Although it was short, as it was a drama, experienced child actors were needed, so the announcement of the audition for the cloud was sent to the agency specializing in child actors and the acting academy.
Except for one.
* * *
What is Cocoa Entertainment, the 2nd team dedicated to actor Lee Seo-joon doing?
When I go to work in the morning, I sit down and check Lee Seo-joon’s articles and comments first.
“There is a lot of anticipation for Shadowman 3.”
“There are many fans who are waiting for the next work.”
Maybe it was because he had a good image at a young age, and the name of a Hollywood actor was approaching heavily, because there were only good articles, so I was able to check it comfortably.
The next thing to do is print out the script and synopsis that came in the day before. The press runs quickly, and the staff gathers and organizes the printed materials. Then, the meeting begins with team leader Andaho, who will explain to Seojun directly.
“This production company is constantly sending. When did you get blacklisted? … .”
“Isn’t this okay?”
“I will read it too.”
After selecting the synopsis of the people who influence the work, such as the director, writer, and production company, from the pre-written blacklist, he scores points except for the fact that even just reading it makes you frown, and puts it in a box to be sent to Seo-jun as team leader Andaho.
Since there are so many works coming in, this process takes the longest.
As Seojun Lee is famous all over the world, he was able to target the global market with just one advertisement. Thanks to that, there were a lot of offers to appear on in one day. Not only in Korea, but all over the world.
The problem was that as they became famous, they could not choose advertisements arbitrarily. Team leader Andaho and team 2 staff, who used to pick out only moderately bad scripts and synopses, are also very careful here.
Search for products and companies, check reviews and articles.
“There are carcinogens here.”
Everyone shook their heads at the words of the staff.
If that padding was sold all over the world through Seojun’s advertisement… … It would have been really dark. It wasn’t Seojun’s fault, but even the smallest sparks may have splattered. Considering Seo-jun’s influence, maybe that could have been a big spark.
“I think it would be better to just not do commercials and shoot dramas and movies.”
Team 2 staff agreed. Even today, there were few advertisement proposals that passed through the sharp eyes of the 2nd team’s employees, and there were no proposals that were chosen by Seo-jun.
After organizing all the mails and mails from the previous day, it was time to surf the Internet.
From sites usefully used by actors and production companies to cafes and blogs, everyone shut their mouths and searched for [Audition].
[Independent Film Audition]
I was looking for an audition while checking the articles and posts that came up from time to time. Although there were many reviews about going to auditions and promotions for acting academy rather than audition posts.
“Here is the audition announcement!”
The employee was happy and clicked on the post. It was a post posted on a site where only audition announcements were posted.
“This is a public service advertisement for the Fire Department. Are you there, boss?”
Team leader Andaho, who was examining the company mailbox, shook his head. There was no ‘S’ character in the fire department.
“There is not.”
“Then I’ll print it.”
The employee who discovered the audition notice activated the printer. Several sheets of paper were printed out with a jig. Two team members read one by one.
[Fire Service Public Service Advertising Audition Announcement]
[Age limit: 12-13 years old (5th grade to 6th grade)]
Advertising company, cloud. Not on the blacklist. The audition date is on the weekend.
Employees were familiar with the notice.
“The age limit is just Seojun’s age, so why didn’t he come?”
“Well, it must be because of the performance fee.”
After Seo-Jun received the Golden Globe and Oscar, the American media once calculated the ‘Seo-Jun-Lee’s appearance fee’.
Seo Jun-ri’s appearance fee in Hollywood, which is called a low-budget movie with a production cost of less than 100 billion won, was enough to astonish Korea.
“It’s a little bit hard to believe that straight away… … .”
“Since the situation is different between Korea and the United States, we would have different fees for appearing.”
Team 2 employees nodded their heads in succession.
There were often places where they were afraid of unexpected fees and didn’t send any offers at all.
Of course very little. Whether it’s a play or a musical, if Seo-Jun appeared in it, VOD or streaming sites would be enough to make a profit.
