Girls Day’s Minah and B1A4’s Sandeul will be participating in Dream Team 2’s YeonTan (briguette) Special with ‘donation angel’ Sean.
This ‘YeonTan service’ themed special will feature games that involve YeonTan, and will involve a meaningful donation to the ‘Yeontan Bank’ on behalf of the participating cast.
As it has been revealed that Sean, who has participated in Yeontan service up until now, is participating, this special is attracting even more interest - Especially as the cast will select viewers to participate in the event, this special is expected to be heartwarming.
Filming for Dream Team 2’s Yeontan Special will occur on March 7, and the episode will be expected to air in mid-March.
Source: mbnstar / Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one / Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
“Each stonehas its own color and personality, in order to find it and create valuable gems, this place exists.”
That is a phrase written inside of the WM Entertainment building. Refining stones into sparkling and shining gems and discovering people who have talent and making them into stars. But you’ve heard of places such as SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment, is WM Entertainment something new?
‘Idols, are they products? Are they people?’ In the first episode, through fandom interviews, we unveiled dissatisfaction from the majority of fandoms from small and medium sized companies. Fans of large agencies already know about the systems from broadcasts and through media. On the other hand, we raised the possibility of bigger problems with small/medium sized agencies with their rough speculations and relatively small scale systems.
WM Entertainment is a typical small/medium agency in Korea. WM is the home to the 5 membered boy groupB1A4. B1A4 debuted in 2011 and during their third year since debut, in 2013, they achieved first place on a music program showing steady growth as a group. B1A4’s first win with ‘What’s Going On’ was the start. Each song they released then, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Solo Day’ achieved first place demonstrating the group’s popularity.
In one year, WM has grown B1A4 to be one of the most popular groups in Asia amongst the dozens of idols that have made their debut in the fierce market. A large agency would get that result with no real awareness to it. What is the secret of success? It’s that rather than seeing them as idols, starting to see them as people.
WM Director Kim Jinmi said “The role of an agency is to be a fence” and she also told us the agency’s philosophy, “We support the members as people, not as celebrities, and we want to be the part of a fence.” From Lee Seunghwan’s agency Dream Factory and after being a founding member of FNC Entertainment, Kim Jinmi became a director at WM, through which she observed their system.
Q. Firstly, what is the secret that a small agency could create B1A4?
Director Kim Jinmi: B1A4 is a team that was made with all of the employees’ affection. Because of the brand that the Big 3 have, there is a notice that emerges from those agencies. Even though we, as WM, didn’t have a brand yet, for some reason in the beginning, we had confidence. We believed in each other. Even the members were positive. A contract would not have been easy for the members of a small company. We had talked to each other a lot and because we believed in each other based on those conversations, I think that’s where the confidence came from. If you look an agency, I think that it’s just one fence. Although the life of a celebrity may be short, you come this way to make it a life career without knowing if you might do it for a lifetime. Therefore, there is a responsibility to everyone.
Q. There must have been a strategy unique to B1A4 in order to survive in the idol market
Director Kim Jinmi: We looked at the overload of idols, throughout that time we wanted to know the appeal of the idols that had come out and the different appearances of those idols. Back then there were a lot of idols that had group choreography. Celebrities do work that would be fun for themselves and things that would also appeal to the public. So the members went in the direction of using their own characters and musicality to appeal to othersfrom the start. The B1A4 members are bright and they also have good values, we wanted to show that good energy. Their debut song ‘O.K.’ is a song with a refreshing feeling that shows the members’ characters.
Q. They got their first win after 3 years, it’s already been 5 years since their debut (t/n: meaning that they’re in the 5th year since their debut). It seems like there would be constant worries for steady work.
Director Kim Jinmi: Frequently there is a 5 year lifespan for idols. We’re a company that continues to suggest advantages to the members one by one or perhaps ways that they should go. Right now each of the members are currently going in the direction that they and the company thought of. Although we wish that they would appear on entertainment shows a lot, it may not fit the image that they have of themselves. We are not in a hurry, we try to find things that are most suited to the members. There is a lot to talk about regarding the future.
