CLC’s Sorn Talks About Being a Trainee and an Idol
On CLC’s Sorn recent interview with Thai online magazine, The Cloud, she has talked about the hardships of being a trainee, as well as being an idol.
What are other similarities between idol and athlete?
Good athletes must practice to be ready for the game and, not just as individual, the whole team must be ready so, we can play with confidence knowing all positions will work cohesively. CLC is alike, if all 7 of us is unified and take care of our positions well, be strong 7 legs, we’ll always be confident on stage because we fully trust our teammates. We’ll have fun on stage and the audience will see it, whether before the stage or before the screen, you’ll sense the energy we send off.
Being a trainee through a TV show championship, what were advantages?
There was no advantage. As I became a trainee, they didn’t care my background, where I was from, how my family was, how many fans or followers I had had or, which championship I had won. Everyone started from 0, the agency treated trainees equally.
But, it wasn’t easy. At the beginning of the training, the staff called me “guinea pig”. Since I was the first foreign trainee of the agency so, the agency experimented through me. They planned the training schedule and several challenges to see how well I could learn and if I could complete the challenges.
How did you feel being guinea pig?
Sometimes, I was bitter. I went there when I was only 15. After I had been there for 3-4 months, they asked me to rap before other trainees within a week. Just to speak Korea was difficult and to rap in that fast speed was already difficult for the Korean. But, I hated to be embarrassed thus, I gritted my teeth. I finally did it by reciting the lyric all days and nights. It helped improve my Korean skill.
Looking back, I think that’s their way to squeeze out the potential of the trainee, despite not knowing how well the trainee would do yet force her to tough mission, if she could pass it, she could work anything.
Aside from private life and normal teenage life, what else did you pay to be in this position?
I have to shake off my identity to fit the concept.
I signed to the agency to be in a bubbly cute girl group, even if I didn’t possess such personality, I must put myself into such bubbly image.
To live under the regulation of the agency or the idol industry also is big of a sacrifice. I’m aware of my true identity but for work, for anticipating fans, for everyone working behind my backs, when my day is so hard that I wanted to cry, I’ll cry alone. And, foremost , once I hear the signal to go to the stage, no matter how weary I am, I as Sorn of CLC, must smile brightly.
When you face the task you’re weak at, how do you handle it?
I won’t refuse any job offer. When I went to Korea, I didn’t think I would be able to dance, didn’t think I would be able to rap in any foreign language. I thought those were beyond my limit. But, after trying, learning and practicing the mission given, I found my new skills. Formerly, I just wanted to sing, after 6 years, now, I can do everything, sing, dance, perform, entertain, create Youtube contents, make encouraging speeches to fans and followers also, design the concept for CLC, outline the costume, the singing and dancing styles, do everything by myself. All these are beneficial to me, if I have to run a music agency now, I can work it. (Laughed)
I’ve been taught that idol must be able to do anything. This is the pressure I’ve chosen. I must be aware that what I can do, numerous other girls can too. To be in this position, I must try harder. This drives my desire to do things.
read the full interview of CLC’s Sorn at The Cloud HERE.