So You Want To Be a Kpop Idol, a Kpop Star?


This is a special post for my “little sisters” who are interested in pursuing a career in the Korean music industry as singers; and, if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out THIS post by seoulbeats about what it’s like for Asian-American, Latino, black, and white people who are currently pursuing “The Korean Dream.”

I’ve talked about the music industry in Korea before HERE, but I’d like to offer some advice– not just a warning, and introduce two possible role models (for my little sisters in particular) who have made it big in Korea and are black and Korean: Insooni and Yoon Mi-rae (aka “T” or Tasha).

And, here are two important links for everyone:

  1. Entertainment Companies and Their Artists
  2. Entertainment Companies and Their Addresses

I know that there are people of every race who are pursuing careers in music or entertainment in Korea, so there is someone out there who we can all look up to! If you’re not sure, just ask me.

I wish I had room to mention them all– from Jessica Gomes to Julien Kang to Sam Hammington and even Olivia, a French girl, and Sam, a Kenyan boy. But, don’t even get me started on the people who are Korean-American or Chinese and have made it big in Korea!

So You Want To Be a Kpop Idol, a Kpop Star?


From now on, I’m not going to use the word “Kpop idol” or “Kpop star.” I don’t think you’ll make it (very far) in the Korean music industry as a foreigner unless you have the humble heart of a true singer and are willing to work incredibly hard…

From learning to speak Korean to learning about Korean culture to learning about the people and companies that make up what has become a very large industry– on top of actually singing and maybe even dancing if you become a “dance gasu.”

These days, anyone can get surgery and be styled to look like a Kpop idol or Kpop star. These days, anyone can even have the attitude of a Kpop idol or Kpop star. So, what separates you from everyone else is your voice, talent, and work ethic.

Having a good work ethic, especially in a place where people are often overworked like Korea, will be the best way to make your dreams come true. After all, by now many of us know that auditioning to be a singer in the Korean music industry both in America AND in Korea is an ordeal.

The competition gets harder and harder every year! So, that means YOU have to work harder, too. To see what its like to audition for SM, watch THIS video as the members of Infinity Challenge– seven of Korea’s most famous comedians, do just that!

If you DO manage to pass the audition and sign with a music or entertainment company, then practice harder than everyone else. Take critique– in fact, ask for it. Go out of your way to sing or dance anywhere and for anyone.

Most importantly, don’t let the challenges you encounter, such as discrimination or cultural differences, bring you down. It’s hard for Koreans to make it in the music industry, too, so don’t see your challenges as any harder than anyone else’s, although they might be different in many ways.

From running errands to performing favors to standing on small stages night after night and even being scolded and getting your feelings hurt– you better be ready to deal with it all and get through it all, always learning and improving along the way.

In addition, take the time to get to know your sunbaes in the Korean music industry, from H.O.T. to EXO, from G.O.D. to 2PM, from S.E.S. to SNSD, as well as other legends and current trends in the Korean music AND entertainment industry.

However, for my “little sisters” who are looking for a sunbae and role model who might hit a little closer to home, then look no further than Insooni and Yoon Mirae. Go HERE to read more about Insooni and her story, as well as get some excellent advice from The Diva of Korea herself.

Yoon Mi Rae is someone many people are more likely to already be familiar with, so I won’t spend too much time talking about her except to say she is an amazing rapper AND singer who has come a long way in both Korea and America.

If you have a dream, go for it; and, don’t be afraid to dream BIG. 

But, be realistic. Don’t just see your dream– see the hard work, dedication, and effort it will take to make it come true.

49 thoughts on “So You Want To Be a Kpop Idol, a Kpop Star?

  1. I have no music chops what so ever. Thankfully children do not care about if their moms can carry a tune just simply the love the sound of their voice.

    But thanks so much for such insightful tips. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to break into the music industry period!