In the case of member Sandeul, he’s a strong friend with a passion for singing, but as we look at the celebrity lifestyle, the path that you want to take may change. That’s acting and musicals. In the case of CNU or Gongchan, even though from the view of the fans it may be “Why aren’t these guys doing anything,” the members aren’t in a hurry. Because they take a hold of the direction where they themselves want to go in the future, they are comfortable to experience things. We aren’t the type to rush. Within the group there are one or two people who may do things earlier. From there we will give our support and applause and not be envious of them.
Q. You said that you don’t rush, even from the beginning of B1A4’s debut, they weren’t a big success. From the position of being a small company, I think there would’ve been some rush.
Director Kim Jinmi: Since these guys definitely had to do well, there was some impatience and desperation. So the staff and members worked hard. Because the purpose wasn’t only singing and debuting, the staff sweated, showed affection to the members, and put their belief in the company. Based on experience, right now is like back then, the transitioning period to refine the system. Our basic motto is faith.
Q. In the process of building a better system, what is something that will be better than before?
Director Kim Jinmi: Before that, the staff always had to do multiple things. Whether it was something trivial, small, or missing something. Now in each part there is support and we are able to reduce mistakes.
Q. The harsh training system of K-pop is often criticized. What do you think about it?
Director Kim Jinmi: I don’t agree. We do have a schedule like school and when I saw the trainees, they have dreams and goals, but they may be difficult and may not be seen. However, I thought “Wouldn’t these guys want to meet their friends sometimes,” or “Don’t they want to ditch class?” Celebrities must have a dream. First they must give up everything. When looking at the ones that are successful, they are the ones that voluntarily came. Even now trainees come and go. There are some that have a chance, we don’t unconditionally hold onto the ones that are pretty. It’s no good if we hold onto them. There is a clear difference between the ones that want to do it for themselves and the ones that don’t.
Q. It being voluntary seems to be the most important thing. But in the cases of teenagers, there is school life and there are experiences that they can get at that age, so are they spending too much time with practicing?
Director Kim Jinmi: Because there are experiences that you can get during school life, you must definitely go to class. Instead of going to academies like other students do when school is done, our trainees come to the company and receive lessons. And they create what kind of dream they want. As a trainee, they are aware of their own specific dreams and goals, as a celebrity, a method of how to have a sense of responsibility in their surroundings. There are a lot of things.
Q. If there is a specific method?
Director Kim Jinmi: There is a trainee mission statement. Being a human before a celebrity. As a celebrity, as a daughter, as an older sister, they look back on themselves in each of those positions and look at the role that they should play in the future, their position is clear. Then these ideas definitely blend with responsibility. Even B1A4 who are in their fifth year of debut gave their faith to create such a mission statement. Although I don’t know how life will go, not as celebrities, but rather as people, we support the members’ way and want to be a fence for them.
Q. The K-pop system has also received a lot of criticism about the lack of character education. Do you have character education?
Director Kim Jinmi: It’s good to become a trainee at a young age for singing and dancing, on the other hand, it’s good for the social life. I think that an adult that’s beside them should help with the values of a social life. During B1A4’s trainee days, even if they were only five minutes late, they wrote a letter of apology. We have three things that must be kept, “Be on time,” “Greet well with all your heart,” and “Don’t lie.” But, it seems like it’s really tormenting to just sing and dance in one place. You repeat the same thing every day. So instead of practicing, I told them to go to the bookstore to read and write about some things they felt or go to a musical and write their impression of it. There are a number of different cultural activities. I think that these various things are character education.
Q. It seems that having self-responsibility and being aware of your goals is the most important thing.
Director Kim Jinmi: Yes, even B1A4’s second full-length album ‘Who Am I’ that was released in 2014 is not something that just came out. The members themselves mentioned the interviews and the magazine format. At that time it had been four years since their debut and there would be worries. I mean worries as an idol, an artist, and as people. So we had many stories about the members and it’s an album that developed from their own thoughts.
Q. In B1A4’s case, leader Jinyoung shows growth as he creates his own music and produces. I heard that Jinyoung started producing on his own.
