ARENA HOMME |ENG
R (reporter): I took a look at some of your posters before this photo-shoot. Most of them show a look of a teenage-girl smiling.
J (Jiyeon): This is my first time showing some skin in a photo-shoot. I like this concept of dreamy. It feels like something that I want to do before. I like it.
R: A lot of girls have used the image of sexy on TV. Following this concept may just make you appear normal.
J: Sexy can be achieved even without showing off skin. But most guys only feel that it is sexy when they see some skin. Isn’t it?
R: Girls say that it is possible to be sexy without exposing skin. But precisely what does that mean?
J: Yes, Kahi unnie only showed her abs in her previous solo album. It used a concept of gender-neutrality. Abs are sexy and cool. Girls feel that such looks are very cool and sexy. I am the kind who has more females fans. So it is like a guy? It seems like because it has the image that it is big, so females like it more. (no idea what this means to be honest)
R: So Jiyeon solo album can be thought to have a concept of gender-neutrality?
J: How should i say it. To be like Kahi unnie is my personal opinion. But CEO says it is better to have an image that the majority of the public likes. So we are still discussing on it. We have finished recording the songs. The songs are similar to the dreamy concept today. But it has the side which is much bolder (OMGOSH!!)
R: Can you give more details?
J: The album will be released soon. You will know then.
R: There is a trend among girl groups where solo activities are becoming more prevalent and the majority of the solos are often the leaders in the groups. They do not totally venture off the character/image that they have in the group. But they may have better results in their activities and on this point, solo activities are not without its burden.
J: I want to show an image that is different from T-ara but I realise that this is really difficult. Even though it may be to find my own image, the style that I want is not the same as what the company wants. We hold meetings everyday. Actually, the idea of solo activities was also a sudden one. So til now, it does not feel real. (I feel) Very nervous and the burden is very big. However, regardless of who, anyone in a group will have have thought of having a solo. I am just very nervous and excited about this attempt. But I am not looking for solo success, I just want to show that T-ara has not fallen (AHHH.. Unnies were right to pamper you)
R: The public likes artists to be real and they also understand the style and character of an artist, to a certain extent. The public are increasingly demanding for artist to be real and direct. They want to know who the artist really is.
J: To be honest, I don’t have much opportunities to show everyone the real me. Although I have been on many stages, but the chance of participating in variety has been few. Also, the image that people have of my drama characters are strong. So I hope to try this time until I can’t try anymore. (I am guessing she’s trying to say that she will try to show everyone who she really is instead of everyone just knowing her by her drama characters. My personal guess.)
R: So you belong to the personality type who is slightly direct?
J: Very direct.
R: Then why go into acting?
J: Becoming an actress is my dream. I have never thought of being a singer, not even in my dreams. (lol nice) I went into our company and received training. My skills slowly improved and I formed a project group with Davichi after that and debuted as a singer. I was lucky to be able to be a singer and an actress at the same time.
R: Everyone will experience hardships. Some choose to avoid while others choose to confront it directly. Which group do you belong to?
J: Rather than let it be, I choose to resolve it. I belong to the type who will face it to solve it.
R: It is inevitable that one experience difficult matters when entering into the society. Especially on human relationships. To experience it the difficulties of entering into society so early, you must have learnt some lessons(what a nice way of asking abt HY lol)
J: I started when I was very young, hence I never manage to experience some of the things that people my age had and at the same time, I also experienced a lot of things that people my age has never experienced before. Even though it feels difficult even as of right now, it is sometime that has to be done. This is the path that I choose. Rather than feeling tired, I think that it was a good that I made the decision to be on this path at an early stage. I have never regretted choosing to be in this field and I will never regret it. I saw my secondary school friends not long ago and it felt strange. They were talking about the hardships that they were facing at work. I am not able to relate to their feelings. It feels like my age has stopped at high-school and growing up does not feel real. Meeting my friends, I feel that they are no longer young anymore.
R: It must be very lonely at that time.
J: I think a lot then and it was very easy to become blur. I didn’t know what to do when I was lonely. I stayed at home. I didn’t know how to resolve and what should i do?
R: I don’t know as well. Maybe drink lots of coffee and smoke a lot.
J: That can’t be done. It harms the body. But I really don’t know what to do. (Thank goodness our maknae has some sense. Crazy ideas that this reporter has. I would have suggested exercising lol.)
