The go-to Okay-events host weighs in on her enviable job
For any Okay-Pop or Okay-Drama fan, hers is THE dream job. In Korean press conferences and fan meets, tv and occasions host Sam Oh leaves others resentful as she is normally seated proper subsequent to the celebs.
Other than her appeal, Sam’s capability to rapidly change from Korean to Filipino and English offers her the benefit. Born in South Korea, Sam moved to the Philippines along with her household when she was simply six years outdated and has been based mostly right here all these years. When requested about being tagged because the go-to host for Okay-events nowadays, she smilingly agreed, “There’s not many people who can do one thing like this, so I’m very fortunate!”
Sam’s internet hosting profession kicked off in 2005 when she had a TV stint with ETC. A casting name was made, and he or she auditioned and finally bagged the job.
“It’s been like 17 years,” the bubbly host estimated how lengthy she has been internet hosting on completely different platforms. “However you understand, with these Korean celebrities, a lot lower than that.”
She recalled her first Korean celeb occasion to be the one with celebrity Lee Min Ho (Boys Over Flowers, The King: Everlasting Monarch), sponsored by a neighborhood clothes model. Alternatives began trickling in since then.
“The Filipino followers simply love every part that’s Hallyu (Korean wave). It’s been superb,” Sam defined. Identical to them, she can also be a Okay-drama fan, however one who retains her viewing behavior at bay.
Requested if she nonetheless will get starstruck, Sam advised us that she is like the remainder of us. “I do!” she confirmed, “To see them within the flesh is all the time like ‘Oh, wow!’ It appears like they only popped out of the display screen.”
She then debunked the misunderstanding that she bonds with the celebrities all day. “That isn’t true,” Sam corrected. “Generally, the primary time I see them will probably be onstage already. You’ll be able to think about the starstruck issue. I imply, it’s lots,” she emphasised.
Sam allow us to in on her secret to conquering getting starstruck and the chilly toes. “It’s the preparation. It’s after I really feel like I did my homework, I already know every part that I’ve to know if I’ve to stretch (maintain the viewers entertained throughout lull time) as a result of I do know it occurs. That can give me some consolation and the arrogance to loosen up a bit bit.”
Her issues are legitimate. The second Sam steps onstage, the probabilities, good and dangerous, are infinite. Including to the nerves is the prevalence of unexpected occasions.
“You recognize, each Okay celeb who has come has been so gracious, however probably the most memorable, oh my gosh, is the current one when Kim Soo Hyun (My Love From the Star, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, One Bizarre Day) was right here,” Sam started her anecdote.
“He had by no means had Hawaiian pizza. So, we had Hawaiian pizza delivered to him on the stage for him to strive it for the primary time in entrance of his Filipino followers and we dropped the pizza.
Onstage!” she cringed in disbelief. “However you understand what? He ate the pizza! That was pleasantly stunning for me.”
As a bunch, Sam mentioned, the incident spelled panic inside, however the sort actor made her job extra manageable.
Talking of close-to-fangirl moments, Sam’s highschool self would additionally get the kilig feels and be thrilled to know her present work is aligned along with her dream job. Sam shared, “In my highschool yearbook, in our senior yr, all of us needed to end the sentence ‘Ten years from now, I’m going to be a _____’ and I wrote ‘I’m gonna be an MTV VJ!’
As recommendation to excessive schoolers or anybody dreaming of changing into a bunch, she has these to share, “By no means underestimate a present. It’d look easy or simple on paper, however till you present up and see every part, you actually by no means know. And occasions all the time have an unpredictability issue, so you actually must do your homework. It’s being ready that provides you that confidence while you’re internet hosting.”
I can solely want Sam the perfect in getting ready in case she encounters her crush of the second quickly. She hopes to satisfy the award-winning actor sooner or later however expressed a reputable fangirl concern. Sam quipped, “I’m unsure if I need to interview him as a result of I don’t know if I’ll be capable of include [the emotions], but when Gong Yoo (Goblin, Practice to Busan, Squid Recreation) comes right here, oh my gosh, that might be so thrilling.”
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