Jae Beom’s time as a trainee at JYP
Jae Beom‘s past interview in the US looking back on his training days
The content of an interview he gave in the United States around 2017 about his life in Korea as a trainee, a former member of the boy group 2PM who debuted with JYP Entertainment in 2008 and has now started his own record label and continuing his diverse music career, has become a hot topic again.
＜Jae Beom Park was born in Seattle to Korean immigrant parents>
As an Asian-American, I always had to look at the people around me and fight to establish my position.
＜He now owns his own label and is a CEO, but it hasn‘t been an easy road so far.
(Like many Asian families, his mother wanted him to be a doctor or lawyer. )
That didn‘t happen, I didn‘t go to school, all I did was breakdance. He also became interested in hip-hop and started rapping.
＜Fortunately, his mother approved of his decision to pursue a career in music and encouraged him to attend local auditions. It was an audition hosted by JYP, one of the biggest K-POP companies.
I didn‘t have high expectations (I was 17 at the time), so I left the audition room right away, but I passed.
And going to Korea as a trainee, I was thinking, “It‘ll be about two years (until my debut),” and I was thinking, “Now I can help my family. At the time, we were in a family situation where we couldn‘t even pay our electricity and water bills.
＜Moving to Seoul as a trainee of JYP>
My new life in Seoul was difficult. I can speak Korean fluently now, but at the time my language skills were at a beginner level.
I didn’t understand (the hardship) at all. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to give up my life in Seattle…
The harshness of the trainee system, the food (which I didn’t like), and most of all, the trainee system was a culture shock for me. For me, music had been a hobby and something I enjoyed, but for the trainees, “practice” was also a job, so they had to practice from 10:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night.
What shocked me the most was the “culture of corporal punishment”. If you just made a mistake in the lyrics or choreography, you were literally beaten. Of course, that’s not the case now, but back then, you could be bad-mouthed just because you made a mistake in a “movement”. I was a good dancer, so I didn’t get beaten up, but when I saw the girl next to me being spanked for making a mistake, I thought to myself, “Oh my God! I thought to myself.