  2. I am indian. (asian). 18yrs old
    My colour is light brown.
    I can sing and dance well.
    But my colour could be a problem????
    Please be honest! And thanks for your article. Its nice.


    • Koreans think that lighter skin tones are more beautiful for KOREANS. I don’t know if they will hold you to that standard, too. I mean, Beyonce is popular in Korea, but so is Naomi Campbell. I also got many compliments on my skin color in Korea when I was there and even here in America from Koreans.

      For you, here are links to a half-Korean, half-Indian girl who did well on a Korean music talent show:

      There was another girl who was much darker and even wore hijabi, and she was also very popular and did well on a Korean music talent show, but I don’t remember her name anymore. >.<

      Also, your biggest problem is speaking and singing in Korean– not speaking and singing well for a foreigner but speaking and singing just as well as any other Korean.

      Your skin color, I don't know if it really matters as much as the fact that you are just not Korean. So, learn Korean language and Korean culture and just know that Kpop Idol standards of beauty are very hard even for Koreans to reach!


    • Thanks a lot! It means so much for me.
      Right now i am learning korean.
      And do sing korean songs too by memorising the words.
      But because of that beauty standards i dont think any company would select me! :( dazz sad. Because this is my passion..
      Well can you tell me more how to audition online and which company?
      ThAnks once again.


    • If you’re talented they will select you, but you might have to diet or get plastic surgery.

      I don’t get so involved in audition process, and you really should audition in Korea… but for now, you just need to keep an eye on when companies allow you to audition online. SM and YG are the best, but smaller companies like Cube, BigHit, Loen, etc. manage their artists well, too. I’ll update this post with a list of kpop companies later:)


    • :) thank you! This was really helpful!
      Finally have found a website i can rely on. :) will wait for your update about korean companies. :)


    • i am sorry, light brown skin color is a issue. All korean idols and trainees have light skin. One of the major entertainments called SM is considered 80% looks.


    • I have won so many competitions in singing beating so many talented girls out there..
      So according to my talent and personality i can say that i must be a tough competition ^^
      but yes am not white as they want to be… :(
      You guys are so sweet thanks :) 4 ur generous comments


    • Koreans expect other Koreans to be a certain way. There were two Indian girls on singing competitions, both dark girls and light girls, who were recognized for their beauty. As a foriegner, you are beautiful in your own way. Skin color doesnt change that. If you want to be a Kpop idol, then I’m not sure. If you just want to sing in Korean, then find a good agency in Korea who knows your talented and beautiful. SM and whatever isnt all thats out there!


  3. Me and my cousin want to be a korean artist.can you help us how to be a korean artist?We are good in dancing and singing.anything we try just to be a korean artist. we want that badly :)


    • First, you need to learn how to describe yourself right, and “Korean artist” is wrong– unless you are Korean. Race in Korea is not defined by where you choose to work, so just saying that you want to be a foreign artist and work in Korea is more appropriate and more professional!^^

      Sorry, but, just because you are good in dancing and singing doesn’t mean anything. You need to be great! Breaking into the Korean music industry is difficult even for Koreans, and as you can see, your image and marketability often matter more than your talent… when it comes to being a Korean Pop singer at least.

      (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you need to study business more first! This is still just a business!)

      Since its just business, no one will care about your dream or that you think Koreans are nice.

      (People working in the industry are not that nice.)

      So, think: What separates you from the millions of other people who want to be foriegn artists in Korea? Why should they pick you at an audition? Do you speak Korean, do you sing and dance better than the majority of people, are you incredibly attractive or at least have the potential to be through surgery?

      That’s the reality, and when you have the right answers to those questions then your dream can be a reality, so fighting!

      (I’m in law school. It takes a lot to be successful at anything, and being good is often not good enough no matter what career path you choose. It’s a competive, globalized world that we live in. Strive to be the best at what you do!)