‘Thanks to that, the amount of investment that would increase when Seojun appeared, and the number of places that recklessly throw scripts and synopses have increased.’
If Seojun appeared, there were places where they made plans like this and that. Just thinking about it made me sigh.
Andaho opened his mouth.
“This is a public service advertisement, so I don’t think it was sent because it would not be possible to make a separate profit.”
“It’s nice not to be forced to donate talent.”
Everyone laughed bitterly at that. It was because he remembered that some association forced him to donate his talents.
Andaho looked down at the paper. When I looked at the audition announcements posted on the Internet, I always remembered those days.
Not a list of upcoming films that he was only aiming for at the box office, but his own actor who chose another work because he thought it would be interesting.
“I don’t know whether Seo Joon will choose this audition, but it’s my speculation that something like ‘Spring’, a children’s play, will come.”
“that’s right. The reason why there are 2 teams is to support Seo Joon, and Seo Jun is looking for an audition announcement himself, so it’s a cliché.”
After that, team 2 employees did not carelessly ignore any audition announcements or synopsis.
Among them, of course, there were auditions that smelled like scammers, but it was the job of the two teams to pick them out.
“Then let’s check it out.”
At Andaho’s words, the staff stopped chatting and checked the audition announcement.
“A plus in that it seems to be made properly.”
“First of all, it is a plus in that it is a public service advertisement for the Fire Department. I don’t think we should check it out.”
“It’s an advertisement, but the duration is 5 to 10 minutes. It’s like a web drama. Plus it has a story.”
“There is no synopsis in the announcement. I think we should check this out.”
“I will send an email to the production company.”
“As soon as the production company sends the synopsis or script, I think we can send it to Seo Joon.”
While one employee sent an e-mail to the advertisement production company Gorum, the employees of Team 2 started looking for audition announcements again.
* * *
As usual, Seo-jun, who took out the script and synopsis from the box Andaho brought, and scanned the title, lit up his eyes.
He found a piece of paper lying on the bottom. It was three stars.
“This is a public service advertisement for the Fire Department.”
“Why? Are you interested?”
“Yes. I had an evacuation drill at school last week.”
“Ah. Yes it was.”
Seojun said while reading the audition announcement and synopsis.
“After that, I got interested and looked into it. It’s like evacuating somewhere other than school. But there were more problems than I thought.”
“There are places where you have to evacuate to the roof, but the roof door is locked or the emergency bell is broken and rings frequently.
Andaho nodded at Seojun’s words.
“Well, there are cases where the roof door is locked because it is dangerous.”
“Besides, our school especially does it twice a year. I heard that other schools don’t do that.”
Andaho recalled the disaster drill at Maesil Elementary School.
An evacuation drill created by the principal, who was appointed several years before Seo-Jun entered school. Evacuation drills of different difficulty levels from 1st, 2nd to 6th grade seemed to be of great help to the children.
‘Whether it will really help or not will only be known when an accident occurs, but an accident in elementary school can’t happen.’
It was better not to know. Just not panicking when the emergency bell rings would help.
“This is fine.”
Andaho, who had been immersed in thought at Seojun’s words, came to his senses.
“okay? So will you do this?”
“Yes. want to do.”
Seojun nodded his head.
Andaho, who was handed the paper from Seojun, looked at the announcement. Because this audition was a public service advertisement that had a small budget and could not generate any other revenue, considering the cost, Seo Jun might be reluctant to appear. However,
‘I have to make Seojun do it if he wants to.’
Actor Lee Seo-joon’s manager, Anda-ho, grinned. There is also a way to donate talent, but once you do it, people will ask you to do it.
‘Then we should use another method.’
“Seo Jun-ah. Does the performance fee matter?”
“Then shall I write that name?”
Seojun tilted his head and his eyes twinkled.
“Am I Jin?”
“Huh. Since this is a public service advertisement, the production cost won’t be that high. Rather than Lee Seo-joon, who even received an award, Na-Jin, who has only experience in children’s plays, would be more appropriate.”
Seo-joon burst out laughing at Anda-ho’s words.
