MADTOWN member H.O is currently a livestreamer on AfreecaTV, where he recently went online to tell stories about his time as a trainee at JYP.
Although he ended up joining a different agency and debuting with MADTOWN in 2014, H.O spent time as a trainee at JYP before that, and he recalls the experience fondly.
He said that there was a special training centre, located five minutes from the famous JYP Entertainment building, where all the trainees learned. Talking about the daily life of a trainee, he said they were given meal tickets for the canteen, and that they were closely monitored with CCTV so he had to find blind spots where he could relax and eat junk food.
There were monthly evaluations according to H.O. He elaborated saying: "All of the entertainment companies that you would recognise are probably the same. There's an evaluation they do once a month"
"It shows them how much a person has improved, and how passionate they are. They kind of draw a picture in their heads. They say, 'Oh that person seems to be passionate, and it seems like they've practiced hard. Their skills seems ot have improved since last month'. Then they keep training them. But if they see them and think, 'Oh their skills haven't improved since last month', they then keep observing. They don't let them go right away. Then if they haven't improved for two or three months and they don't seem to be passionate, then they let them go."
H.O said that when vocal training, he was always told to sing songs in English, though he's still not sure why!
He also spoke about the good environment at JYP, saying that the monthly evaluations were ended with a birthday party for trainees, and that they also held Christmas parties. They'd also go on a trip once a year, usually camping or something similar.
Talking about whether trainees were paid, he confirmed that they weren't:"Instead, there's really no place to use money. You can live on the allowance and they pay for a place for trainees to sleep, they give them food and take care of the lessons. They provide everything."
All in all, H.O recalls his time as a trainee fondly saying: "It was actually hard at the time, but looking back on it now, it was a good memory and really fun."
You can watch the entire livestream below.
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