R: Those things that you experience when participating in T-ara activities were indeed difficult to handle.
J: Actually there was nothing that we can do. No, I should say we couldn’t have done much just based on the efforts of the few of us.
R: One will grow up after meeting difficulties. People change after meeting such events. How has you changed?
J: I became matured. After the incident, I started reflecting. I started to rethink on things that I used to think were right. I changed a lot. I understood after the suffering and felt regretful.
R: Since you are an adult now, let’s talk about being an adult. Are you in love?
J: I want to socialise with guys but there isn’t much guys that I can socialise with in my surroundings. And now is also not the time. Too much responsibility and burden, so I don’t have the mood to think of these issues. I will think about this after my solo activities have ended.
R: But you can’t be single forever.
J: Of course I have been in love. But why is it that there are so few guys in my circle?
R: What type of guys do you look for? (listen up guys hahaha)
J: Friendly and kind person. Just being kind is enough.
R: A cold person. That is one of the views that have been related to you. I thought of the reasons for that, is it because you are not familiar when in variety shows?
J: It is totally strange for me in variety shows. I don’t talk much so people often misunderstand. Now it won’t be. Please look forward to it.
R: I got a shock during the photo-shoot. So much ageyo. I was feeling embarassed when you were mimicking a child speaking. But I feel very happy.
J: I am familiar with our working staff and Unnies, so I wasn’t worried. Don’t judge me of being cold because I actually have lots of ageyo. Because I am a maknae. Everyone will be so surprised when they see the real me. Haha.
R: If you let everyone see this side of you during your solo, they will really like it.
J: Yes, I hope everyone likes it.
"….But I am not looking for solo success, I just want to show that T-ara has not fallen."
I don’t really post things like this, but it’s quite sad how hundreds of teens around the age of us are missing or dying or even worse probably not even here on earth anymore and are resting in paradise. I’m very grateful that none of my relatives were on that ship, but it’s also possible that friends of my cousins could have been on that ship and I pray dearly for them. And to the class president who gave up his life jacket to his fellow classmate. God bless. Our world really needs people like you. I’m very sure your school and family would be proud of you. I love you all. Stay strong South Korea.
Asked by Anonymous
Jiyeon’s anticipated first mini-album!
- giving off the two kinds of charms of a girl and a lady
- Participating with Double Sidekick for the title track, her first solo has been fully prepared!
5 years after debut, T-ara’s jiyeon is standing by her own as a solo singer. Although she has shown diverse looks as a member of T-ara who has had many hit songs such as Roly Poly, Bo Peep Bo Peep, Day By Day, Sexy Love, and Number Nine, she is going to show the public a special color that only she, Jiyeon, has.
From the concept, music video, to the choreography, everything one by one reflects Jiyeon’s opinions, she has done her best efforts to show her very own charms that she wasn’t able to show during group activities. The title track, ‘1MIN1SEC’, as the best local composer, Double Sidekick’s, song and as a Medium-Tempo song, the song went well from its start to end with the rain sounds and its lyrical melody and lyrics.
With lyrics that express her feelings, that she can never give up on, towards her beloved man, she’s come to express her desperate feelings of not being able to live without him even if for 1min 1sec in the song’s title. Jiyeon’s stage performance, which will be having the different charms of a lady and a girl, will also be appealing. While she will make the choreography stand out more through her performance that will be benefiting from the on-stage tools, she will present a stage that you can not take off your eyes of. Also, for ‘Yeuido Cherry Blossom’, as a song of composer Ahn Young Min, whom T-ara has worked with since debut, is a warm and bright song that suits for a spring with a warm weather. With cute lyrics and a melody that’s relaxing to listen to, you may look forward to the vocals that are different from the mood of the title track. For ‘Puppet’, as a Tenzo and Tasco, who composed K-will’s “촌스럽게 왜이래” (You Don’t Know Love), song, It might have tempo to it but it’s also chic with sad lyrics and minor melody. All of the 3 songs in the mini-album express Jiyeon’s own and new charms, The first mini-album will be released on 30th of April. You may look forward to Jiyeon’s new and very own charms.
140416 T-ARA Jiyeon playing with puppies
Jiyeon so cute <3
T-ARA Jiyeon playing with Puppies #2