笑門来福 (An Actor and Artiste) 5 (Part 7)

笑門来福 Chapter 5 (Part 7) …… Being an actor and an artiste
Translation source:  Yoon Sang Hyun International Fans Club
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Translated by: Julee
* Pics not from the original article
It does not matter whether it’s lapis lazuli or glass as long as it shines brilliantly.
Being an actor and an artiste, and discovering the meaning of failure turning into success in the entertainment industry.

A Dream Changes
My success in Queen of Housewives brought to me my debut as a singer in Japan.  The song ‘Never Ending Story’ which I sang in this drama became a popular topic and led to my debut in Japan.  
Although I could not imagine how it would be like to work in Japan, the thought of it did not feel that special.   I remember on one occasion as I was having coffee at Starbucks in Shibuya, I was vaguely thinking “What if I become a singer in Japan?”.  When it came true after a year, it seemed as if it had been some divine guidance.   Since coming to Japan, a frequent question I had been asked was
“Please tell us something interesting you’ve encountered in Japan”.  I would be stuck for an answer since there’s not much difference between South Korea and Japan.  My work in Japan is mostly in Tokyo, both Tokyo and Seoul being cities are quite similar and there’s also not that much difference between both cultures that would have left me feeling puzzled.
Come to think of it, there was an incident regarding the taking of photographs which is usually done for the artistes going to Japan for the first time.  Even with an important photography session scheduled,
I had gone mountain climbing. Now that my face is well known in South Korea, it is not easy for me to
do that in recent years.
Putting aside my fears of meeting the aunty climbers, being surrounded by them and having my trip turning into an autograph session at the summit, I headed to the mountains with a feeling of excitement and tried to enjoy the climb.  As I walked around while enjoying the invigorating feeling of fresh air and inhaling deeply the negative ions, I suddenly found some twigs barring my way.  Surely I couldn’t let these hinder me and so pushed them aside.  ‘Zap!’ they rebounded back at me like a spring.  Of all places and with the face being the most important to an actor, it was where I received a bruise!  
When I finally turned up at the shooting venue, all the staff rushed up to ask “Your face ……. what happened?!”  I could see for myself the extent of the bruising and had also thought “It is very obvious”.  Even though I had expected it, I was surprised by their strong reaction.  Since I had to do a shoot, the make-up artist made a desperate attempt to hide the bruise with many layers of foundation.  I was sorry to have caused much anxiety for everyone.

Recollection on when I first started out in Japan
Though there would usually be a language problem when working in a foreign country and I was worried about my Japanese pronunciation, I had confidence in my singing and had been filled with
a strong sense of excitement. 
Moreover I had been singing my debut song ‘The Last Rain’ for many years. My first encounter with
this song was after my discharge from the army, when I started my preparation in earnest to become
a singer.  I had attended singing lessons and as there were many Japanese CDs in the practice room,
we were able to listen to many Japanese songs.  Among these was Mr Nakanishi Yasushi’s The Last Rain as well as those by Safety Zone, Mr Toshinobu Kubota, Hikaru Utada, Tube, B’z and others. Having now made my debut in Japan fills me with a deep emotion that I am in the same field as those artistes whose songs I have once been listening to. 
I have loved music since childhood.  At first I would buy a plastic model with the small amount of money I had and when I had more money, I bought an album. After my discharge from the army,
I started to learn the piano and guitar in addition to singing lessons but eventually stopped halfway
as I came to the conclusion that “I’m still more suited for singing”.  I had continued with the piano for some time after that and was getting better at it, but stopped after I received offers to act in dramas.  The first song I learnt to play on the guitar was ‘Hotel California’ by The Eagles.  But after such a long interval, I have forgotten the chord progression.  If I have the opportunity, I would like to learn to
play the guitar again.  
The talk might have gone a little off topic, but my childhood dream had come true in this way. 
I have had hopes that I could become a singer even as I continued as an actor. But now that dream has changed a little.  At that time when I made a breakthrough as an actor and had also started my singing career in Japan, I had considered to make singing my main occupation.  But after seeing how things had turned out, my thinking changed.
Although there was a CD recorded in South Korea in which I had sung one of the OST, it was only in Japan that I have a CD released in my name.  I have been asked “Would you release a CD in South Korea?” In South Korea, I would not consider singing as a career but would like to concentrate on being an actor.  Instead of doing both, it would be good to participate in the drama OST.  At that time if I had the opportunity to be cast in a drama in Japan, perhaps I would not have launched my debut CD. 
If I could speak Japanese, I believe I would have appeared in dramas instead of being a singer.
I can say that my dream to become a singer had changed with the situation.  My previous dream of becoming a great actor is still strong.  At present if I were asked whether I would like to be a singer or
an actor and could choose between both … I will choose to be an actor.  I feel that acting is more suitable for me.  On the difference between a singer and an actor, a singer expresses his emotion within 4 mins while an actor need to have a concrete form of expression to play the role.  I am in accord with an actor’s approach to emotional expression.  I like to express this emotion.

