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Call for minion applications: Recap for Dramabeans!

It’s time for minion tryouts! I can’t believe it’s already been more than three years since our last call for applications. (Where does the time go?!) Try as we might, we haven’t had the capacity to cover all the fantastic dramas out there. Join the Dramabeans family and save a show from languishing in obscurity!

If you’re passionate about dramas and would like to be a part of our crazy family, we want to hear from you. We’re mostly in search of recappers, but are also interested in news writers (news requires literacy in Korean). We do pay after an initial training period.

Instructions for recaps:

  1. Write a sample recap of an episode not recapped on Dramabeans. Make sure to include a comments section. No screencaps necessary.
  2. Tell us about you and a few of your favorite dramas. You don’t have to write an essay; we just want to know a little bit about you and how your tastes run. Also, let us know if you need subtitles, or if you can recap raw episodes from Korean.
  3. If you have a blog, send us your link. This does not replace the sample recap step.
  4. Email your sample to hello @ dramabeans.com. We’ll accept Word or text documents, PDFs, or recaps written into the body of the email.

Instructions for news:

  1. Select a news article from a Korean source, on something we haven’t written about on Dramabeans. Write a news post and send us the link to the original article.
  2. Tell us about yourself and what areas of news most interest you.
  3. Email your sample to hello @ dramabeans.com.

 
Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

 
Tips:

  • Make sure your sample is proofread and ready to publish. (We won’t be publishing them, but we want to see a finished product.)
  • You don’t have to recap the first episode of a series, but they are easier to follow. You might have better luck with a first episode than one in the middle.
  • Spend some time on the comments section. Pretend nobody’s watched the show yet, as though you’re recapping it on the day it aired.
  • Don’t worry about sounding like us or using our lingo; we want you to sound like you.

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Don’t worry about sounding like us or using our lingo; we want you to sound like you.

Sarcasm is my first language.

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"Sarcasm is my first language"
Yes, please apply - we need more sarcasm lately.
Perfect.

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Egads. DO THIS THING HERE. Wait....you won't go changing if you become a minion to the overlords would you? You'd be privy to overlords secrets and such....

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Egads would be an awesome recapper. Even though she said mean things about me and my errand boy life. I am magnanimous by nature, so I forgive you, Egads.

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If I did a recap on Hyun bin. I'd just recap on his hair, his dreamy eyes, his crooked smile, his dimples. Nothing else would matter.

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Please become a recapper. Or squeecapper. I've been following your comments for years. I love them and your humour. I remember for some time DB even had a top comments weekly post. Miss that.

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Aw, thank you! I'm so flattered, really. Most of the time, I'm just sprouting mad stuff off the top of my crazy head. No, I would be the worst recapper ever, omg, just thinking about recapping is horrifying. I would have to be so serious. Good grief, what a chilling thought lol

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Time really does fly. I was just a lurker that only cared for recaps back then.

Becoming a minion sounds like the best job ever. If only school wasn’t a full time job. sighs.

Anyway, good luck to everyone that’s applying!! 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛

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Oooooh we are gonna get a new batch of minions after this! I wonder how many of our active beanies are gonna try out!
All the best guys!

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Daebak!
It’s great to see the Overlords reaching out for more recappers! 😊

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Good luck to the participants!

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@fanwho please apply!

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I want to upvote this more than once.

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Yes, yes, yes and... YES!
Please 🙏

(I usually don't have time to read Friday's OT, but I often come back for Fan's interview posts... Thank you, @fanwho !)

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Omg i hope to see a bean become a minion soon. There are beans who are so good in the comments section, I'd love to see them as recapers.

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Agree, totally!!

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Time flies 😮
Good luck to all 😄
(hoping to see variety shows recap coming back)

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Did you ever read the ones that JB and GF did? Were they randomly watched an ep of different variety shows. They were so fun because of the cultural and personal context they could add about the personalities.

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used to read running man back then...

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I started watching RM after those but loved going back and reading them as I hop scotched through eps.

This is the Variety Roulette they and another did. I read them all cause just fun writing, but still haven't seen many of the shows. Just linking here in case any new readers want to go down memory lane.

http://www.dramabeans.com/tag/variety-roulette/

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thx for the link :)

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Can someone please clarify what they mean by saying to include a comments section? How can I put a comments section in a word document?

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They mean your personal comments about the ep you recap. All the recaps have one at the very end. It is just where the recaper puts some of their personal opinions, reflections, and predictions.

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Thank you, I realised what they meant right after I posted, I'm such a dummy! Thank you for replying, you're a sweetheart!

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@pakalanapikake needs to do this. Her opinions are unique and as well as how she writes.

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Aw shucks. Thanks for the vote of confidence, @ally-le Ally. I cannot make that kind of commitment at this time. Plus the obligation and time factor (deadlines) would take all the fun out of it for me. I'll continue to pontificate from the peanut gallery. ;-)

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I second this.

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Ally, you'd be awesome too. I enjoy reading your posts.

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As @pakalanapikake states, time is the issue. If I could operate on 3 hours of sleep a night, maybe. But I already have two jobs I get paid to do and another that volunteer to do, and two kids and a hubby in the mix. If I were retired, and my kids were self-sufficient, definitely. So if kdramas and DB are still around in 15 years, you guys know who to call! 😜

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@ally-le

I treasure @pakalanapikake comments and I fear the requirements of being a re-capper would, by necessity, take the best of her insights away.

Selfish I know....but she is someone that makes me see the world as bigger.

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If I had:

1. Better English (at least)
2. Korean (in my dreams)
3. Time! 😆
4. Better literary style in English (it not the same as # 1)

I would apply 😅😅😅😅

So, I wish success to the applicants and future New recappers!!! 🙋

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Good luck to all the applicants!

