Debuting under SM Entertainment, one of the country’s best entertainment management companies, is known to be a difficult task. They went through, from one to seven years of preparation before debuting. They can’t ignore the amount of harsh training they went through but the competition between the company’s trainees was, of course, really intense. This is the reason why rookie groups debuting under SM always gather the interest of many. EXO-K’s six members D.O, Kai, Suho, Chanyeol, Sehun and Baekhyun who recently debuted with “MAMA” all already passed these tests once. SM’s rookies of 2012, EXO-K, all personally went through this survival.
Firstly, the leader, Suho had been a trainee in SM Entertainment for 7 years before debuting. He has seen some of his juniors debut before him and he was deeply hurt every time it happened.
“Honestly, I’ve wanted to give up a lot of times. But I worked hard. That’s the truth. Working on my mind control also helped me a lot. I think the reason why I managed to endure it during 7 years is because I believed I would succeed if I worked hard. I can’t ignore the help of my seniors in this company either.”
Chanyeol, who was cast when he was a freshman in high school, went through four years of training and decided to push ahead with his forte.
“Since I was going to debut as a part of a team, I wanted to show I could be better than anyone else. When I was young, I used to play the drums so I thought my sense of rhythm was a little bit better than the others’. Compared to my other friends, my strong point is rapping and I showed I was able to do better than the others. I told myself if there was something I was the best at, then this part would belong to me.”
Sehun, who went through four years of training after being cast for the first time in 6th grade, picked a similar strategy. However, Sehun’s weapon was dance.
“When I was young, I just loved dancing. I believed I was better than the others at it. But dancing isn’t just something you can do just by following what the others do. Just like the choreographers and dancers who are recognized worldwide who continuously find and work on new dances, I realized I had to make efforts to be able to do better than the others.”
Joining the team after being a trainee for just a year, Baekhyun, who is the member who had the shortest training time, was very lucky. “I of course think I had good luck. (Laughs) When I first entered the company, I thought all the other trainees were more talented than me. There were lots of friends who were good looking, good dancers and good at singing. I think this is because of this first experience I managed to debut with EXO-K. It inculcated a will to surpass them in me. If I didn’t work harder than the others then it wouldn’t have worked.”
Kai has been mastering dance by started to learn ballet and jazz dance since primary school. He entered SM as a trainee in eight grade and debuted after five years of training.
“Dancing was of course what I was the best at. However instead of working diligently, I was enjoying myself. After having danced ballet only, I had fun learning other dances and mastering them. I think being able to enjoy what I was doing instead of just working hard is the reason I managed to debut with EXO-K”
As expected from D.O who belongs to the vocal line, his biggest advantage was his singing abilities. Because he likes to sing, D.O entered all sorts of singing competitions and ultimately went through two years of training before debuting.
“I needed to show my own vocal color. To be honest, I have a lot of friends who are good at singing. To be able to show my vocal abilities fully, I needed to practice our country’s ballads’ perfectly, and find a way to express the sensibility found in R&B and soul songs. The thing I was concerned the most about was the way to make my voice tone sound different than the other singers’.”
Each of the six members sure experienced the survival law. The standard in the company was to give one’s 120%. Their willpower had to be greater than the others. However, the most important thing was to realize who they were. And aside from that, it was about the efforts they were showing.
cr: source Star Today; trans by saphira @ exok-trans
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