Three members of the “Girls’ Generation,” a symbolic female group in the history of K-pop, ended their contract with SM Entertainment in October 2017.
This reporter met Tiffany, a member of the girl group who is currently staying in Los Angeles, through an international phone call on Wednesday morning. Tiffany’s short yet delightful laugh and her cool, clear voice through the phone over the Pacific Ocean, reminded of her own unique smile.
“I enjoy being 30 years old,” Tiffany said seriously. She recently released her single debut album “Over My Skin,” targeting the global market. She changed her stage name to Tiffany Young. “Young” comes from her Korean name Hwang Mi-young. Born in California, she participated at a local Korean festival in 2004. After forming a bond with SM Entertainment, she came to Korea at 16 and joined the Girls’ Generation. The former SM trainee is now back home.
Tiffany said that she feels like she is debuting once more with a tight schedule. “In last September, I attended an acting academy in Los Angeles and it was as if I went back to being a trainee. "I woke up at 6:00 a.m. and took classes until 2:00 p.m. and worked on my music at the recording studio from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.,” she said. “I practice on my own at home until midnight.”
She also directly participated in writing the lyrics and composing the songs in her album “Over My Skin” with local hip-hop group “Far East Movement” members and producers. “I have actually been writing songs since late 2014,” said Tiffany. "I wrote many songs but I wanted to show people the best ones."
The former Girls Generation member added that she is getting acting auditions these days. “I talked with Seo-hyun (a member of Girls Generation) over the phone a few days ago,” said Tiffany. “Seo-hyun told me, 'Don't worry. You will get chances of becoming an actress,' which I am so thankful. I failed in numerous auditions but I think I can concentrate on the characters I really want to act.”
“Paradigm Talent Agency” that Tiffany signed a contract, ended a press release for “Over My Skin,” with Tiffany’s words: “I decided not to let others design me anymore.”