Yesterday, at that horror con I was working, someone anonymously sent me coffee, and it just now occurred to me that I probably shouldn’t have chugged it. I figured it was the shy dude who kept smiling at me and miraculously needing to use the garbage can by our booth every fifteen minutes, but it also could’ve been the dude who was just sitting in a chair and staring at me for an hour.
But I got two girls’ phone numbers (on accident, I swear), made two cool new taxidermy connections, got three job offers, and (lovingly) called one of my favourite sculptors a fuckface. So, hey.
RinMaki, KotoUmi, NozoEli, NicoPana, TsubaHono, lily freakin white
Umi and Rin almost bump into each other in front of the club room’s door, both holding their phones in their hands with terribly worried faces. Apparently, they both just received a message from Nozomi saying that there’s an emergency for the three of them and they need to talk about it in the club room a-s-a-p.
“What do you think is this lily white emergency, Umi-chan?” Rin asks with a slight pout, still panting from her hurried steps. “Are we in trouble, nya?”
“I really have no idea, honestly,” Umi shrugs. She hesitantly grabs the doorknob with a shaky hand. “L-Let’s go in?”
Ceci: You used to be unable to drink alcohol, right? But you had the experience of drinking a lot at once.
JS: There was a time when I thought I became more accustomed to drinking but it turns out that alcohol is just not for me. I only drink some champagne when I am with people I’m close with.
Ceci: Like Lee Sungkyung who suddenly visited today, you seem to be closer with female friends, like Hyoyeon and Kang Sora.
JS: Conversations with female friends seem to be deeper and more realistic. Like if you asked a guy ‘how was that movie’, he would reply, ‘it was fun’ or ‘it was cool’ and that’s the end of that. But a woman would start talking about ‘why that scene was acted that way?’ or ‘I particularly like that line’ so the conversation can continue.
Ceci: How did you become friends with Lee Sungkyung?
JS: From model era, we’ve been friends for around 10 years now. We weren’t close back then because Sungkyung is a good girl who goes home once the sun sets. I remember thinking that she was a person with a beautiful soul. When she started working as an actor, we became closer.
Ceci: There are a lot of dramas airing in the latter part of the year. Would like to make a declaration of ambition?
JS: It’s great that there’s going to be more good dramas to watch. Actually, before I decided on a project, (Kim) Woobin had asked me to do a cameo for his drama. I was going to do it but then had to tell him, “I’m sorry but our dramas are going against each other”. Casting is really one of the main points to attract people to watch the first episode, so as a drama fanatic, the combo of ‘Kim Woobin and Suzy’ is a must-watch. I always watch the dramas acted by actors our age, since I want to catch all those scenes that are especially pretty because we are at this age.
Ceci: It would be lovely if ‘Lee Jongsuk and Kim Woobin’ can become another ‘Jung Woosung and Lee Jungjae’ and continue for a long time.
JS: Woobin is the only same-age friend who has come with me from the model era so we became close, then we acted in ‘School 2013′ together. Among male actors, he’s the only one I keep in contact with. When returning to Korea, we announce our arrival to each other first. Whenever there’s news, we contact each other first. I think that this can be called good fortune.
Ceci: You also said that you like Lee Minho-sunbae just now, right?
JS: I didn’t used to have contact with Lee Minho-sunbae but when I was frustrated about choosing a new agency, he gave me a call. He also went through the same process so he understands that feeling of being emotionally exhausted no matter how you choose. He said, “If you need any advice, we can meet up.” I am really appreciative and thankful for his sincerity.
Ceci: You decided yesterday that you would sign with YG Entertainment. May I ask why?
JS: I had no idea how so many people got my private phone number, but many of them called and gave me various advice. When I returned to Korea, I was thinking about a place which could afford me a stable environment to focus on reading scripts.
At that time, CEO Yang Hyun Suk gave me a call and directly asked, “What can I help you with?” So I said, “Allow me to only focus on acting.” Although a lot of people offered various terms and conditions, he was the only one to ask what he could do for me.
Ceci: When deciding your agency, was your role model Kang Dongwon a deciding factor?
JS: The fact that sunbae had chosen this company also gave me a sense of security, I guess. I always read the interviews of Cha Seungwon-sunbaenim and Kang Dongwon-sunbaenim. For me, the words of these people who had walked this path before me serves as good guides for my life.
Ceci: Do you read your own interviews?
JS: I read every single one. I may have low self-esteem but I also have a lot of love for myself. (laughs)
Ceci: One last message for the fans?
JS: I think this is first time I’ve made everyone wait this long. Since you’ve waited so long, I’ll try my best to make it worthwhile with quality acting. (ending the interview in a Macho Guy way)
Sorry for being quiet! I am currently trucking through water color commissions and designing some new prints for my next con! The corgi plush is nearly done with production and the company is sending me the prototype to see if I want any more adjusting. I am also creating my first video for my patrons!
That’s not all! I got off the phone with an animation studio yesterday since I will be doing character design for their next featured animated film! It will be in theaters soon! I am so excited since this is my first feature film credit!
That gig will keep me very busy so I apologize if I am quiet for a bit! :)
So the other day this dude messages me on linkedin and asks if I’m looking for a job. It sounded like a cool place to work for but totally in the opposite direction of where I wanted to be looking for jobs. I figured, what the heck and I talked to him anyways. We exchanged a few messages, and then talked on the phone. I was still very torn about how good the job sounded and how shitty the commute was going to be. It became very apparent to me that I could learn a lot working at this place and he was willing to teach a lot of stuff I didn’t know. So I agreed to come out to his office yesterday and meet with him. We spent 2 hours talking and going over my qualifications and what I knew and didn’t know. He also got his senior engineer on the phone to talk to me and make sure I’d be a good fit.
I really didn’t go out there thinking I was going to get a job. They seemed pretty impressed with me. He ended up offering me the position on the spot and I accepted, for a lot more money than I’m making now. So in 2 weeks, I’ll be starting my new job. At a place that doesn’t know I’m trans, making more money than I ever have before, with the opportunity to learn all of the technologies I have never been able to get any experience in before.
This year started off pretty good but slowly turned to crap because of my knee surgery. I thought this was going to be one of the worst years of my life, but it turned out to be pretty great. I guess life owed me something good after that surgery lol