There are many people who listen to Kpop music nowadays and there are many fans of different idols, but some people don’t know the hard work and difficult times they’ve had to go through to become a Kpop idol. Before becoming a kpop idol, you first have to join a company and then get trained to become an idol. There are many different companies that help train idols, usually the bigger the company, the harder it is to get into. Many companies hold auditions to find newcomers wanting to become a kpop idol. There are usually many auditions held each year but it’s pretty hard to pass the audition since there are many people auditioning.
When you do pass the audition and you sign a contract with the company you become a trainee. When you become a trainee you have to take singing, dancing, and acting lessons as well as some language classes. Life as a trainee can be hard because of the tight schedules. Some trainees who are students would start training right after school which can be even harder since they have their classes in school and then they also have to take classes in singing and dancing. Usually the training hours for trainees who are students start from 6 pm, or whenever their school classes are finished, to 10 pm. Other trainees may have a different schedule depending on the company they’re in, like having to wake up at 5 am and they not finishing until 1 am in the morning.
In one of the big companies called JYP, trainees there usually have one to five classes a day, with each class being about 3 hours. When taking dance lessons, a trainee may train up to 5 hours or more a day practicing dancing, and some trainees may also practice in their own time especially when the monthly evaluations are close. During the evaluations the trainees have to perform their best to show the company that there are making progress in their training or else they’ll get kicked from the company if they’re not improving.
In addition to their training, trainees also usually receive homework daily to do, and if they don’t do their homework given to them by their company, they’re going to get left behind. There are many trainees who give up their dreams of becoming a kpop idol because of the tight schedules and all the training and practice they have to do in order to not get kicked from the company.
The tight schedule isn’t the only thing difficulty in becoming a kpop star. Trainees also have to keep their weight under control. Some trainees may have to lose weight while other may have to keep their current weight which can be difficult because of the intense exercise they do and practicing dancing. They also have to control what they eat to control their weight which means they might not be able to eat certain foods depending on which company they are in since each company may do things differently. Companies usually check each trainee’s weight day to day to see if they’ve lost weight or have kept their weight.
After becoming a trainee and you been training for a while there is a chance you could debut but not all trainees are able to debut. Before a trainee can debut they usually have to train for a while. The average training period for a trainee is usually between 2 to 4 years but it can be different for each trainee. Jo Kwon, who’s a member of the balled group 2AM, had been a trainee for 7 years before he was able debut while Kyuhyun, a member of the group Super Junior, only trained for 3 months before debuting in the group. In the girl group called Girls’ Generation, also known as SNSD, the group members’ average training period was 5 years.
The life of a trainee can be hard and tiring. Many trainees may give up their dreams of becoming a kpop star but it can be hard giving up their dream too. When a trainee is accepted into a company they have to sign a contract with the company and if they want to give up and leave the company it can be difficult. If a trainee chooses to leave before their contract with company has ended the trainee may have to pay back the company for all the time and effort the company put into them to training them to become an idol.
While there are many people who love listening to kpop and wish to become a kpop idol themselves, it can be hard to actually become a kpop idol. To become an idol you have to be a trainee first and train to become an idol and the training can last for a long time and there’s also a chance they you may not ever debut. The life of a kpop trainee can be hard and difficult it would be better if the companies gave trainees more time for themselves so they can rest or go see their family from time to time since they’re always training they never have time to themselves or time with their family. They need time to rest their bodies from training so that they’ll have energy to train later. There are many trainees and even idols that have gone to the hospital because of being overworked or not getting enough sleep. Companies should also let them eat more instead of making them eat less. Even if they’re trying to lose weight making them eat less would make it hard for trainees since they are always training they need to eat more or they won’t have enough energy to get though the day.
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