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The Challenging Stage

   
 
By Yun Seul ki
Editor-in-Chief
cecilia@dongguk.edu

Have you ever seen musicals, Footloose, Nunsense A-men, Rent, Grease, Bat Boy, Hed Wig and Country Boy Scat?

Kim Soo-yong, a Dongguk University (DU) student, has performed in each one of them. He started his acting career when he was seven, but he failed many auditions for adult roles because directors remembered him as a child actor. Nonetheless, he was persistent and took roles in musicals, plays and movies. The Post met with him to know about his past life.

The Post: How was your school life at DU?
Mr. Kim: People believe that university students have more free time than highschool students, but my school life was very busy. Not only did I have to learn how to act and perform on stage, but also I had to plan a play's structure and do stage work. It was all new to me and very exciting, and so I often stayed up all night doing stage work. I met good friends and took lessons from inspiring professors. My DU school life was so precious that I can remember almost every single moment. I'll never forget my school life.

The Post: Could you tell me what was the turning point in your career?
Mr. Kim: Foot Loose, Rent, Bat Boy, Hed Wig and Room Six were influential. These musicals help me to develop confidence and to mature as a performer.

The Post: What attracted you to musicals?
Mr. Kim:
There are many forms of dramatic acting, but I chose musicals because I can experience all different kinds of art at once.

The Post: Didn't you face any difficulties when you change your career?
Mr. Kim: Dramas, movies, and musicals have their own characteristics and require an actor to adjust and express himself in another way. Each genre is a challenge.

The Post: What are the challenges of musicals?
Mr. Kim:
Well, one needs a flexible body and a good voice with range. I didn't have either of them at first. I've got a stiff body and dancing is still difficult even though I have danced for a long time. I used to sing pop songs. After I decided to do musicals, I had to change my singing style. It was hard to change styles and train my body every day.

The Post: What do you look for in a musical?
Mr. Kim: I like musicals full of challenges. When I play the hero in 멌ountry Boy Scat? many people around me were worried about my role. Because it's a new musical in korea which didn't meet audience before, so nobody predicts audience reaction of musical after performance. But I love the challenge of a new world and new things.

The Post: What are the important things that musical performers should keep in mind?
Mr. Kim: I think delivering truth to the audience is very important. You must be sincere and become part of the musical's story, and then the audience will appreciate your performance.

The Post: What do you have to say to those who want to be in musicals?
Mr. Kim: There is more to musicals than singing and dancing. It's hard to train every day and be prepared for auditions and few students do it. I learned jazz dance for three years and modern dance for two years. I don't think that I have the ability to do a great performance yet. And I want to tell my DU juniors to be patient. Their day will come. Many people want to do musicals, but most of them give up because they get tired of waiting.

The Post: What do you want to achieve as an actor?
Mr. Kim: I want to deliver truth to people through works and I want recognition as a serious actor.

Yun Seul ki  cecilia@dongguk.edu

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