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[TRANSLATION] THE FACT Entertainment Interview – Part 1 (August 2018)

“25 CFs Just This Year, My Cost Effectiveness Must Be Good”

쿨하게 트로트 비타민으로 불러주세요 홍진영이 24일 인터뷰에서 가수로서의 인기는 물론 출연하는 프로그램마다 화제와 이슈를 몰고다니는 예능 대세로서의 소감을 밝히고 있다. /남용희 기자

Hong Jinyoung, ‘Trot Fairy’ Who Spreads Vitality in Music and Variety

“I like ‘trot goddess’ and ‘trot fairy’, but going forward just coolly call me ‘trot vitamin’.”

I met ‘Godttery’ Hong Jinyoung (33). As soon as she started talking, her first phrase was overflowing with charm. I am familiar with her cuteness but it’s our first time meeting as interviewer-interviewee and it feels different. Like a singer who helped bring young trot to the music industry, following in the footsteps of Jang Yoonjung, she has an energy that makes the environment around her brighter. She says just to coolly call her ‘trot vitamin’. It really feels like I’ve ingested vitamins. 

At the <The Fact> Sangam-dong office on the 24th, Hong Jinyoung visited, who is garnering attention for pioneering new trot genres like ‘bbongDM’ and ‘bbong-llad’. Our editor colleagues who are indifferent to celebrity appearances display interest with at least one gaze in her direction. Recently, she created news and trends in each program she appears in with ‘Hidden Singer’ and ‘Carefree Travelers’, creating the realization that she is a trendsetter in variety entertainment.

Hong Jinyoung’s rise has been confirmed by placing 2nd in female advertising model brand ranking this past April, setting her place as a blue chip in the advertising world. What is her secret to surprising influence even though she promotes in a non-mainstream music genre?

From exceptional vocals to excellent songwriting abilities, it’s thank to her disposition as a multi-faceted entertainer that attracts a variety of audiences all at once. After achieving ‘trot fairy’ and ‘trot goddess’ status, we met Hong Jinyoung, who has gotten public popularity as a ‘trot vitamin’ personally, to dissect her secret to popularity and charms. This is the topic of the first part of the special interview.  

애교의 대명사 가수 홍진영이 지난 24일 오후 서울 상암동 <더팩트> 사옥에서 인터뷰하고 있다. /남용희 기자

I think you’re enjoying all of the popularity in the entertainment world alone these days. 

I’m always thankful for the love and compliments that are above what I deserve. I must have been born blessed. Or I saved the country in a previous life. (As recent public interest and popularity was mentioned, Hong Jinyoung gave a broad smile in her unique bright expression.) 

I personally appeared on the entertainment talk show ‘Rumor Has It’ for nearly a year with you and built a relationship but meeting like this is new. 

That’s right, it has already been 2 years. It’s so nice to meet you like this. Your image is completely different from when you were on the panel to a journalist in a newspaper editorial department. Honestly, while I was the MC for that program, I learned a lot about the physiology of the entertainment world from the journalists. Perhaps that’s when my popularity spiked again.

During her time as ‘Rumor Has It’ MC, Hong Jinyoung had a reputation as the set mood maker. Since her schedule is so busy, there were a couple of times when she asked us ahead of time to understand having to change the filming day, but she was never late once or inconvenienced anyone. Even though she had regional schedules in the early morning, she always showed her face at late dinners after filming ended in the middle of the night, showing her sincerity. 

What do you think the reason that everyone likes Hong Jinyoung?

Wouldn’t it be my honesty, hahaha. As you can see and as you know, my personality is not one that covers or hides. On stage of course, and even in entertainment shows where there is a set concept, if possible, I try hard to show myself honestly. (Hong Jinyoung has a habit of laughing loudly at questions that are difficult for her to answer immediately. Throughout the interview, she showed she was especially weak at compliments.)

You must have your own set of standards although you promote as a star singer for the general public. 

I always keep an optimistic mind, a thankful heart and live by the principle that I should care for others. People say if you can’t avoid it, enjoy it. If I’m going to have hardships and have encounters regardless, I should do it with an enjoyable heart.

You ranked up to 2nd in the advertising model brand ranking. How many CFs did you shoot? 

Is it okay to say this? I think I’ve filmed 25 just this year. There are many one-time CFs but I also have several that run for 1 year. Guarantee? I’m not as expensive as you’d think. From the perspective of advertisers, I’m cost-effective so wouldn’t that be why I’m used often? Hahaha.

Even 3~4 years ago, Hong Jinyoung continuously shot 5~6 CFs a year. Her activities were gradually noticed and received attention from the advertising industry and her popularity climbed sharply last year. Although entertainer Kim Saengmin received attention for filming 20 CFs before his ‘Me Too’ controversy, Hong Jinyoung deserves to be called the blue chip of CFs. 

홍진영의 몸값은 특 A급. 홍진영은 워낙 스케줄이 많아 TV 고정프로그램 출연은 엄두를 못낸다고 말했다. 홍진영이 한 골프 시상식에서 축하공연을 하고있다. /임세준 기자

Among singers, you tend to have many events. What do you do if it conflicts with broadcasts?

I do tend to have a lot of schedules. Broadcasts are important but it’s difficult to give up events. So these days, I’m not able to make fixed appearances in a program. Most of the broadcast appearances I’ve made this year are short-term and as a guest.

Since you are doing so well, there are many people who are curious about your event pay. 

Conversations about money are outside of my scope of authority. I could also get backlash. There isn’t a set pay, but I’ll just reveal that I’m A-level in the music industry. (To singers, event pay is very important. Like how requests to be in CFs are a barometer of popularity, singers’ guarantee levels differ depending on the public’s preferences. Hong Jinyoung’s A-level event pay is comparable to the broadcast appearance fees of top popular variety MCs like Kang Hodong and Yoo Jaesuk.) 

Do you like the nickname of ‘trot fairy’?

It’s an honorable name that fans have given me so I can’t say I like or don’t like it. But personally, I like ‘trot vitamin’ even more than ‘trot goddess’ or ‘trot fairy’. If you call me that, I’m more thankful and happier. Like vitamins, I want to give a lot of vitality.

I understand you originally debuted as an idol, in a girl group. 

That’s true. When I was 20, I first came up to Seoul and did plays for about a year. I wanted to be a singer so I attempted and failed in a girl group twice, and the third group, Swan, debuted but due to the company circumstances, we weren’t able to promote properly and disbanded in two months. So now I have a longing toward being an idol, since I can’t go back to that time. (Hong Jinyoung momentarily had a sad expression while thinking of difficult times, but quickly had a bright smile as if those painful experiences made today possible.) 

