Fans frequently wonder what their favorite Kpop idols would be doing if they hadn’t pursued the idol life. And sometimes, the idols themselves talk about other careers they would have if they hadn’t debuted as an idol. But there are some idols fans can’t imagine being anything other than a celebrity. A user on Reddit opened the discussion on this topic and a lot of fans chimed in with interesting answers. Here is a list of idols who were discussed prominently on the thread.
G Dragon is a household name in the Kpop industry. He has had a very successful career both as a member of Bigbang and through his solo work. What many might not know is the fact that he was a child actor and was a trainee at SM Entertainment before he joined YG Entertainment – where he debuted as a Bigbang member.
Stayc has quickly become one of the most prominent groups of the Fourth Generation of Kpop. They’re known for their catchy songs and incredible vocals. But one member of the group was pretty famous even before debuting as an idol. Sieun, the main vocalist of Stayc, is an award-winning child actress who bagged the prestigious Best Young Actress at the 2018 SBS Drama Awards for her role in Still 17.
Somi is another artist most Kpop fans are familiar with as she has been in the industry for quite some time now. She first gained attention as a participant in the reality competition show Sixteen which formed Twice in 2015. A year later, she joined another reality survival show, Produce 101, which she ended up winning and debuted as a member of the project group I.O.I. After I.O.I’s disbandment, Somi departed from JYP Entertainment and signed to YG Entertainment’s subsidiary label The Black Label as a solo artist.
Last year’s mega-hit Non-stop propelled girl group Oh My Girl to new heights. One member of the group, in particular, stands out as excelling as an all-around entertainer – and that is none other than the group’s main vocalist, Seunghee. Before debuting with Oh My Girl, she was already making strides in the entertainment industry. She received an Excellence Award at a trot singing competition when she was 11, guested on Star King and participated in Superstar K. She was a trainee under Brave Entertainment (before she joined WM Entertainment) and provided background vocals for some songs Brave Bros produced including Sunmi’s Full Moon and 4minute’s Gain Weight.
Fans know Lee Know as the main dancer and dance leader of Stray Kids. Before participating in the Mnet reality show that formed Stray Kids, Lee Know worked as a dancer for BTS. He is featured in the music video for BTS’ Not Today and was a dancer for the Japan leg of one of their tours. But even before all of this, Lee Know was featured in another TV program that has become iconic among Stray Kids’ fandom. In a National Geographic documentary on Kpop, Lee Know can be seen stating he wants to be a singer and auditioning for Cube Entertainment.