제니퍼 정, 국민가수 ‘독도는 우리땅’ 정광태, 한국 고전무용가 ‘김일현’씨 딸
제니퍼 정 Jennifer Chung
국민가수 '독도는 우리땅' 정광태, 한국 고전무용가 '김일현'씨 딸
가수, 작사가, 배우, WATS Media 창업자, 인기 SNS 스타
구독자 133K+ 인기 유튜브 스타, SNS에서 인지도 높은 음악가
만난사람 발행인 아이린 서.
Q 간단한 본인 소개
My name is Jennifer Chung. I'm a singersongwriter, actor, content creator, and cofounder of WATS Media(www.wats. media). I was born in Seoul, South Korea but grew up in the bay area -- specifically, Millbrae, CA. I attended college at UC Irvine and received my bachelors degree as a Drama major. During this time, I heavily pursued music as after I had uploaded my first YouTube video in 2007. I sang covers and uploaded them just for fun before my first year in college and organically grew a following of people who wanted to hear me sing! Since then, I've released my own original music, continued acting, and founded WATS Media -- a creative content agency with my husband, Joules. I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia!
Q 어린시절의 꿈, 기억나는 추억
My mom worked very hard to raise us in the bay area by herself. She was a strong single-parent who was an influential performer in the Korean community. She was known for teaching Korean Traditional Dance in the bay area and performed often. I also followed her footsteps and grew up performing Korean Traditional dance -- specifically the Korean Drum Dance. My brother and I spent so much time in the van, dance studios, and events just seeing my mom do what she can to share her art and make a living. It taught me a lot about the hard work it takes to pursue artist endeavors while having a family and made me think about whether music or any arts was what I really wanted to pursue. Would it be worth the sacrifices to come? What would keep me going when things got really difficult? Somehow, I couldn't stay from music and I'm proud to still be creating today.
Q 지금 직업을 갖게된 계기, 주요멘토나 에피소드
I learned a lot from my mother what it means to be an artist through and through. It'll always be a part of you. I also learned the importance of diversifying your portfolio and what it means to cultivate other gifts. We're often told to become a master at ONE thing but what if you can be really great at a few things? Pursuing not only music but also acting and content creating has helped me develop many relationships and hone multiple crafts. I can better communicate with those around me because of my empathy through my experiences at different work places and spaces. While pursuing music, I've also worked at restaurants, retail shops, start ups, etc. I've learned so many importance lessons at each work place. The experiences have challenged me to focus on the PURPOSE of everything. At the end of the day, I want the world to be a better place and for people to feel connected. I want to treat every person with respect and be a voice to the undermined. I hope that the things I create will make people feel understood and heard.
Q 현재 직업의 힘든 점과 좋은 점
I love being an entrepreneur. There's no time to be bored because I can always be working on something. I no longer have to suffocate music for it to be my only source of income. I experience life by working with clients and helping them find their voices through social media communication. I experience other characters and thoughts when I'm acting. All these stories help me be a better writer and encourages more introspective moments.
Q 인생에 중요한 점은?
It's important to me to continue to hold onto my faith. I became a Christian in my early teen years and since then it's been a leading light to the decisions I've made up to now. I'm imperfect but the pursuit is honest. It's helped me trust myself better as I aligned my soul with the Lord.
Q 인생에서 가장 행복했던 순간?, 인생에서 가장 힘들었던 순간? 어떻게 극복했는지?
Meeting my husband was a life changer. I was living in Korea at the time and had reunited with my father after 10 years. Randomly, I noticed someone liked my instagram photo and that's when I spotted his Instagram profile. (http://instagram. com/joules.tfv ) I had no idea who he was but I was immediately attracted to him: the way he looked, the way he wrote, the way he took photos, and especially that he had a relationship with Jesus. We began talking immediately, met in person only a month after and got engaged. 3 months after that, we got married. April of 2019 will be 6 years of marriage and that's what brought me to Atlanta. We have two dogs we adopted and we live a wonderful life together. It was definitely difficult at first as we navigated through life together as practically strangers, but we were able to discover each other in a unique way because we were in it to win it.
Q 여가시간에 하는 취미는? 스트레스 푸는 본인만의 방법은?
On my free time I love to cook. It helps me focus on a task where I can use my hands and other senses without touching a laptop or phone. It's one of my favorite things to feed people and fill their tummies as we enjoy a meal together over great conversation.
I find a lot of joy now de-stressing through workouts. It's nice to allocate a time to just sweat it out and do something nice for my heart.
Q 앞으로의 꿈은? 그 꿈을 위해 어떻게 노력하고 있는지?
My real dream is for my loved ones to be happy and taken care of. I hope that we can use our art to create a platform to lift up not only ourselves up, but our community as well. Fame should not be the end goal, but a means to share a bigger message.
Q 같은 직업을 꿈꾸는 후배들에게 조언 그리고 독자에게 전하고 싶은 말
My biggest advice to anyone who wants to pursue art or an entrepreneurial life, it's to continue learning and never stop asking questions. There are people who want to do what you want to do, but you are incredibly unique. There is no YOU. When you pursue something, it will be unique. There are a million songs in the world, but when I write it and when I sing it, it is my voice and my perspective. You've gotta believe you have something worth saying and know that you are worth being listened to.