[B.A.P Hot Debut Story] Zelo ④ “The magnae? I’m the confident member of B.A.P”
“How did the celebrities inside our televisions become a star?”
With the outlooks on the entertainment industry rising one step higher, we as the public aren’t just curious about their glamorous images, but their back stories before they became celebrities as well.
We have prepared the column “star story” in our publishing which not only tells a truthful side to stars, but their past that brought them to where they are today. This episode’s protagonist is the cute magnae of B.A.P, Zelo.
As Zelo raised his dancing and singing skills in Gwangju, it was until he caught the eye of a representative of an entertainment company that he moved to Seoul after being casted.
“I ended up moving to Seoul when I began a trainee life for a certain entertainment company. Of course, I had fears of my fellow peers in Seoul and due to my height – almost nearing 180cm – I was picked on a lot. I acted confident on the outside but on the inside, I was a bit scared (laughs). However, I soon adjusted into the lifestyle and had fun in school.”
Zelo had his hardships in having to juggle his school life as well as his trainee life, but he overcame the obstacles in reminding himself that soon he would be able to accomplish his dreams.
“It wasn’t easy multitasking both my studies and training, but I think I spent the time in a fun manner. I just had a strong urge in wanting to debut already and in seeing the image of myself having already accomplished my dreams right before my eyes, it made me practice harder.”
However, his debut was pushed back a little due to the state the company was currently in and instead, he was able to stand on a stage for a musical as he got a taste of a whole new world.
“In my third year of middle school, for a semester I performed on a teenage musical stage for about a month. I learned then on how to interact with the audience and because of the state the company was in at the time, I ended up leaving and took a break for a few weeks afterwards (laughs).”
His break didn’t last long however, as a representative of his current company had noticed his skills in leading him to another trainee life.
“The first person I saw at the company was Yongguk hyung. In seeing his skills, it made me think, “I can’t fall behind him.” I was driven to do better than Yongguk hyung and that thought hasn’t changed since (laughs). I had a lot to learn as well and in living with him, it made me think that I’ll never falter and how I’ll always be at standing at the same place (if with him).”
And suddenly, the time has neared to an end for our interview with Zelo. He delivered his message of determination as not the magnae of the group, but as a member of B.A.P.
“I like acting like a child in running and jumping around the hyungs but I still have the thought to respect the boundaries I’m given. I do often think that I have to act adult-like and I plan on working at my hardest to become a figure that this team will need. I will continually run towards the top without faltering to conceit so look out for me (laughs).”
And that is the end of the Hot Debut Story interviews we held with the six members of B.A.P. In being able to feel the innocence, their passion for music, and how much they treasure their fans the most, something we normally couldn’t see from their stage performances, we were filled with maximum expectations in how the group B.A.P will evolve in the future.