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anonymous asked:

I'm a aspiring fashion designer and recently my sister introduced me into the khh scene and I've built my brand to some scene in LA, but how can I do that in korea? Like how can I network without being seen as a "user" or "someone to fuck" or "kboo" or "social climber" because I really admire some of these artists choices of fashion and such. If I make any sense, I would really appreciate advice lol

First things first…

I do most (if not all) of my networking with Korean hip hop artists at hip hop clubs, which are some of the smallest venues in Seoul, South Korea.

It’s possible to network with them at showcases, which are held in small-to-medium sized venues, but the security tends to be too tight to really allow it. KHH artists are usually separate from the audience, too, just based on how showcases are set up.

It’s impossible to network with them at concerts and festivals. They are held in such large venues!

Second things second…

My advice for you (for anyone) is to be artistic and approachable, professional and personable.

1. Artistic

If you want to work with KHH artists, then be someone they would want to work with. That means standing out from the crowd of typical foreigners here in Seoul, South Korea: English teachers, Kpop fans, groupies, etc.

As a writer and blogger who speaks Korean, I do that by using my words. I’ve had some great conversations with them at clubs about everything from the Korean hip hop scene to Korean society. As a fashion designer (and someone who may or may not speak Korean), you can do that by using your style.

2. Approachable

You have to be approachable, and you have to make them approach you FIRST. I rarely (if ever) approach them (or anyone) at clubs first.

Standing out from the crowd is a start as far as being noticeable, but it’s far from making you approachable. You need an aura in order to be approachable, which is why this is more about who you are every day, not what you do or where you go on the weekends.

-> More on auras: You *must* embody your own values and beliefs, “Real recognize real.”

If they admire your aura (style and swag), chances are good they’ll also admire your hustle once they meet you and greet (get to know) you. If you can’t speak Korean (so many of them speak English, anyway), then show them your website—your blog or portfolio—on your phone, or theirs. 

I never have my phone with me at clubs…

Anyway, if they approach you first, even if it’s just with a, “Hey, what are you doing here?”, then you can put your foot in the door without having to break the door down. There’s a big difference between the two!

If they approach you first, then you won’t come across as someone who is trying to use them, or climb the (nonexistent) social ladder in the Korean hip hop scene, either, even if you do end up mixing a little business with pleasure in the end…

-> Behind the scenes stories: Girls and women who wear tight dresses and twerk near (not in) VIP should try wearing something flattering and having fun without worrying about who’s watching. (Oppar is never watching.)

To be honest, artists tend to approach other artists (at least KHH artists), which is why girls and women who wear “lots of makeup and as little clothing as possible” tend to leave clubs empty-handed and brokenhearted.

When I say artistic, I mean lots of things; mainly, beautiful on the inside and outside but also just … interesting.

3. Professionalism and Being Personable

If you’ve managed to meet a KHH artist you would like to work, then it’s time to, well, get to work! Build and maintain a PROFESSIONAL relationship, or you really will cross over into the Groupie Zone.

It’s simple: Don’t mix business with pleasure, unless you’re on another (deeper) level with him, or her.

Still, be personable, or friendly. Ask about their music. Attend their events, whether they invite you personally or not. Don’t expect to get in free. Pay, avoiding the Social Climber Zone, too.

No one wants to feel used…

-> Communicating: It’s OK to say hi and bye or brainstorm over text, but all real business correspondence should take place over the phone. I prefer email! Whether over the phone or in an email, your tone should be polite, more customer service agent than CEO. Be brief, stay focused and follow up (if needed).


In the end, be serious and sincere about EVERYTHING. Don’t waste your time, or theirs.  

I’ve made a lot of mistakes (well, maybe just a little major mistake here and there), but if you are serious and sincere, then they will want to work with you, even help you, anyway.

Sorry Bruno, it’s not about who you blow. It’s about who you know. 

Be someone they want to know, someone they want to work with. In Korea, even in the Korean hip hop scene, appearances are everything…

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anonymous asked:

Nick, many of us have been wordering and it is the most asked question in the CN industry Please tell us if CN uses cel animation or animation softwares to animate

For the most part, the animation is done traditionally at various studios in Seoul, S. Korea. It is drawn on paper, scanned and coloured digitally. Some shots are done digitally but this is an exception.