life into characters and make messages memorable, I know the tools, best practices, processes, pricing standards and all manners of tips & tricks of the voice industry.

Writing: I can correct, re-write or create content from scratch to challenge, entertain or inspire.