In a Seoul episode of NOISEY, we delve deep into the inner workings of the Korean pop industry. Catch a raw glimpse behind all the glitz and glamour with insights from the stars themselves, company staff, plastic surgeons and aspiring trainees.
In a rare interview taken inside the YG Entertainment building, host Zach Goldbaum sat down with BigBang's Taeyang to talk all things K-Pop. The singer revealed his personal stories and opened up about the sacrifices he made as a kid to realize his dreams. He also shared his thoughts on how the idol training system has evolved since he first started.
"When I was 12, I decided to become a singer and came to YG. The company was very small back then and there were only two trainees, me and G-Dragon. Systematic training wasn’t structured back in those days and we had to come up with things to do on our own.”
Nowadays, as dancer and choreographer Lia Kim observed, "K-Pop agencies have more systematic training programs and so K-Pop artists are mass-produced.”
Training is an intense process with strict rules and control from management agencies. As members of K-Pop girl group DIA shared,
"We put in all the time we have in a day to training. Practice singing, dancing and instruments. Spending time with family is very difficult."
Giving up family, friends and childhood freedoms is unfortunately a common sacrifice for those pursuing the Kpop dream.
However, there are countless hopefuls who even after long years of training and dedication still don't make the cut and are left heartbroken.
The price of fame and fortune. Is becoming a K-Pop idol worth it?
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