When Isn’t It About the Money?


Money. The single biggest factor that motivates almost every action undertaken by people. Also one of the biggest enemies of many artistic endeavors on a small scale – either there isn’t enough and the artist has to take on a side gig as a beggar, or there’s too much of it and the art becomes an extension of money. Either way, one of the biggest struggles for the art community is obtaining money. As a result most of the help in a creative project isn’t quite compensated enough monetarily.

I’ve had my hand in trying to get projects going for the longest time. However instead of trying to get qualified professionals for any of them, I sought the cheaper route to benefit me. My strategy was just to find people with too much time on their hand  (regardless of skill) and employ them to my endeavors so I wouldn’t have to worry about paying them. Throughout several of my propositions, I have attempted this and it has had the same outcome – people are initially interested (“What a cool idea!) but that soon turns to apathy because in the end there’s nothing for them to gain. In each of these projects, I was just thinking of what I would gain from this. Exposure, experience, tangible marketable product for my own reel. However, there are always people who also want these same sets of outcomes. If I just stepped back and looked at the idea of aiding other people while aiding myself I could of actually had something up and running, with the potential of getting money in the future to also repay their help. Now this may sound like basic knowledge (get an actor for an acting position), but there was always the fear of adding to the stack of nonpayment. The dreaded stack of opportunities that encapsulate the arts world and cause the field to be considered a hobby pursuit.

The reality is even though I don’t want to add to this pile, I should at least take into consideration that I still should try and help other artists display their work. People who don’t have a reel to market themselves with, people who don’t have displays that show what they are capable of (much like me). Instead of trying to find people who were in the same boat as me and can use the experience and had the time, I was just going after the people who just had the time, but didn’t need the experience. Which leads to people who are put into roles they may not actually feel right with, causing them to become disinterested in the actual project.


What happened in Seoul?


Recently I’ve rewatched one of my favorite Korean dramas, Something happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일 or Balli-eseo Saenggin Il). Oddly enough I find this series even more confusing the second time around, which is why I would love for anyone out there in cyber space to explain a few things to me.

Other than why Jae-Min had the worst cry-face in Kdrama

First off I remember during the first viewing I was rooting for team Soo-Min and just feeling complete shock after watching the series finale. I have to admit after viewing, even though I knew what to expect, I just could not take all the emotion and let out my frustration in the form of droplets.


However, this time around I don’t know if I like Jae-Min as much. He was always that asshole who never really could express his emotions in the best form, but he seemed more likable before. He seemed like the lost man child who could not only retreat from fraternal rules but had a passion for his love that added charm to him.  This time he was just a douche.

Addressing the confusing parts, I still do not understand why Soo-Jung fell in love with Jae-Min and vice versa. Maybe I glazed over the whole section, because all I remember is him being a petty man child who can’t seem to directly address any part of his life. I can understand that at first she kind of just wanted the benefits he presented, but when exactly did this deep affection arise? There are some scenes where their being semi cute with each other (him buying the cell phone, then going to dinner), but I still just cannot connect the trains of thought that led to this complicated mess of love. What exactly about Jae-Min made her go “Gee I need to get with that immediately.” Especially when In-Wook is over here and totally in love with her (not to mention he can cook – Jae-Min couldn’t even chop a flipping cucumber).

So was it for revenge? Did she want to become the rich girl who rose from the bottom and was able to snag some money so that she could finally be in some position of power instead of having to work at the lowest positions? Was it also to spite Choi Young-Joo since she pretty much treated her like less than shit? (I have to admit that scene she first stands up to Young-Joo was one of the best bad bitch moments for Soo-Jung).

Seriously Soo Jung?

Obviously in the end you find out that she actually loved Jae-Min, even if fate doesn’t seem to want them together in this realm. Poor So Ji-Sub once again ends up getting the girl that doesn’t love him (Delicious Proposal and Glass Slipper – where he also ended up getting killed because of his affection) because she couldn’t be with the man she actually loved.

Back to the issue at hand –  why exactly Jae-Min fell for Soo-Jung? Was it to spite Young-Joo? Did he feel like she was the only person he was able to assist? Did he like the feeling of someone looking to him for aid (for a change)? Was her charm too irresistible for him to resist? Is he just some sort of sadistic/masochistic machine that  wants to bring down everyone within arm’s length?

Maybe I just missed these parts. Maybe I just didn’t pick up on the subtle hints the writers presented to explain the growing affections. Maybe I don’t know enough about Korean culture to understand the characters. Either way if someone else can answer these questions, please comment below. Until then I will assume there is some lost footage floating around somewhere in the editor’s closet that will magically fill these plot holes.