Ten years ago, BTS‘s Jimin traveled from his hometown to Seoul to follow his dream of becoming an idol.
Jimin grew up in Busan, Korea. He showed great talent in dancing and attended Busan High School of Arts where he was at the top of his class. His teacher noticed his natural talent and encouraged him to audition for an entertainment company.
Jimin tried out for BigHit in Busan and passed the first audition. At the age of 17, he made the courageous decision to move by himself to Seoul to become a trainee.
Jimin had the shortest training period of the group and was the last member added to BTS’s lineup. Because the other members had more time to train together, Jimin felt immense pressure to catch up and prove that he was worthy of the final spot in the group.
In an episode of You Quiz On The Block, Jimin revealed he would practice until 4 AM and wake back up at 6:30 AM to go to school. Jungkook shared that Jimin was the most dedicated member. Jimin assured viewers that working that hard towards his dream didn’t feel difficult.
Despite his hard work, he wasn’t entirely confident that he would be able to debut with BTS. He asked his dad on their phone calls at the time to not be too disappointed if he couldn’t debut with BTS because he would find a way to be on the stage regardless. After a year of being a trainee, he achieved his dream and debuted.
Earlier this year, he received an honorary diploma from Busan High School of Arts. His dad accepted the certificate at the ceremony in his place, which was even more touching considering Jimin’s past phone calls with his father expressing his doubt about being able to join BTS. His hard work has certainly paid off. His perseverance and belief in himself continue to inspire ARMYs in their own lives.
Today, ARMYs celebrate his success and thank him for following his dream to become the BTS member they know and love.
Today marks 10 years since Jimin left his hometown for Seoul to chase after his dreams of becoming an idol. Thank you for taking that extra leap of faith, Jimin! You'll always be known & loved for your talents as well as your kind heart. ♡
— 𝑺𝑱𝑴 | WITH YOU (@stussyjimin) May 14, 2022
It’s been 10 years since Jimin left Busan and came to Seoul. Everything he have right now are fruits of his sacrifices and hard work.
— Naver4Jimin (@naver4jimin) May 14, 2022
May 15, 2012, Jimin made a leap of faith that forever changed his life and ours. He left everything in Busan to pursue his dreams of becoming an idol.
— Jimin Global 🌎 | With You (@JiminGlobal) May 14, 2022
— Park Filter (@Withyou2911) May 14, 2022
May 15 is a special day as it marks Jimin's move to Seoul to pursue his dreams as an idol, an artist.
— JIMIN STAN | With You (@KisanaRela) May 14, 2022
We are so happy that your dream has come true. Jimin, thank you for all the passion and courage of the little boy who came to a strange and prosperous city to meet us.
— Live For JIMIN's Vocal – BTS JIMIN's Fanbase in VN (@lfjvheaven) May 14, 2022