Meet the Team: Karen

Instagramで見つけた憧れのオフィスで、ウェブ制作未経験からスキルアップ

Karen
プロダクション アソシエイト
出身地:沖縄県那覇
趣味:サーフフィット

「はいさい!」。プロダクション アソシエイトのKarenは沖縄出身。大学進学を機に長年、東京で暮らしているものの、太陽のような笑顔や独特の言葉選び、特徴的な笑い方は沖縄らしい温かさに溢れ、チームを和ませてくれます。

FunkyCorp入社のきっかけは、Instagramでした。「写真で見て想像していた通り、とても働きやすい環境です。仕事終わりにリラックスしてお酒が飲めるバーを備えたオフィスも気に入っています。入社前はウェブ制作の知識がほとんどなく、業務を通じてスキルを向上させていきたいです」。現在は、提案書作成からクライアント対応、撮影のための取材工程表作成まで、複数のプロジェクトに関わり、多忙な日々の中でも働くことを楽しんでいます。

彼女が一番好きな場所は、サーフボードの上。真冬には暖かい気候が恋しくなり、フィリピンのセブ島など海を求めて旅に出掛けます。本物の海に行けない時は、渋谷のサーフフィットスタジオへ。東京のど真ん中で波に乗る感触を楽しんでいます。

「那覇とは正反対ですが、東京の活気と賑やかな雰囲気は大好きです。ニューヨークのタイムズ・スクエアのような他の都市にも行ってみたいですね」。 ホームシックになれば、東京にある沖縄料理屋へ。三線の音色を楽しめる沖縄料理店「ぱいかじ」はお気に入りのひとつです。

Karen Unten

“Haisai!” 

That’s how our account team production associate Karen greets her friends in Okinawa dialect. Despite living in Tokyo since she started university, Karen still brings a lot of that Okinawa warmth to the team, with her sunny smile, surfer-chic style and unique turns-of-phrase. 

Although she describes herself as being shy, it’s hard to find the evidence, as her infectious giggle trills across the office. Working with the accounts team, Karen is involved in many different projects. A typical day could involve preparing a new proposal, dealing with our long-standing clients or setting up a complex itinerary for a film crew. “Everyday is pretty busy, but it’s a lot of fun” she says. “And before joining, I knew very little about web production. I would like to continue to develop my skills in this role.”

Karen actually became interested in working with us when she browsed the FunkyCorp Instagram account. “From the pictures, it looked like a great place to work, and I’m happy to say that my hunch was confirmed. After all, how many companies have an in-house bar to relax with a drink at the end of the day?”

Even in the depths of winter, Karen finds ways to get out in the sun, venturing to warmer climes like Cebu in the Philippines to hit the waves. The sea, especially on a surfboard, is her happy place. When she doesn’t have easy access to the real thing, she has found a way to catch a wave, right in the heart of Tokyo. “You should really check out Surf Fit in Shibuya,” she says. “It’s quite amazing how simply attaching a surfboard to a yoga ball can recreate the feeling of being on the water.” 

Having lived in Tokyo since she was 18, Karen has definitely adjusted to living in the big city. “It’s practically the opposite of Naha, but the energy and busy atmosphere is exciting. I would really love to visit other bustling places like Times Square in New York City.” When she feels homesick, she heads to one of Tokyo’s excellent Okinawan restaurants. Paikaji is one of her favorites. 

Interested in working with us? Visit our Careers page for open positions!

Careers at FunkyCorp


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