’t think I ’m doing it any differently…?”

This has to be a mental illness…! ’

Kang Eun-Yeong could only frown at her oppa ’s reply.
He had to be suffering from one of those well-known incurable conditions called ’camera-shy ’.

’That ’s such a waste, though. ’

Honestly speaking, Kang Eun-Yeong was in favor of Kang Jin-Ho debuting as an actor.
This was not in response to how much he had helped her along in her own career.
Rather, she simply wanted to let more people learn about her older brother.
Unfortunately, though…
Someone suffering from such extreme camera shyness would never survive in the entertainment industry.

Both half-relieved and half-rueful about the missed opportunity, Kang Eun-Yeong headed to the filming location with Kang Jin-Ho.
She patted him on the shoulder and tried to lighten the mood.
“Weeeell, you can treat this as a nice little life experience, Oppa.
When would you ever get another chance to act opposite Senior Choi Yeon-Ha, right? I mean, you’ve been basically renting her for the whole day! I thought you were deliberately messing up your line just for that chance, you know?”

“…Tsk.” Kang Jin-Ho only tutted back at her.


They returned to the set and found all the crew members waiting for Kang Jin-Ho ’s arrival with solemn expressions.
It seemed that PD Jang Hak-Seon ’s unreasonable stubbornness about powering through this shoot had won over logic, and they were prepared to carry on…
Even if they would have to spend the whole night here until sunrise tomorrow morning!

No crew member would possess the necessary clout to oppose the PD exercising their authority on the first few days of the shoot.
Offering their opinions could only happen after they had earned the right during the filming process.
However, they were still trying to film the first episode.
Saying one wrong thing and ending up on the PD ’s bad books meant you were done.

Every crew member here had been shut down with the warning.
“Anyone not interested in making this show with me can get the eff out!”

’Why can ’t you use that gutsiness of yours to change the actor instead?! ’

The director of photography groaned inwardly.
And his groan only got deeper while staring at Kang Jin-Ho standing over the position mark.

After his return, they shot several more takes.
However, Kang Jin-Ho ’s acting showed no signs of improvement, leaving PD Jang and the director of photography slumped lifelessly on their chairs.
But then…!

“…Hmm? The filming is still going on?” A man kitted out in a black business suit suddenly waltzed right into the set.

“What the hell?” Jang Hak-Seon, already pissed off to the high heavens, jumped up and began yelling at the top of his voice when a stranger dared to intrude on his closed set.
“What the f*ck?! Who let the general public come in here?! What is up with this bullsh*t level of security management?! This is why the filming has gone straight to the goddamn dogs!”

The assistant director behind Jang Hak-Seon also urgently waved his hands, prompting the FDs to rush toward the intruder and push him away.[1]

“Hold on,” said the unknown man in a confident manner.
He politely stopped the FDs, then pointed at Kang Jin-Ho.
“I ’m that gentleman ’s manager.”

“…Huh?” Jang Hak-Seon ’s expression crumpled to resemble a monster.
Kang Jin-Ho was not affiliated with a talent agency.
Hell, he was acting for the first time in his life today, so where would he suddenly find himself a manager?! “Drag that punk outside, now!”

“Ehhhei!” The man in the black business suit, Jo Gyu-Min, smirked while presenting his business card.
“I ’m Jo Gyu-Min, a director of Code Entertainment.”

“…Did you say Code?” Jang Hak-Seon muttered while narrowing his eyes.
The FDs checked the business card and nodded back at their PD.
In other words, that business card was a genuine article.

’He ’s from Code? ’

Jang Hak-Seon rubbed his chin.
Code was Kang Eun-Yeong ’s management company, wasn ’t it? Although Code ’s standing in the world of acting wasn ’t as prominent, it was still a mega-agency with almost no equal in the entirety of the entertainment industry.
Even Jang Hak-Seon shouldn ’t disparage and belittle a director from such an agency.

Jo Gyu-Min glanced at the FDs moving aside, then asked Kang Jin-Ho directly, “What have you been doing here until now, Mister Jin-Ho?”


The explanation of what happened so far left Jo Gyu-Min chuckling hollowly.
Just how rubbish was your acting for this to happen…?”

