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Kim's 7 years of Musical Performances

 It was a rainy day on May 7th but Daehakro was crowded with many people who want to enjoy various performances played in the theaters.  At one of the small theaters, the Post met an attractive woman whose name is Kim So-hyang.  She is a musical actress performed in 'The Great Catsby'.  She also had acted in 'West side story', 'Rent', 'Evita', 'Ida', 'The Last Empress', 'Mamma Mia' and other musicals.  Now, she is performing as Persu in the musical 'The Great Catby'.  The Post met her and listened to her life story as a musical actress. 

The Post: What made you start acting? 
Kim: I was born and grew up in Ihwa-dong near Daehakro.  As a child, my mother made me watch many performances, so  naturally I thought I should act. 
The Post: What was your first character in performance? 
Kim:
7 years ago, I started acting in the 'Gospel' for the first time.  My first character was Sonia.  Though Sonia was very sexy and an attractive character, acting Sonia was difficult for a 21-year-old young girl so I was frustrated from time to time.  But such trials made me a better actress.  I learned a lot from acting that character. 
The Post: Why do musicals interests you?
Kim:
First, musicals are a combination of music, songs, and dance.  The emotion such as humor, pathos, love and anger as well as the story, is communicated through the words, music, movements as an integrated part of a whole.  Because of this, musicals attract and do not lose audiences.  That is why musical attracted me.  As a child, I liked singing and dancing.  I wanted to do my best in acting, singing and dancing.  For this reason, I wanted to become a musical actress. 
The Post: Have you made any mistakes on stage? 
Kim:
Actually, I do not make many mistakes.  I want to be a perfect performer.  I believe I should not make mistakes in front of the audience.  Also I do not want to stand before my audiences without being ready.  However, sometimes I have small accidents on stage.  One day, my dress was taken off suddenly.  I was surprised and adjusted my dress quickly.  I was so lucky that I can continue with my acting.  Some accidents like this make me a little embarrassed.  (Laugh)
The Post: How do you control yourself when there are conflicts among actors? 
Kim:
Well... when I was on the stage as a cover, which means actors and actresses who act instead of main performers, I had many troubles with them.  Because there are more than one cover actors on the same character, they have little chance to perform on the stage.  After many on-stage experiences, I now can understand other people better and accept their opinions.  I realized that many have their good points that I do not have.  For students, who will be facing competition after graduation; try to like your rival.  If you really cannot like your rival, just leave them alone.  It's good for the soul. 
The Post: Nowadays, creative musicals are popular in Korea.  What do you think of those new musicals recently created? 
Kim:
It is very good news for the Korean theatrical world.  But to develop more creative musicals, we need more effort.  First, there needs to be more creative play writers.  As you can see from the popularity of 'The Great Catsby', audiences want to see unique and new materials for plays.  Second, many kinds of music are needed.  Pop, jazz, and rock or whatever genre of music should be released by creative composers.  We need various music from classical musics to pop musics.  Also it is very important that actors can sing a variety of musical styles.  If all these elements can be realized, creative musicals can move from the smaller theaters to the larger ones. 
The post: Do you have any advice for DongGuk University's (DGU) students who want to become a musical performer?
Kim:
You do not have time to practice after graduation.  You can spread your wings passionately only during your school days.  If I could become a student again, I would practice more than ten times what I did.  Standing on the stage is not easy.  Actors and actresses must have a lot of energy and many ideas.  Therefore, you should not only study in your class but also have many experiences outside of the class.  As you know, you can experience a new world by reading many different books.  In addition, falling in love with someone and going on a journey can make you feel like you are in a different world. 
These experiences that you will gain through above activities will be helpful for you when you act on a stage.

As the proverb says, "Secret of success is constancy to purpose."  Ms. Kim wanted to be a musical star from when she was a little girl.  She did her best to achieve her goal and finally succeeded.  Many people have their dream but they do not persevere in their attempt to achieve their dream.  So, just have your own dream and move toward it step by step.  Your dream will be come true; you will become one of the most successful person in your field like Ms. Kim.

Kim Tae-hyang  kimtaehyang@dongguk.edu

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