올해만 CF 25개를 찍었어요. 올 상반기 여자 광고모델 브랜드파워 2위에 뛰어오른 홍진영은 가성비가 좋아 광고주들이 많이 찾는 것이라며 애교익살을 부렸다. /뮤직K 제공

What’s the reason behind your transformation to trot? 

I was reluctant to give up being in a girl group so I really didn’t want to convert to trot. I was actually very upset to release a song and promote as a trot singer at such a young age (mid 20s). I didn’t like getting attention for changing to trot after having failed in a girl group. Based on the mood back then, it wasn’t an easy choice. The optimistic thought that trot is getting younger was one that I could only have way later on.

Do you think you’ve played a role in spreading trot as a popular genre across the country? 

In the trot world, there are many prominent sunbaenims (senior singers). Since I’m active on top of the groundwork that they’ve laid down, I’m actually reaping the benefits. Even when I first stepped into this world, I couldn’t imagine such public popularity. I need to repay now. I need to play my role to spread this genre with a bright and fresh mood so that we can receive a lot of love, even among the young generation.

After ‘Love Battery’, Hong Jinyoung continuously released songs and with her recent song ‘Good Bye’, she once again pioneered another territory in trot. ‘Good Bye’ is a collaboration song between the music industry’s hit-makers Jo Youngsoo and Kim Eana and it’s a retro trot song that captures your ear even if you only hear it once. 

Even within trot, do you think there is a Hong Jinyoung style? 

Since I was a rookie, I wanted to show my own unique color. ‘BbongDM’ (a new word that combines trot and EDM) which infuses exciting and fast electronic music to the typical trot genre is a style that suits me. ‘Amor Fati’ that Kim Yonja sunbaenim sang is like that too. It received the spotlight for enhancing excitement by adding electronic dance music (EDM) to a trot melody.


 

“Kim Jongkook Oppa? Possibility for Progress Is There”

홍진영 에너지 원천은 긍정 마인드의 열정. 홍진영은 24일 인터뷰에서 매사 긍정 마인드로 부딪치면 설령 실패하더라도 좋은 경험이 된다고 말하고 있다. /남용희 기자

Cool Confession “Boyfriend? I Had One, It Ended On Its Own When We Couldn’t Meet” 

Singer Hong Jinyoung (33) re-signed with her agency Music K Entertainment (CEO Kwon Changhyun) early this year and definitively maintained a 10-year long loyalty. Her deep confidence in CEO Kwon, who has been with her since her debut in 2008, continued with her contract renewal. When CEO Kwon became independent of the previous agency and established Music K, Hong Jinyoung naturally made a new home there. 

Music K has been enjoying Hong Jinyoung’s stable public popularity and brought to life a new rookie boy group, walking a very strong path. After placing 2nd in the female advertising model brand ranking this past April, Hong Jinyoung rose as a blue chip in the advertising industry. What is her secret to surprising influence even though she promotes in a non-mainstream music genre?

From exceptional vocals to excellent songwriting abilities, it’s thank to her disposition as a multi-faceted entertainer that attracts a variety of audiences all at once. After achieving ‘trot fairy’ and ‘trot goddess’ status, we met Hong Jinyoung, who has gotten public popularity as a ‘trot vitamin’ personally, to dissect her secret to popularity and charms. This interview was conducted at the <The Fact> Sangam-dong office on the afternoon of the 24th. 

What is the source of Hong Jinyoung’s energy who is continuously active? 

It’s the passion and spirit of challenge of an optimistic mind. It’s exciting to have a lot of attention and popularity but if there is too much work, it’s difficult for your body and mind. That’s when it’s important. If you always have a positive mind, even when you fail, it becomes a good experience.

Do you find plastic surgery controversies uncomfortable or upsetting?

If I said they weren’t, that’d be a lie. But I don’t really pay a lot of attention. Double eyelid and nose plastic surgery have become normal procedures that anyone can do, and I have acknowledged it myself and revealed which parts I’ve enhanced. It’s not even a controversy.

In her own episode of JTBC ‘Hidden Singer 5’, Hong Jinyoung unveiled where she had cosmetic procedures done. Judging panel compared her appearance from when she was promoting in the group Swan to now and said “Nothing has changed except your double eyelids” and Hong Jinyoung coolly confirmed “What changed since then is my nose” and received ‘very Hong Jinyoung-like’ comments. 

가수 홍진영은 특유의 끼와 엔터 기질을 발산하며 예능계와 광고계 블루칩으로 떠올랐다. 홍진영이 출연한 KBS 예능프로그램 언니들의 슬램덩크2 제작발표회 당시 모습. /임세준 기자

Who are your celebrity bosom friends? 

There are many people I’ve gotten close to through entertainment programs. Pro entertainers like Kang Hodong, Kim Youngchul and Heo Kyunghwan take care of me. We have a thick bond, so when we meet we are naturally playful and joke around.

Hong Jinyoung composed ‘I Kicked My Luck Away’ sung by Kang Hodong and ‘Ring Ring’ sung by comedian Kim Youngchul last year that had a hot reaction. After receiving the hit ‘Ring Ring’ from Hong Jinyoung, Kim Youngchul also received a new song, ‘Andenayon’. Both are fast electronic music (EDM) and are characterized by exciting rhythm enhanced by Hong Jinyoung’s unique refreshing and bright color. 

Doesn’t your busy schedule wear down on your stamina? 

There are times when my stamina runs out while going all over the country by car. But I naturally tend to eat anything well so there is no reason for my strength to be depleted. If I work excitedly, I automatically get an endorphin boost.

What kind of exercises do you normally do to maintain your stamina? 

If I’m being honest, I don’t exercise separately these days. No, I can’t do it. You need to make time to exercise and I start moving early in the morning and if I end work early, it’s 11 PM at night.

Don’t you need to maintain your figure?

Thankfully, singing and moving on stage requires an immense amount of stamina, and with that, I automatically diet. So typically 3~4 kg of weight come and go depending on my stage schedule.

서울 상암동 더팩트 사옥에서 가진 인터뷰에서 홍진영은 끊임없이 일을 벌이고 매달리는 스타일이라며 열정을 쏟아내는 비결을 밝혔다. /남용희 기자

What is your best charm in your opinion? 

