The path to being a K-pop idol isn't easy, something that Prince Mak knows all too well.
3 Aug 2017 - 2:41 PM  UPDATED 3 Aug 2017 - 2:41 PM

Another week and that means only one thing - Prince Mak is back on SBS PopAsia radio with "The Prince Mak Hour."

In the latest episode of his radio show, Prince Mak pulls the curtain back on his life as a K-pop trainee and some of the things that budding K-pop idols will have to go through during their training period. Each company has a different training regime, but the one common thing with every agency is that every trainee will have to go through a rigorous program of some kind.

For Prince Mak, he had to get up at 5:30AM every day and he would train until 1 to 2AM. During those hours numerous lessons will be packed into each day, such as vocal, dancing, acting (which is essential since this is where most money is made), and language lessons. Trainees will have to work hard at these lessons because there will be regular monthly tests, which will gauge the progress of each trainee. For younger trainees, they will have to juggle both school and lessons, so it can be doubly hard for some.

Sadly, despite all the work put in by trainees, not everyone will be able to debut as a K-pop idol. On average, only 1 in 3 trainees will end up debuting as an idol and many will either leave partway through training or will simply never get the chance to debut.

Listen to Prince Mak talk about the life of a K-pop idol trainee at the 29:55 mark:


Catch Prince Mak's SBS PopAsia radio show "The Prince Mak Hour" every Tuesday @ 8PM (AEST). 

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