On October 9, CNN published an interview with Jay Park, who recently joined American label ROCnation.
Jay Park said, “Me, being Asian-American, I was always looked at as an outsider. I always had to fight for my place.”
CNN said, “Like many Asian families, Park‘s mom had aspirations for him to be a doctor or lawyer.”
Jay Park responded, “That wasn’t happening, because I was skipping school and going breakdancing.”
Later, Jay Park auditioned for JYP Entertainment and became a member of 2PM. He said, “I thought I’ll go for a couple of years and help my family out. At that time, it was just me, and mom and my brother, having money problems. We couldn’t pay the electric and water bill.”
He talked about the difficulty of living in Korea. He said, “It was really hard to sacrifice my life in Seattle and do this thing I knew nothing about.
About the idol training in Korea, he called it a “culture shock.” It was hard for him to get used to the food and the seniority system in Korea. He said, “For me, it was a hobby and fun, but there, it was training, almost like a job, where you have to practice from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.”
Later he left 2PM and returned to Seattle, where he worked in a used car dealer. Then he came to Korea and established his own label, AOMG.
Jay Park said, “Me being in the system in a group with the company, I didn’t have much to express myself,” said Park. “(Now) I finally have the freedom to do what I wanted to do.”
In July, Jay Park signed with ROCnation, a renowned label that manages world-class stars like Jay-Z and Rihanna. He revealed that he dreams of working with Rihanna and other artists one day. He said he is “willing to put in the work to make that happen and one day we’ll see.” As a long-time fan of Jay-Z, he added, “It’s still crazy to me that he knows who I am.”
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