It’s my personality that is never satisfied by reality. My style is one that endlessly creates work, clings to it and carries it out. That’s why I’m always busy. Depending on how you see it, it could also be a shortcoming, but in my opinion, I think it is my biggest strength and charm.

There is exactly one thing I’m curious about. How much alcohol can you drink?

Is it because of my style normally? How much alcohol I can drink is one of the most frequently asked questions. Do I look like I can drink alcohol well? I’ll confess now, even when I drink one glass of beer, my face turns red. I can barely drink alcohol at all. If I force myself to drink sometimes, I can drink up to 3~4 shots of soju, but those days are very special days.

When was the most difficult time after your debut?

There are many celebrities who became Cinderella overnight but it was difficult for me from the beginning. While I was doing plays when I was 20 years old, I fostered a dream of becoming an actress and gave it up, and I attempted a girl group debut but it wasn’t easy. Even after my trot debut, I encountered countless difficulties in order to become acknowledged. More than anything, there was no incline to lean on so it was difficult.

Fans have a lot of interest in your thoughts on marriage. 

I don’t have any specific plans on marriage. I can only date when I have time. It’s not an exaggeration but I really don’t have time to date. I should get married, when I find a good person.

I wanted to ask you this point-blank when I met you. What kind of a relationship do you have with Kim Jongkook? 

Huh? What is this, all of a sudden? Kim Jongkook oppa is a great friend in the entertainment industry. It’s true that he unreservedly takes care of me as a hoobae but rationally, we don’t have an intimately close relationship. Of course, it’s not that there isn’t any leeway, keke.

(At this question, Hong Jinyoung made an expression as if it’s a bit outrageous rather than be flustered by it. It wasn’t that she was trying to hide an existing truth and formally avoiding the question, she replied seriously. At the ‘words and actions on broadcasts as if they may have had push and pull between them’, she explained that it was a concept that emphasized their normal closeness a little bit more.) 

선하고 편안한 사람이 남자친구였으면 좋겠다. 홍진영은 이상적인 스타일에 대해 경제적 능력 보단 심성이 착한 남자가 좋다고 속내를 밝히기도 했다. /뮤직K 제공

Is there anyone who’s in your heart? 

To tell you clearly, there is no man I’m dating right now. I have dated an ordinary person. As I became incredibly busy, we grew apart naturally. Affection between a man and a woman deepen when you meet often but it’s sad since I can’t do that in reality.

What is your ideal style in a man? 

I like people who are good-natured and comfortable. Whether they are younger or older, I like men who have a kind disposition rather than their economic capabilities.

If you had to choose one from male celebrities who are active now? 

Actor Cho Seungwoo without double eyelids is exactly my style. I’ve never met or had a conversation with him. I just mean that his aura and image is one that I’m attracted to.

Lastly, how does it feel to receive a lot of public popularity and love? 

It’s forever exciting. More than anything, I like the feeling that trot is getting younger. Even when I debuted, trot was largely regarded as the exclusive domain of the elderly. When I go to university events, I sing EDM versions of my songs and it’s difficult to differentiate the excitement for idol singers. I hope trot continues to progress as a genre that’s familiar to anyone.

Interview with Hong Jinyoung was pleasant and exciting from beginning to end. It was kind-hearted for her to make time to come by the office, not forgetting the promise, even though she was on her way to a regional event. It was as though I didn’t realize 1 hour and 30 minutes of time passed by. If the manager didn’t point to the clock and urge on so that she can do her next schedule, we could have continued for another hour. What content will fill the next interview with her? I’m already looking forward to that time. 

Source: Part 1 / Part 2

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[LYRIC TRANSLATION] “Change” (체인지) – Hong Jinyoung (홍진영) on Immortal Song (불후의명곡)

This is a song that Hong Jinyoung sang on Immortal Song on May 26, 2018, a cover of Jo Janghyuk’s “Change”.

Korean Lyrics (한글 가사)

알아 너의 그 표정은 마지막 말을 찾는 거야
정말 내일부터 갑자기 볼 수 없게 되면 얼마나 아파할까

잘가 참 너를 아꼈어 너의 안에서 행복했어
그 어떤 누구도 널 좋아했었던 그 만큼 다신 힘들 것 같아

멀리 떨어진 시간속에 잊혀질 지 모르지만
믿기로해 삶은 우릴위해 뭔가 남긴다고

웃으며 떠나는 거야 만나는 그 날까지 여기 있을께
내겐 니가 살고 있는 이 곳보다도 더 좋은 세상은 없으니까

(잘가~ 잘가~ 잘가~ 잘가~)

멀리 떨어진 시간속에 잊혀질 지 모르지만
믿기로해 삶은 우릴위해 뭔가 남긴다고

웃으며 떠나는 거야 만나는 그 날까지 여기 있을께
내겐 니가 살고 있는 이 곳보다도 더 좋은 세상은 없으니까
내겐 니가 살고 있는 이 곳보다도 더 좋은 세상은 없으니까

웃으며 떠나는 거야 만나는 그 날까지 여기 있을께
내겐 니가 살고 있는 이 곳보다도 더 좋은 세상은 없으니까

(잘가~ 잘가~ 잘가~ 잘가~)
 

English Translation

I know, that expression of yours
You’re looking for final words to say
If I really suddenly can’t see you starting tomorrow, how much will it hurt

Goodbye, I truly cherished you,
I was really happy with you
As much as I loved you more than anyone else,
It will be difficult again

We might forget each other in the time we’re far apart
But let’s trust that life will leave something for us

Let’s leave smiling
Until the day we meet again, I will be here
To me, there is no better world than this place where you are living

(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)

We might forget each other in the time we’re far apart
But let’s trust that life will leave something for us

Let’s leave smiling
Until the day we meet again, I will be here
To me, there is no better world than this place where you are living
To me, there is no better world than this place where you are living

Let’s leave smiling
Until the day we meet again, I will be here
To me, there is no better world than this place where you are living

(Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye)

[TRANSLATION] Sports Donga Interview: Hong Jinyoung “Hurtful Comments… It Hurt for Exactly Two Days” (May 2018)

If there are stars who are difficult to approach even though they are popular, there are also stars who you’re happy to greet and hold hands with as if you’ve known for them for a long time even though it’s your first time meeting them. There’s no need to explain which side singer Hong Jinyoung (33) falls on. From continuous new songs, event stages she restlessly stands on all over the country and to TV entertainment programs she’s all over where she shows her charms. Hong Jinyoung, who seems like she lives her life split up by the minute, wants to enjoy her daily life and says “I never want to settle”.

