Where did you see Hyun Joong for the first time ?  How long have you known him? Each of you may have different answers for this question. But as we all know, our Kim Hyun Joong debuted in 2005 as in 10 years ago, as the leader of the boy band SS501. But did you know how he became a part of SS501?and what he did before joining SS501? Well… Let’s see..

We’ve gone through his childhood story in previous articles. So let’s continue this inspiring story and see how a simple pizza delivery boy became the leader of SS501 and later turn out into the amazing person that we love unconditionally.

During Kim Hyun-Joong’s late teen years, he felt the subjects he was learning in high school were useless for his life and, consequently, decided to drop out of high school. As result of that he did not get any allowance from his parents.

Though he had a rough and hard youth which he struggled to survive, our  Hyun Joong had never given up. He worked since 17, as a chicken/pizza delivery boy and as a waiter. He had earned about 100 million won from jobs during his younger days.

By the age of 18, Kim Hyun-Joong performed in a youth band named “Aksuseu” (“악서스”), which was formed with Kim Hyun-Joong’s Catholic Church friends. They were quite popular in his local neighborhood of Songpa-gu in Seoul.

During 2001 and 2002, while working as a waiter in a family restaurant located at Jamsil-dong, he was introduced to a new set up management company CEO. Initially he was to debut in a five-member group, of which Han Yeon of B2Y (now disbanded) was to be the leader and Kim the maknae (youngest member). While the group underwent training together, they were asked by their company to debut in China as a Hallyu project group, but they rejected the offer and disbanded.

Later Kim proceeded to audition for DSP Media (formerly DSP Entertainment) and became a member and the leader of SS501.
When he first walked into the interview, he went in carrying his guitar. But they didn’t asked him to play the guitar nor to sing, but asked his height, weight and asked to join them right from the next day.

He was some one full of talent and dedication. He proved it over and over again and his hard work added more beauty to his talant. He trained under the company for 2 years and made his debuted in June 8th in 2005.

Three months before their debut, the group SS501 made  their first public appearance in a tv program called Mpic!. That’s where we get know him and fell in love with him for the very first time.