Becoming a K-Pop idol takes great talent, but also the right timing. Before he became a member of ENHYPENJay worried that he would miss his opportunity to shine.

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Jay began his journey to debut as a Big Hit Entertainment trainee. He trained for nearly three years before joining the K-Pop survival show, I-LAND. After a number of ups and downs on the show, Jay rose from eleventh place to third place to make it into the Top 10.

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In the final episode, Jay ranked second and became one of the Top 7 who are now ENHYPEN. 

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In Episode 2 of ENHYPEN’s reality show, ENHYPEN&Hi, Jay talked to Ni-ki about the worries he experienced as a trainee. Ni-ki had the shortest training period out of all the ENHYPEN members.

Come to think of it, it was the hardest when I was a trainee. When I was a trainee. You probably came here without feeling that yet because you trained for about a year, but I questioned whether I could debut.

— Jay

As time passed and Jay grew older, he began to wonder if he really had a future as an idol.

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I was just waiting while I kept getting older. That made me think, what about my future? Honestly speaking, when I reached three years, I wondered, ‘Is it right for me to do this?’ So much time had passed, but I had yet to see a future.

— Jay

Heesung, who trained slightly longer than Jay did, also experienced these concerns. “So it was really rough, for both me and Heesung,” Jay said.

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Thankfully, Jay and Heesung didn’t give up. On November 30, ENHYPEN will debut and all the members’ dreams of becoming idols will finally come true.