For ‘conversations with female journalists’, she sat oppositely me despite a busy schedule and even on that day, it was after she had finished an event at a department store in Seoul. After the interview, she headed to Daejeon. When I asked her if she is tired, she said “When I’m at least a year younger, when I still have passion left, I want to attempt even more.” Along with her unique eye smile. I met Hong Jinyoung, the person with relentless energy and whatever she does becomes explosive.

It seems you’re really busy.
“When I look back, I ran to this point without even breathing. But now that I’m a year older, I’m more relaxed. I find passing time to be really regrettable. Even if I fail, it becomes experience, and that’s how I can plan a better future so I move busily.”

Does your popularity feel real?
“These days, wherever I go, elder ladies are especially fond of me. I just came from a department store event and as soon as they see me, they kiss me. And pat my butt. At festivals where people in their 20s and 30s gather, a different reaction comes out. That’s why I sing. Before there were so many people who were confused if my name was Hong Jinkyung or Hong Jinyoung.”

Tell us your tips for positive energy.
“I laugh a lot. When I read comments these days, I’ve seen reactions that say ‘Hong Jinyoung’s laughing is forced’. But I’m the same person, in the past or now. What has changed? Is it because I got injections? Haha! I tend to laugh furrowing my forehead and the doctor at the skin clinic I frequent told me those wrinkles can’t be ironed out with injections, so I’ll need to live with it for the rest of my life.”

It seems you tend to read comments often.
“Mmm… That’s true. Hahaha! I was recently really hurt. It’s my first time feeling like this. I couldn’t think straight for two days. Up to now, I just let things like this go and laughed them off, but now they prick my heart. I even saw comments that said ‘She’s abusing her power’. I was so upset. I cried while eating curry, and I even teared up while washing my face. I didn’t have anywhere to explain myself, so I had to withstand it alone.”

Source of Hong Jinyoung’s aches came from her appearance on MBC entertainment program ‘Omniscient Interfering View’. It honestly showed her close appearance with her manager who she spends most of her days with but a portion of the viewers saw it and were not happy. Their reason was that it was ‘too much’.

“When I was a rookie, I spoke strongly and acted over the top. I needed to stand out. That’s how you don’t get edited out of broadcasts. There were many times when I would record for hours and only be shown on screen once or twice smiling and saying hello. When I would speak strongly, I would be shown on screen more. I needed to live too. Since then, there have been comments saying ‘Hong Jinyoung is venomous’.”

As time passes, and as she gains experience, Hong Jinyoung is finding her boundaries. Her thoughts are to “Show exactly who I am, and don’t create something over the top”. Even the recent heartaches she experienced, she didn’t step out of her house for two days and endured it alone to be able to shake it off.

Hong Jinyoung debuted in a girl group but wasn’t able to receive a lot of attention. She didn’t get discouraged and stepped onto the path of trot, a choice that can’t have been easy for a singer in her 20s, and became the ‘current trend’. ‘Love Battery’ which she released in 2009 was the start of her popularity. She strengthened ‘youthful trot’ that was created by Jang Yoonjung and Park Hyunbin and expanded her areas of activity. She appears on all kinds of entertainment programs, from reality, observation to variety. Her recently released song ‘Good Bye’ is popular too. Last year, comedian Kim Youngchul sang ‘Ring Ring’, a song she composed and wrote, and it became huge.

Hong Jinyoung said, “I want to show that you can do a wide range of activities even in the genre of trot” and “Like how I realized trot can be young while watching (Jang) Yoonjung unnie and (Park) Hyunbin oppa, I want junior singers to look at me and help them expand their outlook with trot”.

Are you eyeing the royalties from ‘Ring Ring’?
“Everyone said it’s huge so I really thought that was the case. I’m not chasing money but since I’m human, I thought perhaps? People around me talked about royalties a lot so I anticipated it a bit. When I look at my bank account, that’s not the case.”

Reactions to ‘I Kicked My Luck Off’ sung by Kang Hodong was good too. Do you have more songs you’ve composed and wrote?
“I have two songs left. One song is a ‘bbong’ (trot) ballad and the other is a typical ballad. A ballad singer asked me to give it to them so I’m going to. It’s still a secret!”

When you open your eyes in the morning, what do you do first?
“When I wake up, I eat breakfast. Recently after going through hardships, I wanted to live so I diligently ate breakfast. Haha! These days, it’s performance season. I go to corporate events, university festivals and regional festivals. I stand on stage, indoors and outdoors. My May schedule was mostly filled up at the beginning of the year.”

The description ‘Queen of Events’ suits you well.
“It puts me in a good mood to hear that. It means I’ve become symbolic of something. When I go to performance venues, I always remind myself, ‘Don’t lose your intentions’. When I wanted to be a singer, I was desperate. Because I wanted to stand on stage. So when I stand on stage, I try to be devoted. I know very well that this situation can’t go on for a long time. So when there are places that seek me out and want me there, I want to go to one more place.”

Another area where you can sense Hong Jinyoung’s popularity is advertising. She is the advertising model for 8 brands, including cosmetics and chicken. Recently, she added karaoke machine advertising to her roster. Hong Jinyoung said, “Starting this year, I’ve had big luck. Even when you say you got lucky, your life is what you make of it”.

You must think of marriage nowadays.
“My parents do get requests often. I don’t like meeting artificially. (Showing the ring she’s wearing on her index finger) I wear this ring every day. I’ve seen comments that say I must have a boyfriend, but I really don’t. I went to the department store and thought it was pretty so I bought it. Honestly, there are people who confess to me that they like me. But I want to date when my heart is more relaxed.”

How do you maintain your health?
“I eat red ginseng but as expected, meat is the best. I love meat. When I look at my monthly card bill, I spend the most money on meat. I like meat with a bit of skin on it like Jeju whole pig. I’m wondering what it would be like if I opened a meat restaurant.”

Hong Jinyoung’s manager who was listening to her words beside her shook his head saying “I wish you wouldn’t”. His gaze wanted her to stop creating so much work. It’s the manager who appeared on ‘Omniscient Interfering View’ with her. Off-camera, the two people seemed to have deep confidence in one another as partners who work together.