Director Kim Jinmi: Yes, when B1A4 are preparing, it’s the same way they are. The members always converse a lot and are open. With an open mind it’s “Let’s try what you want to do.” With the composing program, Jinyoung will ask the vocal teacher how to do something and then one day let them listen to a song. They enjoy themselves and the company cheers and supports them. In addition, they may take responsibility for themselves and appear with an enjoyable and good result.
Q. But why do problems occur between a company and its artist?
Director Kim Jinmi: I think that the problem is communication between the company and artist. We gather the parents and often communicate on things about the company. You should communicate so there aren’t any misunderstandings. Although I don’t know the situations of other agencies, we always converse. It seems like the members are the ones who start talking about all of the problems. I think that it’s really communication. There could be complaints about one another. “Why doesn’t our company give us things like other companies?” or “Why can’t you follow up until here?” But I’m talking about all of the little things.
In our company, B1A4 may be the only team that has not had a problem so far. There will be a girl group debuting shortly, but if they do it like B1A4, then I think there’ll be no problem. Now our company, WM’s homework is to tell of our brand. Every company has a color, but because a girl group is coming after B1A4, we’re constantly worrying about what kind of image we should show when being viewed from the outside [t/n: I think she’s referring to like people who are unfamiliar with the company altogether]
Q. I think those are too good of answers. What do you think is ideal for the K-pop system?
Director Kim Jinmi: If we all coexist together? There are big and small companies but they may be competition, there may be restraints. It would be nice if companies could network and communicate with one another. I think that could further improve things. Education and responsibility. Because raising idols and people in itself is good, I think that the adults should create the education systems.
Once some teams have debuted, you lose a sense of purpose. That is the adult’s responsibility. Humans should have a conscious goal. I like to give the company suggestions one by one for the future for that goal. That way when they fulfill their dreams, another dream can enter its place. Although a celebrity’s success is skill, they have to have a lot of luck.
Q. What would you want to tell the people who dream about becoming celebrities?
Director Kim Jinmi: Really think about whether you want to do it or not. So you don’t get hurt by what you want to do it’s good to try, but you need time to thoroughly view yourself. It’s not just being good at dancing and singing, it wouldn’t work if it were like that. If you don’t want to do it with your heart, then the work will be difficult. Don’t just look at the glorious side, you should think about all of the things that you have to give up. If there’s no realization or self-effort, then it won’t work.
WM highly emphasizes on responsibility and conscious goals. Celebrities do work that would be fun for themselves and things that would also appeal to the public, that way they can take responsibility for themselves but may also have a good time.
WM trainees voluntarily practice and in order to create a sense of responsibility and conscious goals utilize a mission statement and a journal about practice. That journal contains information about the day’s practice and is a reflection on it as well as writing the plans for the next day, it is a record. Additionally, the trainer in charge will say a word of encouragement. The mission statement is a unique act by WM. The mission statement isn’t only for trainees, as someone’s child, as someone’s sibling, as someone’s colleague, for each to know their position and role, they will write down their mission. Besides this dream list, they actively take advantage of material such as their own famous sayings that can enhance their awareness of their goals.
Before their debut in April, we visited the trainee practice site. The trainees greeted us with 90 degree bows and a bright face. Rather than saying that they had difficult expressions, it would match to say that their expressions were one of excitement.
Each of the mission statements and journals about practice they are able to see their own responsibilities and goals. The agency seniors, B1A4’s success and current pace is a big inspiration for the trainees. After Sandeul appeared in the musical ‘All Shook Up,’ several impressions of the musical have been written.
The seven floored WM building is full of facilities for B1A4 and the trainees to use. Starting with underground practice rooms and an acting room, B1A4 members personal studio, and offices that have systematic maintenance. In January the new office building was prepared and it looked similar to a model house with its organized appearance.
There are numerous small agencies in the entertainment industry nowadays, but among them, WM has raised B1A4 out of nothing and have them claiming top spots no different than anyone else. Their debut was during the rainy season and they were in a harsh environment to the extent that their practice room had become flooded that office was a first floor basement. They have now changed to a seven floor office building.