    • Yes, but Korean people are like all people everywhere: good and bad. Please be careful of smaller, unknown Korean entertainment companies that try to scam both Koreans and foriegners. Kim Woo Bin and many other famous Korean celebrities were scammed! It’s a serious issue in Korea.

      Other than that, Koreans are always so kind and helpful and friendly. I miss being in Korea and hope you get to go someday!^^


  4. Annyeonghaseyo :) I just wanted to know some suggestions for these 3 questions :
    1.its a real risky thing for any participant to select a right margin to acknowledge himself /herself that what range did s/he marks in any competition so please help to judge me by the details ^^
    Age:15yrs. Skills:perfect in singing, can grasp dancing in average,modeling.
    Height:5.5″ skin: fair.

    2.system for auditions basically in SM
    3.formalities and terms if selected
    And some more information if you can give I’ll be glad to see your suggestions. Your article is a great support for daring and having faith in auditioning :-)


    • Hi!
      Since I don’t know what you look like your hieght and skin tone mean nothing. There are short and tall models and idols as well as light and dark models and idols. Its about your overall look and feel and how hard you work to learn Korean, Korean culture, and how things really work in the Korean music industry.

      There are tons of good singers and decent dancers, btw, so I don’t think that’s what will help you win a competition. What makes you unique and marketable?

      SM… Is hard to audition for. They usually scout their stars on the street, but they do have auditions in Korea. They look at your face on a monitor first to rate your looks and see if you need plastic surgery. (Almost a must to get plastic surgery these days.) They also rate your dancing and singing after you perform. Thats really it.

      3. Its different for everyone, but SM is notorious for having slave contracts, which is probably why Kris is leaving EXO.


    • Make sure you dance with lots of flexibility. When you sing, hit the right notes and make sure you have high vocals. It’s even better if you know how to rap.


  5. Hey! I’m asian-not korean. I’m hmong-we’re not well known in America as much or in general but almost all hmong girls(and boys) love kpop. I just happen to follow that category.

    I love to sing and I’ve dance for about 5 years. I’m turning 14 in December. I’ve never tried dancing to hip hop but I would love to learn.

    My skin tone.. has its days since I live in America. I’m only about 5’3 right now but I’m sure to grow. I’ve always wanted to be in Kpop since I was young.

    I know that I would have to work really hard to learn korean, their culture and improve my singing and dancing but I’m up to the job.

    Do you think I have a chance(although you don’t know what I look like or how I sound like)? And even so, how would I get from America to Korea?


  6. I have been really anticipating graduating so i can go to korea and hunt down companies and audition. A lot of auditions, a lot of singing. I’m Hispanic/Native American/British, from the States, and I’m friggin tall. Like this is probably the first time i’ll admit it, but i’m like 182-183-ish cm tall, however i always deny it and say i’m more like 180.3-180.5ish cm, and i might weigh quite a bit for any hopeful newcomer to the korean industry (*Sobs* 81kg-ish *sobs*) i am quite proficent in Mandarin and Japanese pronunciation, and i’m able to sing/rap in six languages, while i’m currently only fluent in one and studying two (Korean and Mandarin), and i’m fairly popular with all the chinese people that i’ve done language exchanges with (and some of the Filipino, as well as like two Koreans). I definently would need a lot of vocal training, and more dance training (working on some by myself, but i’m a babe in swaddling cloth compared to the rookies that are “bad” at it today), but i function well in chaos and my normal sleep schedule is like 3-4 (some nights if i’m lucky 5) hours per night. Based on all this, how likely would YOU be to pass me if you ran a company and i auditioned to you?


    • Also i forgot to mention but i’m 16 internationally, 17 in korean and my birthday was after the korean new year in 1998


    • Okay, still young! And remember, an audition is about showing your potential. So, you don’t have to look or be perfect. They will fix you… Training and surgery (surgery is part of almost every contract now.) I’m sure they’ll make you diet, too,.so you may as well start on that if you think you are bigger than the industry standard.