What kind of a person is Hong Jinyoung viewed from Hong Jinyoung’s perspective?
“A person who doesn’t get tired! After a performance, I’m tired and exhausted. But when I go to a different performance venue, I get my strength from somewhere. When I go home dragging my tired body and rest for a little bit, I get strength again. I’m the person who doesn’t want to go to sleep early, so I resist and fall asleep passed out.”


 

Hong Jinyoung is a ‘girl boss’ who has an entrepreneurial streak. She’s also a woman of ‘action’ who puts the ‘picture’ she envisioned in her head straight into action. Although she quietly closed down the internet shopping mall that she started with her sister 2 years ago because it was difficult to maintain, she’s not afraid of failure and she’s endlessly thinking of businesses daily thinking ‘What should I try this time?’.

Currently, the business item that she’s planning is a ‘photo app’. She really likes to take photos so there aren’t any photo-related applications she hasn’t used. However, none of it was able to meet Hong Jinyoung’s standards. She made her own thinking that it would be good to create an app that combined all of the best parts of various apps. The photo app that Hong Jinyoung created will be pay-to-use and release in June. She learned coding with the help of an acquaintance so she is planning to use the profits for a good cause.

She also has plans for a different business. She’s thinking of fostering a male trot singer with the mind of a singer and a producer. She wants to call it ‘Hong-dition!’ (Hong Jinyoung + audition). “Whatever I do, I started with the thought of wanting to do it in a fun way. Like the ‘Ring Ring’ contest that Heo Kyunghwan and Kim Youngchul oppa did, I want to hold an audition over SNS. For that friend, I’m planning to create a song and a debut stage. I want to communicate the know-hows that I learned first-hand and experienced to a hoobae.”

This plan won’t end with a one-off and she wants to hold it every year so next year she’s planning to create a ‘3-member trot group’.

Source of new ideas come from Hong Jinyoung’s personality. Since her life philosophy is ‘In a fun way, no matter what’, various ideas come to mind like a spring that will never go dry.

“It’s regrettable to live life repeatedly like a turning wheel. I want to work while attempting different things, and even if I fail, I won’t give up. When I’m older and I look back on my past, I want to have the satisfaction of ‘I really lived my life to the fullest’.”

Source: Part 1 / Part 2

[TRANSLATION] Star News Hanbok Interview: Hong Jinyoung “Marriage? My Parents Tell Me To Do It When The Time Is Right” (February 2018)

“This lunar New Year, listen to my new song and spend your way back to your hometown in an exciting way!”

Singer Hong Jinyoung (34)’s eye smile remained the same. Hong Jinyoung, who met up with Star News prior to the lunar New Year holidays, had well wishes for fans while promoting for her new song ‘Good Bye’, the first song she released in a year.

Hong Jinyoung is planning to spend this lunar New Year holiday resting and also promoting her new song. On New Years Day, she will rest spending time with her parents who are coming from her hometown, and the rest of her holidays will be spent preparing for music broadcast stages and focusing on work related to her new song. 

“Typically, the holidays are a ‘high season’ for me. Haha. This time, I think I will need to have more time resting. Soon, university orientations will approach and in the spring season, various events are approaching. After the lunar New Year holidays, I have to work diligently so I’m trying to conserve my stamina.”

Hong Jinyoung spoke about her parents’ reactions to ‘Good Bye’.

“From the time my parents heard the demo version of ‘Good Bye’, they liked it and cheered me on a lot. They are always a big source of strength. My parents always tell me ‘You have to focus on your health’ as my life is busy.”

One of the questions often heard during the holidays is ‘marriage’ and we asked if her parents mention it.

“Marriage? My parents don’t say ‘Hurry up and get married’ yet and they tell me ‘Get married when the time is right’. Truthfully for me, perhaps it’s because I’m busy with work, I’m not eager about marriage.” 

In regards to her ideal type, Hong Jinyoung responded “I hope they have a comfortable appearance looks-wise and I hope they can be a comfortable person when they are with me” and “I don’t wish for a lot of things. It doesn’t matter if they work in a similar field as me, I just want a person I can lean on”. Hong Jinyoung added while laughing, “I will date first and if I do get married, I will tell you personally”. 

On the 7th, Hong Jinyoung resumed her activities as a trot singer through her new song ‘Good Bye’, her first release in a year. ‘Good Bye’ is a trot number in a retro genre. It has a peculiarly familiar melody and an addictive chorus, completing a trendy trot song that’s unique to Hong Jinyoung. Regarding this song, Hong Jinyoung confidently revealed, “This is a song created with the essence of my hit songs ‘Love Battery’ and ‘Cheer Up’”. 

“Personally, ‘Good Bye’ is a song that I’d like to give a perfect score of 100 out of 100. While recording, the most difficult part was the choreography. There’s a lot of bending technique in the song, so there are a lot of choreography where the body naturally twists. I think ‘Good Bye’ is a song that contains many emotions. The point is sad lyrics contained within an exciting melody. You will feel an deep lingering image.”

‘Good Bye’ received attention as the first trot song that popular lyricist Kim Eana wrote. With regards to her teamwork with Kim Eana, Hong Jinyoung revealed, “I heard unnie wrote the lyrics with my image in mind. I think it suits me well” and “If there is an opportunity next time, I definitely want to work with her again.”

Through 2009’s ‘Love Battery’, Hong Jinyoung has received a lot of love as a new generation trot singer and this year is her 10th year of solo activities. Hong Jinyoung revealed her honest thoughts on having had a lot of popularity for a long time as a trot singer and the gazes that are directed toward her.

“‘Love Battery’ did really well. So when people look at me, they always think of ‘Love Battery’. Everyone’s impression of ‘Love Battery’ is so strong that even when I release a new song, the reactions are ‘Love Battery is the masterpiece’, ‘It’s difficult to surpass Love Battery’. But I’m confident that if you listen to ‘Good Bye’ for a long time, it will become a masterpiece. I think it’s because people aren’t used to it yet.”

Hong Jinyoung also emphasized that although she has been promoting as a singer for nearly 10 years, “There’s a lot I’m lacking in.”

“I think I need to work even harder. I believe that trot can become a trendy genre. I have a huge desire to bring generations together through trot that’s not too old. So I (although I am comparatively a young singer) thought that I need to break down the generational wall and decided on ‘Morning Plaza’ as my first comeback stage.”

Along with this, Hong Jinyoung mentioned her ambitious dream. Which was ‘CEO producer’. 

“I want to personally compose and write and give songs to hoobae singers. I have a dream of being in the management business and train hoobaes. I don’t know when I will be able to fulfill this dream. Haha. If you do a public audition through SNS Live, I think you’ll be able to attract the attention of the public even more. Although I am happy living as a singer, new challenges are thrilling to me!” 