WM’s approach is not only for the purpose of debuting, but to constantly instill a sense of responsibility and goals. These guys have points that you should look back at for any small agency and idol who dreams.
cr: banasubbers / translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
Translator Note: So this is probably the longest article I have ever done before. And since it is long, there may be some mistakes in the translations, and I apologize for them. If you notice something, don’t be afraid to say and I’ll fix it. And also if I missed any paragraphs as well, don’t be afraid to tell me :)
But this article is really good in kind of getting the feel as for what WM does as a company. The woman who was doing the interview, the Director of something with WM, used the word ‘friend’ a lot, which I assumed she was using to call the trainees and other people in the company. They also talk a lot about goals and a sense of responsibility. It’s a very interesting article. Also, the lines in bold are the lines that were in bold in the article.
Not only in the music industry but also active in entertainment, dramas and more, you can see a side to B1A4 in HatsOn 2015 S/S photoshoot that you didn’t see before, where they present you with HatsOn’s new look and their own charms.
Unlike past S/S photoshoots with bright pastel colours, featured are monotone snapbacks and bucket hats, oversized shirts and more that emphasize a manly yet free street-fashion look that gives a youthful feel.
Like the experienced models that they are, B1A4 have flawlessly presented HatsOn’s unique charms with their pleasant charisma. With natural poses and expressions they perfectly show the charms of wearing comfortable street fashion, and have received praise from the staff.
You can see B1A4’s 2015 S/S photoshoot in HatsOn stores and online mall.
Source: edaily / Trans: roz @ bethe1all4one
Please remove all translations with full credits to source and translator.
[NEWS] 150224 B1A4 Baro Debuts as Main Role through Short Movie ‘That’s Not It’ with Lee Miyeon
B1A4 member Baro and actress Lee Miyeon were selected as main role for W Korea 10th anniversary short movie project, ‘Woman, Man’.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, W Korea together with KT&G Sangsang Madang prepared MagMovie (Magazine+Movie) project ‘Woman, Man’ which contains three short movies. Baro will show his unique chemistry with Lee Miyeon through short movie ‘That’s Not It’.
After his role as Binggeure in tvN drama ‘Reply 1994’ shot him into popularity, Baro showed his matured acting through his role as a disabled boy who has 6 years old mental age in SBS drama ‘God’s Gift - 14 days’.This movie is Baro’s second challenge after ‘Misaeng Prequel’.
The movie starts with an actress who sat alone in an empty cinema while waiting for her secret date, while a stranger, young man sitting next to her drank her cola. This movie is directed by the next generation director Kang Jin-ah, who previously directed short movie ‘Be With Me’ and movie ‘Dear Dolphin’ starred by Han Yeri, Lee Heejoon, and Lee Youngjin.
MagMovie project ‘Woman, Man’ will be screened on March at KT&G Sangsang Madang cinema. It will be screened for eight times, on March 10, 17, 24, 31. More details will be announced on early March through W Korea and KT&G website and SNS.
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B1A4 Jinyoung’swarm past.
B1A4’s leader Jinyoung’s schooldays has attracted the attention of netizens. On the 22nd on an online community, an article titled ‘B1A4 Jung Jinyoung’s Real Personality’ was uploaded online causing neitzens to furiously click on it. The author of the article was classmates with Jinyoung and put their experiences of back then into writing, revealing it to fans.
According to the article, Jinyoung was always kind to his friends and even to the students who got bullied in the classroom, he took care of them. He did math problems well as well as maintaining the top grades, showing the appearance of a mother’s friend’s son who is good at everything (t/n: basically being perfect, like how a mother compares you to one of her friends’ kids cause they can do everything better). In particular, the author revealed that he would protect female students that got injured like a man and showed warm manners on campus earning him high popularity.
Neitzens wrote hot responses such as, “Jung Jinyoung is a real mother’s friend son,” “Jung Jinyoung’s personality is good,” “B1A4 is the best,” “He’s not breathtaking Jinyoung-ie for nothing,” “He’s kind of like the person that you want in your classroom,” “I knew that B1A4 were nice, but I thought that it was just their tendency to do it like that, wah.”
