Marsha (@marshamoomoo) is one of the most enthusiastic and active members of ARMY. She helps organise an account called BTS Radio UK and their most recent project was a celebration of the Love Yourself albums. What you're about to read is incredibly honest profile on a really proud member of ARMY.
1) Tell me about your life, what it was like growing up? Family/friends/school?
I'm originally from Leeds, I live in York in a cottage with my other half and a 11 month old German Shepard called Sheldon (yes, because of The Big Bang Theory). My parents are ace and support me 100% in all my ventures and put up with a lot of my ramblings on Korean music and life in general. I have a great group of friends who are always there for me, come see me screech at my gigs and provide me with much needed love and humour.
School, wow. Haven't spoke about school on a long time! I had a varied school experience, I remember in primary school I was moderately popular, was always the first to sing in assembly and was a regular cast member in plays etc. High school was completely different, I was bullied for being outspoken, having confidence and oddly, for dying my hair. It made me regress and lose a considerable amount of my self confidence. I became quite quiet and isolated so when I left, it was definitely a relief.
Since then I have gained my confidence back, a lot of it because of Korean music, ARMY & BTS.
2) When did you find out about BTS? Tell me the exact moment.
I've been listening to Korean music and K-pop since 2003 so I was already familiar with M-net, Inkigayo etc. I saw some teasers for BTS a few days before they had their debut live, I was interested but not enthralled at first. When they performed for the first time, I had English captions on and I was hooked on every word. There was a lot of speech about grandure and things that western artists speak about often but it was the message behind it that spoke to me. "It's ok to not have a dream and not know where you are going in life, you will find your own way eventually"
That was the moment that helped me start to pave my path for my future. Ironically.
3) What’s your personal plan for the next year or so?
My life is music, always has and will be. I am wanting to continue gigging with my band Slack Habits, growing my promotion team on twitter BTS Radio UK and hopefully move into Music PR, Social Media & Radio.
4) What’s your biggest achievement to date/moment you’re most proud of yourself? & 5) What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to overcome?
I've put these 2 questions together as my biggest achievement was the hardest thing I've ever done. A year or so ago I had a mental health episode, I was depressed and down, anxious all the time and I stopped going out and socializing. What I didn't realise is that I was losing myself and before I knew it I was at a point of giving in.
The hardest thing I've done is tell someone that I had given up and that I needed help and support.
I had to rediscover myself as a person, rebuild my mind, soul, confidence and self love. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do to overcome my illness and still to this day is my greatest achievement.
6) If you could work anywhere in the world doing anything what would it be?
If I could do anything, I would want to sing full time with live bands and travel the world discovering new sounds from different cultures. More realistically I would like to work in Radio bringing those different sounds from different cultures to a wider audience.
7) Who should I interview next?
Group wise, BTS Radio UK or ARMY Magazine.
Person wise, a lovely lady called Shufei.
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