Life As A K-Pop Trainee Is Hard—Here’s How Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon Got Through It

“It would be a lie if I say that I was never tired.”

Many K-Pop idols have opened up about how difficult life as a trainee was, and Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon just revealed how she endured trainee life!

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon | @taeyeon_ss/Instagram

In a recent YouTube video for Elle Korea, Taeyeon answered fans’ questions and gave them advice. One fan asked, “I’m so tired of doing the same thing every day for my dream. How did you overcome your days as a trainee?”


K-Pop trainees spend nearly every day perfecting their singing, rapping, and dancing skills. Like anyone’s daily routine, a trainee’s daily routine can become monotonous, even if they know they’re working toward their dream.

Taeyeon said she relied on singing her favorite songs at first to get her through training. “I was just happy to sing and felt happy through it,” she said.

However, as time went by, Taeyeon’s standards for herself became higher and she started to stress herself out. She said, “I’m the type to scold myself to try harder and do my best.”

Taeyeon said life as a trainee was “so boring.” Her daily routine consisted of a morning workout, recording studio session, vocal and dance lessons, and practice.

She also had to deal with stressful evaluations.

Taeyeon revealed that her goal and vision for her future got her through all the boredom and stress. “It would be a lie if I say that I was never tired but even when I was tired, I had a clear goal in mind and I was confident that I was going to be the best,” she said.

Taeyeon said she stayed focused on her dream throughout her training and credited her focus as the reason she was able to endure trainee life and debut. “I really just tried to be focused and stay on top of it. I continued to try to be the best,” she said.

Taeyeon’s hard work and determination definitely paid off!

See the full video below.


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