My earlier ambition was in music and I had aspired to be a singer but I gave it up when I started acting.  And yet as a result of my drama activities, I was able to launch the ‘Precious Days’ album in Japan. 
This album was recorded in a happy mood, just like when I was singing songs at home when young.
Although the target of my future goal is not as a singer, I would like to try not only ballads but rock, hip hop and the challenge of various things.  What is necessary is being able to enjoy music while I carry on with my work.  On second thought if I had not been an actor, this album would not have materialized.
My earlier passion in aspiring to become a singer had burned out long ago.  If this album had come about at the time when my passion for singing was still strong, I might not have become an actor. 
At present I can act as well as sing in the drama.  With a good response to the drama, I believe it would later enable me to participate in singing activities in Japan.   Making music and being engaged in acting are not separate activities.  An actor’s work can include music as well as singing activities in Japan. 
I believe my view on this will not change in the future.   Whether in acting or singing, I will perform realistically and with sincerity. 
End of chapter 5

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4 Responses to 笑門来福 (An Actor and Artiste) 5 (Part 7)

  1. Zsuzsanna says:

    When it’s very important to look well or to do something very well, then come Murphy’s laws. Perhaps, the bruise seemed to be dangerous, but as the make-up artist could hide any skinproblem, I think the photos were excellent. Otherwise, it’s good that those twigs didn’t hurt his eyes as that is his most attractive part!
    I remember, at my first workplace I liked a very good-looking and intelligent boy, but we were too shy as being too young and we just said hello to each other. Once I saw him waiting for his boss at the corridor, so I thought I would draw his attention for me. I wanted to go through the corridor in a very elegant way and I was sure that I was really pretty. So, when I was going towards the elevator I looked back checking if he is looking after me or not – he did it – I sent my most tempting smile towards him and then I stumbled on the mat and I fell tremendously. But this was not the worst! Some colleagues, just as he, wanted to help me to stand up, but I was so hardly laughing that I was unable to stand up! I thought, yes, Zsuzsa, you was very good in drawing his attention. He would never look at you anymore. But from that moment he always laughed at me when we met and we became very good friends… So, sometimes laughing helps a lot! 🙂
    I think the self-confidence is very important for each person. Without it you won’t be able to reach your dreams, although the too big self-confidence could be a real obstacle, too.

    I think the best videoclip of Sang-Hyeon is the Last rain. I like it so much. As he practiced it so much, his pronunciation is very good according to the japanese, not talking about his singing talent. And I can understand his deep feelings for the japanese singers and composers as when I was in London I had to cross the Abbey Road on the same place where the Beatles did. As I was a big fan of them, although John Lennon was dead for years. I liked them as I could sing their songs by playing my guitar as I should know only some chords. I think SH has to relearn those chords again as now he has to play on guitar in the TDC.

    Well, regarding the fact if he would prefer to be an actor or a singer, I think he didn’t give up his dream being a singer. Of course, he is much more popular as an actor all over the world, but he can sing more and more songs in his dramas or films and this could help him to be a real and more well-known singer. Look, the TDC, it’s not a musical, but I think there are many songs in it. Becoming more well-known, he should learn to speak japanese and english better and he will need own songs composed by very good composers. With own songs he could be popular singer in South-Korea, too, although the rivalry is very hard. I can see many fans all over the world who love korean kpop groups, from Peru to Hungary. I have seen a short cut from his BM concert on his ameblo blog and he was moving on the stage, not just standing on the same place. Then I saw a real popstar, of course the others have more experiences and chance as they are very young and they have a very good dancing team behind them, but as we could see him in SG, he could also do it. And yes, he has to try all the style of music and he can mix them. And the spectacular elements are very important to increase the number of fans.
    Naturally, I have to admit that he can earn more money with acting, and we are living from money, but after then he can enjoy to sing on the concerts. Otherwise, sometimes 4 minutes-long joy worth more than 4 hours. It depends on the person whom we receive it. When I hear SH singing the song: into the wild world, tears come into my eyes. And I’m really glad that I was able to hear him singing and of course to see him acting. We, his fans would give him more energy and support to continue both of his wonderful activities.

    • juleecwk says:

      Thanks Zsuz, I had a good laugh about your interesting account with your former colleague. Strange but true, sometimes things tend to go wrong at important moments. But I suppose, your little accident must have left an impression on him so he can’t help but notice you 🙂

      I think SH is being realistic as it’s not that easy to be a singer in Korea. With so many younger singers and pop groups, the competition is very tough. I feel he made the right choice to concentrate on acting and have singing activities at the same time. Since he love both, he can act without having to give up his music ….. and we get to enjoy both too. It’s a good thing he didn’t give up on acting or we would not be able to see his very expressive eyes.

      Yes, I would love to be able to see him dance in his future concerts and to have him come down to the audience as he sing …. that would be really nice.

  2. Lyn says:

    The most attractive and admirable attribute of SH is his optimistic outlook in life. Don’t ever lose that no matter what.

  3. Lily says:

    Hi Julee!

    You chose a beautiful and meaning pics for illustration.
    YSH is like a good wine – improve with age. He is more and more tasteful :)).

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