Source: Star News

[LYRIC TRANSLATION] “Good Bye” (잘가라) – Hong Jinyoung (홍진영)

Korean Lyrics (한글 가사)

잘 가라 나를 잊어라
이까짓 거 사랑 몇 번은 더 할 테니

알잖아 내가 뒤끝이 좀 짧아서
알잖아 내가 너 말고도 님이 많아서
난 싫어 간질간질 거리는 이별
이 맘 때쯤 때쯤 흐르는 눈물
할 만큼 했잖아 미련이 없잖아
짠짠 짜잔 짠

잘 가라 나를 잊어라
이까짓 거 사랑 몇 번은 더 할 테니
잘 가라 돌아보지 말아라
여기서 난 안녕 멀리 안 나갈 테니
울지 마라

알잖아 내가 깔끔한 게 좋아서
혹시나 하는 맘에 하는 얘기인 거야
비라도 부슬부슬 오는 늦은 밤
술이 한 잔 두 잔 들어가는 밤
혀 꼬인 말투로 전화하지 마라
짠짠 짜잔 짠

잘 가라 나를 잊어라
이까짓 거 사랑 몇 번은 더 할 테니
잘 가라 돌아보지 말아라
여기서 난 안녕 멀리 안 나갈 테니

잘 가라 나를 잊어라
이까짓 거 이별 몇 번은 더 할 테니
잘 가라 돌아보지 말아라
여기서 난 안녕 멀리 안 나갈 테니
울지 마라 울지 마라 울지 마라

English Translation

Good bye, forget me
This trifling love, I’ll have it a few more times

You know how I don’t hold grudges for long
You know how I have many more aside from you
I don’t like goodbyes that itch
Tears that fall right about now
I already did as much as I could, I have no regrets
Jjan jjan jjajan jjan

Good bye, forget me
This trifling love, I’ll have it a few more times
Good bye, don’t look back
I’m saying goodbye here
I won’t go too far ahead
Don’t cry

You know how I like things neat
I’m telling you this in case your heart lingers
Late night when rain falls gently
A night when a glass or two of alcohol goes down
Don’t call me with a tongue-twisted tone
Jjan jjan jjajan jjan

Good bye, forget me
This trifling love, I’ll have it a few more times
Good bye, don’t look back
I’m saying goodbye here
I won’t go too far ahead

Good bye, forget me
This trifling goodbye, I’ll have it a few more times
Good bye, don’t look back
I’m saying goodbye here
I won’t go too far ahead
Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry

Romanization

Jal gala naleul ijeola
Ikkajit guh sarang myeot buneun deo hal teni

Aljana naega dwikkeuti jom jjalbaseo
Aljana naega neo malgodo nim-i manahseo
Nan silh-eo ganjilganjil geolineun ibyeol
Ee mam ttaejjeum ttaejjeum heuleuneun nunmul
Hal mankeum haetjanha milyeoni eobjana
Jjanjjan jjajan jjan

Jal gala naleul ijeola
Ikkajit guh sarang myeot buneun deo hal teni
Jal gala dolaboji mal ala
Yeogiseo nan annyeong meolli an nagal teni
Ulji mala

Aljana naega kkalkkeumhan ge joaseo
Hoksina haneun maum-eh haneun yaegiin guhya
Bilado buseulbuseul oneun neujeun bam
Sul-ee han jan du jan deuluhganeun bam
Hyeoh kkoin maltulo jeonhwahaji mala
Jjanjjan jjajan jjan

Jal gala naleul ijeola
Ikkajit guh sarang myeot buneun deo hal teni
Jal gala dolaboji mal ala
Yeogiseo nan annyeong meolli an nagal teni

Jal gala naleul ijeola
Ikkajit guh ibyeol myeot buneun deo hal teni
Jal gala dolaboji mal ala
Yeogiseo nan annyeong meolli an nagal teni
Ulji mala ulji mala ulji mala

[LYRIC TRANSLATION] “클랜즈: 달의 그림자” OST / “Clans: Shadow of the Moon” OST

Korean Lyrics (한글 가사)
달빛 가득 비추는 밤
그대의 추억이 스쳐가
눈물 짓던 그 모습에
차마 떠나보내지 못해
백지 한장한장속에
그대와 보낸시간 기억하나
바람향기 스며들며
눈물로서 그대를 보내

언제 어디서든
함께 하려던
그대추억 스쳐지나가
세상뒤로한채 살아야하네
언젠간 만날수 있을까

불빛하나 비춰지는
떠난그대 생각에 젖다가
아무것도 못하는날
그져 바라 보고싶어요

언제 어디서든
함께 하려던
그대 스쳐 지나갔다면
짧은 인연에도 웃어 보련다
언젠간 만날수있을까

세상을 다가진 오직한사람
그대를 잊을수없네요
부디 그대 나를 잊지말아요
영원히 그대와 함께

English Translation
Night full of moonlight reflections
Memories of you pass by
That appearance that would shed tears
I couldn’t let you go
Within each and every page of the white paper
I remember the time spent with you
As the scent of the wind seeps in
I send you away with tears

Whenever, wherever
The memories of you
That I tried to keep pass by
I have to live now, leaving the world behind
When will I be able to meet you again?

Reflected in a single source of light
I was lost in thoughts of you, who have already left
Days when I can’t do anything
I just want to look at you

Whenever, wherever
If you, who I tried to be with,
Passed by me
I’d try to smile at our short relationship
When will I be able to meet you again?

One person who possesses the world
I can’t forget you
Please don’t forget me
Forever with you

Romanization
Dalbich gadeug bichuneun bam
Geudaeui chueog-i seuchyeoga
Nunmul jisdeon geu moseub-e
Chama tteonabonaeji moshae
Baegji hanjanghanjangsog-e
Geudaewa bonaensigan gieoghana
Balamhyang-gi seumyeodeulmyeo
Nunmulloseo geudaeleul bonae

Eonje eodiseodeun
Hamkke halyeodeon
Geudaechueog seuchyeojinaga
Sesangdwilohanchae sal-ayahane
Eonjengan mannalsu iss-eulkka

Bulbichhana bichwojineun
Tteonangeudae saeng-gag-e jeojdaga
Amugeosdo moshaneunnal
Geujyeo bala bogosip-eoyo

Eonje eodiseodeun
Hamkke halyeodeon
Geudae seuchyeo jinagassdamyeon
Jjalb-eun in-yeon-edo us-eo bolyeonda
Eonjengan mannalsu-iss-eulkka

Sesang-eul dagajin ojighansalam
Geudaeleul ij-eulsueobsneyo
Budi geudae naleul ij-jimal-ayo
Yeong-wonhi geudaewa hamkke

[TRANSLATION] Big Issue Interview: “Singer We ‘Totally Like’ for her Honesty, Hong Jinyoung’s OVER THE TREND” (April 2015)

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“I totally like her!”