      Also, best of luck and hope some of this hits home and helps! Fighting!


    • Hi love! Glad you stopped by. Honestly…

      The most important aspect of a Kpop idol is IMAGE. How well will you sell? Its not like SNSD are all the best singers or dancers. They are pretty and talented. Together as a group they cover one another… Some sing better but some dance better. Some are funnier, so they’re also successful on variety shows.

      Now, things like your sleep schedule honestly don’t matter. Idols don’t sleep. Now, I care about what you do when you’re not sleeping. Are you a hard worker or lazy… Committed or a quitter. With training will you improve to the level I need you to be. Also, how good is your Korean and will that get better? Are you humble and polite or a bit of a diva…

      I mean, obvioisly I can’t answer these questions but focus on these more so when you audition you pass, or at least know what they are looking for/focusing on.

      It’s ALWAYS just business. No one is really trying to make your dreams come true. Sometimes not the people you work for, sometimes not the people you work with. Make sure you read about The Dark Side of Kpop, too, and avoid any bad companies and slave contracts (Search DBSK and BAP for more on slave contracts).

      Peace, Love, &Kpop!


    • So i’ve been thinking about this (my internet tanked right after i saw you answered, and my answers are…..

      I’d sell like Key or Tao, i can be humble, i have amazing manners (at least in old american culture, i don’t know so much about Korean), and i can be a diva, but usually it’s all internally that i turn out to be a raging diva. I am hard working, I’m committed, and i probably would be the kind to spend 14+ hours in the studio practicing to get better at dance or to improve in singing. and i would DEFINITELY improve at Korean because as of right now, i may spend 4-5 hours studying Korean a day, but in the end, a thirteen hour day in English only (well with some Spanish too, not on my part) isn’t exactly the most helpful thing to mastering Korean. And no, being a k-pop idol isn’t my dream that i want a company to make come true, at least not in the “oh my god this company signed me, all my dreams are coming true” it’s more of a goal in life. I want to go to a company to be polished to help spread hallyu, and i know that a company probably won’t make my “dreams” come true (because i don’t know what they are at the moment, but i do know that i want to become a member of a Korean boy band). I do know quite extensively how foreigners and even Koreans are treated by entertainment companies (and Koreans themselves), and i’m not just trying so i can meet my favorite idols, i’m doing this because i am motivated by three things; fame, money and fashion (the third is irrelevant to k-pop).

      Anyway, with more babble, do you think i’d be at least a little enticing (with the “your a CEO and running an audition and i auditioned” mindset?)


    • I liked everything until you got to your motivations. If you were auditioning in front of me and said you are motivated by fame and money I would nod and say thanks and throw your application in the trash can as soon as you left. Why? Because it’s almost impossible to become famous doing Kpop these days. The industry is SO over saturated. In addition, it’s almost impossible to make money doing Kpop these days, as well. It’s taking so many groups forever to pay off their training and dorm and production fees AFTER they’ve already debuted… and if they actually debut.

      What if you never debut, or what if it takes too long? How long will the idea of fame and money keep you motivated while you train at my company? I want someone who LOVES what they do, so they will KEEP WORKING for me. I wanna hear that you love singing and dancing and want to be the best at it. I wanna see that you’ll be loyal and not leave if another company offers you more fame and fortune along the way. You wanna be famous? Make a sex tape. You wanna have lots of money? Become a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. That was my real honest to God thought.

      Now, I’m being harsh on purpose. I also want to add fashion is HIGHLY related to Kpop… just look at GD. Now, I’m sure you also love or at least like singing and dancing, but you want to make that clear if any sort of question about motivation, etc. comes up. But it’s so good to hear you are aware of the reality of what it’s like to work in the industry and how you will be treated.

