How do you become a K-Pop idol? It’s a question that definitely might have crossed your mind at some point if you’re a K-Pop fan.
If such is the case, what you really should be asking is, ‘how do you become a successful K-Pop idol?’
In all honesty, becoming a K-Pop idol isn’t as complicated as you might think. Fans know that on the surface, a combination of good visuals, bright personality, willingness to work hard, willingness to obey agency’s requests, moderate singing and dancing skills, and a positive attitude can catch the attention of entertainment agencies.
What is complicated, however, is ensuring success. Remember, there are many K-Pop idols out there who will never see commercial success by the end of their careers. It’s a tough industry and competition is fierce.
While many K-Pop idols today are quite talented, there are of course some who aren’t as well. What you might lack in talent, you must be able to make up for through marketability, whether it is through visuals or character and etc.
1 Proficiency In Any Music Related Talent
The first thing anyone should try to do is be as musically proficient as possible. Whether it’s singing, dancing, composing, writing lyrics, and etc. Afterall, the K-Pop industry is to some extent, still about music. Technology and good producers can enhance and package talent nicely, but they can’t turn trash into gold. Many K-Pop idols are especially good at one of those things above. Some can even produce their own content as well. If you are proficient in one musical thing, it’s definitely a plus and you’ll have one of the most fundamental basics down.
2 Look Like An Idol
The second thing that people wanting to become K-Pop idols should do is look the part. The unfortunate side of the K-Pop industry is that your appearance is going to influence your popularity in most cases. We’re not saying that you should rush to the nearest cosmetic surgeon. Rather, it’s all about how confident you are able to look and blend into your environment. K-Pop comes from South Korea, and South Korea is a country that has difficulty tolerating individualism and anything that is different from what is already established. It is also a nation that strongly embraces collectivism. So it would be a good idea to go for a look that is similar to idols today. And of course, heavy makeup is always an option. But don’t worry, you can still manage to look like an idol by perfectly grooming your hair, dying your hair in extravagant colors, maintaining a healthy diet, good skincare, and dressing according to the trends of South Korean fashion. You have to keep in mind that K-Pop is an ‘entertainment’ industry. People want to be entertained. They want to be mesmerized. They want their eyes to feel happy. If you aren’t a natural beauty, you can always still look presentable and attractive through good grooming and good fashion sense. If you think that won’t cut it, then visiting a cosmetic surgeon in Gangnam is still open as an option. But it’s something you should think carefully about.
3 Do Your Job!
The third thing for aspiring K-Pop idols is doing your job even before you officially become an idol. This means you should be active everywehre including on social media showing what you are about. If you dance, show people that you dance. If you sing, show people you sing. If you think you’re mind-blowingly beautiful, take a lot of selfies. This would make it easier for entertainment agencies to notice you and also grasp your particular strengths and weaknesses. In fact, if it’s good enough, agencies might not even have to do much work except to sign and promote you, instead of having to invest time and money to get you ready as a performer.
The fourth thing anyone wanting to become a K-Pop idol should do is go to auditions. This one is quite obvious. All K-Pop entertainment agencies usually look for potential idols regularly. Visiting their websites for information definitely helps. And don’t take it so hard if you are rejected. Several current K-Pop idols have failed auditions before in the past. You can always try again if you fail. But remember, you only have one life, and you should think wisely about how much time you want to invest in trying to become a successful K-Pop idol.
And fifth, play politics well if you’re inside an agency. The entertainment business is no joke. Who you know and whose support you have can be a game changer. This doesn’t mean be a snake or a manipulative person per say. This means, know who can really be useful to you and always maintain a good relationship with people. How do you maintain a good relationship with people? That’s another story that doesn’t exactly have a definite answer. But you can start by respecting everyone, regardless of who they are and what position they are in.
Stay positive and be smart about your decisions. Whatever you do in any career field, success doesn’t come easily.