Mike (owner of Brushed Comfort) describes her as one of the most driven individuals that he has ever met.
YouSun had an unusually difficult childhood. Her family was extremely poor. As the firstborn of five, she had to take care of younger sisters and a brother even before entering elementary school.
At the age of 9, to support her parents and younger siblings, she went around one farm to the other to make money. She mainly looked for cheap and tough jobs. At that time, there were no proper laws to protect children from various harsh conditions. Even if there were any, she had no choice but to find ways to make money for the family.
When she reached 12, she started working at a factory. Her job was wet-sanding components of full-scale vintage wooden clocks. She worked 12 hours per day in a warehouse without cooling or heating. During the wintertime, temperatures inside the warehouse dropped as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 Celsius). Wet-sanding in this harsh condition for 12 hours a day was beyond extreme.
When the time came for her to enter high school, she knew that it would be impossible for her parents to support her and her siblings. She decided not to enter high school and continued to earn money for her family instead.
During those years, she always dreamed of drawing, painting, and creating shapes and forms, as she had a love for art, in general. However, art was a luxury that she could not even imagine to afford.