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SM Entertainment's casting system

It was not easy for trainees of SM Entertainment to finally make it big in showbiz. Although Heechul already had fans since his training days because of his unique fashion sense and Girls' Generation member Seo Hyun was just discovered in a subway, they had to go through intensive training.

Aside from auditions held every Saturday at 3 pm in SM Entertainment's head office in Apkujeong, Seoul, where Super Junior's Heechul and Girls' Generation's Yoona were discovered, aspiring SM artists participate in its "Youth Best Selection," wherein applicants are classified into a certain group of "expertise" and battle it out to be the winner within the group. TVXQ's Hero and Max, Super Junior's Shindong and Kangin and actress Go Ara were selected as trainees through this casting system. Every year, more than 7,000 people compete in the "Youth Best Selection," which is held in 5 cities in Korea.

SM Entertainment also holds global auditions in the US and Asia. Super Junior's Hankyung became a trainee after being selected in a global audition.

Technology has also brought about new ways of auditioning. Now, trainee applicants can submit recordings through CD and mail and participate in ARS and UCC auditions.

If getting in is already a challenge, then being a trainee is harder. Trainees go through vocal, dance, acting lessons and even foreign language and composition trainings.

Training also lasts for a long time. Girls' Generation's members had to go through an average of 5 years in training. In fact, members Soo Young, Jessica and Hyo Yeon had to train for almost 7 years to become versatile entertainers.

Moreover, as SM Entertainment regularly holds recitals, trainees push themselves to be better.

Source: Edaily (published 2008.02.26)
Credits: krnloop

checkmatehoneyfunnybunny on February 29th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
I've heard that they all have had some rough years as trainees.
My friends keep pushing me to record and send in a cd, but seriously..
after all that i've heard, i'm not sure if i really want to go through all that :S (not that i think that i'm good enough at all)
(Anonymous) on April 24th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
does anyone know where the link and address to send cds of auditioning and stuff?
♥혁수민 `keep your heart saturated: HYUKSU_togethervicvickyrox on February 29th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
oh! thats really cool ^^
Yoshisapphirekitty4 on March 1st, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Whoah... intense. >< But thanks for sharing! Good to know <3
mura~chanpinkflutterbys on March 1st, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
wow it sounds challenging but i'd give anything to become a trainee XP
thanks for posting :)
oh and im sorry if i sound stupid but whats ARS and UCC auditions?
>.>: 02quirky_love on March 1st, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC)
UCC stands for user created content. So a UCC audition would be where people would record themselves singing/dancing/acting and that would be their audition (versus going to a formal audition set up somewhere). And often the auditions will be streamed somewhere so anyone can see it. SM had one of those last year.

I have no idea what's ARS though.
mura~chanpinkflutterbys on March 3rd, 2008 07:14 am (UTC)
ahh cool~
thanks for telling me ^^
Jxox_roxygurl on March 3rd, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
ahh they came to vancouver to hold SM global auditions, but i didn't know about it until it was too late T__T i planned to go to future ones held in van, but aisshhhh it sounds too challenging >< and i feel like i'll embarrass myself T__T
(Anonymous) on June 5th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Can you audition even if you are not asian , well my grandpa was half asian but I don't look asian at all I come from europe so would I have a chance??
I saw you can audition with email or sending a letter with all your informations that's pretty cool and I want to do it but I don't know if they woul accept me cause I don't look like an asian! answer pls thank u :) <3
>.>: 32quirky_love on June 5th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: hii
They probably would only accept Asians or at least, those who looked Asian. SM or any of the other music companies would want to accept people who would be marketable in Asia, as that's their primary market. Also, you'd probably have to be able to speak an Asian language, whether it's Korean, Chinese, Japanese, etc. since again, these companies are trying to expand their markets to all over Asia.
(Anonymous) on June 6th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Re: hii
well yes I can speak Korean though that's actually the problem I can speak Korean but I don't look asian at all
but there are a lot of asian artists that don't look asian at all but i don't know if that would work in Korea....
>.>: 22quirky_love on June 6th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: hii
Are you fluent or close to fluent? If so, then at least you have the language barrier out of the way. But since you don't look Asian at all you probably won't that big of chance of being chosen by a company, unless you're really good. I assume you'd want to audition for singing? Right now Korea's music industry isn't doing so well, plus there are restrictions placed on foreigners working in entertainment industry (unless you're ethnically Korean), so you'd be at a disadvantage. It might be easier to try making it in your own country instead.
(Anonymous) on June 6th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hii
well I speak fluent korean i've lived in korea but I moved to switzerland about 6 years ago but my parents are actually from portugal and yes I know it's really hard and I don't want to sound cocky but i'm pretty good at singing and i can dance really good as well i've been doing it for long time though ...but i really would like to try it and i heard that they accept everybody in auditions but if your not asian you must be really really good so they can pick you I think it's probably like that...
>.>: 08quirky_love on June 7th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: hii
Well I don't know what more I can say to you since I'm really not familiar with the inner workings of the industry. If you really think you're good enough, you could try sending your audition CDs/videos to the major music companies like SM, YG, JYP, etc. but I'm not sure if there's any formal process to do it since I can't read Korean. I know SM had a contest last year where you could send your audition online but it doesn't look like they're doing it again this year.

