Rights offering detail :
Young is Blessed
Oct. 17, 2022
Author:
Young Bae, star of VH1's Black Ink Crew
Category:
Non-fiction: Memoir
Description:
If you liked "I'm Glad My Mom Died," you'll love this Korean-American story of overcoming family adversity from this reality star with 1.4 million IG followers.

Gritty, candid, and inspirational, YOUNG IS BLESSED is a coming-of-age immigrant memoir constructed in a nonlinear style; a tale of hope, determination, and how impossible dreams can come true.

It starts in 2007, when I arrived in New York from South Korea, penniless but determined to make my fortune. Throughout the 70,000 word book I flash back to my prior life in Seoul, the poverty and abuse of my first twenty-two years that instilled in me a powerful will to survive, and compelled me to leave my homeland, forever.

I am the granddaughter of a famous South Korean photographer, a man who made his name and a sizable fortune through his art. But I never knew him because he cut off my mother (his daughter) before I was born. She was a talented painter, and could have pursued a fine art career of her own—instead, she devoted her life to making money, doing so by teaching local children how to draw. It was the only source of income my family ever had.

Despite my mother’s valiant efforts to house and support us, my sister and I grew up poor and intermittently homeless, beaten and verbally abused by my mentally unstable father who was neither willing nor able to hold down a job. I often wondered why in the world my mother had given up her giant inheritance to be with my broke, abusive father. It made no sense to me. She remained silent throughout the years of physical and emotional abuse. A typical Korean woman, she was always submissive and loyal to her man. I vowed never to become like that. Unlike my mother, I wanted to be independent and make money—real money—from my art. I wanted to become a star.

I worked and hustled, sure that my artistic talent, a God-given blessing, would propel me to the top, one day. All I had to do was keep striving, and never give up. Through wit and determination, I got myself to New York at the age of 23, and worked eighteen-hour days for a year, juggling three jobs in nail salons and restaurants; low-paying, under-the-table immigrant labor that would buy me time while I searched for a way to put my blessing to work.

Shortly after getting fired from the nail salon for losing my temper with a customer, I walked into a tattoo shop and realized that this was it—this was what would turn my artistic blessing into a money-making machine. I apprenticed there, unpaid, for a year, mopping floors and observing the other artists, longing for the day I would be allowed to make tattoos of my own, and show the world just how talented I really am...
Rights available:
World Publishing Rights
Contact:
Adam Chromy
Movable Type Management
achromy@movabletm.com
phone: 6464316134
Offering #:
20137
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