|Shim Changmin |
Changmin talking to a fan at the grand opening of Missha Miracle in Thailand.
|Birth name||Shim Changmin|
|Also known as||Max Changmin |
Choikang Changmin (최강창민)
Shen Changmin (沈昌珉)
|Born||February 18, 1988|
|Origin||Seoul, South Korea|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, dance|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, model, songwriter, dancer, composer|
|Labels||SM Entertainment, Avex Trax|
|Associated acts||TVXQ, SM Town|
|Revised Romanization||Sim Chang-min|
|Revised Romanization||Choegang Changmin|
Shim Changmin (born February 18, 1988), also known by his stage name Max Changmin, is a Korean singer, songwriter, model and occasional actor best known as the youngest member of South Korean boyband, now duo, TVXQ. He is managed under music labels SM Entertainment in South Korea and Avex Trax in Japan. He is the first Korean to be nominated for the Hochi Film Awards in Japan for his role in Fly With the Gold.
 Early life
Shim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He is the first-born son of teachers and has two younger sisters, Shim Soo Yeon and Shim Ji Yeon. Shim was first spotted by an SM talent scout while playing badminton in gym class. After school the talent scout told Shim that she was employed to SM, gave him a card, and told him to audition. Shim at the time having no desire of becoming a singer, was forced to go by his mother who wanted to see BoA, then an already debuted artist. Shim auditioned soon after, being taken to SM by his mother without his father's knowledge. Being told he would be contacted in three weeks, Shim was called after three days and joined SM soon after. Shim won the best singer and best artist award in SM Entertainment's 6th Annual Youth Competition. He debuted with TVXQ in 2003 with the group's debut song "Hug" on SBS network's BoA and Britney Spears showcase special.
On December 26, 2003, Changmin debuted as the youngest member of the boyband TVXQ.
Apart from his contribution in musical activities with TVXQ, Changmin has also participated in solo projects. In 2007, he wrote the lyrics to the track "Evergreen" and included in SM Town's compilation album 2007 Winter SMTown - Only Love. In 2008, he wrote the Korean lyrics to "Love In The Ice" for the group's 4th Korean album MIROTIC (album).
On April 3, 2010, Avex announced the hiatus of TVXQ's Japanese activities and that it would focus on helping each member with their solo activities.
From August to September 2010, Yunho and Changmin performed as TVXQ in Seoul, Los Angeles and Shanghai as part of the SMTown Live '10 World Tour. The duo performed a special stage with the new single 'Maximum' on the show and 'Why' by U-know himself.
On November 24, 2010, Avex Entertainment, as well as SM Entertainment Japan, released a statement regarding the renewal of SM artists' contracts with Avex, including TVXQ who would continue as a duo under Avex Trax.
In preparation for their comeback album, Changmin wrote the song "고백 (Confession)" which was included in "Keep Your Head Down" and Paradise Ranch OST Album. Changmin wrote the lyrics for "I Swear" for TVXQ's sixth Korean album Catch Me.
On December 17, 2012, Changmin released "A Person Like Tears" for the drama Jeon Woo-chi.
In 2006, Changmin starred with TVXQ in the miniseries Vacation which had a special premiere and screening at the main auditorium of Yonsei University. He appeared in the episode beside Xiah. They also participated in a number of episodes of Banjun Drama, a popular minidrama series aired on SBS network. He was also the first choice in the drama Snow Flower, but was replaced by Kim Ki Bum due his hectic TVXQ schedule.
In 2010, Changmin guest-starred in Athena: Goddess of War for four episodes—starting from episode 16, as NIS explosives specialist Choi Tae-hyeon.
In 2012, Changmin, along with bandmate Yunho, starred in the SM documentary I AM. The film chronicles TVXQ's and other SM artists milestone to be the first Asian artists to perform at Madison Square Garden and Yunho and Changmin's journey to that point, including archival footage, reflection interviews, and rehearsals.
SM Entertainment revealed on February 2, 2012 that Shim was cast in one of the leading roles in his first Japanese and film role in the Japanese film "Fly With the Gold" based on the novel by Takamura Kaoru. He plays Momo, a North Korean spy disguised as an engineering student. He has been praised for his Osaka dialect, which though easily understood is extremely difficult to speak, in the film, especially by director Izutsu Kazuyuki. Shim was nominated for the "Newcomer Award" at the prestigious 37th annual Hochi Film Awards in Japan, for his role in the film "Fly with the Gold". Shim is the first Korean to be nominated. On January 21, 2013 it was announced that Shim had won the 36th Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the Year, for his role in "Fly With the Gold".
 Television host
It was announced on December 24, 2012 that Shim would be co-hosting a new KBS variety show with Kang Ho Dong. Known for his wit and quick remarks, the show marks Shim's first experience as a fixed MC and Kang's official comeback to KBS. To be directed by Lee Ye Ji, the director for KBS’ Hello, and written by Moon Eun Ae of Knee Drop Guru, it is slated to be released mid-January. On January 4, 2013 it was revealed by KBS that the title had changed from its working title "I Like You, Night of Meeting" to Moonlight Prince. The first episode aired on January 22, 2013.
 Personal life
Besides his native Korean, Shim speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.
Changmin graduated from Gaepo High School in 2006. Accordingly, he was accepted into Seoul's Kyung Hee University. In 2009, he was enrolled as a student of Kyung Hee University majoring in postmodern music. However, as of 2011 he is now attending Konkuk University for his second degree.
 Volunteer work
In January 2008, Changmin volunteered with his father in the cleanup of the beaches in Taean, South Korea following the nation's worst oil spill in history. His trip to Taean was intended to be done in secrecy during a short break from his activities with TVXQ during the new year and was only made known to the media and public when another volunteer posted his sighting on a fan site. The incident was later confirmed by TVXQ's agent.
|2012||A Person Like Tears||Jeon Woo Chi Original Soundtrack||04:02||"눈물 같은 사람"; Released December 18|
|2006||Banjun Theater||Max Changmin||SBS|
|2010||Athena: Goddess of War||Choi Tae-hyeon||SBS||4 episodes|
|2011||Paradise Ranch||Han Dong-Joo||Main role|
|Welcome to the Show||Himself||Cameo with U-Know Yunho|
|2013||Saki||Cafe customer||Fuji TV|
|Fly With The Gold||Momo||Japanese film debut |
36th Japanese Academy Award for Newcomer of the Year
Nominated – 37th Annual Hochi Film Award for Newcomer Award
 Variety shows
- 6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards : Best Singer
- 6th Annual Best Competition SM Entertainment Awards : Best Artist
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