      Hmm… It’s not about you so much as what someone else sees in you. All the hard work in the world won’t amount to anything unless you sell yourself to the right person, who in turn sells you to the right audience and at the right time. Being in a Korean boy band is not fun and games. Its blood, sweat, and tears. Training instead of dating and seeing friends or even going to school — making music and touring instead of spending time with your family. It’s only glamorous for groups at the top, and even then things are not at all what they seem…

      So, I like the humility, the fact you admitted you’re a diva but can control that… That you’ll work hard and improve at singing and dancing and speaking Korean. I like you have an idea of your dream, but the fact is… you need to question your motivations. I see your goal is being a Kpop idol. What motivates you is fame and money and fashion, but those motivations could take you anywhere. Why do you really wanna be in a boy band? At the end of the day successful Kpop idols LOVE to sing, dance, and perform in front of an audience on stage. Just saying it again… sorry, it’s so early. Hope this all makes sense! But at the end of the day it’s definitely up to you to overcome whatever obstacles get in your way, grow and change and learn and improve. That’s how any dream comes true. It’s not magic, it’s hard work!^^ You can totally do it~ I think of all the people who’ve talked to me about this, you seem the most focused, organized, and aware. Fighting!


    • I’m apologizing in advance for the word wall, my brain just kept supplying info i thought necessary to share to talk about all your points………. But i would love it if you read all of it and then answer with your opinions!
      Answer start:

      Maybe i should have thought some more before answering the motivation part. As of RIGHT NOW money is my motivation, because i’m from a VERY poor family in the Midwest, and we don’t have much. I think that when i DO save enough to get to South Korea, my motivation in Money will be different. As for fame….. i didn’t mean like Micheal Jackson, JYJ, Big Bang, or even like SHINee famous. I meant the kind of fame that is sort of like U-KISS’. They work hard, but their recognition, however small, is a good reward. Also, i DO love to sing and dance, and performing is fun, i just think that i excluded that because i was trying to convey that i am NOT like some wet behind the ears rookie that thinks a company is going to fork over a lot to make their dreams come true. I am definitely in need of a lot of training, but I am not an idiot. Growing up poor definitely helps one realize EXACTLY how the world works.

      As for school, there is no way in hell my mother would let me leave the country this year, or next until after i graduate and even then, i still have to wait until i’m 18 because my dad (my parents are divorced) would either support the idea, but demand to move with me, or completely discourage me to some negative point (he isn’t very encouraging about some things, is about others, rocky relationship). I’m a junior in high school, and as of right now, i’m probably going to graduate (may of 2016) before i go because first, i DON’T have the money, and Second my mom has explicitly stated that if i do, i’m going to have to fully fund myself, as well as get my immunization, and the most she would do is try to get me a passport at 18 (sadly, i do think that i’d much rather try to become a citizen then have to do the whole artist visa, then renew passports blah blah blah). And i don’t blame my mother for not promising help, because we don’t have a ton of money.

      In the end, yes, i love singing, and rapping, and i’m starting to love dancing, and my ideal training time would be anywhere from 4-7 or even 4-9 years. It takes a LONG time to get good at something, and i don’t plan on attending post secondary schooling, although i’m sure if i succeed in getting into a company, and i stay for about 2-4 years or more, i will enroll into a college, if only for online classes. I don’t really worry TO much about if i don’t debut under company X because if i train there for 6 years, and i’ve worked my big american butt (well according to anyone but me it’s more like my skinny tiny white tush, but whatever, i think how i do about my weight) off, then if i audition to another company with 6 years of training experience to flaunt, they could very well be impressed and take me again. And like i said, debut is a good goal, and i get EXACTLY what went wrong with BAP and Block B’s contracts, and i wouldn’t do something like them in the situation, because i know that THAT particular thing is on the contract, and i’d probably sign it anyway, because i function well in chaos, and i know better than to sign a contract with ANYONE and expect a different out come than the terms.

