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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

[Telzone] There is life after girl group failure


Telzone: The story of a woman who became a TOEIC instructor after her girl group failed

Ten years ago, there was a girl group named O-24 that nobody remembers anymore, probably. Nobody knows how many albums they've released or what their hit tracks were because they disappeared into failure... The team dispersed without a trace, and we all thought that they would just remain a tiny part of history until...


This member named Ahn Min Jung. Born in 1981, she was the team's main vocalist. She must've realized that she needed to find a life after the girl group's failure because many accounts started popping up about people spotting her studying her butt off in libraries around early 2000...


Then in mid-2000, we found her as an anchorwoman/reporter ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ



And it seemed she was working in broadcast for a while until recently, she made a comeback once again as a TOEIC instructor ㅋㅋ




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"It's like people like her that you call truly talented. Someone who finds their own path no matter the circumstances!!! People that fall out with girl groups will usually find work in another area of that sector... but she just shows that she could've been successful in life girl group or not.

"Better than sitting at home with nothing to do all day after the girl group failed. It must've been hard for her to work back up like this, how amazing."

"She's really better than the other girl group failures that end up opening online shopping malls instead of going back to studying."

"I want to send her my applause!"

"What a life... girl group, anchorwoman, TOEIC instructor.."

"Pretty sure she makes more money now than what she would have as a girl group."

"I really don't understand anyone in their late 20s early 30s insisting on staying as idols... Oppas and unnis, please stop the idol play and find a real job for yourselves."

"I remember O-24.. I don't remember their song but they were on a lot of variety shows. Their company only spotlighted the member that used to be a child actress and the remaining two were basically the extras."

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31 comments:

  1. Comeback is being used too often in Korea.

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  2. I'm back to school this year too. Realized it's better than sitting here surfing the inter net aimlessly.

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  3. I have an issue with :

    "I really don't understand anyone in their late 20s early 30s insisting on staying as idols... Oppas and unnis, please stop the idol play and find a real job for yourselves."

    so long as you are earning money that is a REAL job, so many people end up in jobs they are not happy with becuase they are told to get a REAL job than at least to earn a living by something that inspires them. I can understand if their suffering, can't make ends mean etc in their profession that a change might be recommended but only if they want it, any profession within the law shouldn't have a stigma against it. I don't understand why some people feel everyone should be boxed up and put on the same conveyor belt. I understand their issue with 'idols' but if the people have a market and are happy than don't put them down saying their work is 'fake' work.Its nice for this lady that she moved on and has done very well for herself and could be an example for others whose ship have sunk and they don't know which direction to swim but that doesn't mean those that are still doing well should jump overboard nor does it make their work invalid just because they are labelled 'idol'.

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  4. I think its because for girl group idols, the older you get, the value will drop lower. Mostly, its the boy group that has the advantage. Take Shinhwa as an example.

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  5. The value drops lower for boy groups too though. Shinhwa is just one example, but they're one of the only examples. People don't want to see completely grown men that could be married/have kids singing and dancing idol songs. People are already complaining about Suju being too old for the idol gig.

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  6. Does Shinhwa get netizen hate for not retiring? I see a lot of hate for SuJu, but I usually get the impression that those people are either trolls in general or just hate SM/SuJu for whatever reason and call them old the same way they probably call any girl they dislike fat.

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  7. that is because Shinhwa is talented and Suju is seen most as joke most of them are not good singers and are just in variety most times. Shinhwa can produce, write, sing, make their own dances, are good in variety, two on their members Eric and Dongwan are known for their good acting. What i'm trying to say is that Shinhwa are legends while suju are known mostly for their crazy fangirls that bulk buy their albums.

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  8. I meant just generally that people having this thing about 'real jobs' because it insinutaes that even if people are putting hours of effort into something and making a living off of it their career has less value because its not a 'real' job.

