Excerpt from Star News (Interview 2):
Q. Red Velvet: While (carrying out) activities as artistes, have you ever thought about questions that you would like to ask your seniors? I hope you can talk freely, and resolve your concerns.
Seulgi: When looking at the camera, what kind of expression should (I) have? I am really concerned about this point, to be honest, I am not clear on which detail I should focus on. Is paying attention to my expression while showing a pretty appearance better? Or should I just enjoy the performance just like this, and have a carefree smile?
Changmin: I seem to be like the latter. Of course, if there are PARTs where you need to show a pretty side, then you have to work hard. But you also have to be careful as to whether the people who are watching will think you are ‘acting’. Actually, you don’t have to ‘act’, because everyone knows that Red Velvet is pretty. These kind of words, don’t they sound like something fans would say? Haha. The natural self is the prettiest, the sexiest, the cutest. As long as you act in accordance to the theme/concept (of the performance) and enjoy the stage, that should be enough.
Joy: This is something that we feel while doing our activities… at the start we’re really happy, so we feel blessed when we stand on stage. But I find that I have slowly become affected by the reactions from the surroundings, and then I feel it is really tough. In the past, I had just one standard (to reach), but now, how do I get that standard again?
Changmin: um…for that question, even until now I feel it is difficult to answer. No matter what, the managers and staff around us are always looking out for us, giving us suggestions to help u become better, aren’t they? So I feel that ‘mentality’ is the most important. No matter who it is, when you hear (negative) criticism, you will not be happy. As long as one is able to grasp the important points, pick out the opinions that should matter, forget those that should be forgotten, and then quickly switch one’s mood. I think if one is able to do this, then one is a person with a healthy mentality. But if it is an extreme cheeriness like a mania, living life (too) merrily sort, I don’t think that is a good mentality. As long as people are able to embrace their own healthy mentality that is enough. Although the suggestions that fans give are also important, however, I hope that (you) don’t become happy or upset just because you care about every single one.
Wendy: After carrying out hectic schedules, I will feel very tired. Then, depending on my body condition on the same day, my voice could become hoarse. At that time, what should I do? Every time I encounter this, I will always become more afraid, nervous and therefore, make mistakes.
Changmin: There was a time when my schedules were also a lot. In the midst of my busy schedule, I also had to present a good appearance on stage, it was really a huge burden. Like how I was the type (in the past) who would, because I had gone off-key, become really despondent and upset with myself. Of course singers have to show good sides of themselves, but they are still human and will still have that part of themselves which makes them feel regretful about. Like the seniors who have great vocal ability, if that day, their condition isn’t good, they will also make mistakes. So I think that the most important is that one must always be well-prepared and maintain a good condition for your body. I am the same, recently, I don’t forget to take my health supplements, having a good sleep. When I am tired, I drink a lot of water and talk less. Once you all get your own tricks (knowledge of what to do/secrets of success) quickly, you will do very well. People won’t think that you can’t make it just because of one mistake. You have to think of it as just one of the stages that you will experience and don’t feel too pressured about it. You need to have the wisdom of having a good mentality in order to overcome (things) leisurely.*
Irene: In the group, I am the leader. If I want to be like U-Know Yunho senior, who has been a leader for 10 years, and be a good leader like him, what should I do?
Changmin: In charge of linking the company, the staff and the other members, that is the leader. Therefore, I feel that it will be more stressful and tougher than now. Having to always eat different food, to put up with kids who have had different upbringings, is that enough to be able to lead day and night for 365 days?* Actually, everyone’s situation is different. I think that being a leader is very tough. If i liken it to a ship, where each and every one (who aboard the ship) would have different things to say, and have different things that they each want to do. (A leader) would need to take into account all that many differing opinions, consolidates those opinions into one, and steer it towards the direction that you wish to go. And because every decision would have its pros and cons, you (as a leader) will need to pick a decision whereby it has the most pros and least cons, and that decision should be good enough to convince the majority (in your team). Due to this, the leader has to interact the most with the staff, and then interact the most often with the members. At times, in order to convey the company’s opinion, (he) may have to act as a bad person to the members (doing things in a way that the members may not agree with). Further, he is like the breakwater, getting hit left right and centre (while protecting the members). That’s the leader. And (he) still has to, more than anyone, be generous of heart, have leadership ability. Therefore, it is a most difficult and tough position. So I hope that you four girls should talk more to each other. Although you are all sisters, you have to give your unnie a lot of strength. Even though you may quarrel often, the leader is always looking out for the group, and (he) has to consider the staff’s opinions as well; guide the members, taking care of them, (he) is someone that needs (his) motivation raised. Although I have been saying similar things, I hope (you) can quickly change your mood and thereafter, have a good mentality.
*the 2 other translators and myself debated over the phrasing for quite awhile and finally settled on this.
Q. Do you have any personal tricks (secret of success) on how to change one’s mood?
A. For me, I drink. Haha. Not that I drink when my mood is bad. But I drink in a healthy and relaxed manner, with a type of : let’s do it well tomorrow! feeling when drinking. exercising, strolling or taking a drive to relax. I do those quite often.
Wendy: I like to check out the scenery while having a stroll. I also enjoy sitting in a cafe and observe other people chatting. My mood will become relaxed and got better unknowingly.
Seulgi: I listen to music that will make my mood feel better, and write in my diary. Or I use the time to organise my thoughts.
Irene: I use a MIND MAP to organise my thoughts. because my sense of smell can be rather sensitive, so I will spray some nice-smelling perfume on myself. I also like going to Ttukseom Island at Hangang River, sitting on the mat at night and talk. Last night, I went there with Seulgi to have a chat.
-all mistakes are mine, adjusted words/orders for better flow-