      Another word wall (jeez i thought i was done 2 paragraphs ago, stupid thinking while typing mode), Yes i get that K-boy bands aren’t fun and games. That’s not why i want to be in one. I want to be in the korean industry and i don’t think that i’m talented enough to be a solo artist (but i’m a harsh critic for myself)

      addressing this line “Training instead of dating and seeing friends or even going to school — making music and touring instead of spending time with your family.” …… I’m WAY to critical of myself to date, and i’ve never really wanted to date either, i don’t have a whole bunch of friends that i’m super attached to, but the ones that i am attached to i can just send a message on LINE or Kakao or Skype and call it good, because my two best friends live over 1000 miles away from me as is, i’ve covered the school thing, I would GLADLY give up family time to make music and tour, because i come from a fairly dysfunctional family, i don’t hold my mother as close to my heart as i did, and the one family member on my mom’s side that i’m super close to is my cousin, who i’ve been gently prodding to consider becoming a plastic surgeon in South Korea rather than say LA. My dad’s side is iffy, because there are family members i’m sorta attached too, but not enough that it would bother me (granted it’s been 2 years since i’ve seen my dad and 20 days short of a year since i’ve seen the 23/25 that i got to see, and at least 3+ years since i’ve got to see the 24th) to not see them for long periods of time.

      Okay i THINK that i’m done commenting on your points, and i’m sorry for the super mega wall of words, but i’m enjoying talking to you about this, and i’m flattered that i seem to be the most well informed, because well this is my career choice after high school ^ o ^


    • Word walls are my specialty, so let me climb on over!^^ By the way, I love long comments and enjoy talking to you about this, too, so no worries!

      I’m impressed with how practical you are. I don’t think your background has everything to do with it since being poor doesn’t always teach people to be practical and humble, especially since you are still so young! You definitely have a great head on your shoulders, and I think if you keep your feet on the ground then you’ll go far down whatever path you choose to walk, career wise or not.

      I definitely knew you were choosing to focus your response on certain things (probably to avoid making things long but now you know I like long comments!) so it’s good to hear MORE about your motivations and why you have them and where you want them to take you. UKiss fame is just about right these days, and I like that you know them and can pin-point them. When you’ve got role models, know ‘em and follow ‘em! I had a close friend who wanted to do Kpop, but she didn’t even know who to model herself after. And she’s Chinese!

      I approve of graduating first and working hard to make your own dream come true. It’s fairly cheap to live in South Korea. You can always tutor English on the side if you have the stomach for it. I hated it, but getting paid 40 or 50 an hour? LOVED it. Also Korean students treat their teachers so well. Always pizza and drinks on them after lessons. :) I used Craigslist to find lots of odd jobs while in Seoul, so it will be easy for you to do the same. I also lived in a cute little apartment for about 450 or 500 a month. There are cheaper places, but they’re all in basements… Anyway, just some heads up for if you ever up and move to Seoul and start auditioning and need a place to live. It’s all about one rooms in Gangnam!

      You may also want to try legal aid. I work at a nonprofit law firm and sometimes we help people get things like passports, etc. if they can’t afford it on their own. So, just a thought if mommy doesn’t follow through. I know my parents didn’t give me a penny for my Korean trip and I did all the paperwork/shots on my own. But yes, as a first generation American we don’t have lots of money and I don’t expect or want them to help me with things like this that aren’t in their plan, or budget.

      “It takes a LONG time to get good at something.” Yes, and I see you are ready to really make this your career. I just kept nodding as I read what you wrote. Super sensible. How old are you again? I wasn’t so sensible when I was your age. Also, I think your family and friend situation is such that you CAN up and move. Two sides to every coin, good and bad to everything. In this case think of having absolutely nothing and no one standing in your way. Quite lucky, in my opinion, but I’ve always struggled to get my family OUT of my way. They oppose (almost) everything I do. Now, I just don’t tell them much about me, so I get not being super close to family and having a few close friends. My BFF is actually in Korea already. :)

