Joy is a South Korea singer, actress, and member of the kpop group Red Velvet. During grade school, she performed K-rock band Cherry Filter's "Flying Duck" which marked the beginning of her aspiration to become a singer. She auditioned and was cast by S.M. Entertainment at the S.M. Global Audition in Seoul in 2012. She graduated from School of Performing Arts Seoul in February 2015. In 2015, Joy gained public interest by joining the fourth season of reality show We Got Married, where she was paired with BtoB member Yook Sung Jae. She and Yook won Best Couple at the MBC Entertainment Awards with Joy winning the award for 2015's New Star of the Year.