Kang Jin-Ho clamped his mouth shut; he couldn ’t say anything.

Jo Gyu-Min continued, “You know, I always thought you were capable of doing practically everything under the sun.
To think you had this kind of weakness, though.
Actually, I ’m glad about this, Mister Jin-Ho.
A person who sucks this bad at acting can ’t be a good liar now, don ’t you agree?”

Kang Jin-Ho chose not to correct Jo Gyu-Min ’s misunderstanding since he wasn ’t a terrible actor; he was just terrible at acting in front of a camera.
There was a clear difference between the two, after all.

Jo Gyu-Min shrugged his shoulders.
“Aside from all that.
I thought something big had happened down here, you know.
It turned out to be a false alarm, though.”

“…A false alarm?” Jang Hak-Seon began grinding his teeth.
Couldn ’t this director from Code not see all these people getting tortured by this so-called false alarm?!

Just before Jang Hak-Seon could raise his voice, Jo Gyu-Min addressed the PD first, “Can you show me all the footage that had been shot so far?”

“…Obviously not.” Jang Hak-Seon curtly refused.

“Don ’t be like that.
Please show me.
I assure you, I can solve this problem right away.”

‘What the hell? Maybe, this guy is a con man?!’

Jang Hak-Seon ’s eyebrow cocked as his irritation level shot even higher.

Before he could start yelling in anger, though, Kang Jin-Ho cut him off this time.
“PD Jang, this man is trustworthy.
If he says he can do it, then he really can do it.”

“…Urgh.” Jang Hak-Seon roughly massaged the bridge of his nose.
Since Kang Jin-Ho said that, it seemed that this situation had taken on another dimension.

Fine! It ’s a straw, so let ’s grab it! ’

Jang Hak-Seon glanced at the other production crew members, then looked back at Jo Gyu-Min while making a defeated face.
Come this way.”

“Ah, before that…” Jo Gyu-Min raised his hand and stopped Jang Hak-Seon.
“Can you tell me what the line Mister Jin-Ho was supposed to recite? But, in the desired tone and speed?”

“…?” Jang Hak-Seon wondered what this was all about but still humored Jo Gyu-Min ’s request and told the latter about the line in question.
The line was repeated several times, and eventually, Jo Gyu-Min nodded away and began focusing on the filmed footage being played on the monitor.

About ten minutes later, Jo Gyu-Min suddenly raised his hand.
“This one! Let ’s use this one!”

He was pointing at the monitor showing a clapperboard with the words ’TAKE 152 ’ written on it.

“What the hell?! Are you messing with me?!” Jang Hak-Seon cried out as if he could no longer hold himself back.
“What the hell do you even mean we ’ll use this one?! Can ’t you hear him recite the line like an elementary school student reading off a Hangul textbook?! I ’ve already had it up to here, yet you wanna kid around and waste my time?!”

However, Jo Gyu-Min remained utterly unfazed even after receiving the PD ’s fury.
In fact, he even smirked nonchalantly back at Jang Hak-Seon.
“Honestly, I don ’t understand why you can ’t see it, PD Jang.
The atmosphere created is absolutely stunning, is it not? And look at the face of our actor! He’s practically shining like a halo, isn’t he?!”

“What the freaking hell?! Sure, he ’s got a great face, but what about his acting? Are you deaf? Is that why you can ’t hear him talk?!”

“I’m disappointed to hear you say that, PD Jang.” Jo Gyu-Min sighed theatrically.
“If you ’re worried about the dialogue, you can always dub it over later, can ’t you? Don ’t you have voice actors on standby or something?”

“…D-dub it over?!” Jang Hak-Seon ’s eyes powerfully shook just then.

Almost at the same time, the sound director muttered to no one in particular, his words perfectly encapsulated what Jang Hak-Seon felt at this very moment.
“Holy sh*t.
Why… why haven ’t we thought of that before? This guy…
Maybe he ’s a genius?”

“FD” is an abbreviation of ’floor director ’.
It ’s not exactly the same as the ’floor manager ’ of Western TV productions, however.
In Korea, FDs are seen more as stagehands or assistants to assistant directors.

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