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Interview with Leon Ra & Lee Hyun-woo: Dreamers on Campus

In June, with the end of the semester just around the corner, most Kingos may be studying for the finals while some Kingos may be contemplating what to do with their futures at the same time. Some freshmen might start to think about what they want to major in next year, and other Kingos might be concerned about what kind of jobs they will have after graduating from SKKU. Meanwhile, there are some Kingos who have special dreams. This month, the Sungkyun Times (SKT) met two dreamers on campus, Leon Ra and Lee Hyun-woo, and heard about the stories of their dreams and their messages to other Kingos.

Q1. Please introduce yourself and your dreams for your future lives to the Kingos.

Leon Ra | Hello. I am Leon Ra (English Language and Literature, 14). My future dream is to work for a multinational music company because I want to have music by my side all my life. As one of the steps to achieve this dream, I have been preparing my own album, which consists of seven tracks with the theme of paths in my life and thoughts of my early twenties. The album is going to be completed by July or August this year.
Lee Hyun-woo | Hello. I am Lee Hyun-woo (Global Business Administration, 16). I want to be a movie actor in the near future, so I have been a member of the SKKU drama club for the past two and a half years. In the latest play which was performed in March, based on the novel Une Vie written by Guy de Maupassant, I participated as an assistant director of the play. I also belong to another acting group off-campus where various actors create plays together.

Q2. Considering the activities you have been doing so far, it seems that acting means a lot to you. Is there any reason for you to become interested in acting?

Lee Hyun-woo | When I was in my 4th grade in elementary school, I watched a movie called Ba:Bo at the theater by myself for the first time. I remember crying a lot while watching the movie. Then, around when I was in my 2nd grade in middle school, I started to watch numerous movies and eventually started to dream of being an actor. To me, being a movie actor was especially attractive because I would be able to act within a wide spectrum of roles.

Leon Ra

Q3. When you made up your mind to get a job related to music in the future, what was the response of people around you?

Leon Ra | At first, lots of people around me expressed concern about getting a job related to music mostly because of the financial problems that I might go through. Since I realized that I really liked music while I was serving in the army, however, I could not give up on my dream to write songs and work for a music company. So, I decided to prove how passionate I was about music to others. First of all, I wanted to prove it to my parents. One day, while I was going on a trip with my parents, I played a song that I had made for them when I was in the army. My mother asked me whose song it was, and I answered that it was written by me. In the end, I managed to convince my parents by showing how much I loved music.

Q4. Who is the musician/actor that inspires you the most and why?

Leon Ra | I would say rapper Verbal Jint inspires me the most because he seems somewhat like a philosopher to me. Before I knew about him, I only thought about hip-hop as a violent and fast genre of music. As I listened to his music, however, I realized that hip-hop is a genre where messages could be delivered effectively to listeners. I was so impressed by the music of Verbal Jint that I wanted to pursue a music style like his.
Lee Hyun-woo | A lot of actors come to my mind, but I would choose Christian Bale who starred in the movie Batman Begins as Batman. As someone who dreams of being an actor, I feel very motivated whenever I see his performances. Now that I think about it, Christian Bale and I have some similarities as well. For example, I am bouncy and can play a wily role in a play just as Bale played a similar role in the movie The Fighter. I hope I will become an actor like him in the future.

Lee Hyun-woo


Q5. Since you have chosen to follow a path that not a lot of people follow, perhaps there may be some difficulties as well. What are you mostly worried about in terms of your future?

Lee Hyun-woo | To be honest, I am always worried and concerned about my future. One of my biggest concerns is that I would not be confident about being an actor in front of other people; especially people such as my future wife, my family or my friends. Therefore, I always try to figure out how to become a confident actor in the eyes of other people.

Q6. Regarding your future dream, what would you like to do until you graduate from SKKU?

Lee Hyun-woo | Above all, I would like to nurture my inner self. Since acting is a composite art, I think that being an actor only on the outside is not be enough. Therefore, I want to explore my inner self by experiencing a lot of things such as traveling, being in a relationship, or being a member of a school club.

Q7. Now that it is nearly the end of semester, do you have anything to say to the Kingos?

Leon Ra | I think that Kingos have been doing well so far; at the same time, there may be high expectations from themselves and people around them. Because of such expectations, however, some Kingos cannot do what they sincerely want to do. For example, I have seen a lot of people around me who feel lost or who have regrets even after getting a job. In that sense, I hope Kingos will have their own time to contemplate what they truly want to do, list up what they have to do in order to achieve their dreams, and then boldly put their dreams into action.
Lee Hyun-woo | In many cases, there might be a continuous battle going on in the minds of Kingos between what they “want” to do and what they “should” do. Indeed, it is difficult to find a middle ground between them in life. I hope Kingos will work hard to find the middle ground and follow their dreams.


There is a famous quote by Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Just like this, it is more important to set goals and have the courage to put them into action for future dreams to come true. During this summer vacation, the SKT recommends Kingos to take some personal time and become more passionate about their sincere, but once-neglected, dreams.

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