If you're really serious about this then you need to find a way to make yourself known. Put yourself on YouTube with singing and dancing clips that best showcase your skills. Cover Korean songs and dances that require skill to execute. Get people familiar with your work. You never know who will see your videos. Make yourself known online and who knows, someone may contact you.
(Anonymous) on November 26th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
Re: hii

you live in switzlerland? well I live too in switzerlan and i really like it here.
in which city do you live?
(Anonymous) on April 17th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: hii
Hii .
I was thinking to in making a video to send to sm or other company . I'm portuguese but asian culture fascinates me a lot. and K-pop is my thing i guess xD i don't look like asian.
but i think we don't lose anything trying so i think i will take my chance . and i heard the Yg doesn't care if you are asian or not. i think we have the same situation . email me lilianaferreira99@hotmail.com if you want. and we can talk about this. and i would be glad to have someone to talk about this . ^^
(Anonymous) on July 23rd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: hii
hello.. did you send in your online application in the end?? im from malaysia and i am really interested in this.. hope to hear from you.. my email is amelia-lie@hotmail.com....
(Anonymous) on November 22nd, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Sm town
Hello entertainment companies Jyp. I am a Vietnam (in Southeast Asia, Thailand, near the country), I have a passion for singing and is a fan of Korean music. I'm not a fan of any band that's Korean, but I love music of modern Korea. Korean music is something very attractive, it has negative effects of traditional Korean musical notes just bring modern style Eurasia. And I also admire Park-director who has publicly Jyp company founder, was the cradle of modern music is a very Quoc.Toi Korea wants to become an artist of great family of Jyp I represent the young talents Vietnam and Korean music fans pleased. We want to become the foreign artists (such as Victorian-f (x), Nick Khun (2pm), we want to make dreams become artists. So, I represent the young Vietnamese, others Board of Directors set the desired Jyp of thought and decided to hold an audition for a large scale in Vietnam. Why is the artist of Thailand, China, without artists from Vietnam in the list of technologies foreign artist in Korea? We're keen to think SM board, and answer our mail as soon as possible.
I do not know this letter has been read or not SM, so I'll send this to all the official Web site of Jyp. This message is intended only sent to the Director of SM, not the purpose of disturbing. Thank you.
my email: changtae2809@yahoo.com.vn
(Anonymous) on November 22nd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
sm town
안녕 엔터테인먼트 회사 에스엠 타운. 내가 노래에 대한 열정을 가지고 (나라 근처에 동남 아시아, 태국에서) 베트남이고 한국 음악의 팬이있다. 나는 한국의 어떤 밴드의 팬이 아니지만, 현대 한국 음악을 사랑 해요. 한국 음악 뭔가가 매우 매력적입니다, 그냥 현대적인 스타일로 유라시아 가져 한국 전통 음악의 음표의 부정적인 영향이 있습니다. 그리고 또한 매우 Quoc.Toi 한국 에스엠 타운의 위대한 가족을 예술가가되고 싶은 공개 에스엠 타운 창업자가 양 감독은 현대 음악의 발상지했다 감탄 저는 베트남과 한국의 음악 팬들이 기쁘게 젊은 재능을 나타냅니다. 우리는 같은 해외 아티스트 (되고 싶어 빅토리아 시대 - f 옵션 (x)를, 닉 Khun은 (오후 2시), 우리는 꿈이 가수가 될 수 있도록. 그럼, 내가 젊은 베트남어, 다른 대표 싶어요 이사회는 생각 원하는 에스엠 타운을 설정하고 베트남에서 대규모 위해 오디션을 보류하기로 결정했습니다. 이유는 무엇입니까 기술의 목록에서 베트남에서 예술가없이 태국, 중국의 예술가 한국에서 외국 예술가가 우리는 에스엠 보드를 생각하고 최대한 빠른 시일 내에 우리의 메일에 답변 날카로운거야?.
나는이 편지가 SM에, 그래서 내가 SM에 마을의 모든 공식 웹 사이트에이를 보내드립니다거나 읽지 않은되었습니다 모르겠어요. 이 메시지는 에스엠의 감독이 아니라 방해의 목적으로 보낸 것입니다. 감사합니다.