On November 9, former 2NE1 member Sandara Park shared a vlog of her trip to Thailand on her YouTube channel “DARA TV.”
The video starts off with Sandara Park waking up and eating on the plane. She also shows her haul of purchases from the duty free shop followed by a hotel tour when she arrives in Bangkok. Sitting by the window and looking out onto the view of the city, Sandara Park reminisced about her days as a girl group member and opened up about what it’s like to be a celebrity and promote alone.
Sandara Park said, “I didn’t know when I was young, but I think I now understand the meaning of ‘work hard and play hard.’ In the past, I did my part and our leader CL participated in the meetings. When everything was ready, we would go and do our schedule, and that was it.”
“I’m sure many people feel this way and it’s the same in the entertainment industry as well, but after some time, it felt like it was time for me to take charge of my own life,” she said. “I can’t do what others tell me and give me to do forever. So now I meet many people, do my own meetings, and am active in working on my own.”
She continued, “So since then, there are many reasons for me to go overseas for schedules and other things. These days, I’m actually busier than when I was in a team and I was really busy then too. It may not seem that way because I’m on variety shows. But because of the nature of the job, not many people know the work that goes on [behind the scenes].”
Sandara Park expressed that she had always wanted to talk about this and pointed out, “People always say, ‘Is she unemployed? Is she playing every day and traveling all the time?’ Honestly, let’s say I’m filming a movie. That takes a minimum of three to four months and up to a year if longer, but [all of that work] results in a final product that is two hours [long]. We also film a web drama for a week that results in 60 minutes.”
She added, “We work where people don’t see us and work hard without sleep, but what people see is just one hour. For ‘Get It Beauty,’ we film for 12 hours. It’s very difficult and many people work really hard. When I come overseas for filming, events, and other things, even my friends look at my Instagram and say, ‘You’re going on a trip again. You live a fun life.’ But what do you know about me?”
Watch Sandara Park’s latest video below!