2017 Preliminary Round

Video Submission Guidelines and Requirements

Congratulations on participating in the 2017 J.LIVE Talk at GW! As a competitor, you are required to provide a short video of you speaking Japanese (see below for specifics). This video will be used to evaluate your qualification and proficiency level. You are expected to speak naturally. You will be disqualified if you read from a pre-written script.

  • Your video should be 2-3 minutes long and show you speaking for its entire duration. (No slideshows, please.)

  • Begin your video by stating your name and the school you attend in either English or Japanese.

  • Describe an event in your life, and explain how the event has impacted you personally such as how it changed your way of thinking, your outlook toward the future, your life choices, and such.

  • Upload your video to YouTube and select 'Unlisted' as the privacy setting.

If you have any questions regarding how to upload the video to YouTube, see Video Upload Instructions below.

Send the URL for your video with your name and school to [email protected] by October 4, 2017. 

deadline extended

Please note that, if we decide to use any part of your video for promotional or other purposes in the future, we will obtain your consent beforehand.

Video Upload Instructions

  1. Go to YouTube.com

  2. Click 'Sign in' in the upper right corner. You can sign in with your Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, create one. Or, you will need to create a separate YouTube account using your email address.

  3. Once you create (and sign into your) YouTube account, click 'Upload' in the upper right corner.

  4. Select a file to upload. Make sure to use the following format for the title of your video: 'JLIVE Talk + Your Name' (e.g., JLIVE Talk Sachiko Suzuki).

  5. Select the privacy setting 'Unlisted'.

You may ignore the other fields (Description, Tags, and Category).

NOTE: There are many video tutorials on uploading to YouTube, such as this tutorial.

Once your video is uploaded, YouTube will create a URL link for your video. Simply send this link to the J.LIVE Talk Committee at [email protected].

If you cannot upload to YouTube or prefer to send your video in a different way, please notify the J.LIVE Talk Committee at [email protected].

preliminary round

Preliminary Round opens on September 1!