You totally like that person? When you say you like someone, it’s not easy to simply summarize and say it like this. But we’ve heard these words about her many times. Regardless of age, she’s overflowing with aegyo (cuteness), sexy and bright, so it’s no wonder that men like her. But among young women and middle-aged women, there are many who say these words about her. So when we ask about the reason why they are a fan because we are curious, they all uniformly say this. Because she’s honest. We like her because she’s honest!

What do you think is the reason you receive love across generations?
I often hear that I’m exactly the same as my normal self, whether I’m performing or on broadcasts. I think people look at me favourably because I’m plainly honest. Elderly people tell me that they’d like me to be their daughter-in-law or daughter, and there are many female fans who tell me that they’d want me as an older or younger sister. After appearing on variety programs, my fan base has become diverse, and a lot of younger people like me.

It seemed like there were lots of good and bad.
When I debuted with “Love Battery”, I heard this often. One reason was because I was a young person who appeared in the trot genre, and when I did variety promotions in the early days, working and trying hard because I was a rookie came across like I was trying too hard and stood out, so it didn’t come across well.

Are there any times when you incur damages or problems because you’re too honest?
When I lie, you can see it on my face right away. So I try not to lie at all. Since I didn’t do anything wrong, I just say everything honestly. Even if damaging incidents occur, it doesn’t matter. To date, nothing like that has happened, and now, people know what my personality is like, and it’s a big reason why they like me, so I don’t think I have any reason to be dishonest going forward. (Laughs)

The reaction to your appearance in was good. What do you think your real married life will be like? When you marry, what kind of housewife do you want to be?
I think I will be almost the same as the appearance that was shown on . When I get married, more than anything, I want to become a firm mom. I want to educate my kids well, especially when it comes to manners. I want to be able to listen well to what the kids want, but also want to be a strict mom from time to time. I also want to be a wife who is good at assisting my husband.

As expected, with a lot of aegyo?
Aegyo is fundamental. (Laughs)

If there’s an aegyo method unique to Hong Jinyoung?
Should I say it’s hereditary? My mom has a lot of aegyo, and she still calls my dad ‘honey’. They both meet to go to dinner together and their relationship is very good. I frequently saw my mom showing aegyo since I was young, so I’ve naturally gotten used to it.  

If there’s a goosebump-inducing aegyo that they both showed recently?
My dad is a bit straitlaced. So they don’t show a lot of it in front of their children, but my mom said this last time. Ah, but am I allowed to say this? Won’t I be scolded… My mom was washing the dishes and she said dad gave her a back hug. (Laughs)

What is your ideal type in a man?
I like plain people who make me comfortable when we’re together. I don’t need psychological warfare and ‘push and pull’, I just want a comfortable person who knows my heart well. It doesn’t matter if they talk a lot, or if they talk little. If they talk a lot, we can talk together, and if they don’t talk a lot, I can chat. I just wish our personalities will be compatible, and that we can have good conversations. I also hope they are someone who can plan and have restraint for the future, and doesn’t just look at and calculate what’s in front of them. Suppose they earn a million won (approximately $1000 USD), I hope they know to use half for now and save half for the future, for example. When it comes to everything, I like men who think deeply and are mature.

What are your plans or intentions for marriage?
I don’t know when I will marry, but I feel like I could get married suddenly. I don’t yet have thoughts or plans of a timeline for marriage or that I want to get married, but if there’s a person who I love to the point I can give up my work, I think I can get married immediately.

We think your personality is very optimistic and bright. Are there any times when you’re not like that, or are depressed?
Personality-wise, I tend not to get stressed. So I’ve never been depressed without a reason. I’m sad when I’m sick, when I can’t eat well because I’m too busy due to work, and when I can’t eat because I need to lose weight. Because I always work to eat. (Laughs)

Since the topic of food came up, are you good at cooking?
I’m good at making steamed short ribs, I’m good at making stir fried chicken and pork, and I’m at making most stews. I can make good pan fried meat, and pumpkin pancakes or kimchi pancakes are too simple, so I don’t even think I need to say it. (Laughs) My mom is really good at cooking. At holidays, if my mom made pancakes, I would follow along and make them too, and I think learning from watching this has helped a lot.

If you live alone in Seoul, you must miss your family and home-cooked meals.
My parents come up to Seoul once a month. So I tend to see them often. My mom comes often because of side dishes, and every time she comes, I gain weight. I eat really well. (Laughs) But the dish that comes to mind most when I’m sick is duck stew. My mom makes incredible duck stew. My body must not be well today because I really want to eat the duck stew that my mom makes.

“Before I get on stage, I put on makeup. I put on mascara to create the shape of my eyes, I tie all of hair up like the singers from many years ago to bring out the glamour. I sing while wearing an open-back dress and making elegant gestures. I try doing aegyo that matches with the delightful rhythm. People enjoy watching that look of mine, so they start cheering. But the hearts that they have for me could be for another look of mine, not necessarily for the dressed-up look. Then, what do I want to show them…”

 
You could have debuted as an idol or an actress.
I sang 5 songs at my audition. I sang some normal and dance songs, at the end I sang “Flower” by Jang Yoon Jung. My present CEO and vice-CEO heard it, and suggested that I should do trot. I ran away from that suggestion for half a year because I didn’t want to do it. (Laughs)

So what made you decide to sing trot?
My CEO was very good at convincing me. He said that the trot that I thought of is not that old, it has become very young now, and it will continue to grow younger in the future. So “Love Battery” debut in 2009 was the movement (that he talked about). At that time, many young people have advanced to listen to trot, and at music programs there were some trot teams. He also said that trot singers now do not just sing on stage, they can influence people and participate in many activities. That was how he convinced me. I was very touched after listening to him. I made my decision because of his words, and I think it was a very good decision becoming a trot singer.

What is the charm of trot?
People of all ages can sing trot very easily and together enjoy the atmosphere. I think trot can create an atmosphere like that and even if time passes by, there are trot songs that people still love to sing, it’s the charm of trot.

