Monday, May 15, 2006

doing it his way...

Last week, a friend of mine gave me this little book “First Things First” by Stephen Covey (author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”) but it was only the other day that I took a real look at it & saw these words in its cover… ”because where you’re headed is more important than how fast you’re going”…and my first reaction was, “oh, I know someone who advocates this principle !!”, who else but Mr. Bae Yong Joon ^^

That’s one thing I admire about Yong Joon. He is not your typical actor who tirelessly and endlessly accepts film/drama projects, product endorsements, publicity gimmicks, etc. You know, strike while the iron is very hot, get the most of everything while the demand is high. Don’t get me wrong, I think every actor has his/her own stand on this matter and I don’t blame them. The entertainment world is such a fickle minded business and you may be “in” right now but for how long will it last? And with all the new faces sprouting from all over the place, the competition is just getting to be more challenging.

But Yong Joon opts to take it real slow. Do things on his own time, on his own terms. Sometimes though, I feel nervous about this position he stands for. What if people will get tired of waiting for him? What if people will little by little take him for granted, put him on the side and eventually forget about him. Crazy thoughts but kind of scary.

But I should not be scared, right? An actor makes his mark not on how many films he made, how much is his box office results, how many dramas he appeared in and how many products he endorsed. A true actor will be remembered because of the depth & impact of the characters he portrayed, the artistic quality of film productions he participated in.

I think this is what Yong Joon wants all along. He is not after the number of films he made, he does not care at all if he makes only a handful of films in his entire acting career. I think what matters most for Yong Joon is accepting roles that he feels he can totally immerse himself into so that he can fully live and breathe the essence of the character in the story. He would prefer to do a film or a drama that he feels will linger in the minds and hearts of the viewing audience for a long long time. He probably wants to be remembered as the actor whose roles & performances touched many lives and perhaps helped make a positive difference….


Blogger bb said...

just came from marissa's blog... seems like you ladies are in a 'thoughtful' and 'feeling' mood... nice piece, this one.

and yea, there were a few times i too wondered and questioned about the practicality and wisdom of taking things so........ slow. maybe i was just impatient to see him.

coz at the end of the day, it's like what you've said. it's the quality, not the quantity that counts. and this man knows what he's doing.

thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

6:59 AM  
Blogger marissa said...


Seems are sharing the same wavelength yesterday and started blogging about our thoughts on the career path he's chosen.

He's been in the business for more than a decade now and only time will validate the wisdom of the choices he is doing now.

11:59 PM  
Blogger frances said...

hi bb,
probably the 'feeling' mood was brought about my getting a bit impatient with the long wait but i'm pretty sure this waiting game is going to be so worth it :)

8:38 AM  
Blogger frances said...

hey marissa,
yup, same line of thought, same 'feeling' ^^

i enjoyed reading your article and i do hope to write something like that when i celebrate my 2nd yr as a byj fan this june !!

8:48 AM  

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