Like all of the BTS members, J-Hope pursued his dreams from an early age and chose an uncertain path full of hard work in hopes of becoming an artist. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he discussed how life was growing up as an idol and trainee.

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J-Hope discussed how he gave up the regular life as a student that many of his friends were able to experience in order to pursue his dream.

I think during my training, life was far apart from being ordinary. Because other guys, my friends, would do schoolwork at school and go on field trips and build memories as a student. And of course I chose this career, my own path, giving up those things. Maybe I could feel unfortunate to not to have experienced those things, but I was chasing my dreams.

— J-Hope

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However, with that sacrifice came a slew of new and exciting experiences, like trainee life with the BTS members.

And meeting the members during our trainee days was really amazing, because it is just amazing that different people who were so different could come together to form a group. And I really want to thank those guys, and I sometimes I feel like I really want to go back to those days.

— J-Hope

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Coming from a background of mostly pursuing dance, it was here that J-Hope began to learn all about the other aspects of being a well-rounded artist including music and rapping.

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When I first started training, all the members were rappers in that crew. So when you go into the house, beats were dropping, and everyone was just rapping in freestyle. It was kind of not easy to adapt at first, but I really tried hard to adapt to that new environment. And I think those were good times and good memories, and it was really fun as well.

— J-Hope

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J-Hope owes his growth as an artist to his fellow members.

I still think I have some shortcomings. I still think that I have a long way to go, to learn more things. I have to find my own unique style. But I think I could only come this far thanks to the other members.

— J-Hope

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Check out more from his interview below!

BTS’s J-Hope Reveals How He Balances His Bright Image With The Complex Realities Of Life