People always long for entertainment. Without something to entertain the masses, the majority of people would be lifeless, lethargic, uninspired, and soulless. Entertainment can bring so much to humans—it makes us laugh, cry, sing, dance, feel scared. When something entertains us, we would follow it and look for more of it. We would look far and wide to have more of it, more of that which can bring us life, and move our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. It gives us a connection with other people that we have never had before, an interest we can all share and talk about. That is what entertainment is to us human beings.
So let us take a look at S.M. Entertainment. This is a South Korean entertainment company that was founded back in 1989 and called "S.M. Studio" until 1995. It is currently one of the largest entertainment companies across South Korea. The company operates variously as a record label, talent agency, music production company, event management and concert production company, and music publishing house. It is also the home of many prominent K-pop artists such as BoA, Kangta, S.E.S., TVXQ, TRAX, The Grace, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, Henry, f(x), Zhou Mi, EXO, Red Velvet, and NCT, as well as actors like Kim Min-jong and Lee Yeon-hee.
Just after graduating with a computer engineering degree from California State University, Northridge, in the United States, Lee Soo-man went back home to South Korea and established S.M. Studio in Apgujeong-dong, Gangnam, Seoul, in 1989. He created the company thanks to the experience of having a front-row seat to the music revolution known as MTV. MTV was making bands go visual as much as they were musical. From the start he saw S.M. as something that would build actors and actresses rather than simply sign them.