How to: Audition for SMTown
SM Entertainment are doing their global audition tour for 2014, but did you know there are other ways to audition for SM Entertainment, even if you live in North America?
SM Entertainment is by far the largest and most powerful of the agencies in South Korea, if not Asia when it comes to Korean music. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get through their trainee system, but if you can make it through, success is almost for certain. If you’ve decided that the trainee system is the way you want to get into K-Pop, then make sure you try out for the SM auditions.
Global auditions take place at least once a year. The company pack up and tour their recruitment team and go to cities where they normally aren’t located. The 2014 locations are currently as follows:
April 24th: Vancouver
April 27th: Toronto
April 29th: New York
May 4th: Los Angeles
(Indonesia, China, Japan and Thailand were visited earlier in the year)
Of course, this is not truly a “global” audition, however we don’t know if there are any plans in the future for SM to visit Europe or Australia. To keep an eye on all future global audition dates, you can check their Facebook page.
To audition for these date specific locations, you need to register on the SMTown website at least 24 hours before the audition date on the SMTown website. You can apply through the website, through the Everysing App, or by email. Check the website for more information. You will only get confirmation that your audition is happening if they email you the location and time of your audition.
Weekly / Monthly Auditions
If you are not able to go to the global audition, but really want to audition in person, there are some locations that do auditions regularly.
If you are in Seoul at the time, you can take part in the weekly auditions. These have recently moved to the Coex (511 Yeongdongdae Street Coex Artium 5th floor, Gangnamgu, Seoul) and take place every Saturday at 2pm until 4pm. Walk in registration begins at 1:30.
If you are in Los Angeles, there are monthly auditions that take place. These auditions take place every third Saturday of the month from 2pm until 5pm They take place at 4322 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90010. For more information about these auditions, you can contact SMTown’s US audition group here: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are in Tokyo, there are monthly auditions here as well. These also happen on the third Saturday of the month. Registration is required for these auditions. You can register via email, or through Youtube. For details on how to register for these auditions, please check the SMTown website (in Japanese and Korean only)
Mail In Audition
If getting to any of these venues is not in your future, and you are ready to audition right now, then there is an opportunity to mail in your audition through either email or the actual mail.
First, you’ll need to download the application form from the website (check here for the link)
If you choose to email your audition, you would have to attach all the files needed by email and send the email to email@example.com
If you choose to mail your audition, you’ll need to print all the documents needed, and save the files onto a disk or USB file and mail them to one of the addresses below:
S.M. Entertainment Korea
<Artist Planning and Development Team>
Gang Nam P.O.Box, 1952,
Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 135-619
Audition S.M. Entertainment USA 4
322 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles,CA 90010
How do I prepare for a SMTown Audition?
First and foremost, there is the all important question of “Who are these companies looking for?” While it would be nice to think that everyone has a fair chance in these auditions, it goes without saying that if you are not of Asian descent, the odds are not in your favour. To sing Korean in Korea, the general public will want someone who at least looks like they’re from the area. Not to say you shouldn’t try, but do know that the Korean market is not really open to many other ethnicities, so that will be huge on SM’s minds.
That being said, Japan and China are huge markets for SMTown, and they happily sell to those markets (Super Junior-M, Exo-M, etc etc) so if you have ties to those cultures, it will be an advantage.
There are six different categories that SMTown are auditioning for: singers, dancers, actors, comedians, models, and writers. If you want to apply for any of these positons, you will need to prepare the following:
|Singer||Singing without MR & microphone (both cover and original songs are permitted)|
|Film Actor, TV Actor||Impromptu action, memorized monologue to be prepared by applicant|
|Comedian MC/ VJ||Any kind of comedy routine, miming act for mimes prepared by applicant|
|Model (Fashion, CF)||Free Posing|
|Songwriter / Lyricist||Demo CD or Written music score to be prepared by the applicant|
Of course, you should make sure you double check all your information with the SMTown website before sending in anything, as auditions can change without notice. Information on the site can be found in Korean, Japanese, English and Chinese.
If any of you have auditioned with SMTown before, let us know what the experience was like! If you’re going to audition soon, good luck! We wish you all the best!
Note: K-Soul is not affiliated with SM Entertainment. We do not run auditions, or have anything to do with the casting. Emails regarding SM Auditions will not receive a reply. Thank you.