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THE KPOP BOOT CAMP 2020
What is the Kpop Boot Camp?
The Kpop Boot Camp is tailored for Kpop talents who want to know what being a Kpop Idol trainee is like. The experience will be filmed into a reality TV like series, available for all to watch on our YouTube Channel.
When is the Kpop Boot Camp?
It is an annual event focussed on simulating the idol trainee experience.
How much does the Boot Camp Cost?
The costs for each bootcamp cover production expenses and trainer's fees for the duration of the bootcamp. Costs will be announced around audition time.
I am 11 this year can I audition and join the boot camp?

The minimum age requirement is 11 years of age as of 1 January 2020. For legal and safety reasons, all participants below the age of 18 will need parental consent

If we get selected, who's training us?
These will be confirmed once the next bootcamp is announced. For a list of trainers we have worked with, please click here.
I got an offer but I do not have enough money to pay for the camp? Can you help? Can you give a discount?

Sorry darling, all expenses are to be borne by the participant.

 

However, we leave no talent undiscovered. The Academy will be organising an online competition to give you a chance to win a Kpop Boot Camp pass. This free pass enables you to become the extra trainee that forms part of our trainee intake for the year. 

Do I need to be part of the Reality-TV Show?

Yes. If you love Kpop and want to be a star, it’s time to get used to being in front of the camera. Click here to watch our latest Boot Camp series.

 
Audition (Vocal and Dance)

Do I have to audition?

Yes, just as all the Korean pop stars before you, auditioning is a part of the training and learning process. In fact, the excitement of auditioning is part of the fun! There will be a AUD$55 fee (inc. GST).

What do I have to do and prepare?

Details will be provided before each audition period.

I did not see vocal auditions in previous years? Is it compulsory?

Yes it is compulsory! This is a new addition to our audition process; every year we try to improve our program from feedback given by trainees, trainers, and agencies.

You will have 1 minute to sing any song of any genre, of any language!

Can I audition more than once?

Auditionees are encouraged to only audition once, to ensure you give it your best shot. However, if you feel that you want a second chance, you can audition again in another state, not in the state you have auditioned in.

 

If you choose to audition more than once, at the end of your auditions you must choose only ONE audition tape as your final submission. This is to ensure that all auditionees get equal opportunity.

 

All travel-related expenses incurred for multiple auditions are to be borne by the auditionee.

Can we audition as a group?

Auditions are solo only, no group auditions!

How long will the audition last? Do I have to stay during the whole duration of the audition?

The duration of the auditions depends on the number of participants and can last anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours. It is expected that auditionees arrive on time to attend the mandatory audition briefing and remain at the audition venue until they have finished their audition. Parents are welcome to wait at the venue for their children.

Can I use an instrumental or instruments for my vocal audition?

No.

How long can my audition go for?

Auditions must strictly be:

- Up to 1 minute for vocal audition; plus

- Up to 1 minute for dance audition.

Each audition type can be under 1 minute, but not over. NOT EVEN 1 SECOND. If your audition goes over the 1 minute limit, your video will be cut at exactly 1 minute before being submitted to judges to review and rank.

Can I rap or mix rapping with singing for my audition?

Yes, within the 1 minute vocal audition time limit you may either rap, or sing or a combination of both.

What language can I sing in?

Any language. Strictly, no explicit language allowed.

When does the 1 minute start?

For dance audition: when the music starts.

For vocal audition: when you start singing/rapping.

Will there be a microphone for vocal audition?

No.

Can I sing and dance together?

No.

 
Online Audition

I can't make it to the live auditions but I still want to audition. Is there another option?

We also accept online video submissions. You will need to submit the audition form on our website and pay a AUD$55 administration fee. Please note, if you decide to submit an online video submission, you will not be eligible for the Wild Card Challenge. Only live auditions qualify for entry into the Wild Card Challenge.

Criteria for Online Audition Submission:

1. Video is recorded in a bright condition to show the auditionee's face.

2. Consists of your greeting, 1 minute dance and 1 minute vocal.

3. Video is recorded at 720p24fps minimum, maximum 50MB.

Post-Audition Selection

What happens after I accept the offer to join the Boot Camp?

We will send you more details on how to make payment for bootcamp, a few forms for you to sign and location details so you will have sufficient time to find flight and accomodation! If you would like, you may dorm with other selected trainees and really get to feel what it's like to be a Kpop trainee!

What happens if I am selected but cannot join the Boot Camp?

If you are unable to attend the Boot Camp or do not accept the offer by a specified deadline, then your offer will be forfeited and given to another shortlisted auditionee. 

Audition fees are not refundable.

 
Pre Boot Camp

What do I need to prepare before Boot Camp?

We will send you updates on Facebook detailing the things you need to do and anything we need from you before boot camp. Make sure you have an active Facebook account and read all of the announcements and correspondence we send.

I live interstate. Do I have to pay for my own flight and accomodation?

Yes. All travel and accomodation costs must be paid by participating trainees. These costs are in addition to the Boot Camp fees.

For accomodations, you have 2 options:

1) To organise your own accomodation; or

2) To live in a dorm with other trainees. In previous years, many interstate trainees have opted for the opportunity to make friends and dorm with their fellow trainees. There will be a designated dorm leader who will help to organise the living arrangements. Fees for dorming will be disclosed after the top 62 trainees are confirmed. 

 
For the parents

What will my child achieve at Boot Camp? Do we get anything (videos, photos)?

On top of the knowledge from dance and vocal lessons, the Boot Camp is programmed to train discipline! Not only that, the trainees will learn how to work as a team and be their own leaders.

The online reality show will be available to watch on YouTube. Photos from the experience (including a photoshoot) will be posted on our Facebook Page and are also available to download.

Do we get a refund if we decide not to attend auditions?

All fees are non-refundable.

Am I able to watch my child audition?

The audition will be held in a closed room setting, with 3 staff and a video camera to film the audition. You cannot watch the audition live, however, the videos will be uploaded to our YouTube channel for the Wild Card Challenge.

Do I have to be present during the live auditions?

Underage trainees are encouraged to come with their parents and to bring a signed parental consent form. Please notify us if you cannot attend.

How long will the audition last? Do I have to stay during the whole duration of the audition?

The duration of the auditions depends on the number of participants. Parents do not have to stay during the whole duration, however auditionees are to attend the audition briefing until they have finished their audition.

Can I visit my child during Boot Camp?

Parents are not encouraged to visit their child during the Boot Camp. This is to help them experience the most out of this program and train like a Kpop trainee. If you wish, we will add you to a parents group page to keep you up-to-date on the trainees' activities.

Will I have contact with my child during Boot Camp?

Trainees are not allowed to use their mobile phone during classes and self-practice time. They are free to contact you during meal and rest times.

What if my child is sick/injured during Boot Camp?

We have an on-site First Aid ready to help. We will contact you and give updates on your child's situation.

Is travel insurance/health insurance included in the fee?

No, travel and health insurance is not included in the fee.

Will I have to organise my child's transport and accomodation?

Yes. All travel and accomodation costs must be paid by participating trainees. These costs are in addition to the Boot Camp fees.

For accomodations, you have 2 options:

1) To organise your child's own accomodation; or

2) To live in a dorm with other trainees. In previous years, many interstate trainees have opted for the opportunity to make friends and dorm with their fellow trainees. This also allows them to travel safely in a group to and from the Boot Camp venue. There will be a designated dorm leader who will help to organise the living arrangements. Fees for dorming will be disclosed after the top 62 trainees are confirmed. 

 
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