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Good luck to all applicants!

I would fancy to apply, but, alas I don't have the writing skills to do so. 🤣😆😆

Looking forward to read recaps from new recappers with hopes my future dramas will be recapped~ hahaha

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You would write awesome recaps about Hyuk and TLE.

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You should do recapping @yyishere! Your fanfics were very detailed and so fun to read~ I hope all the best for you in the fanfic competition :)

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Ah, I would be very bad at it. And it won't be fun anymore. Now I can shoot my mouth off, and it's so much fun. I doubt I'll win the fanfic competition lol, everyone is so talented, but it's fun writing, and getting people to read your book is just awesome.

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Good luck to all applicants !

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Oh what fun!

Wishing everyone good luck!

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Also, @michykdrama is doing a recap/medicap on her blog of Dr. John if anyone is interested. (I wonder if she’d like to get paid for doing so...) https://mydramalesslife.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/doctor-john-epi-1-2-again/

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Haha thanks @ally-le 😊 I don’t think I can commit enough time regularly to do this so as to get paid, but I’m happy enough to be the unofficial medical consult on an ad hoc basis! 😁

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Applying looks fun but I usually write scientific papers so writing a recap and sounding like a laboratory report would look weird. HAHA

Good luck to everyone!

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But what an interesting take that would be.

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If only we had more Kdramas that deal with Chemists...

But dramas dealing with forensics are fun to make fun of sometimes HAHA

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Best of luck to all the wannabe recappers and thank you in advance from all the Beanies ❤️

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I reaaaaallly want to apply but am beginning a new chapter in my life where I’ll be extremely busy. I wonder if this ad will come out in a year or two? Ughhh i reallllly wanna do this!

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Good luck to all who want to take on this challenge

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Good luck to all the participants! I can’t wait to read the new reviews.

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I would apply, but damn college life T-T Good luck to all the peeps!

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Does it have to be a drama episode or can we do variety shows as well?

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It can be a variety show! 🤗

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Thanks!!

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Nice to see the call out for new minions. Good luck to all who apply.💪

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Is it just me who arcs up at the term "minion"?

For me, they were always contributors, recappers and that is something to be respected and I am always astounded by their skill and insight.

I never want to think these brothers and sisters are here to be servile. Sure, we see things differently sometimes, but no-one ever disrespected those who work so hard.

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It is just you. If I recall correctly from my fuzzy memory, the word started being used around here years ago when dramabeans only consisted of Javabeans (and Girlfriday?) as a humorous and endearing term. Nothing beyond that.

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Wow! You have hit on something. I think that for me, the term is more problematic once GF and DB stepped back.

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This would be super fun, but alas - as I still classify myself a n00b to kdramas - I'm defo not anywhere near qualified to contribute.

Much luck to all the prospective minions throwing their hats in! Can't wait to meet the new crop. :)

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I see spaces between 'hello' and '@' as well as between '@' and the domain name. Is that correct?

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Hi Anon,
When you email us, please take out the spaces! We put the spaces in the email address to thwart potential spammers.
Thanks,
stroopwafel

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Thank you!

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Is it ok to recap an episode from a show that hasn't been recapped, but has had a special write-up posted about it on DB? For example, Biscuit Teacher Star Candy. @stroopwafel @mary

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Hi Kaleidoscopic goes ooh! vroom vroom vroom for LJS,

Yes, that's fine as long as there hasn't been a full recap, you're good to go!

Thanks,
stroopwafel

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Hello.
I don’t want to write recaps, is it possible for me to write only reviews?
Thank you.

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Is the position paid or voluntary?

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We do pay writers after the initial training period. :)

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Goodluck to everyone who will be trying out!

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OH. MY. GOD. I think anxiety is kicking in. That sounds so tempting but I'm not very familiar with Korean culture and I haven't been really into dramas lately. I do love to write tho. GOOD LUCK to all Beanies who's applying!

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What I wanted to do was a news outlet of new kdramas coming in...the famous Press Conferences!!! Love fashion and also the questions, chemistry between co-stars, and pictures!!! I once e-mailed dramabeans, but never got a reply...maybe because they probably won't accept news posts about Press Conferences only.

But, I wish all of the beanies good luck!!!

Meanwhile, I'll use my Fan Wall for fashion posts about Hotel Del Luna. Maybe I'll start using it for Press Conference fashion posts too, who knows!

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Well that means the deadline is the start of 13th right?

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When you say, "Make sure to include a comments section," does it mean that we make up people commenting on the post?

I know it's too late for my application, but I really want to ask this.

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Hey no, the comments section is the recappers own thoughts. You would see on recaps here after the recapper is done recapping the show, they would then comment on what they felt about it, like 2,3 paragraphs long. You will find that in every recap, it is not the readers comments.

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Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

is this KST?

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It's usually midnight DB time. Like I am writing this at 11:22pm KST but it will show up as-
(lemme see the DB time after I post the comment)

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Ah so DB is 16 hours behind Korea. I am guessing it follows one of the timezones of America.

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DB time is Pacific Standard Time.

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Thank you @obsessedmuch and @egads for your reply

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Hello ,I can write recaps of kdrama with English subtitles. I am currently watching hotel del Luna. My favourite dramas are the legend of the blue sea,memories of the Alhambra,secret garden . I like watching fantasy dramas and I understand Korean UpTo some level

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Hey dramabeans. I sent in my application to [email protected] but I got an email that it didn’t go through. I know it’s past the deadline but I’d really appreciate a chance to still send it in.
Thanks

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Aw, I'm so sad! I missed the deadline (I'm just seeing this now...have been studying for exams). :( :( :(

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