“Ahahaha. Will it?”
Seo-Jun Lee and Jin Na.
It was blindfolded, but it was a good way.
* * *
Audition applications piled up on the desk in the conference room. The staff of the planning team, who have to review the documents from now on, sat down with ambiguous faces.
“Once I sent the synopsis… … . What if the application really came in?”
After the day that Cocoa Entertainment received the email, the employees of Gorum thought about how much Lee Seo-joon should pay if he appeared in this advertisement, or looked up prediction articles that appeared in the past.
The conclusion that always arrives at an amount beyond imagination is,
“Can’t we donate talent?”
It was a talent donation.
“It’s a public service announcement, so it probably wouldn’t work at all.”
“If we propose it from our side, don’t you think it will become a coercion?”
Everyone groaned at those words.
“Well, whether it’s talent donation or appearance fee, Lee Seo-joon’s application must come in first. Without an application, I just drank kimchi soup.”
Everyone nodded at the head of the planning team.
“Then let’s start reviewing the documents!”
There was a quiet conference room, the sound of paper flipping and pens rubbing against the paper.
“There are a lot of child actors in this age group. Two works are also basic for my career.”
“Because of Lee Seo-joon, there was a boom in child actors.”
“There are still many. There are many people like Lee Seo-joon who want to do it from a young age. There are many children who want to be.”
In the meantime, the planning team leader who found an application stopped. It looked like he couldn’t breathe.
The employee who was sitting nearby tilted his head and looked at the application that the planning team leader was looking at. The employee also stopped moving.
Bewildered by the appearance of the two of them, Ji-hyun Kim, who was next to him, pulled her head out and looked at the application form. I read it slowly from top to bottom.
“Name, Jin Na, Age, 13.”
There was no difference in name or age. Because there are many people with the same name in the world. But when this work was put here, there was only one person pointing to it.
“History, children… … theater… … spring… … ?”
The eyes of the people in the office focused on Kim Ji-hyun. The eyes of the team leader, the staff, and Kim Ji-hyun, who stared blankly at the application form, shook greatly.
“… … Yes?”
“… … What did you say?”
The words of the staff who asked questions were not heard. As if slowly regaining consciousness, the staff and the team leader began to laugh.
“Ah, ha ha ha. It seems that the chief’s eyes are also bad. Would you like to wear glasses together?”
“… … I guess so. I see nothing. Should I make some herbal medicine?”
The three people’s empty laughter ended briefly, followed by a brief silence. The employees who had been seated jumped up and headed to the team leader.
“Really!? Are you really Seo-Jun Lee!?”
“I am Jin. I’m Jin, isn’t this the stage name of Lee Seo-joon?”
“No, it’s a bit too much to call it a stage name! How did this happen?! If you’re going to send it, send it to Lee Seo-joon. Why am I sending it to Jin?”
“Who’s not kidding?”
“… … ! Yes!”
All of them nodded their heads at the most probable opinion. The employee who made the comment picked up the phone.
“I will call Lee Seo-joon’s agency.”
“Do you have a phone number here?”
“How do you believe that?”
When I typed Seojun Lee’s agency into the internet search bar, Cocoa Entertainment’s website and phone number appeared.
The connection sound rang. Everyone answered the phone in silence.
The expression on the employee’s face while continuing the phone call gradually changed. While everyone in the office was curious, the employee who hung up the phone opened his mouth with a pale face.
“… … This is the real Seojun Lee.”
“… … Great! Seo-Jun Lee is appearing in our commercial!”
Among the favorite employees, the team leader was in thought.
“But to say that I submitted the application not as Seo-Jun Lee, but as Jin, does that mean that Seo-Jun Lee and Jin-Na should be considered separately?”
“It seems to be the case if you only write about the children’s play ‘Spring’ in your history.”
“Then, Jin’s appearance fee is… … .”
“I’ll have to talk to Cocoa Entertainment to find out, but wouldn’t it be better than Lee Seo-joon at least?”
A blush flashed on the leader’s face.