Former Idol Apprentice Reveals Children From Wealthy Families Are Privileged
The kpop industry is nowhere near as rosy as some might think.
The learning phase in particular is certainly one of the most difficult, both mentally and physically.
While one might think that all trainees are treated equally, this is not the reality.
In fact, children from (very) wealthy families seem to be privileged.
Recently, Bianca Zhou, a former trainee who trained under coaches from SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment, revealed what many fans have long suspected: wealthy trainees are given preferential treatment.
Bianca Zhou is an influencer/TikTokeuse and mainly uses her platform to talk about her experiences as a K-pop idol apprentice and some insider secrets.
One of his videos titled “5 reasons why some apprentices never start” attracted a lot of attention.
In this video, she talked about some of the idols who are unable to make a debut despite their talent and skill.
The influencer explained: “A person with a lot of sponsorship money comes in and takes their place. This is the worst because it’s largely random.
However, if a really wealthy apprentice comes along who is generally talented and quite handsome, then the company might choose that apprentice over another apprentice who has been with the company for a long time simply because that person has the resources to support their start. »
She added in the caption: “Entertainment is all about relationships, and when this trainee is in an influential social circle, the company will take notice. »
Interestingly, this doesn’t only happen with small companies that have larger investment needs.
According to Bianca, it can also be worthwhile in small and large companies. Some K-pop group concepts require significant funds for styling, technology and filming, so an investment from an apprentice’s family is always beneficial.
“This reason usually only applies to small businesses, but it can also apply to the Big 4 if their concept is really expensive. »
In addition, rich young people often know people in high positions, and belonging to an influential social circle puts them in the spotlight. Connections are important in the entertainment industry, and companies pay attention to it.
“Entertainment is all about relationships, and when an apprentice is in a strong social environment, the company takes notice. »
As the world takes an increasing interest in kpop and brings young up-and-coming artists to Korea, there are testimonials that reveal the dark side of the industry that is discouraging these young talents.
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