[TRANSLATION] Joy News 24 Interview: “Hong Jinyoung’s 10 Years, Meaningful Glory Days” (November 2018)

Hong Jinyoung’s 10 Years, Meaningful Glory Days

The images that come to mind when you say Hong Jinyoung are ‘brightness’ and ‘positivity’. Trot fairy overflowing with excitement, a star with a favourable impression whose charms are her aegyo and loveliness, and recently, she became a beauty goddess too.

Although she’s a trot singer, she’s as lively and bouncy as a girl group member.  She has escaped the human emotion feelings characteristic of trot and created music that shatters tradition. As a producer, she has collaborated with diverse singers, and gotten one step closer to the younger generation. Hong Jinyoung has attempted to break the rules in a good way without being shackled down, she has become a new role model for trot singers by searching far and wide for diverse pursuits.

Joy News 24 met singer Hong Jinyoung to commemorate 14th year since its first publication. On the day of the interview, Hong Jinyoung, who had a schedule in Gwangju in Jeolla province, said “October is peak (event) season. On average, I go to more than two places a day. With a grateful heart that they’ve asked me to come, I’m working hard” and laughed. Although it’s a difficult schedule, we couldn’t find tiredness in her face.

Hong Jinyoung said, “I don’t get tired. I always think that nothing lasts forever. Being busy has its time. I have a lot of passion so in my heart, I want to work even harder than I do now”. She said, “If I work a lot, I get tired and exhausted, but when I go up on stage, that disappears and I end up enjoying it. You can’t keep up with people who are enjoying life. I want to live enjoying life” and shouted “Enjoy my life”. Strength to make people beside her laugh is Hong Jinyoung’s real charm.

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“10 Years of Trot”… ‘Fun’ Challenges Made Possible Because She Is Hong Jinyoung

Trot Singer Hong Jinyoung’s first start was ‘Love Battery’ released in 2009. 10 years have passed since then. Hong Jinyoung, who was called a new generation trot singer, is now an unmatched star and irreplaceable icon in the trot world. ‘Love Battery’ continues to receive love as well as songs like ‘Thumb Up’ which was popular among kindergarteners too and ‘Good Bye’ released earlier this year. On ‘Hidden Singer 5’ which was aired this year, she was the only trot singer to appear, evidence of her popularity in the general public.

It was previously mentioned on broadcasts but Hong Jinyoung did not dream of becoming a trot singer in the beginning. She started her activities as an actress in plays in theatres on Daehangno, followed by time as a trainee in a music agency to debut but nothing came of it numerous times. She debuted in 2007 in the group ‘Swan’ but ended promotions within a few months and experienced hardships.

In 2009, she met ‘Love Battery’, and next year will mark the 10th anniversary of her debut. Hong Jinyoung said, “I always think it’s far away. I think I’m still continuing to learn gradually”.

She is proud of the fact that the domains of trot singers have expanded. Hong Jinyoung reflected, “While doing trot, I thought ‘Why are (the domains of) trot singers limited?’ I thought I needed to expand it by working hard at my activities. I wanted to become a singer that can shoot commercials and magazines. I wanted to change the (limited) feeling.”

Within that domain, there were ‘fun’ attempts too. Last year, she collaborated with Kim Youngchul on ‘Ring Ring’ and this year, with Kang Hodong on ‘I Kicked My Luck Off’. As songs that Hong Jinyoung composed and wrote herself, they were explosively popular with the younger generation. They are songs infused with Hong Jinyoung’s unique merry and bright colours.

“My life goal is ‘enjoy my life’. I only release one main trot song once a year, so I wanted to work in a fun and enjoyable way through other methods. I don’t want to be limited to adults and I want to work expansively. There are trot songs that have human emotions, but I want people to listen to my music and enjoy it. They play it often at baseball games, it’s really fun.”

One by one, as Hong Jinyoung fulfills dreams she had when she was young, she is expanding to new dreams. She excitedly speaks about different plans she has as a producer.

Hong Jinyoung said “I compose well when I’m coming back to Seoul from Busan. Last week, when I went to Busan, I wrote five songs. There were a variety of songs from ballad to EDM trot. I will need to work on them a bit more” and laughed.