In addition to B1A4 activities, Jinyoung is also currently acting in Mnet’s ‘Perseverance Goo Haera.’
The picture above says:
His personality is sweet and good
He had the best popularity with the girls
But there are a lot of strangers like this
Well…….he’s doing well…………………
It is b1a4 Jinyoung
At our school there was a guy that smelled a bit
A loser? So then Jung Jinyoung took care of the students who were being bullied alone
He would eat together with him and even do homework together
So in the end he became friends with the person who was bullied and that person dated a lot of people and even went to a good college
Back then a girl got hurt out front
To that girl, Jinyoung gave his own cardigan for her to wrap around her waist
That is quite famous
He took her to the infirmary
And to anyone that got injured, boys or girls, when no one would help, Jinyoung together with the chief would take care of them
Even the teachers there now still have reason to praise Jinyoung
He’s not pretending to be a leader
It was guaranteed that he would make other people a priority by leading them and caring for them
banasubbers / translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
Lunar New Year Special ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Superman vs 1N2D’ Completes Showdown Idols Lineup (Sandeul and Gongchan
KBS’s special Lunar New Year program ‘Game of Thrones’’s lineup is now complete.
On the 20th, KBS2 will be broadcasting the Lunar New Year special ‘Game of Thrones’ in the evening. It features KBS’s representative programs from ‘Happy Sunday,’ ‘Superman Is Back’ and ‘1N2D.’ Together with their 16 supporters, a battle will ensue to see who can occupy the throne and have the honor.
The picture that has been released shows the figures of the teams led by ‘Superman’ Lee Hwijae and ‘1N2D’ Kim Junho who will both be the MCs. At the recording site, they are laughing together with their supporters drawing anticipation in what kind of game will unfold.
First, the ‘Superman’ Team led by Lee Hwijae consists of Sung Daehyun, Park Sunggwang, Kim Insuk, Yoo Sangmoo, Shin Bonsun, and also includes singer G.NA, KARA’s Youngji, f(x)’s Amber, SHINee’s Jonghyun. In addition, the opposing ‘1N2D’ Team consists of Eun Jiwon, Kim Jongmin, as well as Sistar’s Soyu and Bora, Boyfriend’s Jongmin, B1A4’s Sandeul and Gongchan, to complete the brilliant lineup.
‘Game of Thrones’ will be broadcasted on the 20th at 6:20pm and is expected to be a 90 minute broadcast.
translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
B1A4’s member Jinyoung showed respect towards Ji Sung’s appearance in MBC’s ‘Kill Me Heal Me.’
On the 12th at a café in Gwanghwamun, the actors of Mnet’s Music Drama ‘Perseverance Goo Haera’ held an interview. In attendance were Min Hyorin, Kwak Siyang, B1A4’s Jinyoung, Shim Hyungtak, Park Gwangsun, Yoo Sungeun, and Seo Minji.
On this day, Jinyoung, who is playing the role of both Kang Sechan and Ray Kim, commented about the multiple personality acting role in ‘Kill Me Heal Me’ and Hyun Bin’s role in ‘Hyde Jekyll Me.’ He said, “They’re sunbaes that I really respect” and added, “I’ve seen both of those works and acting as a person with different personalities is really fascinating. It was really fun to watch.”
Jinyoung said, “I looked at the internet articles for Kill Me Heal Me and I thought it was a different person, but when I clicked on the picture, it was Ji Sung. I thought it was a different actor.” He even said, “It’s even like that in pictures, it seems like other people are acting. Even when I’m acting, it seems like I get excited. It’s an opportunity to work hard.”
Perseverance Goo Haera is a sensuous love story about young people who love and have a passion for music, as well as their growth and friendship. It broadcasts every Friday at 11:20pm.
translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
B1A4 memberBaro and actress Lee Miyoung meeting has garnered a lot of attention.
On the 11th, Baro wrote on his Instagram “WKorea 10th anniversary short film project! Baro and Lee Miyoung sunbaenim. Please look forward to it!” and posted a photo of him filming together with Lee Miyoung.
