Oh, I am sorry for anyone who’ll get offended but I am just thinking out loud, okay? Okay? In my own blog, okay? Okay? Especially if I come across posts such as this on the web.
My knowledge of Japanese idol girl group AKB48 is pretty much next to nothing, except for the fact that the group seems to be a good training ground for AV idols, that getting cosy with guys will get you “graduating early”, and that some of its members go on to be TV and film actresses. But I do know that belonging in a group with ten thousand members (okay, fine 48 only) would pretty much give any aspiring female teen idol a case of the need to freaking shine.
I am just thinking that in a cut-throat idol world, where shelf-life depends on your talent, face and luck (not necessarily in that order) having to compete with 47 other girls to claim the top spot at the girl group hierarchy is pretty much a bummer. I mean, who would want to be the girl always on the edge of the group photo or the one to always be placed on the back–where the danger of a high-teased colored hair mucking your own face is high? Who would want to be the girl that almost made in the biz but did not cos she wasn’t given enough exposure?
Maybe it’s just fortunate that this group had a solid group of followers who welcomed and followed all of their projects and has supported each and everyone of the members in their undertakings. Which led me to again wonder what will I do if I am a sixteen year old Japanese girl hell-bent for stardom but stuck in a group where it will take anyone two minutes to say all the members’ names out loud:
1. I’d probably dress really crazy, as in I’d be the young, J-Pop version of Lady Gaga. The point of the exercise? To freaking stand out. In all of the group photos, performances and appearances. So you could go put me in the back or leftmost bottom part of the pic and I’d still get people’s attention/
2. I’ll start hella flirting those delish Johnny boys. The best way to catch attention (and ire) of the masses is to get my name associated with any Johnny boys–but preferably those who debuted already and not the Juniors. Think Matsumoto Jun, think Kamenashi Kazuya, think Jin Akanashi, think those cutie boys from Hey Say! Though I pretty much steer away from the dudes of SMAP cos they’re way, way senpai…
3. Pose in a magazine where I will flaunt the makings of a serious gravure or AV idol, but at the same time state that I am determined to make it as a serious actress…
4. Be really, really cute. As in cute as hell, those Japanese variety shows would have to talk to me when we guest
5. Make a commercial which will make me strip Lolita-esqe. Peg Vladimir Nobokov’s Lolita as peg. Be sexay as hell, but look innocent and sweet at the same time.
6. Be serious about my craft, dance and sing well and get the attention of big time produces cos I have the makings of a serious actress (yeah, this part is really boring).
Anyway, in case any of the above doesn’t work–I could always quit and join another group where we limit the members to five.