      Okay, I think that’s about it! I could continue to compliment your mentality and wisdom, but that would get old, right?! I seriously wish the best for you and comment here anytime you need to bounce an idea off of someone or just chat about your dreams~ I’m always ready and willing to climb any word walls, big or small! :)

      So, hurry up and finish school! haha


    • Hahaha i feel like it would be easier if we talked through something different, but i like using this! Just wanted to drop an Update saying that i talked to the Music Teacher and she’s going to give me vocal lessons during the study hall in our schedules (so Tuesday Wednesday and Friday) and also that i’m playing Pokemon X through in Korean, so my brain is getting somewhat better at it!

      About all the stuffs you mentioned in the GETTING to Korea part, i do have a job (i work at walmart ^ o ^) and after this Splurging season is over i’ll be saving lots! And i do think i’d be good at tutoring in english, and i wont need a big place to stay, i think a friend and i are going to be moving at the same time to stay in an apartment, and i’ll DEFINITELY look into getting Legal aid to getting a passport. Honestly, i don’t want to have any debts to pay, but i get it, it’s unavoidable. So may i ask where you are right now? Are you in the states or like in Japan?

      Also, thank you for the compliments, i almost started crying tears of touchedness (shhhh it’s a word!) as i read them! I am actually legitimately 16, though people seem to think i’m an old soul once i impart wisdom! Alright, i’ll bounce back here to update you every so often. But right now, i’m curious, when you said “It’s all about one roomers in gangnam!” what exactly did you mean? Like a one bedroom apartment or a literal one room that is divided off into sections? Also, what did you do to financially support yourself in Korea, and is there anything you did to keep from gaining those “Newbie Foreigner” pounds that are becoming super common? See ya when you answer, i’m going to translate all of what i have in my notes, save and then homework and bed! ^ o ^ i’m silly and haven’t even started on that yet!


    • You’re right! It would be easier, but it’s nice to chat here. Well, I just did a little fixing up of my comments section to make them easier to read!^^ So, you can keep in touch with me here, by email (, or on KakaoTalk (ID is ninasimone)~

      Vocal lessons will be perfect for you, and I love that you’re taking a creative approach to learning Korean. I did the same, and I can’t stress how much it helps! haha But Pokemon sounds fun, too, in Korean or not! I miss having time for computer and video games… >.< But yay for working! Definitely start saving as soon as you can, it will make a huge difference later. Good, good on having a roommate ready to go as well as going to legal aid to get your paperwork done for FREE… Assa! That's woo-hoo in Korean just in case it goes over your head! haha

      As for me, I am living and working in Austin, Texas and also saving up for Korea/Japan trip for next year. Wanna go on vacation after I take the Texas Bar. :) But, I went to Seoul for the first time for law school at Sungkyunkwan University (just a two week program). So, I got some scholarship from my school at the last minute thanks to a professor I had during undergrad (2500) and also was able to use Financial Aid, or school loans. I also went for a human rights internship, but whatever.

      Now, of course I shopped too much and spent like crazy so when I was broke after like a month I started working. Luckily, I actually got scouted in Apgujeong twice and did some filming for a Kpop video and modeling and stuff that paid well. I just met lots of people in the business while there. I guess I stood out a lot being a black girl and all~ haha But mainly I used Craigslist to find Koreans to tutor privately, taught English of course, and made good money! I was only in Korea for three months at that time, but it was easy to find work and support myself. Will be the same for you I'm sure!