    On idols, I know a lot of 'idol' songs are like the equiavlent of 'high school musical' not that deep so it would be embarrassing to sing them when their older so from that perspective if they keep trying to act younger than their age they might lose value but if they have music that matures with them and keep themselves up to date with the times and their age they don't need to stop performing if thats what they really want to do. Obviously most idols are rigidly controlled by their company and maybe are just using this phase of fame for some other career step but those that actually love performing and their music if they can make it happen than I don't see why they should be told to get 'real' jobs. If they go on to work in the music/entertainment sector in some way thats as much legitimate work as being in an office crunching numbers/answering calls, its not as glamourous but it pays the bills, thus its a job.

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  9. Seriously, people like her are a big inspiration in this world. That fighting spirit and hardwork that she have is amazing. Makes me want to work harder to get my degree and make a difference.
    I salute her.

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  10. lmao oh man i couldnt agree more

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  11. people tend to overlook suju's talent because of things said and crazy antics. they can write, compose, sing(8/9 out of 15 - 2 lol), make their own dances, (i'm not too sure but eunhyuk and shindong are capable - they're full of ideas) as well. of course they aren't legends, but they aren't *~*untalented*~*
    a lot of people honestly just bandwagon hate them for their image.

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  12. She's done much more in life than a lot of people...seriously girl group, anchorwoman, instructor...

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  13. Yup, the though like that comment actually kill a lot of dreams since the begin.

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  14. I get that it's important to have a "real" job, but if idols in their 20s are happy to be a part of a moderately successful group, singing and performing and appearing in shows, then I see no reason to shit on them. It's not like the netizens who are chanting "stop being an idol and get a job" are depending on them for food and shelter. Ah, why rain on somebody else's parade?

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  15. I remember O-24! They're song "Blind Faith". It was terrible haha. I remember watching Music Bank and seeing them perform in the 90's being like they look like the ugly version of SES! Good to see one of them succeed though.

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  16. I agree you must do what you like but i really dislike how some celebrities (idols or not) complain about how hard it was, how they have it tougher than anyone. Everyone has it tough sometime. Like the NB post about that extra actor that wasn't able to get a job because of idol actors. Pathetic.

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  17. "It's like people like her that you call truly talented. Someone who finds their own path no matter the circumstances!!! "

    that's a positive comment, but i think this one is called hard work

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  18. is that a joke?

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  19. generally no part of what i said was a joke but if you want to specify which part you may have found particularly funny (or not funny depending on how we're looking at this) we can go from there.

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  20. "She's really better than the other girl group failures that end up
    opening online shopping malls instead of going back to studying."


    another t-ara joke...

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  21. these types of posts are inspiration. i recently took off a semester at college and quit my job because i felt like my odds were against me. sometimes we doubt ourselves too much..

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  22. They treat life as an idol as if it's some kind of shameful job... it's not anything illegal or bad. Some people are good in science and dream to be a doctor. Some people are good in music and dream to be a singer. Different people have different dreams, and if they are able to achieve their dream, shouldn't that be a happy thing? Not everyone in this world is meant to be super wealthy or super successful, but they may still be happy. And if an idol choose to stay as an idol because he/she enjoys it even though he/she is not earning a lot of money, then let it be. Who are they to judge how someone live their life?

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  23. Oh same. I'm supposed to go back to work RIGHT NOW but look at me lol xD

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  24. They used to get netizen hate. I think it died down a bit when Eric made that public rebuttal to a journalist who harshly criticized Shinhwa.

    Shinhwa's leader actually enjoys a good discussion, and in this rebuttal, he basically encouraged people to tell it to his face if they had problems with Shinhwa's continued existence.

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  25. i also though it was a joke

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  26. though you still fail to point out the exact part you disagree with? ok. fair enough, let's all laugh together then~ for different reasons but at least we're all still humoured.

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  27. people say go after your dream. but some people are too quick to close their doors. let these kids go chase their dreams, and if that doesnt work out for them at least they know and wouldn't be stuck thingking of what ifs. thses kids do nothing bad to us netizens personally, if they are too tired of the idol groyos then, just ignore and focus the energies on other stuff. some people just create stress for themselves smh

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