1.) Most agencies will accept you if you are between the ages of 10 and 21. However, do your research first to check the specifics for the company you wish to audition for.
2.) The dorms are provided by the company.
3.) At your age I would take along a parent or guardian.
4.) No. Most of the big companies pay for all the things you need for debut. Sometimes you get an allowance, but you do not get paid. Being a trainee is more like attending a boarding school.
5.) Rounds are for auditions. For example, email auditions are a round and live auditions are another round. Live auditions can have multiple rounds too. They might ask you to come back two, three times, each time a round.
6.) However long the company feels it will take. You can debut within a few months to 7+ years. You can also be dropped by the company or drop out yourself.
7.) Yes. Korea puts a heavy emphasis on education, especially for one as young as yourself. The idols who dropped out are rare and always went into training after quitting.
8.) No. The company decides for you.
9.) JYP has Jia and Fei (Chinese) and Nichkhun (Thai), YG has Michelle Lee (African), and SM has Victoria, Zhoumi, Lay, Luhan, Kris, Henry and Amber (Chinese).
10.) Nichkhun, Victoria, Zhoumi, Henry, Kris, Amber, Lay, Fei, and Jia were all accepted before they knew Korean.
11.) You will have breaks, but not like at a job where the breaks are every so often at a specific time.
12.) Pretty much that. Wake up, go to school, a little bit of homework and tutoring, and training, and bed,
13.) Any cosmetic surgery is listed under "debut expenses" (which come out of your income once you debut). They can't really make you do anything really big and drastic that's permanent (like face lifts, rhinoplasty, etc.) but they probably could persuade you to do little things like Botox and injections. You could always say no though...
14.) In person is always better. Email is a good way to gauge their interest in you to see if its worth spending the money to go in person if you don't live near one of their audition sites.
15.) Probably just yell at you.
16.) Depends on what they need, your age, etc. The older you are the more they would look for skills. the younger you are, that "it" factor and charisma is more important because dancing and singing can be taught. Also, if they are looking to fill a partially formed group, they might concentrate on more on looks or talent. Sometimes you can't really tell...
17.) that is under "debut expenses" for the most part. I believe most big companies have a cafeteria, and like school, if you want something else or something different it comes out of your own pocket.
18.) lol. Depends on your gender. Guys, maybe (though Shindong doesn't really have abs...), girls probably not unless they are going for a Yuri style,
19.) Yes, but once again it's up to the company. Lay was a dancer who eventually debuted as a singer. If getting into K pop as an idol is your goal, audition with singing.
20.) That totally depends on your definition of freedom and how badly you actually want this. Does college give you your freedom? Sure, but if you use freedom too freely you will only fail and incur debut. Same with entertainment companies.
Part of auditioning is the fact that you are WILLINGLY giving up some of your freedom so you can be trained and molded into a Korean pop idol. If you can live with that, don't audition.
21.) See #6.
Answered By: Rachel - 10/13/2012