      I actually lost weight in Korea and most of my friends did, too! Food portions are less and we're always walking to the subway and using those leg muscles not to fall over. Always just walking around, too! So, I don't think you should worry. As far as the one room, I can't explain it well but you can see it HERE. It’s literally one small room with EVERYTHING in it, closet, fridge, microwave, sink, bed and a little little tiny itty bitty bathroom… haha

      Aaw, touchedness is now definitely a word and maybe my favorite one!^^


  7. Hello, I am from India and want to make it big in the Korean music industry. What are my chances? I am 31, 161cm in height, wheatish complexion. I would also like to mention that I am a Lee Minho fan!! :-)


    • So wait, you’re 31 years old? Erm, if you are incredibly talented, and fluent in korean, you might have a slim shot, however based on age alone you’re not the highest on any casting list i can think of. And what do you mean “wheatish” complexion? Is your skin like wheat, or did you mean that you have a “whitesh” skin color? By saying “wheatish complexion” you don’t really sound appealing, because wheat in my own opinion has a rough texture.


  8. hi,
    I am 24 years old an Indian. Fair skin. 5 feet 2 inch. Can dance very well and sing( singing not so good). Trying to learn korean. Want to enter the korean music industry. want to know my chances and ways to do so from india… :)


    • 24 is a little old for a Kpop idol. Most of them start training in the early teens and hopefully debut before they are 20– definitely before they are 24.

      I think fair skin is a plus. Your height would be considered short in Korea, but that is not a bad thing. I think these ays its more about body proportion and feel– a cute feel or a sexy feel or a pretty feel.

      Most people can sing well AND dance well, so I don’t know why people think that matters anymore. It’s not like idols are the best singers or dancers, either.

      Most companies look for someone who has potential, someone they can produce and market and sell to an audience. It is a business after all.

      You should learn Korean and then go audition in Korea or online, but of course you have to figure out how you will get there and what you will send. I wrote a post about auditioning in Korea. Read it, and good luck!^^


  9. Hi,
    I know that I am way to old to enter the korean entertainment industry and even though, I said I am good in dancing I have not taken any classes for it and would obviously require to undergo training a lot. I know even people who have undergone training since childhood have to undergo it anyways before debuting. I know for sure that it will take a lot of hard work and training which I am ready to do. Also I am trying to achieve as much as I can from the net (which is not enough). I really cannot join classes now for the same since I am very busy with my thesis. I also know there are large number of people more talented than me, who have the same dreams. But would still like to strive for my ultimate dream.


    • Yes, go read how to audition for the companies from India. You can send them your portfolio and videos and some information about you. Of course you should try! But, it’s good that you know you will have to try harder than some others~ :)


  10. hi,
    I know…., three posts in a row. Just wanted to know which are the companies that accept people of my age group???. Most likely to be a few, but still want to know…


    • always talk to me! that’s why i am here.

      and there is no such thing as age groups in kpop. it’s all about your look and feel. maybe you look very young! to be honest, some girls are 29 and older and do kpop.

      you just need to show your talents and looks to any company and have them see your potential. so, you can apply to any company!^^


    • I’m not an entertainment company in South Korea. This is just real world advice and hopefully a reality check for foreigners who want to be Kpop idols in South Korea. If you can’t make it big in your own country, then why would you make it big in South Korea? Just some food for thought. Keep practicing your singing and dancing if you’re serious about being a singer either in or out of South Korea. :)


  11. Hi I am 14 turning 15 this June, I love to sing,dance and i love Korean culture and kpop. I’m gonna be making a YouTube channel with to upload my kpop dance covers, i am Vietnamese and i live in the UK (which doesn’t hold that much auditions).I’m 160cm and weigh 45kg, born in 2000.Also I know that I would vocal training,as i am still lacking and with dance as well. But the thing i am worried about in the contract is about the surgery part of it i mean i don’t think i look bad i think i look decent but yeah, i don’t really mind about the sleep hours,or gym and dieting(because i might be small but im not healthy >.<) I know that Red Velvets Wendy didn't have to go through any surgery because she looks exactly the same, so yeah..:)


    • I’d love to see your YT channel. Looking decent isn’t really looking like an idol, though, is it? I know some agencies like JYP prefer a natural look. Deal with the issue of plastic surgery when it comes, and be ready to decide if your dream is worth sacrificing your face– well, changing your face!


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