JYP Entertainment is one of the biggest companies in K-Pop, and they are quite strict with their trainees, as there are plenty of rules they are expected to follow. Here’s a list of a few of these rules.
1. No entering bars with only women servers
This is a rule that applies to everyone in JYP Entertainment, not just trainees. Park Jin Young once shared that all people at the company are banned from entering bars with only women servers. These bars usually only hire women to cater to male customers.
Park Jin Young is extremely strict about this rule, as he will not hesitate to fire someone if they break this rule.
I told them, ‘It doesn’t matter if the company fails. As soon as you put one foot into one of those bars, then prepare to be fired.
— Park Jin Young
Trainees at JYP Entertainment are expected to diet and are strictly monitored by the company. The company also restricts trainees from eating certain foods, such as jokbal, a traditional Korean dish of pig trotters braised in soy sauce and spice.
3. No Korean songs during monthly evaluations
Former MADTOWN member H.O was once a trainee at JYP Entertainment, and he shared that during monthly evaluations, trainees aren’t allowed to sing Korean songs.
At JYP, you cannot sing Korean songs at your monthly evaluations. If you ask your vocal coach ‘teacher, can I sing a Korean song?‘ then you would get a slap on the back, and you were immediately told ‘no’. It had to be Pop (English). I don’t know the reason why. Even to this day, I still don’t know why you can’t sing a Korean song at JYP’s monthly evaluations.
4. “Half air, half sound” singing method
Park Jin Young has a signature style of singing that he likes to push onto his artists, which is the “half air, half sound” style of singing. Most trainees at the company are taught to sing in this style, as Park Jin Young believes that it generates a softer and breathier sound.
Bonus: Dating ban
Even after trainees debut, there are still a lot of rules they are expected to follow, and one of these rules is JYP Entertainment’s dating ban. Idols at the company aren’t allowed to date for the first three years of their careers, as Park Jin Young believes that it could be a distraction.