Former JJCC member Prince Mak shares some insight about the life of a K-pop idol and also opens up about why he left the industry.
Prince Mak (also known as Henry) is from Australia who started his K-pop career in 2014 debuting as a member of K-pop group JJCC, under the management of an agency founded by Jackie Chan. Recently on Nov 18th he uploaded a vlog on YouTube, in which he talked about his experience while being a part of the group and also shared his plans for the future.
Prince Mak said, “When JJCC first debuted, we had a lot of hype and attention, not just in Korea but also around the whole world, mainly because we were created by Jackie Chan. We had a lot of shows, performances and interviews, averaging about 17-18 hours of work each day.”
“Not long after that, I actually broke my foot.”, he added. “Even though my foot was broken and I was wearing a cast, I still performed every performance, went on every show, did every interview – did not take a break, and I was sick as well. My ear was infected and I couldn’t see a doctor consistently. I still did all my performances, shows and fan meetings as well.”
Prince Mak then continued, “It was great! I saw fans a lot and I love seeing fans. But I didn’t get to see my family much- I didn’t see them at all actually throughout my time when I was a K-pop idol. I didn’t see my mom in four years. ”
Prince Mak went on to tell the story of how he got to see his mother only when the group had a performance in Sydney. He talked about how he’d seen her for the first time in four years, when she came on stage during their show because they had a busy schedule in Sydney and also shared a clip of that moment.
“As you can see, the K-pop industry is a very hard place to be.”, said Prince Mak. He expressed his gratitude over being given the opportunity and said he gave it his best, but added that he always wanted to have a solo career.
“This K-pop thing just came so suddenly.”, he revealed and explained that he was asked by the company to join JJCC after Jackie Chan saw him. He then made his debut in Korea only two weeks after, when he was unable to speak any Korean.
Prince Mak then talked about his plans for his solo career in China, and shared a clip of Jackie Chan wishing him success. He also revealed about his upcoming movie “Operation Red Sea” by sharing a clip of the trailer and said, “Next month I have a movie coming out in China, which is one of the biggest movies in China.”
Watch Prince Mak share his thoughts and his story as an idol, below:
We wish Prince Mak great success with his solo singing career and his upcoming movie!