We were kept in a vast waiting room, like the sort you see on Britain's Got Talent, except there were no chairs.
I'm a big lover of South Korean cinema and surprised this one slipped by me, especially as it was released ina standout year for Korean cinema. Such moves are common and trainees don't get any say in the matter.
Under the terms of the contract, I would leave my family and move to South Korea to live and train at the company. We only left the building to attend our normal school lessons. Mum reluctantly ed a two-year contract - the shortest they offered - on my behalf. Often this meant sending a self-shot video of myself.
The judge halted me and asked to see me dance. If I chose to leave before the contract was up, I would have to repay the full cost of my training, which would run into thousands of dollars. I hadn't prepared for that either, and felt like an idiot.
My burning ambition was to become an actor and perform. Nearly everyone got the same treatment.
After conferring with assistants, the judge gave me a yellow piece of paper. Sometimes I skipped school to gugs an audition tape, which made my mum really mad. Other than that we weren't allowed out without permission, which was usually refused. When the school day ended we would return to the company to be trained in singing and dancing. Ended up staying up very late to watch the gams thing as the film just sucked me right in with it.
At the time K-pop was largely unknown in Britain. At night we were left to look after ourselves.
After a six-hour wait, it was my row's turn. When it was my turn, I performed a monologue from a Korean TV drama.
Korean trainees went to local state schools but because I was British I went to an international school. Trainees would stay up practising until 11pm or later, in an attempt to impress instructors. So we sat on the floor in rows of I was through to the next stage. As this film has yet to receive votes, and you happen to come across this review on this site, don't waste any time and watch this film as soon as possible.
I was directed to a room where I was asked to walk along a line taped on the floor, and my face was photographed from different angles to see how I would look on camera. The judge stopped me halfway through. We had a strict curfew to make sure we'd be back in the dorms before they locked up the building. ,orean
Soon after I started as a trainee, the entertainment company that had ed me up transferred my contract to another firm. Buys the meeting we had an argument and mum didn't talk to me for a month. So they put on a dance track and I did some freestyling.
Within days, I was asked to come back with a parent to discuss a contract. My heart was gas so fast as we were called forward one-by-one.
If parents wanted to visit they had to tor approval in advance. Euodias is one of the few British hopefuls to have experienced the gruelling life of a K-pop trainee.
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The sexes were separated. One way of doing that in South Korea is to become an "idol", which means someone who does everything: model, act, sing and dance. I was when I made the big move from my home in the north-east of England to South Korea, where I trained for two years to become a K-pop star. I feel this film drops a multiple of genres in to it without losing itself in the process and often keeps us wondering.
Then, on a family trip to visit my grandma in Seoul, I got to go to a huge audition with more than 2, other hopefuls.
I had to live in their building with the other trainees who were all aged between nine and About sharing Achieving fame as a K-pop star involves years of intensive training, and often some plastic surgery. So K-pop seemed like a route to achieving my dreams. Relatives who turned up without notice were turned away.