When I first heard about migrant women's theater, I pricked up my ears.
Acting was what I have always wished to do since I was a child and the friends who did theatrical work have been the object of my envy.
On the day of audition, I stood in front of jurors. I don't remember how many came for the audition on the day but I definitely remember that those who came were full of enthusiasm.
When I heard that I passed the audition, I had mixed feelings of happiness and worries thinking "Can I do that?" However, my husband said 'There is no one who can do better than you!' and my son, an ex-member of musical company himself, said "Mom, please realize my dream," and my daughter believed that 'mom dan do everything.' Due to the encouragement and support of my families, I could go for the final interview in confidence.
During the interview, I was confused by the question "What do you think the Theater Salad is?" I faltered out an answer "A theater by migrant women...for migrant women..." "No, it a professional theater 'with' migrant women," the Chief Director said. While I don't remember exactly what he said at the time, the word 'professional' spined around in my mind. "I become a member of a professional theater company?" Even though my first idea was that it would be impossible,' I had 'expectations in full bloom' on the other hand.
Then regular workshops began. We had many lessons from professional Korean actors and actresses of from how to breathe to how to read music.
Why did I become a member of this theater company? I thought that it was only because I liked it. Even though there have been several moments when I wanted to quit the work, I have endured and I am still here. Looking back what I have been through, I also had many good things. A friend now has a good posture and another now has strong self-confidence. I met many good friends and learned a lot from them.
And now I have another dream to accomplish.
The images of migrant women and multi-cultural families on media have not been positive. Still biased ways of looking at multi-cultures exist.
Now I wish that "Through our play, not only migrant women and multi-cultural families but also all the audience who watch the performance can have more opened minds and warm perspectives."
After we finish several performances which convey all our stories, I would like to cover the diverse views in the society and to fulfill the expectations of the audience.
I know that I am still lack of many things. However, I would like to do my best with the hope that I can also perform as a member of a professional theater group shoulder to shoulder with other professional actors and actresses.
<Photo: Jasmin acting in a presentation of Theater Salad (left)>