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Greeting the Video Writer
Seok Min-ju, Editor-in-Chief | 승인 2020.09.24 23:34

 

Name

Lee Da-som

Occupation

Video Writer

 

Q1) Hello, how can I define your current job in a word? What kind of job do you do?

  To define in a “word”, I could probably call it a “Video Screen Writer”. I am working in a specific company that both produces different kinds of videos, and organizes necessary videos. We are working to create a video scenario that can satisfy as many people as possible by combining a wide variety of information such as the clientʼs requirements, essential information, directionality, and production conditions.

 

Q2) Most people probably think that the job “writer” describes a person who writes novels or scenarios for TV programs. What is the difference between a “video screen writer” when compared to these two?

  In fact, an authorʼs scope of work is very wide, since the process of collecting data and putting ideas into writing is a necessary task for everything. In my case, I majored in pure literature and started working as a radio writer. Now I work in a video production company. The biggest difference I felt was the understanding the process of reaching readers, listeners, and viewers. Moreover, the final results of books, broadcasting, and videos differ too. For example, radio scenarios are written to ensure that you have a good understanding of the genre, time zone, moderator, and listener, and that the moderator is deeply empathetic. In the case of video, there are more procedures. Until the image scenario becomes the intended image, it must be written so that people at all levels of production, filming, editing, post-production, and sound can fully understand the context and details. There are many different types and targets, but it is also important to distribute the information so that the images, subtitles, and sounds can be distributed in harmony.

 

Q3) Did you dream of becoming a video writer from the beginning? How did you get to do your current job?
  I never had a dream like this. I have been living my life as it goes. However, I was lucky to have an ability to love reading and writing. I did not even think about it until my CSAT score came out. My best job was writing, so I majored in writing, and that is why I started my job as a writer. I wrote promotional messages and ghostwrote as a part-time job. Then, I started working as a local civil radio writer through an acquaintance’s introduction and worked on it for about six years. I am a really lucky person. I really like writing, and there are so many people earning a living by doing things that have nothing to do with writing even after graduating from the literature department. Maybe I was able to compromise because I was not that desperate for writing. However, it was mentally difficult to move from radio to the video industry. I loved working on the radio. Even now, I feel both sad and excited thinking about the radio, but I do not think I was able to keep up with my dream while working there. What I am doing now is more stable in terms of work than radio, and is a little more professional and deeper, so it is also meaningful.

 

Q4) Compared to a general office job, what is the biggest difference in what you do?

  What is a “general office job”? To be honest, I have never experienced it before, so I do not know what to say. I am sure those of you who are tied up as “general office workers” are not doing exactly the same thing. Donʼt you think so? I go to work at 9 a.m. and is over at 6 p.m. so I am also just an office worker who suffers from work and night shifts, and also is stressed by strict forms and mail forms. I think you might have a fantasy that the job of a writer might be more creative, but it is not a job that you create, but an environment in which you create and manage your organization, and in the second, you create your own environment.


Q5) When is the most rewarding moment while working in that job?

  I think it is the best when the results come out well and the viewers empathize. When the client is satisfied with the video presentation or when the comments are good on YouTube. In my case, because I am in the pre-production stage, I am already proud before the video comes out. Especially when all the hard work I have been working on goes to the production stage and get released well.

 

Q6) What are the most important qualities or skills for a job?

  I think you should not hate reading, interpreting data and talking. The intellectual curiosity of the outside world? A writer is a person who reads and listens more. Some people who start their first job as a writer do not like it because they think it is just a chore if they find data, analyze it, and call the press. When I first started working as a radio writer, I hated calling people on the phone. However, if you do not have a process of doing the task, the contents will disappear. No matter how creative I am, there is a limit if I do not have the ingredients. Another necessary quality is tight deadlines. To be honest, there are times when I can not meet a deadline. What I want to say is not just to be lazy and write in time, but to know how to make up and break up. If you fix your articles forever, until you like it, then you will never make it on time. If you want to make writing a career, you should be able to stop thinking and put your pen down. However, these skills can be developed through working, so you do not have to worry about it in advance.


Q7) Do you have any more challenges or goals you want to achieve?

  I want to be an old man who never loses curiosity and fragrance, and never bother others
and myself. To do so, I need to survive, not get tired, and be happy. I hope that everyone who reads this article will not lose their curiosity and fragrance also. Thank you.

 

Seok Min-ju, Editor-in-Chief  qodqlxm99@konkuk.ac.kr

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