In the picture, Baro is sticking his tongue out a little while looking at Lee Miyoung, extruding a cute look that catches the eye.
It is the 10th anniversary of W.Korea and they will be producing 3 short films, including ‘Woman, Man.’
Lee Miyoung and Baro filming together garnered interest. Lee Nayoung, Krystal, Baro, Ahn Jaehong, Seo Junyoung, and more are expected to appear in the short films.
On the news of Baro and Lee Miyoung, some neitzens have showed reactions such as, “Baro and Lee Miyoung, cute” “Baro and Lee Miyoung, the movie sounds great” “Baro Lee Miyoung, I better watch the short film.”
translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
Survival, entertainment, music shows, sitcoms, and more, Perseverance Goo Haera is a hybrid genre drama that that satisfies the viewer’s variety of needs.
On February 12 at a café in Gwanghwamun, Jongngo-gu, Seoul, the cast of Mnet’s Friday night drama Perseverance Goo Haera came for joint interviews. It included Director Kang Heejung as well as Min Hyorin, Kwak Siyang, B1A4’s Jinyoung, Shim Hyungtak, Park Gwangsun, Yoo Sungeun, and Seo Minji.
Perseverance Goo Haera is a music drama that draws its story from the aftermath of the 2010 Superstar K2 audition. It is a sensuous love story about young people who love music and have a passion for it as well as growth, friendship, and love. In addition, there are selections of music that received a lot of love during the 1990s to the 2000s reinterpreted not only for teenagers and young people in their twenties, but for people of all ages.
During the joint interview, Min Hyorin showed satisfaction and said, “I’m satisfied at how the music came out. Once the drama broadcast, people around me said the music was good and talked a lot about how the arrangements and reinterpretations are good. Since it’s a music drama, I worried on whether people would think that it was too weak. When the first and second episode premiered, people told me that the music was just as good.” Following that, she talked about the part that she wasn’t satisfied with, “There is a lot of good music out there. It’s regretful that a lot can’t be shown with the short time.”
Director Kang Heejungn said, “Just for a short 2-3 minute thing, the cast had separate practices and received vocal lessons in order to fit the group of six” showing how in addition to acting, the actors were working hard musically as well.
Also, “In the parts that have been filmed, there are parts that did not make it to broadcast. In the first episode, Kwak Siyang singing to ‘Good Person’ did not get aired. In the drama, Sejong is a person who is chic and cannot express his feelings well, but there are sweet parts that have been filmed. If the viewers would want that sometime, then I would like to reveal it” was said arousing the curiosity for the behind story.
Perseverance Goo Haera is a twelve episode drama so it is now in the middle of the story. Director Kang Heejung said, “We wanted a drama with music to show the growth of young people who wanted their dreams to come true. The story of their growth will begin to unfold starting in the sixth episode.” It was also added, “Because there are limitations in a music drama genre, there will probably be people that look upon the show harshly. It seems like the viewers are getting used to our drama, there will be more music released and we will such a more aggressive look.”
He then explained the watching point of the second act of Perseverance Goo Haera by stating, “There is Ray (Jinyoung) who is trying to address the entirety of his dead younger brother’s bucket list and there is Haera (Min Hyorin) who has feelings for Sejong (Kwak Siyang). Please expect the love story.”
For the preview of the second act, Perseverance Goo Haera will revisit the popular songs of the past. And although it is a music drama, as Min Hyorin previously mentioned, there are also parts that are regretful. Will the seven remaining episodes of Perseverance Goo Haera be able to compensate for those regretful parts and create a music drama that matches the audience’s taste. Their story is gathering expectations.
Perseverance Goo Haera is a music drama comes from the ‘Superstar K2’ crew that created the ‘Superstar K’ syndrome and tells the story what happens after that. Rejected from or for either appearance, personality, love, and other things, they started their challenge towards ‘Superstar K2.’ It is a story that combines fate and music into one. It broadcasts every Friday at 11:20pm.
translation by: thesuitelife547 / original article
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