What is your favorite singing song? What kind of music do you listen to when you rest?
(Singing) “Why~ Do you not know me~” I like the song called “You Do Not Know” by Choi Sungsoo sunbaenim. I enjoy listening to piano or violin when I want to rest. Oh wait. Why are you guys laughing? (Talking to her staff) I really like listening to instrumental songs. (Smiles) It’s good that I can listen to melodies without thinking of anything. Recently I listen to “Last Carnival” a lot. I also like “Top of the World” by the Carpenters, I also like music by artists like Eric Benet…I especially like songs with piano instrumentals incorporated.

Who do you look up to? Or a sunbae you respect?
Joo Hyunmi sunbaenim. But honestly, it’s impossible to just choose one person. There are so many sunbaenim who actively promote even though they have aged. I like how they enjoy singing and promoting without caring about their popularity. Even if time passes by, I respect that unchanging personality of them and try to take after them.

I feel like Jinyoung will become like that too.
I think so too. (laughs)

“The dream that I sincerely wanted since I was young. I never gave up once, and I never went a day without having that dream, so the dream has come true. Now that she has become a singer, Hong Jinyoung can’t help but be happy. She says complaining about only sleeping 3 hours a week and having a tired body to go on stage is like making a fuss about being too full. Now as she gets older, she’s dreaming of showing the same side of her without changing, and being a sunbae who opens a new path in the world of trot for hoobaes.”

 
What do you think is a condition for a successful life?
It’s life that I’m satisfied with. Life where I’m happy today and I’m curious and excited about tomorrow. Isn’t that what happiness is? Even if my body is tired and it’s difficult, if I can be happy each and every day, I think that’s a successful life. I’m happy when I stand on stage, I’m happy when I’m shooting like this, and there are times when I can only sleep 3 hours a week because there’s a lot of work, but if I can be happy, I think that is a very successful life. (Laughs) But if I don’t love work and if I can’t enjoy it, I will be unhappy. At that point, I think it’s would be right to pursue other work.

Do you think you will be unhappy doing something else other than being a singer?
I think so. I haven’t thought of doing anything else rather than singing. I wanted to become a singer since I was little. I just really liked singing and appearing in front of people. That’s why I was in charge of entertainment in class, MC-ed the show and sang when we went on student trips. I called into radio broadcasts and sang. I also won at singing contests and received prizes, I received a microwave before. I loved it! (Laughs) Since then, there wasn’t a moment that I thought of being something else rather than a singer. So I became a singer and living the dream of my life. If my body is tired and it’s difficult and makes me sad, that is not work that’s meant for me.  

Jinyoung has achieved her dream by sincerely wishing for it.
That’s very true. I feel like if you sincerely look and draw your dream everyday, the reality will become that dream eventually. I am undoubtedly that case. I really wanted to become a singer. I thought that “If it’s not singing, I won’t do anything else!”. I am the kind of person who thinks “I will continue trying until I succeed”. At the beginning of my career, I debuted as a girl group member and failed within 2 months. I was so embarrassed I couldn’t even return home. But I gained self-esteem. I performed on public stage once or twice, so I thought now that the knife has been drawn, I might as well chop radishes. (Meaning: I might as well finish what I’ve started.) Let’s try till the end. I cannot just go home like this. I endured through the hardship.

You also did some theater acting?
That time I picked a wrong company. It was a theatre managing company and they were trying to debut singers so I got into the company. Since they were new at managing singers, it was very bad, so they just asked me to act at theater plays. That’s how I got to do acting at theaters.

Did you feel sad because you had to do something different to your dream?
Yes. I was working hard to become a singer, and if there was a character that fits my dream, I would have enjoyed acting at the theaters. But in the end, my dream was to become a singer, and I didn’t even get to start building that dream and had to do theater plays…I didn’t like that.

It must contain two different meanings though you stood on the same stage. Now that you have achieved your dream, how would you reply to acting love calls?
I never forget that I am always a singer no matter where I go. With that in mind, I think that I’d like to try doing different business if there’s a chance. I want to break the assumption about the trot genre, as I’m singing trot. I think that trot is not just about running to events and performing on stage. I think I will have to try harder to break that assumption and expand my work. Some reporters wrote articles calling me “the second Jang Yoon Jung”, saying that Yoonjung unnie opened the road for me, and Park Hyunbin oppa is also promoting, implying that there are many young trot singers, and that I made a good decision following them. I wish that I can become a sunbae who hoobaes look up to and also want to break the assumption and bring hope to the trot genre. I want to become a sunbae who opens the road for them. 

When do you think you’ll become the sunbae who plays that role?
Mmm…. Won’t I need to surpass 40? To train hoobaes, I think I would need to at least be that age. I’m lacking too much to do it right now. (Laughs)

What kind of a person is Hong Jinyoung in your mind?
A really decent kid. (Laughs) Should I say I have a deep heart? If I’m like this at this age, I haven’t been that stained, and naivety and purity are different, aren’t they? I’m not naive, but I think my heart is pure. But I’m not weak. It’s awkward to say this with my own mouth, but from that aspect, I think I’m pretty okay. Even from my perspective. (Laughs)

Staff: She’s genuine. Genuine.

Even when you’ve become a grandma, I think Hong Jinyoung will be like that.
That’s right, I think I will be the same.

You also seem to have a lot of loyalty.
Again, it’s a bit awkward to say this with my own mouth, but without loyalty, you’re a dead body, a dead body. (Laughs) If I have a relationship with someone and make a promise, I tend to try to go until the end. Even with people that I work with now.

You must have your own convictions.
I really dislike inconveniencing others, and I’m really bad at asking things of others. So I try not to inconvenience others as much as possible, and I work hard at doing my own work, by myself. Enjoy living each and every day. Live like today is the last day. I try hard to live with this mindset.

What are your thoughts on featuring on Big Issue? Any words you would like to let the magazine sellers know?
The purpose of Big Issue is very good, I think of it as a good opportunity for me. When dealing with busy schedules everyday, I only had the intention (to help others). I hope to have more chances like this in the future to become helpful to a lot of people, by spending some time and putting in effort. I hope that the sellers (for Big Issue) would never give up selling magazines even though it’s tiring. I hope that there is at least one person who succeeds in achieving their dream. Like how I successfully became a singer because I decided to do so, I believe that you can do anything eventually, if you never forget your confidence.