With a theme of ‘Looking for Hong Jinyoung’s dongsaeng’, Hong Jinyoung is preparing from a ‘Hongdition’ project. It’s something she has been preparing for a long time, and a type of audition. It’s a meaningful step forward for producer Hong Jinyoung.

“I want to personally foster singers. As Jang Yoonjung, Park Hyunbin sunbaenims (seniors) were representative of younger trot singers and allowed hoobaes (juniors) to promote comfortably, I want to pave the path for hoobaes as well. In trot, there aren’t many auditions or opportunities, but there are many friends who are earnest. I want to open an opportunity for these friends. If I were to personally teach these friends, I think they will be able to learn a lot more. I think I can make them feel even younger. When I still have passion remaining, when I have the embers, I want to hurry and attempt it.”

Hong Jinyoung smiled brightly saying, “I want to help hoobaes who have wanted to do trot to walk on flower paths”.

 

“I’m Not ‘Pretending’ To be Happy, I’m Really Happy”

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Throughout the interview, Hong Jinyoung was overflowing with energy and bright. She signed for each and every fan, smiled and took photos too. After a short conversation, she didn’t forget to say “Be happy”. Hong Jinyoung’s aegyo and overflowing energy, for anyone who has encountered her even for a short time will know that her image that is shown on TV is not pretense. Throughout the interview, the words Hong Jinyoung said the most were ‘happy’ and ‘enjoy my life’.

“Truthfully, there are times when I hear words like this. ‘I don’t like how bright you are’, ‘I don’t like you having fun alone’, ‘I’m having a hard time but why do you look happy’. But I think it’s all in your perspective. People who work say ‘It’s Sunday now. I don’t want to go to work tomorrow’. For me, every day is Monday. I work continuously for 2, 3 weeks but if there’s a day of rest, I work hard looking toward that day. I say ‘Since I rest on this day, I will work hard’. On some days, I’m so happy to have a schedule at 1 or 2 pm. If everything irritates you, life becomes really difficult. If you feel happiness even in the small things, life becomes enjoyable. What makes my life happy is not my environment but within myself. I hope many people will live happily. I hope they have good thoughts and that their lives are full of good things.”

Hong Jinyoung said she’s not ‘pretending to be happy’, but she’s really happy. Of course, there are times when she’s exhausted from busy days and incidents that stress her out. Times like that, she controls her mind and practices controlling her heart.

Hong Jinyoung said, “When I’m exhausted, I think of times that were truly draining. When I think ‘When I compare to then, this is not hard. I’m happy’, I really become happy. If you keep thinking of the bad situation you’re in, it becomes even more difficult”. To a journalist who has fallen for Hong Jinyoung’s ‘eudemonics’, she shared another plan saying, “I created a new word ‘Hong-eum’ which combines Hong Jinyoung and heart. I want to write a book one day”.

Hong Jinyoung who is so busy that she divides her time by ‘nano measurements’ lives dreaming of various dreams. She’s filled and overflowing with work she wants to do from producing a trot rookie, producing a beauty brand business with her name attached to it, and so on.

Hong Jinyoung, who says her ultimate dream is the management business, said “I want to continue to foster hoobaes. I’m thinking of it all, male solo, female solo, group. First candidate will definitely be trot but I think the remaining candidates will have some ‘ppong’ to them” and laughed saying, “I want to create SM of the trot world”.

In order to ensure her dream doesn’t end up just being a dream, she’s taking each step gradually. So she can confidently say that Hong Jinyoung’s glory day is not today.

“I always think my glory day is ‘-ing’, what I’m currently working on. I have the same heart as I did in the beginning. When I was asked what kind of a singer I wanted to be when I was a rookie, I said I wanted to be a familiar person. I wanted to be a singer who’s like mom’s friend’s daughter, neighbourhood noona, next door unnie. I said that but I’m becoming more and more like that. I have been able to accomplish what I wished for and what I had thought of. Now when someone asks ‘What kind of entertainer do you want to be?’, I say ‘I want to be a person’. I’m not different from other people, other than the fact that I show up on the television and sing, the way I live is the same as everyone else. I just want to be a person who gives bright energy to all people.”

Source: Joy News 24

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